FTU Halloween Kandi Animated Gimp Tutorial

Check out this tag I made with my FTU kit Eerie Night, you can get that HERE
and I used a fun tube called Kandi, by FourXDesigns, which is perfect for Halloween!  You need a license to use this art, and you can get both the license and tube at http://fourxdesigns-store.com/
I also used a FTU mask by Insatiable Dreams #600, you can get that HERE

Let's get started!
1.  Open the tube of choice, remove copyright layer and background layer.  Use the flip tool on the close up tube.
2.  Add by dragging/dropping the following from the kit into the canvas:
ELEMENT41- place behind close up
ELEMENT38- 210x546, COLOR>DESATURATE, use pick tool from paper12, then ALPHA TO SELECTION on element38, add new transparent layer, fill with color you picked, in layers box click the arrow to the right of MODE and choose GRAIN MERGE then right click and merge these two layers together.  Duplicate and flip the cipy, place on opposite side of frame.  Duplicate the copy and scale it down.  Then duplicate it and go to LAYERS>TRANSFORM>ROTATE 180 degrees.  Merge all 4 layers together, then click on frame layer to make active in layers box and use the magic wand (fuzzy select tool) and click within the frame.  Go to SELECT>GROW by 4 then click on the PAPER12 layer to make active, SELECT>INVERT and EDIT CLEAR, click on the close up tube layer, EDIT>CLEAR, ELEMENT41, EDIT>CLEAR, and then go back up to SELECT>INVERT and click on the ELEMENT38 layer and EDIT>CLEAR to make the inside of the frame part of the splatters disappear. 
ELEMENT37- 561x344, duplicate and place one above other.
ELEMENT21- 141x146, COLOR>DESATURATE then COLOR>COLORIZE to orange tones, duplicate and scale copy to 93x96
ELEMENT4- 205x156, use the ellipse select tool to create a circle where the eyes and mouth are in this pumpkin.  Then add new layer, fill with the yellow shade picked from pumpkin.  Move this circle behind the pumpkin, you'll use it for the animation.
3. Add drop shadow with settings at 2/2/7 for all layers except the added oval layer for pumpkin.
4.  Add the mask by dragging it into your canvas, scale to 594x755 then go to COLORS>INVERT and LAYER>TRANSPARENCY>COLOR TO ALPHA, then right click on this in layers box ALPHA TO SELECTION, make paper 8 layer active by clicking on it in layers box, then go to SELECT>INVERT and EDIT>CLEAR, the paper is now the mask so you can delete the original mask...
5.  Here's a great spot to add your copyright to your tag, use the copyright symbol, artist's name, website and your license number if applicable.  Then save your tag as .xcf so you can come back into it layer by layer and make adjustments if needed. If you do not want to go on to the animation, just add your name.  I used the font called Moonstone in that same yellow I picked earlier, right clicked, ALPHA TO SELECTION, SELECT>GROW by 2 and add a new layer.  Fill it with a darker shade of orange.  Then add a drop shadow.  Click back on the yellow text and go to FILTERS>DECOR>ADD BEVEL at 5, then save as .png You'll end up with a tag like this:
6. To go on with the animation, right click on that circle yellow layer we made behind the pumpkin earlier and ALPHA TO SELECTION, then every single layer that is under it in the layers box, EDIT>CLEAR on every one.  That way this is basically a hole thru the tag.  Then make the circle invisible and right click on another layer in the layers box and choose MERGE VISIBLE LAYERS.  You'll be left with the circle and the rest of the tag.  The circle goes below of course.  Then duplicate each layer so there's a total of 6 layers- 3 of the rest of the tag and 3 circles.  Order them so they alternate- Tag/Circle, Tag/Circle, Tag/Circle in the layers box.  Leave the top circle plain, then click on the second circle and go to FILTERS>LIGHT & SHADOW>SUPERNOVA the box that comes up will have an X and Y, don't worry, you can click in the preview where to set the supernova, make sure it's the center of the circle.  This will  set the X and Y.  Then the rest of the settings I had at 34/200/0 with the color chosen as a light yellow/white.  Click OK.  Then click on the third circle and go back to FILTERS>LIGHT & SHADOW>SUPERNOVA this time, settings at 70/400/0, hit OK.  Now right click on the first circle circle, ALPHA TO SELECTION and then SELECT>INVERT.  click on second circle to make active and EDIT>CLEAR then third circle to make active and EDIT>CLEAR.  Duplicate the first circle twice and place a copy of it below the supernova circles you just made, so there's 3 layers, 3 layers, 3 layers... Your layers box should look like this:
Now merge layers together... First three together, second three together, third three together.  So you end up with 3 layers TOTAL.  While the top layer is selected, go to IMAGE>MODE>INDEXED with color dithering enabled and FLoyd-Steinberg chosen in the drop down box.  Hit convert.  Make sure white is your background color.  Then right click on each layer and REMOVE ALPHA CHANNEL.  Save the tag as .gif then click SAVE AS ANIMATION and EXPORT.  Crop if needed, 100 milliseconds is fine and Delay checked.  And you're done!  Hope you liked this tag tutorial :)

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