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**New** AFTERIMAGE


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« on: January 26, 2012, 01:36:18 pm »



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This tut was written on January 26, 2012.
It is written using PSPX; I'm sure the same effects are available in other versions.

SUPPLIES
A tube and a closeup.
I'm using the work of Anna Liwanag, formerly signed with MPT.
A license and tubes for this artist may be purchased from PTE.

The following filters:
L en K - Zitah
MuRa's Meister - Copies
Graphics Plus - Cross Shadow

The fonts I used were " LHF Charlotte" and "Concrete Stencil".

Choose a darker color for your background color; choose a lighter shade of the same color for your foreground.
You may also use contrasting colors, but one of them should be darker than the other.


This tut shows how to make a tag using no scrapkits and no templates.
We will make the larger tag first, then I will show you a shortcut to make both the forum set tag and the avatar.

As a bonus, special shortcuts and keystroke tips will be included in BLUE.

THIS TUT LOOKS LONG, BUT I WANTED TO GIVE ALL MY PSP TRICKS TO YOU.
READ CAREFULLY IF YOU STRUGGLE WITH SOME PARTS OF PSP - THERE MIGHT BE SOMETHING THAT WILL HELP YOU.



We need to add your Drop Shadow to your tubes, because once they are on the tags, we won't be able to add a DS then.

So...open up both your tube and closeup as new images.

If we add a DS now, it will leave a sharp edge on the finished tag.

We need to enlarge the canvas, to leave room for the DS.


Image - Canvas Size.

At the top of the Canvas Size window, you will see the size of your tube (or closeup).

Add 400 to both the width and the height.

Those are the numbers you put in the New Dimension boxes.

EX:  If your width is 450, then put 850 in the Width box under New Dimensions.

You'll know you did everything right if all the boxes at the bottom say 200.
That leaves a 200px border around your tube; plenty of room for a DS.

Click OK.


Now add a blurry drop shadow (I used Eye Candy 5 - Perspective Shadow using the Blurry preset).

Set both these tubes aside for a bit.

If you roll the scroll wheel on your mouse toward you (or away from you), it will zoom the image in (or out).


Now, to start the tag!


Open a new image, 600 pixels wide x 10 pixels high.
To do this fast, hit CTRL + N at the same time; that opens the New Image window.

Floodfill with your darker color.

L en K - Zitah using the default setting shown here:



Selection Tool - Custom Selection using the following setting:



Image - Crop to Selection.

Image - Canvas Size to 600x400, centered.


MuRa's Meister - Copies using the Afterimage(linear) setting; change the number from 8 to 2.

MuRa's Meister - Copies using the Tiling(angle) setting; use the default setting.


Effects - 3D Effects - Drop Shadow using 0, 3, 58, 3, Black.
(We'll be using this DS throughout the tut; later I will show you a nifty shortcut using the DS.)


Repeat the MuRa's Meister - Copies - Afterimage(linear) using the same setting (number set to 2).
Repeat it again.

This layer is complete; later in the tut I will call this the MuRa's layer.


Add a new layer.
To do this faster, hold down the Shift key at the same time you left click on this icon on the Layers window:




Floodfill the new layer with your lighter color.

Effects - Texture Effects - Weave using 1, 3, 1, both boxes set to your darker color, Fill Gaps box checked.

Layers - Arrange - Send to Bottom.
To do this faster, make sure the top layer is highlighted and right click here:



On the menu that pops up, click Arrange - Send to Bottom.



Highlight the top layer; add a new layer.

Selections - Select All.

Selections - Modify - Select Selections Border using Inside, Border Width = 2, Anti-alias unchecked.

Floodfill the selection with your darker color.

Selections - Select None.


Duplicate this layer.
To do this faster, right click on the layer in the Layers toolbar (as shown above), and click on Duplicate.

Effects - Image Effects - Offset using the following setting:



Duplicate the offset layer.

Image - Flip; then Image - Mirror.
To do this faster, first hold the CTRL + I key at the same time (to Flip); then hold the CTRL + M key at the same time (to Mirror).

Hide both the background layer and the MuRa's layer.

Layers - Merge - Merge Visible.
To do this faster, right click on any of the three unhidden layers and click on Merge - Merge Visible.

Unhide both hidden layers.

I'll show you how I added the DS to the frame layer later in the tutorial.


Highlight the top layer.

Using your Magic Wand, click in the center of the frame you just created.

Selections - Modify - Expand by 1.
KEEP SELECTED.

Add a new layer above the MuRa's layer.

Floodfill the new layer with white.

Add your closeup as a new layer above the white layer; move it into position using your Move tool.

KEEP SELECTED.


Selections - Invert.

Hit DELETE on the following layers:
The closeup tube layer.
The white layer.
The MuRa's layer.

Selections - Select None.

We need to move the tube below the white layer, so highlight the tube layer and Layers - Arrange - Move Down.
To do this faster, left click on the layer in the Layers toolbar and drag the tube layer below the white layer.


Highlight the white layer.

Adjust - Add/Remove Noise - Add Noise using Uniform, Noise = 10, Monochrome checked.

Graphics Plus - Cross Shadow; all numbers set to 50.

Change the opacity of the white layer to 35.

