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« on: February 05, 2012, 04:05:56 pm »


This tut was written on February 05, 2012.
It is written using PSPX; I'm sure the same effects are available in other versions.

A tube and a closeup; you may also use an image.
A sample of this tutorial using an image, and some instructions, are included at the bottom of this tutorial.
I'm using the work of Keith Garvey, formerly of MPT.
A license and tubes for this artist may be purchased from PTE.

These filters:
Xero - Fritallary
Graphics Plus - Cross Shadow

Font of choice (I used "Confection").

You will also need this mask.
I showed how to create this mask in an earlier tutorial, so you may have already saved it.
If not, right click and save to your computer.
(You may also simply right click, click on Copy, and paste as a new image in your PSP.)

Pick a medium/dark color from your tube as your foreground color;
Choose a different shade of the same color as your background,
this color will be used for the border and name.

Let's begin!


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

Floodfill with your chosen color.

Duplicate this layer 2x (for a total of three).

Hide the top two layers, and highlight the bottom layer.

Xero - Fritallary using these four numbers, going down: 50, 30, 10, 0.

Effects - Edge Effects - Enhance 2x.


Add the closeup tube (or masked image) as a new layer, moving into position.

Adjust - Hue & Saturation - Colorize, both boxes set to 0.

Change the opacity of this layer to 35.


Unhide and highlight the middle color layer.

Graphics Plus - Cross Shadow using the default setting.
If the color becomes too distorted, change the intensity to 50.

Xero - Fritallary using the default setting (5, 30, 10, 0).
Simply hit the Reset button.

Effects - Edge Effects - Enhance.

Change the opacity of this layer to 35.


Unhide and highlight the top color layer.

Xero - Fritallary using these four numbers, going down: 10, 30, 10, 20.

Use the mask from the top of this tutorial as usual, but click the INVERT TRANSPARENCY button.
If you are using the Load/Save from Disk option, the black stripe of the mask should be in the middle.


Add your regular-sized tube (or masked image) as a new layer, moving into position.

Effects - 3D Effects - Drop Shadow using 0, 5, 50, 5, black (or another drop shadow of your choice).

Add a 2px Selection border in your chosen color.

Add your name, any word art, and all necessary copyright information.

The tag is ready for animation.

Before we animate, make a duplicate of the tag (Shift + D); this will be used to make the matching avatar.
Set the duplicate aside for a bit.


Working with the tag, Edit - Copy Merged.

In AS, Edit - Paste - As New Animation.

Back in PSP, highlight the masked Fritallary layer; then Image - Flip.

Edit - Copy Merged.

In AS, Edit - Paste - After Current Frame.

Change the Animation - Frame Properties to 40 for both frames.

Save as a .gif file.


Working with the duplicate you set aside, crop to 150x150.
The size of the bottom fritallary layer allows you to make a perfect 3x3 square.

Add your 2px Selection border.

Add your name (or initial) and all necessary copyright information.

Save as a .png file.

For the avatar, make a copy of the 600x250 tag.

Crop to 150x150.

Add your name (or initial) and any necessary copyright information.

Here is another example, also using the work of Keith Garvey:

Here is an example using an image, using the work of Anna Marine:

To use an image, first Layers - Promote Background Layer, if necessary.

Use the included mask as usual, but DO NOT Invert Transparency.

Layers - Merge - Merge Group.

Use this masked image in place of tubes in the tutorial.

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