Wednesday, August 14, 2013

HELEN

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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
Font used: CellosScript_PersonalUse
Tube of choice: I'm using "Helen" by Mistycheskaya from SATC.
Scrap Kit : I'm using "Helen" by Disturbed Scraps from SATC
Animation: SimoneAni-Helene
Mask: 0127  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 a new image 730 x 600.
Copy and paste your tube as a new layer and re-size by 70% and 72 dpi. Make sure when re-sizing from this point on that you always checked and change to 72 dpi.

Copy and paste element 46 as a new layer and re-size by 45%. Position in the lower right hand side of tag.

Copy and paste element 57 as a new layer and re-size by 60%. Position in background behind your tube layer and on the right side of tag.

Copy and paste element 106 as a new layer and re-size by 60%. Mirror and position on left side of tag, near your tube.

Activate your top layer in layers palette.

Copy and paste element 49 as a new layer and re-size by 30%. Position at your tube's feet near the kitten element.

Copy and paste element 131 as a new layer and re-size by 70%. Position in upper right hand corner of tag.

Open element 132 and duplicate. Re-size by 80%. Close original. Open your tube close up. I used the grey version (black and white).
Copy and paste as a new layer and send to bottom. Using your mover tool, position her face where you'd like within the frame.
Using your Magic wand, feather 0, mode add shift and anti-alias checked, click inside the frame, (make sure you're on frame layer).
Go to selections, modify, expand by 10.
Go to selections, invert. Activate your close up layer and hit delete on keyboard.
Add a new Raster layer and send to bottom.
Go to selections, invert.

Open paper 10 and copy.
Back to the frame now. Go to Edit> paste> Paste into selection. Should of pasted on the raster layer you just added.
Selections>select none.

On close up layer change blend mode to Overlay.
Add drop shadow to your frame.

Go to Edit, Copy Merged.

On your tag now, paste as a new layer. Re-size by 76%.
Go to Image, free rotate, to the left, by 13 degrees.
Go to Adjust, Sharpness, sharpen.
Add drop shadow and move this to the left side of tag.

Copy and paste element 102 as a new layer and re-size by 34%. Position in front of tube on the left side.
Copy and paste element 101 as a new layer and re-size by 46%. Position in front of tube on the left side near wine glass.
Copy and paste element 34 as a new layer and re-size by 88%. Position behind your frame on the left side of tag.
If you need to enlarge your canvas because of cut off, do so now, we can re-size later.

Copy and paste element 58 as a new layer. Position behind the frame.
Duplicate and re-size by 76% and free rotate by 13 degrees to the right.
Move so it's peeking out from the right side of the frame. Sharpen.

Copy and paste element 48 as a new layer and move out from behind your frame layer to the right side.

Copy and paste element 10 as a new layer and re-size by 28%. Move to left side in front of wine glass and bottle.
Copy and paste element 47 as a new layer and re-size by 28%. Move to right lower hand side by the kitty's pillow.

Copy and paste rs moon as a new layer. Re-size by 30%.
Drag this to bottom and position in the upper right hand side of tag.

Add drop shadow to each and every layer starting from the bottom.
As you add your drop shadow, merge your layers down one at a time.
So every layer that is behind your tube layer should be merged together and every layer above your tube should be layered together.
Top layer should include your tube layer.

Add mask layer if you like. I used paper 13 and Mask 0127.
Merge group and duplicate. Merge together and duplicate.
Sharpen top Mask and change blend mode to Multiply.
Merge together.

You may now re-size your tag by 80%. Sharpen if you lose detail.

Now to animate.
Making sure your bottom merged layer is selected,
Go to Selections, select all.
Go to Edit and copy. 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 16 frames.
You can watch the count on the lower right hand side of your screen in AS.
Open SimoneAni-Helen-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 and click into place.

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

Activate your tag.
Go to Edit, Paste, paste into selected frames.

Play and save.
Don't forget to add your name.
Color I used for the name is : #a9a394 with 100% noise.

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 Wednesday August 14, 2013.

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