**REMEMBER to SAVE OFTEN**
1. Start with a new canvas 500 x 500. Copy and paste the tube
your going to use.. This snow man I used is Shelly Comisky's art... you can get
it at www.pccrafter.
2. ADD a new raster layer BELOW the tube layer and use your Free
hand selection lasso tool.
set to around 18 feather... 3 smoothing. Anti- alias checked.. *settings
shown below* draw you a shape like I did in the ABOVE sample
3. Use a pattern tile of
your choice... or the one supplied in the materials zip... use FILL
tool. Click twice to
fill in side your hand drawn shape.
4. Remember to name your layers... Duplicate the shape two
times.. so you will have 3 layers of it.
5. Go to Effects/ Plugins and under Alienskin....Apply Xenofex 2
* constellation* on the top duplicated layer of the shape. Use the settings
6. On the next duplicated layer of the shape go back to Xenofex 2 use
same settings but hit the random seed button , then click
OK... back to the bottom original layer of the filled shape and use the Xenofex
2 again.. hitting random seed once again.
7. Next on each of those same three shape layers... apply Eye Candy Nature's
*Icicles* on them... on the first one.. use these settings in the two captures
below.. this first one below is on the Settings tab, the second capture
below is the settings on the Lighting's tab.
Use these settings on the top duplicated layer of the shape .. then with the
next two layers.. go back to Eye Candy Nature and hit the RANDOM SEED
button each time
#1 SETTINGS TAB
#2 LIGHTING TAB
8. Apply a 3D drop shadow on your tube... I had to put the shadow on its own
layer so I could erase the bottom of the shadow... it looked better that way..
You might not have to on your tube.. it really just depends. Once you
erase the shadow bottom.. then merge the tube and its shadow..
Below.. I was erasing the bottom of the shadow on the tube..
9. Copy and paste the bow on to your project.. using the deform tool
to turn the bow..
diagonally over the shape bkg.
10. Add a new raster layer below the shape layers.. Here I used a brush.. to
'decorate' around the shape... shown below.. is a check brush but in the
finished project I made a plaid brush and used it.. its included in the
materials zip.. you can use any that looks good to you those.. its your own
11. Click on the Top layer on your layer palette... this way... when we
use the preset shape tool next it will add the preset rectangle shape vector
layer on TOP of all your other layers....Using your preset shape tool, the
Draw out a rectangle using one of the fill plaid patterns for the foreground and
a coordinating color for the fill bkg color. Here I used #aa2910, a rust color
that coordinates. When you have drawn the rectangle out... while its still
a vector layer... grab the corner node.. and pull this will make the corner
rounded... as seen below in the two captures.
12. Right click on the vector rectangle and convert to raster.... using the
deform tool the turn it diagonal or however you want it.
13. Apply a 3D drop shadow on your sign.
14. Use your text tool
now set on VECTOR and
type your text... grab the middle handle and match the text in the same angle as
your sign is. apply a 3D shadow on the Text..
15. Have all the layers showing on the layer palette **except hide 2 of
the shape layers**. Click on the top of the canvas window and click COPY
MERGE... then open your animation shop... and right click on its desk
top and right click PASTE AS NEW ANIMATION. Go back to PSP and
hide that one shape layer that was showing and UNHIDE one of the others.. top of
window.. COPY MERGE.. back to Animation shop... right click on the
new animation you've started there and PASTE behind current
frame... back to PSP... Hide that one shape layer and Unhide the last one.. Top
of window COPY MERGE.. back to Animation shop and right click and
PASTE behind current frame... check your new animation.. with this
button ... see if the
speed is right.. If its too fast... then go to EDIT and select all frames. right
click on any frame go down to Frame Properties... the higher the number the
slower the animation.. I set mine on 30.. with this project...default is 10
SAVE AS a gif...
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial.. until next time friends..
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