To create this set, you will need

A Tube and a Close-Up

I used art by Ismael Rac

Tubes and License are available at his Store


MuRa's Meister - Copies

Alien Skin - Eye Candy 5: Textures - Swirl



Let's Begin!


Choose a medium dark color for your BG

Choose a slightly lighter shade of the same color for your FG

Make a Sunburst Gradient on the FG - Repeats 0

New Image - 600x250

Fill with your Gradient

Selection Tool - Custom Selection

Promote Selection To Layer - Deselect


MuRa's Meister - Copies


Duplicate Layer - Image - Flip - Merge these two Layers together

Drop Shadow - 0, 0, 70 and 5 



Highlight your BG Layer

Selection Tool - Custom Selection

Selections - Invert - Keep Selected

Duplicate your BG Layer Twice for a total of three Layers

On each of these apply Eye Candy 5: Textures - Swirl

Hit the Random Seed button once each time - Deselect



Let's get what we need for the Avatar now

Shift+D to copy your Tag

Crop to 150x150

New Layer - Send to top

Fill with color of choice

Select All - Contract 1 - Delete - Deselect

Drop Shadow - 0, 0, 70 and 5

Add your Name or Initial

Animate like we will for the Tag


Back to your Tag

Highlight your MuRa's Layer

Select All - Float - Defloat

Paste your Close-Up as a new Layer

Position as desired

Selections - Invert - Delete - Deselect

Play with the Blend Modes Here

I used Overlay - Pull the opacity down a little

Merge down - Drop Shadow - 0, 0, 70 and 5

Paste your Tube as a new Layer - Send to Top

Drop shadow of choice - Crop your Tag

New Layer - Fill with Black or a very dark color from your Tube

Select All - Selections - Contract 1 - Delete - Deselect

Time to add your Name, CR info and License# if Necessary



Hide your top two Swirl layers - Edit - Copy Merged

In Animation shop - Edit- Paste as new animation

Back in PSP

Hide the bottom Swirl layer and unhide the middle one

Edit - Copy merged

In Animation shop - Edit - Paste after current frame

Back in PSP

Hide the middle Swirl layer and unhide the top one

Edit-copy merged

In Animation shop - Edit- Paste after current frame

View animation- If you like it, save as a gif and you're done!


Sample Set:


If you try any of my Tutorials

I would love to see what you made!

Please leave a link in the comments section on my Blog


Tutorial Idea, Tags/Avis ©Shirley Franklin