Sunday, May 19, 2013


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•••  Supplies needed to complete this tutorial. •••
Programs: Paint Shop Pro, I'm using version 10. Animation Shop 3.
Plugin : Eye Candy: Gradient Glow for name
Font used: Carpenter
Tube of choice: I'm using "Punk Mermaid" by Jay Trembly from SATC.
Scrap Kit : I'm using "Mermaid" by Lizquis Scraps from SATC
Animation: I'm using my own, SimoneAni-OceanApartTutorial
Save your tag often. Nothing like working long and hard on a tag and PSP crashes.

Open a new image 725x 796. You can re-size at the end. C/P your tube as a new layer.
C/P  decor3 (tire) as a new layer and mirror. Position your mermaid on the tire.
C/P sand1 as a new layer and move done below the tire.
C/P sand2 as a new layer and move behind the tire.
C/P moss2 as a new layer and move in front of the tire to the right.
C/P deco4 as a new layer and move to the left side of tag. Re-size by 48%.
Do the same for deco2 and deco3. Deco3 I mirrored and placed to the left. I placed deco2 to the right.
C/P moss1 as a new layer and move behind all layers and in upper left hand area of tag.
Repeat for deco5. Re-size by 38%. I placed in center of tire.
Repeat for deco6. Re-size by 60%. Mirror and move to the upper right side of tire.
C/P bubbles1 and paste as your top layer. Duplicate and merge. Position anywhere on your tag.
C/P  dolphins and mirror.
C/P fish6 and fish2. Re-size and position where you'd like.
Add any other element you like. I added the anchor, the net and the rudder.
Add drop shadow to all layers.
C/P paper and move to bottom. Click on one of the small elements.
Go to Selections, select ALL.
Go to Edit, crop to Selection.
Open Mask 0116 in PSP. Apply mask. Merge group.
Copy and paste close up as a new layer and position so it's somewhat visible.
Activate your mask layer. Go to Selections, select all.
Selections, float.
Go to Selections, invert.
Activate your close up layer and hit delete on your keyboard. Selections, select none.
Change blend mode to Hard light and merge down.
Re-size by 90%.
Add artist copyright and scrap kit maker credit.

Merge visible and save as png.
Add your name.

If animating.

Go to Selections, select all.
Go to Edit and copy merged. Paste as a new animation in Animation Shop.
Hold your Ctrl key down and repeatedly hit letter L on your keyboard for a total of 17frames.
You can watch the count on the lower right hand side of your screen in AS.
Open SimoneAni-OceanApart-001
Go to Edit, select all.
Go to Edit, copy.

Activate your tag.
Go to Edit, select all.
Go to Edit, make sure Propagate Paste is selected.
Go to Edit, Paste, paste into selected frames.

Position on your tag and click into place.

Play and save.
Don't forget to add your name.
You can see my name tutorial HERE.

To save:
Go to File, Save as, enter the name of your file and select the folder to save to.
Now click on Customize:
Number of colors: 255 Colors
Create palette by: OPTIMIZED OCTREE
Reduce colors by: Error Diffusion
set a check mark beside the second, third and forth choices. UN-check the 1st and last.
check Convert pixels less than 92
Yes, blend with this color: change to white #FFFFFF
Click OK. Click Next, next, next, next.
Play your animation.
At times your animation may or will come out terrible. Optimization in Animation Shop is not the greatest.
You can play around will your settings, especially under the Tab: Optimization. I change this setting at times from anywhere between 70 and 100.
Some people add a white background.  To add background, go to Animation: Animation Properties, select Opaque and change color to white.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial,
Hugs Simone
Please, always direct people to my blog to download my animations.
Do not load to any other download site and don't claim as your own.
Tutorial written by SophisticatSimone aka Lorraine Halle on Monday, May 20,  2013.


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