Hi there, thought I'd write a
tutorial on a couple of ways you can make blinkies. I'm assuming you
know your PSP 9
beyond the "OH MY GOSH, look at all those buttons phase!!" :)
You can see above
what the blinkies will look like when finished.
I've included the
two blank blinkie templets *You can make your own or find them on
the net* and the two tubes used in the zip file provided. Of
course you can use whatever tube you'd like.
Your supplies zip
Drag and drop this arrow to keep up
with where you are in the tutorial
Open your first blinkie templet
like the one below and go to LAYERS/MERGE/
MERGE ALL/flatten. It should have white background now.
MAGIC WAND tool
click INSIDE selecting every square and rectangle. Make sure your
selection tool is set on the selection tool
MODE of ADD (shift). Now on the
layer palette right click on that layer and
duplicate. So that you now have two layers. See sample below.
On your materials palette choose the two colors your
wanting to use.
OK highlight the first layer on the layer palette and
fill with your two colors.. In the sample below I used black and
If you notice I use the two colors in alternating
pattern. You can use as many colors as you'd like.. or even
gradients... the combination is as limited as your imagination is.
SOO skys the LIMIT!!
Here is an option you can do or NOT... I clicked on
my selection tool
inside the middle of the blinkie as shown, draw a rectangle.
Go to Selections/INVERT
then apply a drop shadow using these settings below. Do it to
both blinkie layers *on palette*
Open the tube you want to use and resize if needed to
fit correctly on the blinkie...As you can tell it needs to be small.
Keep the selection going do NOT unselect. Remembering its still on
Copy and paste the tube
on a new layer. Position your tube where you want it on the blinkie.
Duplicate the new tube
layer and drag each tube on top of a blinkie layer... So from
top to bottom you have tube, blinkie, tube & blinkie *layers* Your
layer palette should look like this.
With the Blinkie still selected, highlight the each
of the tube layers in turn and hit DELETE.
This will cut off the area that extends out of the rectangle as
shown in the sample below.
Apply a 3D drop shadow
on the tube layer. I used the settings below.
each of the tube and blinkie layers ending up with 2 layers. On the
layer palette highlight the top layer and go to
EDIT/Copy and then open your
ANIMATION SHOP and right click on
the workspace and PASTE as new
Back in PSP highlight the second or bottom layer on
the palette and go to EDIT/COPY and
then back to ANIMATION SHOP and
right click on the animation you just pasted or created and go to
PASTE/After Current Frame
This makes a 2 framed animation as below. Now your in
Animation shop... go to EDIT/SELECT ALL
and right click on either 'frame' and go to animation properties and
change the speed of the animation to 20. Click OK
You done now.. SAVE AS a
.gif and its over lol.. whewwww
OK on to the next type of Blinkie... you start
out the same as the other one.. Open your blinkie templet and go to
Layers Merge/ Merge All Flatten . With
your magic wand
select by clicking on the insides of all the squares.
Now on the layer palette you select this layer *only
one there* and DUPLICATE it. Start with
the top duplicated blinkie layer and put a color in every other
square. Start with the first one as shown.
Ok lets put color on the second blinkie layer. HIDE
the top one by clicking the EYE on the layer palette.
Then you can see the second layer, be sure to select
it on the layer palette or you'll be putting color on the wrong
layer. Start with the SECOND square and put the 2nd color on every
other square. See below sample.
As in the previous blinkie use your selection tool
and draw a rectangle out in the center of this blinkie, as sample
below. Go to Selections/ Invert
Same as before
and paste the tube on new layer ..Refer to
previous blinkie instructions. Put a 3D shadow on the tube layer if
you need to. Highlight the top tube layer and
CUT or DELETE... this gets rid
of the extra parts of the tube outside of the selected rectangle.
Duplicate the tube layer and drag one down on top of
your bottom blinkie layer.
All that's left is doing as in the other sample.. you
copy and paste into animation shop... REFER to if it needed. Don't
worry one of these days.. all this will come automatic and you
wont have to refer back...You'll just KNOW how ...woo hoo!!!
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial
Toodles till next time1!