Here are your
SUPPLIES for this tutorial.
Its easy to get confused with this tutorial.. even
myself . Takes concentration
with all the layers you will be working with and moving..
tutorial is more for intermediate + level of PSP user.
Said it once.. said it MILLION times.. in PSP
there are several
ways to do the same thing. All my tutorials
reflect the way I DO IT...
and what is easiest for me.. NOW if you
can figure out a better way..
hey go for it.. and let me in on it
please hehe. I'm for learning all I can to do with PSP.
First off.. go to
FILE/NEW and create a new image 500 x 500.
Big I know but
can always crop down later. Copy and paste the
Maple Leaves tube
that is in the zip file of supplies up above.
Place your tube
EXACTLY where you want it.. once you go through
these steps you cant
move it unless you undo lots of steps..
and you cant move layers
once this is started either..
So position them where you want.. then
go to Selections/select all/ Float
then back to
selections/Load/Save Selection/Save Selection
to Alpha Channel.
Your committed now unless you undo..
Save the selection as Maple Leaves or whatever you
can now CUT or delete the real
leaves tube out of your image..
NOT the layer but highlight the
layer and cut the leaves..
will still have that layer there on
palette. On the layer palette..
should have the bottom layer name it bkg and the leaf layer which
you just cut the leaves out of..
Fill this second layer
with WHITE or whatever color you
want.. I chose white..
Then go to Selections./
load selection from Alpha channel..
and find your Oak Leaves or maple.. whichever they are lol..
You will see the shape of the leaves on the
white.. click your
CUT or DELETE..
cutting out that shape.. go to SELECTIONS/
and add a 3D shadow on there. Use the settings
Not shown.. but on the BKG layer FILL with a color
so it will be UNDER the leaf cutout. I chose an orange stripe bkg
tile I had made. Now merge
the bottom bkg layer you filled with
the color.. and the WHITE cut out
leaf layer together..
Highlight the white leaf layer
on the layer palette.. Merge DOWN...
that will merge only the selected
layer and the layer right underneath it..
no matter how many layers you got
going.. remember this.. Merge DOWN comes in handy..
Now open your PSP's Animation Shop and open one of
the falling dot animations..
I put in the zip of supplies for you..
I included several colors.. in A.S. go to
edit/select ALL and Edit
again and EXPORT to PSP or on the keyboard
which I use..
hit Ctrl + A to select all... then Shift + X
to Export all
the frames to PSP. It
will immediately take you back to PSP.
Now this is tricky here..
have to pay attention.. if you click on the animation..
you will see
on the layer palette.. that there is 8 frames
to the animation.. we
have to copy and paste as new image
EACH frame.. and line them up in
the correct order on the workspace..
start with FRAME 1 and have it
selected.. COPY then PASTE as
NEW IMAGE. Put it on top left of
workspace as shown..
then highlight or select FRAME 2 on layer
COPY and PASTE AS NEW IMAGE.. put it right under the
one that you copied and pasted.. When your done.. on the layer
you will have the 8 different lil dot windows.. all in
order. top is frame 1 and on down to frame 8.
See the sample below on the placement of these lil windows of the
It depends on what you have opened on your workspace in PSP as
to what the name of the images of the lil dot
started with Image 9 yours might be different..
just know that the
FIRST ONE is the first one on the materials list that
you will use for fill..
I started with image 9 that was FRAME 1 for me..
it goes image 9-16 or Frame 1-8 in other
Have I lost you.. yikes hope not this is where
you have to keep what frame is what...
ok on the layer palette... highlight the bottom bkg layer..
the white with leaf cut out with the colored bkg .
On the materials palette choose pattern for the
and double click on the pattern window.. it
expands down like
it shows below.. choose your FIRST dot image
that was frame 1.
on your canvas ADD a new layer.. go to Selections/load-save
selection/load from alpha channel.. and choose the leaf shape.
to your image.. on that new layer use your FILL tool and
with that first dot pattern.. ADD A NEW layer click
on the foreground
window in materials palette and choose the
next image.. the numbers
are consecutive.. you keep adding a layer..
filling it with the next
dot image.. until you do that 8 times..
when your done you will
have the bottom bkg layer on the
layer palette and raster 1, raster 2, - raster 8
9 layers in all..
Below is BEFORE I merged/merge DOWN the orange
and the white cut out leaves bkg.. but you can see.. the
raster 1-8 there that's the dot layers...
Now open whatever tube your going
to use.. and click on the
TOP Raster 8 layer on the layer
palette.. and COPY and
PASTE the new tube on there..
and name the layer please..
Your layer palette should look like this..
If your not already as confused as you can be.. then be ready
MORE confused lol.. you need to duplicate the bottom bkg
times.. and then duplicate the top tube layer 7 times..
so you will
have 8 layers of each... on my sample below.. I accidentally
duplicated them one too many times.. and took the screen capture
straightened it up later.. and didn't take a capture.. over
look the extra layer
of the bkg and the basket of cats that's there.
Below you can tell how
the layer palette should look.. with all the
duplicated layers.. bkgs on bottom..
tube on top and the Raster 1-8 in middle that's
the dot filled layers..
You can work this any way you would like. but the way I did it..
drug a Raster 1 layer and a Cat basket layer on top of a
and merged those 3... Your suppose to end up with
8 merged layers
when done... a BKG, A RASTER and A TUBE layer
all get merged
together.. need to be precise in dragging the Rasters down..
they're not keep in the order of 1, 2 ,3 ,4 ,5 etc.. the
wont look right.. So How I did it all was HID or X'd out
all the layers.
drug Raster 1 layer down on top of BKG layer then
drug a cat basket
layer on top of the Raster 1 then merged visible
just 3 layers together..
all the other layers are protected or hid..
then those 3 layers are called
merged layer. .I HID it.. then un hid
the next copy of BKG layer..
drug Raster 2 layer on top of this..
and then copy of basket of cats
on top of that.. un hiding just the
3 layers and merge/merge visible..
every thing else is X'd. I do
this till all layers are merged and I end up with only 8 merged
This below shows how I'm merging all the layers.
Got one done here and merging the next 3 layers..
time to crop if you want.. I use selection
tool and crop to selection..
Here I added a frame.. I had 8
merged layers.. I added a new layer..
and filled with my first
color... went to selections/select all/modify/ contract 7 pixels..
CUT... then filled with next
color.. selections/modify/contract 3 pixels/ CUT
then INVERTED then put an
inner bevel on it and a 3D drop shadow..
I duplicated this frame layer..
after naming it on the layer palette..
and merging each new frame layer
with a merged layer.. just like
I merged all the other ones above..
in other words drug a frame layer
on top of a merged layer and
merged /merged down... so on and so on..
ending up again with 8 merged
When you end up with your 8 merged layers.. your done!!
SAVE AS.. animation shop (*.psp) type file.. then open it in
animation shop and save as GIF file. Hope this wasn't too
TOODLES till next time..