Here is a really cool text effect, I thought I'd
share with you..
this is done with PSP 9 but can use 8, X or Xl ,
with small differences.
You don't need any outside plugins or
supplies.... Just a FAT font and some cute preset shapes....
1. I started off with a 500 x 300 new transparent
*this really depends on the length of
Fill this layer with #292525. Go to
Adjust/add/remove noise/add noise... use the settings below.
2. Add a new raster layer, Click your Text tool
and type your name,
use a FAT
font for this.. I used 'Ballonist SF' TTF. Have your font tool
on Vector, then after you type the name, right click on the vector
layer on the layer palette and convert to raster. Go to
all then selections/float then
selections again and DEFLOAT.
Selections/load-save selection/save selection to
3. Name your alpha channel.
4. ADD a new raster layer. While your name is
still selected with the alpha channel,
go to Selections/modify/contract 3 pixels. Fill
with a lighter
version of the base color.. Here I used
#D96490 fill the contracted area as shown below.
5. Now make sure your on the new added layer you
just filled with the
lighter color... keep it selected, use your
tool and slide the lighter
fill over to right and down like I did below, then
CUT or delete.
6. Unselect and use the move
tool to move the light part you
just cut off back into original position.
7. Like below then go to Adjust/ Blur/ Gaussian
Set the Radius to 2 or 3 depending on how
much you want it to blur.
8. Add a new raster layer, go to
Selections/Save-load alpha channel.
Load your saved alpha channel name again.
Then go to selections/modify/contract 3 pixels,
and fill with white, like the sample below.
9. Making sure again that your on the new layer
that you filled with white..
use your move
tool and move the white to the
left and up a lil, like the sample below. CUT or Delete.
10. Unselect, the move the cut off white back into
starting position, like below.
11. Use your Gaussian blur again with the radius
12. Hide the bkg gray noise layer on the
layer palette and
merge/visible all the name layers. Apply a 3D drop
shadow using the default setting to the name layer.
Making the Flower Dangler
13 . I used a preset flower shape I have you can
make or use your
own deco dangler that you want.. this is how
I did mine..
14. I used a middle color for my dangler flower. I
pulled out a small
flower like below. When your happy with the
size then right click on its vector layer and convert to raster
14. Go to selections/select all/ float. then
selections/modify/expand 3 pixels.
15. Fill with a darker color, then go to
Effects/Texture effects/blinds and use these settings.
16. I added a new layer and drew a round selection
with the selection
tool set on circle. and filled it with a metal_brass
you can decorate your dangler any way you want.
17. To make the gold ring at the top of the
dangler I used the preset
oval, Mode was circle, and just had the gold
gradient in the foreground box with the setting
above and the
background box null or transparent.
Use the settings below for the preset shape .
18. Draw out a small ring, like below you might
have to zoom in to see it better.
19. Once you get the ring made right click on its
vector layer and
convert to raster. Use your eraser tool
and erase the part of
the ring that would be behind the dangle and not
like I did below then apply a 3D drop shadow on
20. I didn't show it but I put an extra flower
shape in the center of the
dangle made with the gold... but like I
said you can decorate your dangle
any way your lil hearts desires...
hehe... Hide all the layers but the layers
to the dangle flower and merge visible,
Don't forget your drop shadow
on the flower part.. and match it to the name
shadow.. would look funny to have two different settings on them.
21. Now to make the chain for the dangle. I used
the pen tool set
on draw point
to point-bezier curves. Line style Diamonds at 3 width.
I clicked up at the top of the O then at the top
of the gold loop then
pulled out the node to make the curve a bit,
right click on vector layer
convert to raster... did the same thing
to the back side of the chain.
If your not familiar with using the
pen tool and bezier curves it takes some practice...
22. I merged the two pieces of chain and applied a
3D drop shadow using the settings below.
23. I merged all the dangle pieces.. the flower,
chain and gold loop.
Then duplicated that layer 2 times.. so I had 3
layers of dangle flower.
I used the deformation tool
top two layers of the flower
dangle, shown below. One I make swing to the left
and one to the right.
NOTE: when you resize
or use deformation tool on something ALWAYS sharpen once..
24. Time to crop... all the extra around the name
and flower dangler
25. Merge the name layer with the bkg layer.
Rename it Name layer.
then duplicate the name layer 2 times..
*having 3layers of it now* and
pull one of the Dangler layers down
above a name/bkg layer.. do to all
the others same way.. so your layer palette
should look like the one below.
26. Save as an animation (*.psp) file type format
and open it in Animation shop.
Once you have the file open in animation shop...
you need to duplicate one of the layers..
the one that the dangle is hanging down straight
in middle.. and put it
behind the last frame.. as you look at
the frames you should have
the first frame.. the dangler to the left.. then
center then right then center ...
so it will swing right.. and natural... you
should have 4 layers when done...
select all frames.. and right click on one
and go to animation properties..
and change the timing from 10 to 30 or so..
depends on how fast you want it to swing. SAVE AS A GIF.... your
Below shows you don't have to use this same
technique just on text but
I used it on a heart shape.. the heart on the left
has Eye Candy 3.01 Glass effect applied on it..
Its endless what you can use this shading
technique on to make
something look dimensional. Sky's the limit!!
till next time friends