Tuesday, July 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.
Font used: LD Modern Mix
Tube of choice: I'm using "USA Cowgirl" by The Hunter from SATC.
Scrap Kit : I'm using "USA Cowgirl" by Bibi's Collection from SATC
Animation: SimoneAni-AmericanCowgirl
Mask: 0143 HERE
Save your tag often. Nothing like working long and hard on a tag and PSP crashes.
Open paper 10 and duplicate, close original. Re-size by 88%, smart size checked and 72 dpi. Sharpen.
Open Mask. Go to Layers, New mask layer, from image. Apply mask and merge group.

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer. Delete the tube from the knees down using your selection tool, set to rectangle, feather set to 16. Add drop shadow to tube.
C/P element 45 as a new layer and re-size by 55%. Move to right lower hand side in front of tube layer. Add d/s.

C/P element 71 as a new layer and re-size by 45%. Move to left hand side behind tube layer. Add d/s.

C/P element 11 as a new layer and re-size by 60%. Free rotate to the left by 45 degrees. Move to right lower hand side in front of tube layer. Add d/s.

C/P element 9 as a new layer and duplicate. Change blend mode to multiply. Merge down. Re-size by 80%. Position to the left side of tag.

C/P element 5 as a new layer. Re-size by 60% and duplicate. Position side by side in front of your tube and the barrel. Add d/s to each and merge together. Duplicate and re-size by 75% and move this layer behind the barrel on the left side of tag.

C/P element 10 as a new layer and re-size by 50%. Move to right lower hand side of tag. Add d/s.
C/P element 24 as a new layer and re-size by 50%. Move to upper center of tag. This element should be just above the mask layer. Add d/s.

C/P element 51 as a new layer and re-size by 50%. Move to bottom center of tag. This element should be below skull and above the grass. You can extra grass behind the fence. Add drop shadow.
C/P element 78 as a new layer and free rotate to right by 45 degrees. Add drop shadow. Position to left lower hand side.
Add artist copyright and your license number.

Starting from tube layer moving down to mask, merge down each layer.
X-out this layer now. Click on any other layer and merge visible.
You should have two layers now.
Crop merged opaque.

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 15 frames.
You can watch the count on the lower right hand side of your screen in AS.
Open SimoneAni-AmericanCowgirl-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 OVER the frame area and click into place. I positioned mine more to the left side of the tag.
Go to PSP and select the tube layer and copy.
Paste in Animation Shop as a new layer.
Click on your tag to activate.
Go to Edit and paste into selected frame.
Careful you don't cut off anything from that layer when you click it into place.
You can move it around on the frame until you are happy, click into place.

Repeat steps using SimoneAni-VIPGirl-03 and position this animation over the wagon on the right hand side of tag.

Play and save.
Don't forget to add your name.

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 Tuesday July 2,  2013.


Anonymous said...

Duh, Simone, my mistake. I do have Animation Shop from the old days with Jasc. Are you using an older version? or is there a newer version available? Thanks, Simone.

Simone aka Lorraine said...

nope I'm still using the old version. They never updated it and Corel at the time didn't want to invest any time or money into it, so it remains the same :)
There is no way to get it anymore unless people buy old CD's somewhere.

Monti said...

Thank you x

Simone aka Lorraine said...

you're welcome :D

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