This tutorial is written for those with a working knowledge of PSP.
I am using Corel PSP X2 version but any version will do.
Tube of choice. I am using the sexy artwork of Marco Guaglione. You can purchase a license to use his work at MPT.
FTU kit called Sock Hop Mini found HERE by 4Shades of Blue Designs. Thank you, Jane! ♥
Plugin In ~ EyeCandy 4000 ~ Gradient Glow
Optional Plugin: Lokas Software ~ Gel ( for name only )
Font for the name is Impact.
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1. Open up a new transparent image 600 x 600 pixels and flood fill white.
Add a new raster layer ~ selections ~ select ALL
Open paper 5, copy 'n paste into the selection. Selections ~ none.
Open my mask and minimize. Layers ~ New Mask Layer ~ From Image ~ find Chas11mask 'n apply.
Layers ~ Merge ~ Merge group. Sharpen once. D/S ~ 0,0, 40, 5 blur, black.
2. Open the jukebox, resize to 450 px in HEIGHT. Copy 'n paste as a new layer.
Open the sockhop wordart, resize it to 550 px in width. Copy 'n paste as a new layer.
Align the wordart above the jukebox by slightly moving the jukebox downwards.
D/S wordart then colorize using adjust ~ Hue & Saturation ~ 0, 188
Duplicate the jukebox layer.
On the original jukebox layer, using Eye Candy 4000 ~ gradient glow ~ Find the preset Neon Outline setting 'n apply.
(Neon outline setting: glow width 36, soft corners 25, overal opacity 100%)
using colors # 0000ff & # c4c4fe as below:
Hide (by clicking on eye) the neon jukebox layer for now. D/S the duplicated jukebox layer only.
3. Open the vinyl record supplied. Resize 50%. Copy 'n paste as a new layer.
Using the pick tool (deformation tool), pull down the top edge to slightly flatten the record.
Then holding down shift key on keyboard, move top left corner node to angle the record.
Nullify the pick tool by clicking on text tool. D/S record and duplicate twice, resizing the dupliate layers 75%.
Arrange as per reference tag to make a cluster.
4. Open the black musical note2, resize 550 px. in WIDTH. Copy 'n paste as a new layer ABOVE the jukebox layers. D/S.
Add any other elements you desire. The eyeglasses, resized 10% and musical note1, resized 25%.
5. Add tube of choice, resized if needed. Copy 'n paste as uppermost layer. D/S.
6. Add copyright, URL, watermark & name.
Font ~ Impact, sz 72, black foreground, fill #f890e2. Stroke width 3, anti-alias smooth.
Type name.Stretch nodes if needed to elongate name. Convert to raster layer. Selections ~ select all ~ float, defloat, selections modify ~ contract 3.
Using Lokas ~ Gel ~ setting below using color #f890e2:
Selections ~ none. D/S twice.
7. Close off white background layer. Be sure Neon Jukebox layer is still closed off as well.
*Note: we will be lightening the musical note2 layer into 5 sections, starting from the left and
then reversing back, right to left.
Click on musical note2 layer, copy MERGED and paste in Animation Shop as a new animation. (Frame 1)
Back to PSP, open the neon jukebox layer, drop opacity of this layer to 30%.
Choose musical note2 layer, using Lighten/Darken tool, lighten the Treble Clef using left click on mouse and holding for desired lightness.
When happy, Copy MERGED and in A/S, paste after current frame. (Frame 2)
Back to PSP, undo the lighten effect. Change the opacity of the neon jukebox layer to 60%,
Back to musical note2 layer, lighten the next section on this layer, including the small musical note to the right of the Treble Clef.
Copy MERGED, paste in A/S after current frame. (Frame 3)
Back to PSP, undo the lighten effect. Change the opacity of the neon jukebox layer to 80%.
On musical note layer2, lighten another section, including the next 2 musical notes.
Copy MERGED 'n paste in A/S after current frame. (Frame 4)
Back to PSP, undo lighten effect. Change opacity of neon jukebox layer to 100%.
On musical note2 layer, lighten another section (behind girl tube)
Copy MERGED and paste in A/S after current layer. (Frame 5)
Back to PSP, undo lighten effect, leave opacity of neon jukebox layer at 100, lighten the tail end of the musical note2 layer.
Copy MERGED and pase in A/S after current layer. (Frame 6)
Undo lighten effect, drop opacity of neon jukebox layer to 80%. On musical note2 layer, lighten
an area to the left of the tail end (essentially reversing the direction of the ligtening effect we achieved above).
Copy MERGED 'n paste in A/S after current frame. (Frame 7)
Back to PSP, undo lighten effect, drop opacity of neon jukebox layer to 60%
On musical note2 layer, lighten a section in middle of musical note.
Copy MERGED 'n paste in A/S after current frame. (Frame 8)
Back to PSP, undo lighten effect. Drop opacity of neon jukebox layer to 30%
On musical note2 layer, lighten section to left of middle, including two notes.
Copy MERGED 'n paste in A/S after current frame. (Frame 9)
In A/S, Edit ~ Select ALL ~ change the frame properties to 17 and animation properties to color white.
Preview animation by choosing View.
If happy, optimize animation using Optimized Octree.
Save as a .GIF.
Hope you enjoy your new creation!