In the zip file I have my snowflakes animation
(3 frames) in
Also have included the misted snow scene tube..
and I left the original tube makers name on the
I used the artwork of ęSuzanne Woolcott (my
license to use # SW 881)
You can no longer buy her tubes.. hope you
have some :) if not
you could use any tube you like... I also used the
PTU kit of
Lindsay Jane 'Jingle Bell Blues'
Plugin/Filter used to make the Snow Ani, mng file
Adrenaline Snowflakes 101
Below in this tutorial I will show you how to make
your own Snow Animation using the above plugin.
used PSP X6 to make this tutorial
can use any version of PSP that you want.
#1. Open the Nov series Winter 12-3.psd misted
tube, Shift+D to duplicate the tube,
close the original.
From the kit I used the old frame. png
(or make your own or use one from another kit)
Shift+D to duplicate the frame and close out the
Resize the frame to 32%, Copy / Paste the
winter scene to the frame image. Drag
it's layer below the frame.
#2. Add a drop shadow to the frame layer...EVERY
thing should have a 3D drop shadow applied
to it.. except a misted tube.
Your tag/graphic will look soooo much better
and professional if it has the 3D drop
#3. Use your rectangle selection tool and make a
selection a lil bit bigger than the inside
edges of the frame. (refer to
the capture below.)
Make sure you are on the
misted winter scene layer INVERT and cut/delete. That
should get rid of the excess over hang. Below is a
sample of how it should look.
#4. While its still selected, add a new layer.. drag it to
winter scene.. fill with a coordinating color.
I used #4d637f. This was to fill the misted scene
in on the outside edges & corners.
#5. Merge the two layers together, NOT the frame
layer though... just
winter scene and the color fill layer behind the
#6. The winter scene wasn't the right color to
match the tube.. so i used the colorize tool and changed it.
Using the settings below. You may not have to
colorize.. it depends on the look you're going
for.. and what tube you use. It's a judgment call.
#7. I added elements out of the kit and put a bow
up at the top.. this is up to you
what you like.. I also put the sleigh behind the
#8. Don't forget to put your copyright info on
your image.. the trick is to not make it so
dark and big that its the first thing that people
see when they look at your animation...
That's just yucky looking and unprofessional to
have it sticking out like a sore thumb :)
Have to have it readable though.
#9. If you look at the above capture... you will
notice I merged all of the top elements together....
That's from the frame on UP...then I merged all the
bottom layers together.
#10. Hide the top merged layer (frame, tube and
I added a new layer and dragged it below all the layers and filled
it with the
light blue patterned
background.. and put a frame around it.. I wasn't going to make this
on a transparency...
cause I had brought the tube and elements out past the edges of the
have 3d drop shadows on
them so i could NOT make it transparent..3d shadows mess that up...
thats why I put the bkg layer on there..
Have the bottom layer highlighted on the
layer palette... right click on
the top of the image and click
'copy merged' Doing copy
merge copies all layers that aren't hidden
if I had of just copied, it would of just
copied the bottom merged layer and not have copied the bkg
layer too.. and I wanted both of them copied..
#11. Open your animation shop.. and right
click on it's desk top and 'paste as a new animation'.
That should of pasted
your mist and bkg there calling it your new animation.
At the top of the animation shop window there is a
you will see it below in the capture. Click it 2
times.. you should have 3 frames...
now, this is IF you use my snow animation.. cause
it has 3 frames..
If you happen to have another snow animation that
has more frames.. then duplicate that new
animation.. till you have the SAME amount of
frames that your snow animation has.
#12. Select all (Ctrl + A ) the frames in the new animation
image.. Select ALL (Ctrl + A ) the frames in the snow animation.
Drag the FIRST ( #1) snow animation frame to the FIRST
of your new working animation...
