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« on: July 11, 2010, 09:44:50 pm »


This tut was written on July 10, 2010.
It is written using PSPX; I'm sure the same effects are available in other versions.
You will also need Animation Shop 3; I don't know anything about any other animation program.

A tube or a closeup.
I'm using the work of Ismael Rac. You need to purchase a license to use this work at his store HERE.

The following filters:
MuRa's Meister - Copies
Eye Candy 5 - Impact (or another drop shadow filter)
DSB Flux - Blast.

Font of choice (I'm using "Miss Stanfort")

Let's begin!

Pick a bright color for your foreground color, and black for your background color.

Open a new image, 50x50.

Floodfill with the bright color.
Add a new layer, and fill with black.

Save this image as a pspimage.
(Make sure it is PSP7 compatible (under "Options), otherwise it won't open in AS.

In AS, open the saved image you just made.

Open the animation up, so you can clearly see the frames and the numbers at the bottom.
(To open the animation, just use the scroll wheel on your mouse. Pull it toward you to open the animation.)

Effects - Insert Image Transition using these settings:

Use the scroll wheel to make sure you can see all the frames and numbers.

Click in frame #7 (so a blue box is surrounding the frame).

Edit - Select All.
Edit - Copy

In PSP, Edit - Paste as New Image.
You will see your animation as an image with six layers - all labeled Frame 1.

Image - Canvas Size; 600x250 centered.

On each layer, MuRa's Meister - Copies using the Tiling setting.

On each layer, Effects - Texture Effects - Weave using the following settings:

When you have finished, save this image as a pspimage.

Open the newly saved image in AS.
(To avoid confusion, you may wish to close the animation that you made earlier.)

Open this new animation just as before (with the scroll wheel).

Holding down the CTRL button, click in frames 2, 3, 4, and 5 (each of these four frames should have a blue border around it).

Edit - Copy.

Click in frame 6.

Edit - Paste after Current Frame.

Animation - Reverse Frames.

View - Animation; just to see the effect.

It's awfully fast, so we are going to slow it down.

Close the View Animation preview.

Edit - Select All.

Animation - Frame Properties; change 10 to 25.

Edit - Select None.

Holding down the CTRL key, click in frame 1 and frame 6 (the solid bright-colored frame and the solid black frame).

Animation - Frame Properties; change 25 to 100.

View - Animation; check to see if the speed is OK.
If it's too fast, you can adjust the frame properties numbers to suit your taste.

Let's move back to PSP now.

Close out the image you made earlier.

Open a new image 800x100.

Floodfill with the bright color.

Image - Canvas Size; 800x800, centered.

Effects - Distortion Effects - Polar Coordinates; Rectangle to Polar, Wrap checked.

Eye Candy 5 - Brushed Metal; factory default but change the color in the Basic tab to your bright color.

Effects - Edge Effects - Enhance.

Selections - Select All
Selections - Float
Selections - Defloat
Selections - Modify - Select Selections Borders; Both Sides, 1, Anti-alias unchecked.

Fill the selection with your bright color.

Selections - Select None.

On this same image, we are going to create a star.

Preset Shape - Symmetric Shape Tool
Star shape; 5 sides
Foreground = Null; Background = your bright color.
Draw a star to fit the center of the shape you created earlier.

Convert to raster layer.

Repeat both the Edge Effect and the Selection Borders on the star.

Set this image aside for a short time.

Open a new image; 600x250.

Highlight the circle layer you made earlier.

Edit - Copy

On the new image; Edit - Paste as New Layer.

Repeat for the star you made earlier.

Move the star to the right.
Image - Free Rotate; Left, 13, nothing else checked.

Eye Candy 5 - Impact - Perspective Shadow using the Blurry default (change the direction to 135).

Highlight the circle layer.
Duplicate this layer.

On the original, DSBFlux - Blast; Right, 50.
Repeat the Eye Candy 5 effect.

Add your tube as a new layer.
Move it into position.

Effects - 3D Effects - Drop Shadow; 0, 0, 100, 15, black.

Add a new layer and add a 2 pixel selection border using black.

Add your name and copyright information.

Layers - Merge - Merge Visible.

Edit - Copy.

In AS, Edit - Paste as New Animation.

Use the move tool to place this new animation at the top of your workspace, and the previous animation below it.
Use the scroll wheel on the first animation so you have a good view of the entire first frame.

We are going to merge these two animations together.

On both animations, Edit - Select All.

There is a button on the top toolbar called "Propogate Paste" (it's the ninth button from the right on the default workspace).
It looks like three diagonal sheets of paper.
Make sure this button is pushed in, it allows you to merge two animations together without using the Edit command.

Take your mouse and left click in the 2d animation you created.
Hold the mouse button down.

Carefully drag the mouse down to the first frame of the text-effect animation.

Do NOT let go of the mouse button until the frame is properly placed so no edges of the text-effect animation are showing.

If you are having trouble, I've made a screenshot that might help:

If the image doesn't go in correctly, there will be edges showing on some sides and the tag will look odd.

Use the Edit - Undo command if you have an error.

When the new animation is added, View - Animation to check on speeds.
(You may have to change the speeds as described earlier.)

The tag is done!

For the avatar:

Go back to PSP.

On the image with the tube, add a new layer and fill with black.

Layers - Arrange - Send to Bottom.

Crop to 150x150.

Add your 2 pixel selections border.

Add your name (or initial.)

Remember, if any part of the tube shows, you need to add the copyright information to the avatar.

Here is another example, using the work of Andreas Rocha:

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« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2010, 05:26:57 pm »


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« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2010, 07:01:10 pm »

love the addition of the tube in the background (wish i'd thought of

thanks, SB!!
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« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2010, 09:56:02 pm »


LOL!  Glad you liked it! 

The tutorial was WONDERFUL!
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« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2010, 01:38:41 pm »


Since it was today's Daily Tutorial at the Zone, I had to give it another try...

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« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2010, 02:21:55 pm »

Super tut as always, Rich ... thank you  Kiss
My try ...

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