Sunday, January 18, 2009

Shy Valentine


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This tutorial was written using Paint Shop Pro, version X.03. It should be okay to do with other versions as well. I just find X.03 more comfortable for me. You may download a free trial of Paint Shop Pro, version X2, from Corel.

You will also need:

Tube of your choice. I've chosen to use the artwork of Susan Heidi. You must have a license to use her work. You may purchase that license at My PSP Tubes.

Animation Shop - at this time, I'm not sure where you can get this program, if you don't already have it. You may, however, save the tut as a static (non-animated) image if you like.

Scrap kit by Bluey of BlueDream Designs. It's called "Valentine." Be sure to leave her some love! It looks like it's all FTU but please DON'T PASS ON BY when you see the donation button! That'd be BIG love for a BIG FTU scrap maker!!

No filters were used in this tut.

Font: I used PonytailScriptSSK

My Supplies here. This consists only of the mask, which came from Ali, of Designs by Ali fame. Thanks, Ali!!

This tutorial uses a lot of repetition, to get the dangle effect to run smoothly. It was confusing to write, so I hope you can make it through okay. I still think all those tut writers out there are amazing. It takes me forever to write it all out! I have found, to keep me from getting lost when doing tuts, that if the site allows it, highlighting the text of the step I'm on will keep me on the right track. If you have any problems, let me know in comments and I'll get right back to you!!

Let's get to it!

Open a new image, 700 x 700 white

Grab paper 4, copy and paste onto canvas.

Get frame 2, copy and paste that above the paper.

Using your magic wand, click inside the frame. Selections > Modify > Expand by 7. Selection > Invert

Highlight your paper layer, hit delete. Selections > Select None.

Highlight your white background layer. Add new raster layer. Selections > Select All

Paper 8, copy and paste into selection. Selections > Select None

Load your mask. INVERT TRANSPARENCY CHECKED! Delete mask layer, then answer "yes" to the question that pops up, and Merge > Group.

Grab paper 8 again, copy and paste it as new layer, above your mask layer.

Highlight frame layer. Again using your magic wand, click outside frame. Go back to your paper 8 layer you've just made and hit delete. Selections > Select None.

Adjust > Blur > Gaussian Blur set at 20.

Add your tube. Make this your top layer. Drop shadow your tube as desired.

Highlight your frame layer again. Using magic wand, click inside frame. Selections > Invert

Grab your eraser brush. Mine is set to square, size of 150, Hardness 100, Step 10, Density and Thickness 100, Rotation 0, Opacity 100.

Highlight your tube layer. Use your brush to delete the portions of your tube that are hanging out the bottom of the frame. DO NOT USE ERASER BRUSH ON TOP! When happy with your tube/frame situation (LOL), Selections > Select None. This will make your tube appear to be coming out of the frame.

Drop Shadow your frame.

Bow 4. Resize 50%. Copy and paste onto canvas. Rotate left 15%. Move to left of frame, or arrange to your liking.

Bow 1. Resize 50%. Copy and paste onto canvas. Rotate left 20%. Place atop first bow. Drop shadow both bows.

Here comes the repetition. I hope you can follow along!

Charm 1. Copy and paste on right of frame, lining it up with the top right "diamond" in the center of the flower on your frame. Drop shadow.

Duplicate this layer four times, so you have a total of five charm layers. Rename your original charm layer "Charm 1."

Highlight one of your duplicated charm layers, and re-name "Charm 2." Rotate left 10%. Line up the top of the charm to coincide with the original. This assures a smooth look to your charm dangle. You can see, even on mine, it came out sorta choppy. This can be improved -- I was just lazy!

Go to your next duplicated charm layer. Re-name "Charm 3." Rotate left 20%. Again, line it up with the tops of your other charms.

And now to your next duplicated charm. Re-name "Charm 4." Rotate right 10%. Line it up!

And finally, your last duplicated charm. Re-name "Charm 5" and rotate right 20%. Line it up.

Close out your four duplicated charms, leaving the original, "Charm 1," the only one visible.

Add your name, © and license if applicable. Don't forget your tag or watermark, so you get credit too!

Resize the tag to your pleasing.

More repetition coming up! Beware!


Edit > Copy Merged

Go to Animation Shop, right click on the blank canvas and paste as new animation.

Back to PSP. Close out charm 1, reveal charm 2. Edit > Copy Merged

Back to A.S. Edit > Paste after current frame.

Back to PSP. Close out charm 2, reveal charm 3. Edit > Copy Merged

Back to A.S. Edit > Paste after current frame.

Back to PSP. Close out charm 3. Reveal charm 2 again. Edit > Copy Merged

In Animation Shop, Edit > Paste after current frame.

In PSP, close out charm 2. Reveal charm 1. Edit > Copy Merged

Back to A.S., Edit > Paste after current frame.

In PSP, close out charm 1 and reveal charm 4. Edit > Copy Merged

Back to A.S., Edit > Paste after current frame

And back to PSP, close out charm 4 and reveal charm 5. Edit > Copy Merged

Back to A.S., Edit > Paste after current frame.

Back to PSP finally, close out charm 5 and re-open charm 4. Edit > Copy Merged

And back in Animation Shop, Edit > Paste after current frame.

WHEW!! Did you make it?

Now, still in Animation Shop, Edit > Select All.

Right click on the top bar of your animation, choose Frame Properties. Change number to 15.

View > Animation

If satisfied, save as a .gif!!

I hope this wasn't too confusing, and that you're happy with your results. You're finally done!

Thank you for choosing to try my tut! It's a pleasure to see people participating!


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