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Friday, December 5, 2008

New Tutorial ~ O Christmas Tree

This tutorial is written for those with a working knowledge of PSP.
Supplies Needed:
 I am using Corel PSP X2 version but any version will do.
 Tube of choice.  I am using the beautiful artwork of Barbara Jensen. You can purchase a license to use her art HERE
PTU scrap kit by Seachell called Pink Winter ~ found HERE. Thank you Seachell! ♥
 Supplies HERE includes snow animation, poinsettia and wordart by Lori. Thank you Lori! ♥
Image for background is courtesy of Stock Exchange and can be found HERE
Animation Shop
Plugin Mura's Meister ~ Copies
EyeCandy 4000 ~ HSB Noise
Optional:  Plugin Filter EyeCandy 5 ~ Impact ~ Glass
 Font I used is P22 Corinthia, which is a pay font.
Grab a coffee and allow some free time......
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 Open up a new transparent image 650 x 600 pixels and flood fill white.
Open pinkwinter frame 1, resize to 391 x 500 pixels. Copy 'n paste as a new layer.
Rotate 90 degrees to left.
 Using magic wand, click inside of frame ~ selections modify ~ expand by 5.  Add a new raster layer
Open background image from supplies, colorize Hue 255, Saturation 0, (OR you may simply fill this layer with the color black)
copy 'n paste into the selection. Selections none.
Move frame layer above background layer. D/S frame with your favorite setting or 1,1,50, 5 blur, black
Open PinkWinter Tree ~ resize 20%. Copy 'n paste as a new layer
Centre in middle of frame. Duplicate. Move duplicate copy below the frame layer but above your background layer.
Using rectangle selection tool, delete any portion of the bottom of the uppermost tree tube layer to make it appear to extend beyond the frame.
Selections ~ none.  D/S.
Open Flake 3, resize 50% Copy 'n paste as a new layer
Using Mura's Meister Copies ~ Encircle ~ # 12, X = 60, Y = 60. Other settings remain.
Move this flake layer above your white background layer.
 Open silver branch 2, resize approx 45%. Copy 'n paste as a new layer to left of frame. Sharpen once.
Duplicate, mirror. Move down this duplicate layer above the snowflake mura meister copied layer.
Open silver branch 1, resize 50%. Copy 'n paste as a new layer. Place to right of tag above frame layer.
Duplicate, mirror. Move down this duplicate layer above the snowflake mura meister copied layer.
Open poinsettia provided in supplies. Resize 75%. Adjust Hue & Saturation ~ setting Hue 255, Saturation 0.  Adjust ~ brightness/contrast 20, 5.
Optional:  Apply Eye Candy 5 ~ impact ~ glass using the 'clear' setting preset.
Open knot bow 4, resize 70%. copy 'n paste as a new layer. Rotate 90 degrees to left.
Using rectangle selection tool, select the areas of the knot bow that extend beyond the frame 'n delete. Select none.
Using Lighten/Darken tool, right click on mouse to darken the edges of this bow to make it appear to hug the frame. Do both top 'n bottom of bow layer.
Open tube of choice. Resize if needed. Copy 'n paste as a new layer below the poinsettia flower layer.
Affect ~ Hue & Saturation ~ setting Hue 255, Saturation 0. D/S tube.
Move to right of frame. See reference tag.
Open wordart provided. Select wordart of choice. Copy 'n paste as the uppermost layer.
Place as desired. Selections ~ select all ~ Selections Float ~ defloat, add a new raster layer and
fill this layer with a silver pattern or any gold pattern that has been colorized using hue 255, saturation 0. Select none. Sharpen.
Move this silver wordart layer ever so slightly to right to make it appear the black wordart layer beneath it is its drop shadow layer. 
See reference tag.
Now personalize your tag with any embellishments you wish, using hue 255, saturation 0 to colorize. D/S with light setting as above.
Add copyright, URL, watermark and name.
To animate:
Open animation shop.  Find snow animation and minimize for now.
Back to PSP, close off white bottommost background layer.
Add a new transparent layer above this bg layer.
Now close off all the layers ABOVE the black background.
Find the snowflake mura meister copied layer.  Using EyeCandy 4000, HSB noise
with settings below, hit OK.
hsbNoisesetting.jpg picture by Juicyfruit_010 
 Copy merged the transparent layer, the right silver branch layer, the black ground layer and encircled snowflake layer.
In A/S. paste as a new layer
Back to PSP, undo the HSB noise effect. Apply HSB noise again but hit random seed.
Copy merged the 4 open layers.  Paste in A/S after the current frame.
Keep undoing/redoing this effect for a total of 5 frames in A/S.
In A/S. select All ~ copy all frames and paste after the 5th frame of the animation to equal a total of 10 frames (to match the # of frames of the snow)
Select All again, propagate paste.
Open snow animation, select all, copy. Drag 1st frame of snow animation over top of 1st frame of working animation.
View animation for any errors.
Back to PSP, undo HSB noise. Close off the branch, black background, and snowflake layers.
Re-open ALL the layers ABOVE the black back ground.
Copy Merged.
In A/S, paste as a new animation. Make a total of 10 frames of this new top layer animation.  Select All, copy.
Drag the 1st frame of this top layer over top of the 1st frame of the working image animation. Place centrally.
View animation. Crop animation if needed. If happy, change animation properties to Opaque, white.
Change frame properties anywhere between 10 - 17. I used 17.
Optimize using Optimized Octree. Save as a .Gif.
 I hope you enjoy your new creation!

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