Friday, July 12, 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 4: Gradient Glow
Font used: SplendidOrnamenty
Tube of choice: I'm using "Surfacing Mermaid" by Jay Trembly from SATC.
Scrap Kit : I'm using "Mermaid" by LizquisScraps from SATC
Animation: SimoneAni-Surfacing
Mask: 0143 HERE
Save your tag often. Nothing like working long and hard on a tag and PSP crashes.
Open a new canvas, 600 x 600, transparent background.
Copy and paste your tube as a new layer. Re-size by 70%, at 72 dpi and smart size checked.

Copy and paste dolphin as a new layer and move to the lower middle of tag.
Copy and paste wave1 as a new layer and move up and to the left. Up just enough to cover her nipples..
Duplicate and mirror. Move this layer a little lower and match the bottom of it with the bottom of dophin element.

Copy and paste water1 as a new layer. Move this layer below the dolphin layer in the layers palette. Center.
Copy and paste fish4 as a new layer and re-size by 80%. Position between bubble layer and the duplicate wave layer, on the right side of tag.
Add drop shadow.

Activate your top layer.

Copy and paste sparkles1 element as a new layer.

Activate your bottom layer. Should be a blank raster layer. If not, just add a new raster layer and send to bottom.
Go to Selections, select all.

Open paper 8 and copy. On your tag, go to edit, paste, paste into selection.

Open your mask (Masks0143). Apply mask to paper and merge group. Duplicate and change blend mode to difference. Merge down.
Add your artist copyright.

Merge all visible.

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 20 frames.
You can watch the count on the lower right hand side of your screen in AS.
Open SimoneAni-Surfasing-001 or one of the other ones if you'd like.
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. I placed mine upper left hand corner 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 Friday July 12,  2013.


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