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First I pick a free three-column blog template that I've downloaded from the internet (or you can make your own). I also open my file of wood samples as my background for the moving tile.
(Please forgive the picture qualities on the next pictures... my screenshot option started acting funky, so I had to take these pictures with my camera, haha)
Next, I move the blog picture to my new 150x50 file, then I scale it down so that it fits. A good part of the picture gets cut off, but that's ok.
Then I use my rectangular marquee and pick one of my wood samples and select a portion:
Copy and paste the rectangle you just selected onto the blinkie, then resize it to the desired size:
To give it some more depth an dimension (so it doesn't look so 2-dimensional), I like to add an inner glow that is a few shades darker than the actual image. Then I drop the shadow (in this blinkie, I did change the shadow colour... sometimes the default- black- just doesn't go well with the image colours, I changed it to dark green... just so it's noticeable, but not clashing):
Next, I add an image to the side (or corners) of the rectangle, just to soften it up. I picked a random image from my library (it was a free vector image I found on google), changed the colour of it to match the blinkie... then I deleted the background (by selecting all white areas and pressing delete). Then I copied, pasted, and resized it on the rectangle. I also added an outer glow, because I couldn't see the blue design on the green background. Adding the outer glow made it visible:
Then I added the text:
And the text not on the moving tile:
Now, to make it so that the moving tile goes BEHIND the two outer columns, I select the middle area (I wasn't "perfect" in this example with selecting... but it's just a sample blinkie, lol. I also would have de-selected the little designs that overlap the columns... if this were a real blinkie I was making).
Then I copy the selection. Delete. Paste. Then I reorder the layers so that the side columns are on top, and the middle column is on bottom. All other layers in between:
Next, I do the movement. I like to start backwards, that way the moving tile ends exactly where I want it to and I don't have to guess how many nudges to do in each animation layer. In this case, I linked the wood tile, the decorative accent, and the words... then I nudged it right 5 times and down 10 times in each animation layer until all that was left was a little sliver. Next, I reorganized the layers correctly (so that the layer with just the sliver is first):
I do the same thing to the "sample!" letters. I make sure it's behind the tile and nudged it just three times in each animation layer.
Finally, I changed the speed to .2 seconds for each animation layer, except for the last one, which I made 1 full second.