Friday, May 24, 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: Brahn Mufun
Tube of choice: I'm using "Billy"  by Christine Marie Kotlark from SATC.
Scrap Kit : I'm using "Hallows Eve" by SkyScraps from SATC
Animation: I'm using my own, SimoneAni-Where's Billy Tutorial
Save your tag often. Nothing like working long and hard on a tag and PSP crashes.

Open a new image size 750 x 685. We can re-size at the end.
Copy and paste element 83 as a new layer on your canvas. Activate your selection tool, set to Freehand Select.
Type: Point to point
Mode: Add(shift)
Feather: 5
Smoothing: 0
Anti-alias: checked.

Just remove the extra little dots at the top of this element.
See screenshot.

Once I selected my area I hit delete twice on keyboard.
Go to selections, select none.
Using your mover tool, drag this element to the upper right hand side of tag.
Duplicate and mirror. Merge them together.
Duplicate and flip. Merge them together.
This will be our background.

Now re-size it by 94% and move it up a little bit. Merge down.
Go to Adjust and sharpen.

Copy and paste your tube Billy. If you are using the same tube as new re-size and drag him down till his chopped off feet/ankles are about flush with the lower edge of your background.
See Screenshot.

Now grab your selection tool, set to rectangle, same feather. Drag out a rectangle starting below his hands/knees and down past his non existing feet. 

Add a new layer. Drag this layer below him in layers palette.
Select your flood fill tool and set background color to black.
Fill the layer. This is his little mat.
Go to Selections, select none.

Copy and paste element 52 as a new layer and re-size by 90%. Move higher up on your canvas. Add drop shadow.
V=-2    H=2    Opacity=90    Blur=5   Color=black

Open element 34 and using your selection tool set to rectangle again, select only the top portion of this element.
Go to Edit and copy.
Activate your tag and paste as a new layer. Re-size by 90% and move to left side of tag. Duplicate and re-size by 80% and move this to the right side. Add drop shadow to each and merge them together.

Copy and paste element 30 as a new layer and re-size by 80%. Should be over the black wiggly swirls and behind Billy. Add drop shadow.
Copy and paste element 54 as a new layer and re-size by 80%. Position lower behind your tube so it appears like his elbows are resting on the trunk and crate. Add drop shadow.
Copy and paste element 28 as a new layer and re-size by 80%. Position so the white skull on right side is at bottom corner of crate element.

Add drop shadow. Duplicate and drag over to the left, having some of the grass over the trunk. You can merge these together.
Copy and paste image 42 as a new layer and re-size by 36%. Position to the right side of tag. Place him on the edge of crate. Add drop shadow. I added a bigger blur to him and H=3.

Copy and paste element 2 as a new layer. Move this layer to the top. Re-size by 86%. Move it over to the left. Add drop shadow.
Grab your selection tool set to rectangle again, feather 0. You are going to select a portion of your tube and move up above a few of the branches. So make sure you get his head and his upper right shoulder and chest area. See my screen shot.

 Promote selection to layer. In layers palette, drag the promoted layer above the tree element.
Your layers should appear like this:
Lock your layers. So on the tube layer click the the lock icon in the layers palette and make sure it says 1. On the promoted Selection (his head) click on lock and make sure it's set to 1 as well. That way if you happen to move them around they will always stay together. If you need to unlock just click on the lock until it goes to "none".

Copy and paste element 50 as a new layer and re-size by 70%. Position to the left and in front of the tree. Add drop shadow.
Copy and paste element 55 as a new layer and re-size by 45%. Position to the right of the bucket and in front of your tube. Add drop shadow.
Copy and paste element 56 as a new layer and re-size by 35%. Position to the right side of tag and in front of Billy's left foot. Add drop shadow.
Copy and paste element 80 as a new layer and re-size by 50%. Mirror and position to the right side of tag. Should be next to his leg. This layer should be below the other rat layer, so it appears behind it on the tag. Add drop shadow.
Copy and paste element 38 as a new layer and re-size by 40%.  Move these grey leaves to the left side of the tag, down in front. Place this layer between the vase layer and the bucket layer.
Duplicate layer and mirror. Move this layer behind the bucket layer.
Duplicate this layer now and mirror. It should appear to the right side of tag, behind the rat and books layer.
Duplicate layer and drag to center in front of Billy.
Duplicate that layer and re-size by 50% and move this in front of rat with books. Just as a filler. It seemed a little empty to me in that area.
Make sure you add drop shadow to each of these layers.

Activate your crop tool and under Snap Crop Rectangle to: select Merged Opaque.
Merge visible.

Add artist copyright and scrap kit maker credit.

If not animating, add your name and save as PNG.

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 20 frames.
You can watch the count on the lower right hand side of your screen in AS.
Open SimoneAni-Where's Billy Tutorial
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 Friday, May 24,  2013.


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