Tuesday, July 30, 2013

STEAMPUNK Forum Set

  
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Please click on TAG to see in full size.
•••  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 only.
Font used: Carpenter
Tube of choice: I'm using "Lucinda" by Angelica S from SATC.
Scrap Kit : I'm using "Lucinda" by Tiny Turtle Designs
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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 a new image 600 x 215.
Copy and paste your tube as a new layer. Position the portion of your tube that is most colorful.
Highlight (click on) Raster 1 in layers palette.
Go to Selections > Select all.
Go to Image > Crop to selection.
Click on Raster 2 layer. Duplicate. Work on the copy layer.
Go to Effects > Texture Effect > Mosaic-Antique
Number of columns: 25
Number of columns: 25
Tile diffusion : 37
Grout width : 1
Grout diffusion : 74
OK

Go to Adjust > Sharpen > Sharpen.
Change blend mode to Screen. If that doesn't look good to you, just play around with the other choices and select the one that works best for your tag.
Merge down.

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer. Re-size by 25% if using the same one I did.
Copy and paste element 29 as a new layer and re-size by 55%. Position in left upper hand side of tag. Add drop shadow.
Copy and paste element 52 as a new layer and re-size by 44%. Position as your top layer, above your tube and in the lower right hand side of tag. Add drop shadow.
Copy and paste element 76 as a new layer. Position middle upper left side of tag. See my tag for reference. Add drop shadow.
This element should be behind the tube and in front of the clock cluster element.
Copy and paste element 112 as a new layer and re-size by 33%. Position in lower left hand side of tag. Add drop shadow.
Copy and paste element 129 as a new layer and re-size by 33%. Position on right side of tag on the hat. Add drop shadow.

Ok go back to your bottom Raster 1 layer and highlight in layers palette.
Go to Selections > Select all.
Go to Image > Crop to selection.
Highlight your background layer.
Go to Effects > Reflection Effects > Kaleidoscope >
Horizontal offset : -74
Vertical offset : 1
Rotation angle : 146
Scale factor : 12
Number of petals : 3
Number of orbits : 1
Radial suction : 19
Edge Mode : Wrap
OK
Go to Image > Sharpen > Sharpen

Now go to Adjust > Add/Remove Noise > Add Noise: check Random and 4%. Monochrome checked.
Merge visible.
Go to Effect > Plugins > AAA Frame > Texture Frame:
Width : 8
Stroke : 1
Brightness : -73
Soften : 2
Opacity : 66
OK

Copy and paste as a new layer in Animation Shop.

Back in PSP, go to Edit > Undo Texture Frame > Undo Merge visible
Undo layers selection > Undo add noise.

Now add noise, change to 5%.
Add the same frame settings.
Merge visible.
Copy and paste in AS after current frame.

Back in PSP, go to Edit and undo frame and noise.

Repeat noise, change to 6%.
Add frame again.
Merge visible and copy. Paste in AS after the second frame.
You should now have a total of 3 frames.

Add artist copyright and your name.
SAVE as gif.

Back in PSP, undo again.
Make your avatar.

Click on your crop tool and enter 145 by 180 if it's a forum avatar. If it's a Facebook avatar change to 180 x 180.
Move your crop tool over the area you want as your avatar and double click.

Merge visible and add the frame effect again. You can mirror layer.
Add copyright/license number and your initial or name.
Save as PNG.

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 30, 2013

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