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Friday, November 20, 2009

New Tutorial ~ Time Of Giving

 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 sexy artwork of Dave Nestler. You can purchase a license to use his work at CILM.
FTU scrap kit by NewLife's Dreams called Santa's Kingdom found HERE Thank you! ♥
Supplies found HERE includes mask, oval & wordart
Animation shop
No Plugins
 Font used for name is Passions Conflict ROB, a pay font
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1. Open paper from kit, resize to 600 px wide.
Open mask provided, minimize. Layers ~ New Mask Layer ~ from Image find jwy_mask10 'n apply.
Merge group. Copy.
2.  Open a new transparent image 625 x 600 px, flood fill white.
Paste the masked layer as a new layer.
Open the stars, resize to 600 px wide. C/P as a new layer.
Duplicate ~ mirror.  Resize the duplicate 90%.
3.  Open the swirls2, resize to 450 px wide. C/P as a new layer.
Open star, resize to approx 441 px. wide.
C/P as a new layer. Using the selection tool, freehand ~ point-to-point,
draw a selection along the star frame border.
Open paper provided, resize to 500 px wide. C/P as a new layer.
Selections ~ invert. Delete. Do NOT deselect yet.
Move paper layer below star frame.
Open music heart paper, resize 25%. C/P as a new layer above the paper. Change blend mode to darken.
4.  Open tube of choice, C/P as a new layer above the music heart paper.
Center to star frame. Press delete to rid of tube excess. Selections ~ none.
Drop opacity of tube to approx 47.
Back to star frame, D/S with 1/-1/20/20/ 2 blur, color # 404040
Duplicate this star frame. Rename this layer "Star Animation"
5. Open oval shape found in supplies, C/P as a new layer above the mask layer.
Open ornament, resize to 600 px in height. Using selection tool,
draw a selection around string only 'n delete. Selections ~ none.
C/P as a new layer, placing at top of star frame.D/S
Open bird, resize 15%, C/P as a new layer.
Open wordart from supplies, C/P as top layer.
 If you wish to resize tag, do so now.
6.  Add copyright, URL, watermark & name. 
If you don't wish to animate,
 close white background, merge visible ~ save as a PNG.
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To animate:
Delete the white background layer.
Find the star animation layer,
using the Lighten/Darken tool on your left-hand toolbar,
we will lighten each side of the star frame (10 sides in all) starting with left top.
Lighten section by left clicking on mouse and lightening area by mousing over it twice. (Is mousing a word? lol)
Copy MERGED &  paste in A/S as a new animation.
Back to PSP, UNDO your lighten effect, and lighten the next side of the star frame. 
 (Do not worry about overlapping areas
when lightening as it will blend in during animation.)
Copy MERGED 'n paste in A/S after current frame.
Undo/redo this lighten effect on all 10 sides of star frame.
When done, you should have a total of 10 frames in A/S.
Back to PSP, undo the lighten effect.  Copy MERGED 'n paste in A/S after frame 10.
(This will be a frame with NO lightening effect applied.)
We now have 11 frames in A/S.
Click on frame 11, change frame properties to 120.
All other frames will stay at default of 10.
Change animation properties to opaque white.
View animation. If happy, optimize and save as a GIF.
 Hope you enjoy your new Christmas tag!

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