Sunday, February 22, 2009

Steppin' Out Spring

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This tutorial was written on February 22, 2009, 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. Any similarities between this tut and any others you may see are purely coincidental.

You will also need:

Tube of your choice. I'm using the great artwork of Lorenzo Sperlonga. You must have a license to use his work. You may purchase that license at CILM.

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 Mirella of Scrap It Sassy. It is a PTU kit, called Almost Spring. There is a tagger's size and a scrapper's size. This kit is on sale! Get it while it's hot! :)

Filters: Eye Candy 4000 > Gradient Glow, DSB Flux > Bright Noise

Font: I used Spiral

No outside supplies used in this tut!

Let's begin, shall we?

Open a new image, 700 x 650, white.

Open Frame_CircleScallop. Resize 85%. Copy and paste as new layer.

Open Paper5. Copy and paste as new layer, below your frame layer.

Highlight your frame layer. Grab your magic wand and click inside the frame. Selections > Invert

Highlight your Paper5 layer. Hit delete. Selections > Select none.

Adjust > Blur > Gaussian Blur set at 5.

Duplicate this layer. Drag the copy below the original. Resize 110%. Adjust > Blur > Gaussian Blur set at 20.

Add your tube of choice. Resize and position as needed. Drop shadow.

Open BunchdOfFlowers_Blue. Resize 80%. Arrange at bottom of frame. See my tag for reference. If you're using a tube such as mine, that has a couple of legs (that sounds so weird) and you'd like it to step out of the frame and over the flowers, then do this:

Stay on the BunchOfFlowers_Blue layer. Selections > Select All > Float > Defloat.

Highlight your tube layer. Pick a leg! LOL. Grab your eraser brush and erase the leg of choice. Selectons > Select none.

Drop shadow your BunchOfFlowers_Blue layer.

Open Bow_BlueDotted. Resize 65%. Copy and paste as new layer. Position where you'd like it. I chose to have mine at the top left of the frame. Duplicate this layer. Image > Mirror. Merge these two layers down and drop shadow.

Open Wrap2_Blue. Copy and paste as a new layer, under your tube and over your frame. I used my pick tool to squeeze this vertically, making it thinner than it was orignally.

Highlight your frame layer. Grab your magic wand and again click inside frame. Selections > Invert

Highlight your Wrap2_Blue layer. Grab your eraser brush and erase the portion that overlaps the frame on the right. On the *left*, erase what you can without ruining the bow portion and Selections > Select none. Grab your lasso set at point-to-point and draw around the bow area carefully, and the hit delete. Selections > Select none.

Drop shadow both your Wrap2_Blue layer and your frame layer.

Open Doodle_Paper_Blue. Resize 150%. Copy and paste as new layer. (I always do this on the top layer so I can see what I'm doing...) Position to the top and right of the frame. Duplicate this layer and Image > Mirror. Merge these two layers down. Duplicate *this* layer and Image > Flip. I found I had two areas of overlap I didn't want, so I used my selection tool to crop them out. Merge your two doodle layers down, and drag it below your copy of Paper5 -- just above your white background. Drop shadow.

Add your name. I used color #A9CCC3. Edit > Plugins > Eye Candy 4000 > Gradient Glow set on 3 - 25 - 100, color #455e7c. Drop shadow your name. Add a bevel if you like. My bevel is as follows:



[Note that this screen shot was from the previous tutorial, Sea Maiden. I used the same bevel here.]

Hit okay.

Add your copyright, license information and taggers'/watermark.

Resize your tag to your desired size. You may quit now and save if you choose to not animate.

A N I M A T I O N

Highlight your Doodle_Paper_Blue layer. Duplicate it twice, for a total of three layers.

On the bottom layer, Effects > Plugins > DSB Flux > Bright noise, intensity setting on 35. Hit "mix."

Highlight the middle doodle layer and apply bright noise again, this time hitting "mix" a couple of times.

Highlight the top doodle layer and apply bright noise once more, this time hitting "mix" three or four times.

Close out the top two doodle layers, leaving the bottom one open.

Edit > Copy Merged

Open Animation Shop, right-click on the desktop area and paste as a new animation.

Return to PSP. Close out the bottom doodle layer and open the middle one.

Edit > Copy merged

Return to Animation Shop and Edit > Paste > After current frame.

Back to PSP. Close out the middle doodle layer and open the top one.

Edit > Copy merged

And, once again, back to Animation Shop and Edit > Paste > After current frame.

View > Animation. Save as .gif and we're done! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Thanks for trying it out!

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