Duplicate the white layer; then Image - Flip and Image Mirror the duplicate layer.

The tag is done.
Add your name, any word art, and all necessary copyright information.

I added Noise (set at 45) to the name.

I will show you how to animate the tag at the bottom of this tutorial.


To make a forum set tag, read on:

Open a new image, 600 pixels wide by 250 pixels high.

We'll make the border first, so Selections - Select All.

Selections - Modify - Select Selections Border using the same setting.

Floodfill with your darker color.

Selections - Select None.

Duplicate this layer; repeat the Offset effect (using the same setting); duplicate the offset layer then Image - Flip and Image - Mirror.

Merge these three layers together as shown above.


Now we are going to add some of the layers from the 600x400 tag to the 600x250 tag we are working on.

Make sure you have easy access to both images, because there is a fast way to do this:


Highlight the background layer of the 600x400 tag

Left click on the background layer in the Layers toolbar.

Hold the left mouse button down and drag the mouse over to the 600x250 tag.
Release the mouse button when you are done.
This will center the background layer on the 600x250 tag.

Like this:




Repeat this dragging process with the MuRa's layer and both white layers.

When you are done, the 600x250 tag will look like this (from the bottom):

The frame you started with.
The background layer.
The MuRa's Layer
Both white layers.

Highlight the frame layer.

Layers - Arrange - Bring to Top.
To do this faster, right click on the frame layer in the Layers toolbar and click on Arrange - Bring to Top.
You can also left click on it and drag it to the top.


Either way, using your Magic wand click in the center of the frame you created.

Repeat the same steps as you used on the 600x400 tag, but add your regular size tube instead of the closeup.
Don't forget to hit DELETE on both white layers.

Add your name, any word art, and all necessary copyright information.
You can drag all of that from your 600x250 tag just like you dragged the layers earlier.


To make the avatar, start with an image of 150 pixels wide x 150 pixels high.

Repeat the same steps:
Create your border, then your frame; remember to merge your frame layers together.
Drag, from the 600x250 tag, the background layer, the MuRa's layer, and only one the white layers.
Bring your frame layer to the top.
Use the magic wand, then expand, invert and delete the white layer and MuRa's layer.


Now, we are going to add the DS to all three of our finished tags.

First, make sure you have easy access to all three.
And make sure the frame layer is highlighted on all of them.

On all three, Effects - 3D Effects - Drop Shadow using the same 0, 3, 58, 3, black we used earlier.
To do this faster, if you hold the Shift key down while you click on the words "Drop Shadow", it will repeat the effect that was last used.
So, add your drop shadow to the 600x400 tag, then move to the 600x250 tag - make sure the frame is highlighted, then hold the Shift key down while clicking on the words "Drop Shadow" - it will repeat the effect.


When you've done all three, we need to repeat the DS on all three tags changing the setting to 0, -3, 58, 3, black.

You can save the avatar as a .png, we are not going to animate it.


Now, to animate both tags:

First, it's easiest to animate if you have the fewest layers possible; so, we are going to merge some layers together.

On both tags, hide the top white layer and everything BELOW.

Right-click on any of the unhidden layers in your toolbar.

Merge - Merge Visible.

Hide this layer (so all layers are hidden).


Next, unhide these layers:
The tube layer.
The MuRa's layer.
The background layer.

Right-click on any of these three unhidden layers.

Merge - Merge Visible.


You now have only four layers:
The top merged layer (with the frame, the name, etc.)
Two white layers (both still hidden)
The bottom merged layer (with the tube, the MuRa's, and the background).


Unhide the TOP white layer.


Edit - Copy Merged.
There are a couple of ways to do this faster:
First, you can hold (all at the same time) the Shift, CTRL and C.
Or you can right-click on the title bar of the tag window (where it says Image XX, "XX" being the number of the image)
Then, from the popup menu, click Copy Merged.

Either way, we are going to open this in AS.

In AS, Edit - Paste as New Animation.
You can also right-click in the workspace of AS and click on Paste as New Animation.
You can also hold the CTRL + V keys while you're in AS.


You have the first frame in AS.


Back in PSP, hide the top white layer.

Unhide the bottom white layer.

Edit - Copy Merged (or one of the other shortcuts above).


In AS, Edit - Paste - After Current Frame.
You can also right click on the title bar of the animation and click on Paste - After Current Frame.
You can also hold the Shift + CTRL + L keys at the same time.


We need to change the speed of the animation.

Edit - Select All.
To do this faster, hold the CTRL + A keys at the same time.

Animation - Frame Properties; change the number from 10 to 45.
To do this faster, hold the Alt + Enter keys at the same time.

The tag is complete.
Save as a .gif file.
To do this faster, click on the F12 key (or Fn + the F12 key on a laptop).


I know this was a long tutorial, but there is a lot of information here (even though the tag itself is rather easy).
These are some of the PSP tricks that I use all the time, I wanted to share them with you!


Here is another example, using a beautiful tube by Anna Marine:










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« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2012, 01:37:49 pm »

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THANK YOU!!!  THANK YOU!!!  THANK YOU!!!
These are SPECTACULAR!!!
I LOVE them!!!

(Can't wait to try all these new tuts!!!)
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