Under the Sea Animated Gimp Tutorial

Here is an animated tag that I am gonna show you how to do in Gimp. 
You will want the scrap kit called Under the Sea by Creative Scraps by Crys and you can purchase it HERE
I used a tube by Octavia Cheetham which I purchased before TART closed, so at this time this tube is not available to purchase anywhere but you can view all the wonderful art by Octavia on her website http://www.lunarianart.com/
I used a FTU mask by MelbGyrl from a "summer" pack at Creative Misfits which you can snag HERE

Ok let's get started!
1.  Open New canvas at 800 x 800.  Then drag and drop the following from the kit onto your canvas and position appropriately:
paper 2 -scale to 550 x 550- right click and ADD ALPHA CHANNEL
paper 10 - right click and ADD ALPHA CHANNEL
element 12
frame 5
element 59
element 57
element 65
element 17
element 28
2.  Add your tube of choice with all correct copyrights (copyright symbol, artist's name, website and licens number if applicable) and then you will want to add a mask to it, which basically makes part of the tube transparent/transluscent.  Right click on your tube layer and click on ADD LAYER MASK as shown below.
Now a window will pop up and have it marked as shown- Click on ADD.

Then click on the BLEND TOOL and check the little box next to the gradient box to reverse the colors.
Click and drag up the canvas. You will see that there will be a small box next to the tube layer showing the gradient mask you're applying.  Right click on the layer and choose APPLY LAYER MASK.  You most likely will want to repeat this step until you have the desired effect. 

3.  Now use the lasso (free select tool) and make a selection along the frame.  Go to SELECT>INVERT and click on the tube layer in the layers box to make it active then to EDIT>CLEAR, click on paper 10 to make it active and again EDIT>CLEAR. Then SELECT>NONE
4.  Arrange all the elements, add drop shadows by going to FILTERS>LIGHT AND SHADOW>DROP SHADOW with settings at 2/2/2.  Use the lasso tool to make selections if anything sticks out too far and then EDIT>CLEAR. Then SELECT>NONE
5.  Add the mask by MelbGyrl- and scale to 550 x 550 then go to COLOR>INVERT and LAYER>TRANSPARENCY>COLOR TO ALPHA to make transparent.  Right click on the mask layer and choose ALPHA TO SELECTION then click on the paper 2 layer to make active within layers box and go up to SELECT>INVERT and EDIT>CLEAR. Then SELECT>NONE the paper is now the mask so you can delete the original mask layer.
6.  The font I used is called Amazing Ruler and I just used the color picker tool to select a teal color from the tube.  Right click, ALPHA TO SELECTION then SELECT>GROW by 2 and add new layer, fill with white, then SELECT>GROW by 2 and add new layer, fill with a shade of plum/purple.  Add drop shadow.
7.  You can now save the image as a .xcf so that you can go back in and make changes if need be.  Remove any background color by clicking the little bucket at the bottom of the layers box so that the background is transparent.  When you do that you can save this copy as .png then we will proceed to the animation.

Ok, this is pretty easy actually, check it out :)
Click the little eye symbol in the layers box next to the mask layer so it is invisible.  Then right click and choose MERGE VISIBLE LAYERS.  Click the eye symbol again to make the mask visible again. You should now have two layers.
Duplicate each layer 3 times so that would mean you will have 4 of each- a total of 8 layers.

Arrange the layers alternating as shown below-

Now we are going to add a WAVE distort to copy#2 and copy layers of the mask only.  Go to FILTERS>DISTORT>WAVES and plug in the following settings. Hit OK and remember only on the layers shown below. 

Now merge the layers two by two.  Copy#2 of tag with copy#2 of mask.  Copy#1 with copy#1.  Copy with copy.  And the original tag layer and mask layer.  You will now have 4 layers and you will need to make sure you have white as your background color in the foreground and background color swatch and you will need to remove the alpha channel on each one of these 4 layers by right clicking and choosing REMOVE ALPHA CHANNEL as shown.
You can use the rectangle select tool to crop the final tag, just make the selection and go up to IMAGE>CROP TO SELECTION.
Now it's time to save your animation!
FILE>SAVE AS  name.gif  and a box will pop up- make sure the SAVE AS ANIMATION is checked. Then click EXPORT.

Another box will come up. Just make sure the USE DELAY is checked and that your milliseconds is more than 300.  The higher the number, the slower it moves.  Hit SAVE!

Upload your creation to a place like Fotki or photobucket or something to see the animation. 
Hope you liked this tutorial, I'd love to see if you've done anything using it.  Send it to my email :)

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