(click, hold, & drag)
do NOT let up on the mouse until you have
the snow animation exactly where you want
to drop it!! If your snow animation is too big
and it goes over on the sides.. you might have to UNDO.. on both
images.. start over but first take (export) the
animation to PSP and resize it smaller or larger..
If you make your own snow animation... you could
make it any size you want.. will show you at the end of this
tutorial how to make your own.
#13. Back in PSP high light your layer where
you merged all the top layers (unhide it!!) & Hide all the other
right click on the image's top bar and either copy or copy
merge.. this time it doesn't
matter which one because your just copying one
layer. Go to animation shop
and right click on the desktop
of Animation Shop and paste as a new animation. Duplicate it's
frame so that it
has same amount of frames your new animation
has.. 3 if you use my animated snow... I selected all
the frames... just like before.. click/ hold / and
dragged the first frame over to the first
frame of your working animation.. make sure you
have all of its frames selected
Holding that mouse button down as you drag it...
don't let go till you've lined it up exactly over the
scene animation... pay attention that there are no
gaps under the edges of that top frame.. and you
don't see lighter color.. Look below.. you can't
let up on the mouse till that frame is lined
up correctly.. then let go of mouse
Check out your new animation to see if it looks
right (there is a button
for that )
if its snowing too fast.. Select All (Ctrl + A )
and right click
on the animation top and go down to Animation
the smaller the number the faster it is...10 is
default I think... and I set mine on 35.
Save as: .On the Save As window
Click the ' Customize '
and use these settings below.. sometimes.. rarely you have
to change the Optimized Median Cut to
the animation will look better( usually it's one with alot of skin tone colors..
try both ways, to see which looks better...it just
depends on all your other settings
Animations never look as good as a .jpg being that
a .GIF is only 255 colors..
and a .JPG could be up to 16 million.. BIG DIFF..
wish they'd come up with a better animation shop!! lol
You should be done!!! I hope you enjoyed this
tutorial. If you have any
questions , please fell free to contact me
will be happy to help if I can.
VDL Adrenaline Snowflakes 101 plugin already unzipped and put into
your Docs/Corel Paintshop
Pro/16.0/Plugins folder, that's if you're using PSP X6
If you don't know where
your plugins folder is, then this is much more advanced than
you can do..
Don't ever put
plugins in your programs folders...
always put them in your
documents/ psp folder/ plugins folder.. whatever version
you are using. If your
PSP is open when you do this you will have to close and reopen to
see the new plugin.
#1. Open a new image.. to whatever size you want
Lets do one 600 x 600.
#2. Add two more layers... so you have 3 layers
hide 2 of the layers. This next step is up to
you.. I'm going to show you my settings.
Make sure you're on the layer that's not hid on
the layer palette.
Go to Effects/VDL Adrenaline/Snowflakes
#3. Use my settings below...on that first
top layer. You can tweak the settings if you'd like. For each
of the other layers you use the SAME settings BUT
all you change is the Random Seed setting
#4. I like to use the seamless tiling tool on each
of the snowflake layers..
use the settings below for that.
#5. Use the snowflake plugin on EACH
layer....on the second layer just change the random seed setting..
it doesn't matter what number you put it on.. use
the seamless tiling on it.. same settings as before.
#6. On the bottom layer.. use the snowflakes
plugin.. changing ONLY the random Seed setting.
apply it then use the seamless tile tool , using
the same settings.
#7. I named all the layers .. starting at
the top.. Snow 1 Snow 2 and Snow 3
Highlight the Snow 1 layer.. COPY.. go to
Animation Shop and right click on the desktop and
paste as a new animation... go back to PSP and
highlight the Snow 2 layer.. COPY back to AS and
right click on the top of the new animation and
paste/after current frame. Back to PSP and highlight
the 3 layer Snow 3... COPY back to AS then
right click on new animation.. Paste/After current frame.
SAVE AS now as a .MNG (Animation Shop Animation)
Then you can use this snow animation... over
and over for different projects.
Hope you enjoyed this..
Toodles till next time!