This tutorial was written using PSP
9, but can be done in other versions with a few adjustments.
** Remember to save your work often! **
artwork of ©Suzanne Woolcott was used also.. you can't buy her tubes anymore..
but must have a license # to use..
1. Open a new transparent image 500 x 500 Flood fill
2.Use your preset shape tool
and pick you a shape.... also the
fill color and the outside line color.
I used Black as the outline color and #6a99ce for the fill.
3. Set your preset shape tool on Vector UNCHECKED...Retain Style
UNCHECKED... Line style plain straight line. COPY & PASTE the tube on a new
layer... **Be sure you rename your layers so you wont get confuses as to what is
4. Now duplicate your snowflake layer, Hide the top duplicated
layer of it.. make sure the original bottom Snowflake layer is selected on the
layer palette... Go to Plugins/Mura's Meister *copies*.. Before you apply this
plugin you might have to resize the snowflake a little smaller.. Main NO NO is
don't have the snowflake design running OFF the edge.. that would look bad..
don't have it really close to the edges... so might have to play with the MM
5. Once that plugin is applied, use Visual manipulations
*Transmission* using these settings below.... these settings depend on what
color you use.. or just what looks good to YOU.
6. Select all on the Copies Snowflake layer and Float... then go
back to selections/Modify/ contract about 8 pixels... this also depends on your
shape. Click OK
7. While its still selected go to selections INVERT
8. Adjust/ Brightness and Contrast/ Gamma Correction. Use the
settings below to darken it.. Have the colors LINKED...
9. Select NONE... Still on the bottom snowflake layer.. go to
Plugins/ Fantastic Machine Paint Engine.. use settings below.. or what looks
good to you..
10. Apply a 3D drop shadow... settings below.
11. Time to UNHIDE the top duplicated layer of the Snowflake..
duplicate this layer 2 times.. so you will end up with 3 layers of it.
Starting at the top duplicated layer... apply the Xenofex 2
Constellation plugin effect to it... use the settings below.. on each one below
this one. use same settings BUT hit the random seed button.. if you don't.. then
the animation wont look right. SAVE OFTEN
12. Don't forget to apply a 3D drop shadow on each of those
Xenofex 2 layers... same settings on each.
13. You should have the top girl tube layer on the layer
palette the next 3 layers are the Xenofex2 snowflakes, then the bottom MM
copy snowflake that has been merged with the white bkg layer.
14. In this step.. I show you one way to put text on
your new tag you just made. Add a new layer.. and use your PEN tool.
For some reason this really gives some people lots of probs
using bezier curves.
Once you get your curve.. you click on your Text Tool... left
click any where on the curve when you see the A with rocker under it
15. Click where the left pink arrow is...and let go of
mouse... then go up to where the Text will end and click HOLD down mouse button
and pull the arrows out.. making the bezier curve in the shape you need.
16. Once you have your curve like you want.. you click on your
Text tool and click anywhere on the bezier curve and you will see the A with the
rocker under it.. CLICK.. TYPE YOUR TEXT.. on the layer palette.. you will see
the vector layers.. the line and the text... click the PLUS sign to open that
vector layer and X out the new path.. that's the line that you don't want to
keep.. then right click and convert to raster.. If you don't want your TEXT on a curve then just
apply text however you would like...
Remember the rule of thumb.. when you add a new layer for text
or such.. you have to duplicate it to same amount of layers as the others.. you
should have 3 text layers.. 3 of the Xenofex 2 snowflake
layers and 3 of the merge bkg layer * white with the MMcopies snowflake merged
down on it*
You should end up with 3
merged layer that you Save AS Animation Shop (*.psp) format then Open it
in Animation Shop and SAVE as a GIF. You project should look like
this when done.. good luck.. have fun... good wishes... holler if you need
help.. hehe... till next time..
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