Friday, July 5, 2013

DARK MAGIC

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•••  Supplies needed to complete this tutorial. •••
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Programs: Paint Shop Pro, I'm using version 10. Animation Shop 3.
Plugin : Eye Candy 4: Gradient Glow for name
Font used: LD Edward
Tube of choice: I'm using "Christine" by Christine Marie Kotlark from CDO.
Scrap Kit : I'm using "Twilight" by SkyScraps from SATC (no longer in business)
Animation: SimoneAni-DarkMagic
Mask: 0145  HERE
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Save your tag often. Nothing like working long and hard on a tag and PSP crashes.
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Open Paper 2, Mask0145, and open a new image 700 x 700 transparent.
Copy your paper.
Activate your blank canvas and go to Selections, select all.
Go to Edit, Paste, Paste into selection.
De-select. Go to Selections, select none.
Close original paper.

Apply mask. Go to Layers, new mask layer, from image and search your drop down box for Mask0145 and apply.
Merge group.

Close Mask.

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer. I selected the medium sized tube from Christine Marie Kotlark.
Re-size by 76%. Add drop shadow. Close original tube.

C/P element 20 as a new layer on top of your tube layer and re-size by 85%. Add drop shadow.
C/P element 18 as a new layer and re-size by 60%. Add drop shadow. Move this layer behind your tube and to the left.
C/P element Wolf1 as a new layer and re-size by 60%. Add drop shadow. Move this layer behind your tube and to the

right.
C/P element 10 as a new layer and re-size by 60%. Move to the left and over the grave marker.
C/P element Flower2 as a new layer and move to upper right side of tag, behind your tube and your wolf layers.
Add drop shadow. Duplicate and mirror. Merge together.

Make sure all your layers have drop shadows.
Add artist copyright and your license number.
Save your tag as pspimage.

Ok now merge the following layers together. The flower layer, the grave maker, the black wolf and the mask layer.
This is your bottom layer. Hide this layer (click eye on layer, in layers palette). Activate the tube layer and right click

merge all visible. UN-hide your bottom layer.

Now to animate.
Making sure your merged BOTTOM layer is selected,
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-DarkMagic-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. See my screenshot.
Move your cursor around on the tag and you will see a little star, place that on the right hand side,
near edge of mask.

Go back to PSP now and highlight (activate) your tube layer and copy.
Paste as a NEW animation in AS.
Go to Edit, copy.
Activate your tag.

IMPORTANT PART!
Before you click into place, do the following.

On your active tag, place a registration Mark.
Click on the cross icon on your tool bar at top in AS, and select Spanning Cross under Mark Style.
Now with your cursor move the mark on your tiny sparkle animation.
Go to Edit, select all. Go to Edit, Paste, paste into selected frames.

IMPORTANT AGAIN!
So with your cursor you will move your top layer around positioning it as precisely as possible.
JUST BEFORE you click into place, take a screen shot.
Screenshot key is on your keyboard: prt scr/sys rq.
Click into place now.

Right click on your workspace and paste as a NEW animation.
Grab your crop tool and just select the area that shows your sparkle ani with the cross over-top it.
Make sure this image is visible to you because when placing the second animation you will need to rely on this visual aid.
To remove spanning cross, click "Clear" at top tool bar.

Ok activate SimoneAni-DarkMagic-002.
Go to Edit, select all.
Go to Edit and copy.
Activate your tag.
Go to Edit, select all.
Go to Edit, Paste, paste into selected frames.
Move your cursor around on the tag and place on the right hand side, near edge of mask.
Look over at your reference and you should be placing it just over the tree trunk on the right 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:
Under COLORS TAB:
Number of colors: 255 Colors
Create palette by: OPTIMIZED OCTREE
Reduce colors by: Error Diffusion
Under OPTIMIZATIONS TAB:
set a check mark beside the second, third and forth choices. UN-check the 1st and last.
Under PARTIAL TRANSPARENCY:
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 July 5, 2013.



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