Sunday, June 2, 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, Xenofex constellation for name.
Font used: Variex
Tube of choice: I'm using "Liberty" by Jose Cano from SATC.
Scrap Kit : I'm using "Liberty" by Bibi's Collection from SATC
Animation: 4TH OF July  HERE
Mask: 0121 HERE
Save your tag often. Nothing like working long and hard on a tag and PSP crashes.
Open Paper of choice or paper13, which is what I used.
Duplicate and close original. Re-size paper to 60%, Resolution is 72 pixels/inch.
Re-sample using: Smart Size.
This is what I use the majority of the time.

Apply Mask of choice or my mask 0121.
Merge group, duplicate and change blend mode to Multiply. Duplicate this layer.
Merge visible.

Close your Mask.

Add noise, random check, noise of 14% and monochrome checked.

Copy and paste element 102 as a new layer and move to the left hand side of tag. Add drop shadow.
Copy and paste your tube and re-size if you need to. I re-sized mine by 85%. Move a little to the right of center. Add drop shadow.

Copy and paste element 31 as a new layer and re-size by 34%. Move behind your tube and add drop shadow.
Copy and paste element 59 as a new layer. Add drop shadow. Move behind statue of Liberty.
C/P element 100 and re-size by 86%. Move behind statue and to the left side of tag. Add D/S.
C/P element 101 and re-size by 90%. Move behind your tube and to the right side of tag. Add D/S.
Copy and paste the tree elements, 4, 5 and 53. Add them to the background of tag and add drop shadow to each.

Add Artist's copyright and URL and your license number.
X-out (hide) your tube layer, building on the right and the large red, white and blue star.
Click on your mask layer and merge visible.
Hide this merged layer and un-hide the other 3. Now merge those together.
You should have two layers.

Now to animate.

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 19frames.
You can watch the count on the lower right hand side of your screen in AS.
Open SimoneAni482
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.

Go back to PSP and select your top layer (tube), X-out the bottom layer and copy.
Paste in AS as a new animation.
Go to Edit, copy.
Go to Edit, make sure Propagate Paste is selected.
Activate your main tag.
Go to Edit, Paste, paste into selected frames.

I added another animation to the tag. Repeat and add animation SimoneAni481.
I culled animation by half.
Go to Animation/Cull Animation, every 2 frames, click OK.
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 Saturday, June 2, 2013.


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