I'm going to show you how to make this little
animated Cat. Using your PSP 9 and Animation shop.
The artist of the cat as you
probably recognize is Mary
Here is the supplies ZIP
for your supplies...
*included is the ME cat
tube and the two eye lash PSP brushes.. put the brushes in your
Open the cat tube and click Shift +
D to duplicate the window, close the original tube.
Name the CAT tube layer on the layer palette.. and
duplicate it 2 times. End up with 3 layers there as shown.
Use your freehand selection tool/point to point
Select around the right eye, right click on the
last click to close the selection in as shown below.
Add a new layer name it Eye or something to
identify what it is.. With the new layer selected on the layer
palette fill it with white. See sample below.
On the same layer as the white, use your selection
and draw an oval for the cats iris. fill it with
whatever color you want the cats eye to be. While its still selected
go to selection/INVERT and apply a 3D drop shadow on the Iris using
the settings below. Use a darker color than what the iris is.
Next on the same layer make a smaller oval using
the selection tool like before this time its for the pupil. so
smaller.. thinner and fill with black. you can put a 3D drop shadow
around the eye now using the settings below.. use V-1 H-1 apply the
shadow then change the V to -1 and the H to -1.
Add a new layer.. and use the eyelash brush I
supplied in the Zip. You might have to use the deformation tool
to get it positioned along the
top of the eye at the correct angle. Once you get the lashes right..
merge/merge down the lashes and the eye. Now your eye is complete..
DUPLICATE the eye layer now and on the new
duplicated eye layer go to Image /mirror, use the deformation tool
to turn the eye in correct angle
for the left eye.
Once the eye is in the correct angle.. merge the
two eye layers.
On the layer palette you should have 3 layers
now.. the top cat layer is the one with the opened eyes.. the middle
and bottom one.. is of the original cat.. X or hide the top and
bottom layers.. and lets work on the middle layer... this is the
layer were going to work on to make the cats tail move. Use your
selection tool again... the Freehand selection tool
on point to point.
Carefully click around the cats tail.. against the
body.. where the tail connects on.. right clicking to close in the
That middle layer is still selected on the layer
palette.. right click on the top of the image window and COPY and
PASTE as new layer.
This sample below is after I pasted as new layer..
see the selection? its still selecting the original TAIL.. making
sure that layer is selected NOT the new tail layer but the original
middle layer... click delete or the CUT button
. Now click and drag the new tail
layer *remember you always rename these layers* down BELOW the
original middle layer that has the cat body on it.. that way the
tail will be BEHIND the body and the end of it where you cut it off
wont be seen.
Use your deformation tool
and skewer the tail into a new
position.. keep your eye on where it attaches on to the body.. You
want it in about the SAME place as the original tail was cut off..
Merge the new placed tail and the cat layer.
*REMINDER* always when you use the
deformation tool or resize something, SHARPEN it once.. or it will
be blurred in that area!!!!
You should have 3 layers on the
layer palette now.. the bottom one is the original untouched cat..
the middle one.. is the one that you just re-adjusted the tail on..
the top layer is the one where you made the open eyes..
On each of the cat layers.. apply a 3D drop
shadow.. I used the settings below.. but you can do it how you want
it to look.
I ADDED a new layer.. clicked and dragged it to
the BOTTOM of the layers.. filled it with white.. named it bkg
layer.. and 'decorated' it with a few brushes. you can put whatever
deco you want on it. I also put my watermark on this bkg layer.
Duplicate your Bkg layer now 2 times.. you should
have the 3 cat layers and the 3 bottom layers that are the bkg layers..
so 6 layers all together. Drag a cat layer above a bkg layer... you
should have cat layer on top.. bkg.. cat layer.. bkg ...cat layer
then lastly on bottom, a bkg layer. click on EACH cat layer..
merge/merge down. You end up with 3 layers when done.. SAVE AS an
Animation Shop (*.psp) file type and then open your Animation shop and
browse to this file you just saved in PSP... you MIGHT have to
re-adjust the animation speed.. you would do that by going to
EDIT/Select ALL frames. then right click on any of the frames and go
to animation properties... by default its set on 10.. which is
FAST.. the higher the number the slower the animation speed.. Mine I
set on 30.. then you SAVE AS a .gif.. if you need help in fine
tuning.. your GIF settings.. I have another tutorial for that, the
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial.. till next time