Hi there... I'm going to show you how to make this
blinkie above.. I have supplied
this blue bkg and snowmen in a
pspimage format.. and also have supplied you with
some frames I
made, also the one I'm using in this sample.. that I didn't make.
I'm using PSP 9 to make this blinkie.
Put the brushes in your brush folder inside docs/mypspfiles
You will also need Super Blade Pro for this
Get Super Blade Pro
HERE and the coconut ice
Put the M_coconutice preset in your Super Blade Pro/environments
folder that's in your plugins folder
Open up the PSP
image I had in the supplies zip.. as you see on the layer palette
there is a top FRAME layer.. there is nothing on
that.. choose WHITE on your
foreground color.. and find the frame you would
like to use... on your drop
down previews of your brushes.. and 'stamp' your
brush on the canvas as shown.
Make sure the Frame layer is selected on the layer
palette and go to selections/select all/float.
Go to EFFECTS/Plugins and find your Flaming
Pear/Super Blade Pro
Notice the Red arrow below.. this is where you
browse to the mydocs/mypspfiles/plugins/superbladepro/environment
This is where you will find the M_coconutice preset or
whichever preset you want to use.
I used the M_candycane_redwhitegreen.q5q preset
that I downloaded from the
preset site I gave you above. To make the
you can use solid color also then apply the clear
M_coconutice.q5q preset if you want.
Go to EFFECTS/3D effects/ drop shadow and apply
with these settings below.
Use your ERASE tool set on 50 size and MAKE SURE
your on the blue bkg layer
and erase the blue that's on the outside of the
oval frame. Be very careful not to
erase the area inside the oval... if you mess
up...UNDO * Ctrl + Z * and do over..
Don't forget to erase the lil bit of the Snowman
layer that's on the outside of the oval frame now..
It should look like this below when your all
ADD a new layer.. and DRAG it to the bottom of the
and fill with WHITE and merge ALL. So now
you have one merged layer.
This sample below.. is the Presets shape tool that
you use to make your blocks for the blinkie..
Make sure the MODE is set on the square..
see there on top left?
NOTE**** you don't have to
use the square preset shape you can use hearts, bows, stars.. etc
Click and draw out one lil square like below NOT
too big...* foreground color on white or black..
and background color on NULL......when you
use the preset shape tool, it will make the block
vector. right click on the vector layer and
convert to Raster layer. You should have two layers now..
the background merged layer and the Raster 1
layer that's the one block.
RIGHT click and NAME your layers.. don't forget
this.. it helps keep it all straight.
Making sure your on the block layer, go to
SELECTIONS/ select all/ float,
Your lil block should have the
marching ants around it.....then right click on the top of your
graphic window and COPY.
And paste as new selection, this puts the block on
your mouse pointer and you can
position it where you want it.. when you left
click it 'drops' the block where you
clicked.. (CANT move it after you've clicked)
so make sure its where you want it.....
you don't have to copy anymore.. cause you copied
the first time.. all you do now
is right click on top of graphic window again and
paste as new Selection ...
keep doing this till you get all the blocks
where you want them.. doing this it puts all the blocks on the same
Now comes the tricky part... U should have two
layers now.. background merged
layer on bottom and the Blocks layer. However many
blocks you have.. I have 7 here..
you duplicate the block layer enough times
to make same amount of layers as
you do blocks.. I have 6 duplicates of that block
layer so 7 all together.
X out or hid all the block layers except the
bottom one...Start with the BOTTOM
block layer on the layer palette
.. USE your magic wand tool.. set on 20 Tolerance
and click INSIDE the block.. make sure your on the correct block
the bottom layer. The inside of the block should be selected
now and go to
Selections/modify/ Expand 1 pixel
click ok. Now fill it with whatever color
you want the blocks to be.
X that block layer you just filled and UN hid the
up... use magic wand and select inside the block and go to
1 pixel click OK again. Do this with each of
the block layers. filling with color on EACH of the layers...
Expand 1 pixel as shown. Then you fill with
When your done filling the blocks with color...
however many block layers you have..
* I have 7 here * you have to
duplicate your BKG layer now .
. so there is same amount of it as there is of
you drag EACH block layer down on top of a BKG
layer.. so from top to bottom you
have blocks.. bkg.. blocks... bkg..
blocks.. bkg.. so on and so on.. look at the sample below.
a block layer then right click merge/merge down.
Click on the next
block layer and merge/merge down...
down.. will merge the layer
that is highlighted and the ONE layer
below it only... so your merging a block and a bkg layer
together. I ended up with 7 layers after I did all
that.. but it depends on how many blocks
you did.. if you originally had 10 blocks
then you end up with 10 merged layers..
When your done merging your layers.. SAVE AS an
Animation Shop (*.psp) file type.
Open your Animation shop and open this blinkie you
just saved over in PSP.
You might want to slow the animation down.. The
speed is set to 10 by default...
you go to EDIT and SELECT all (Ctrl + A) and
right click on any frame and go down to Frame Properties..
And set to 30 or whatever speed you like..
is the preview animation button. so you can view what it looks like
before you save it...
SAVE AS .GIF
THIS below is an added feature you might want to
Ok I don't have screen shots of this.. BUT... if
you want.. the animation of your
blinkie to go in one direction then
go backwards not just start over..
you select ALL your
animation frames and COPY then click on the LAST frame
PASTE/after selected frame. then while those are selected go to
and REVERSE frames that way. depending on how you did the blinkies..
but they go
on from left to right.. back left again.....
not left right.. left right... they go in both
directions in other words.. it does double the
size of the animation.. and makes it twice as many frames but its a
nice effect too.
HOPE you enjoyed this tutorial and were able to
Here's another sample