Monday, August 5, 2013


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•••  Supplies needed to complete this tutorial. •••
Programs: Paint Shop Pro, I'm using version 10. Animation Shop 3.
Plugin : none
Font used: Praying Angel
Tube of choice: I'm using "Lady Vampire" by Jose A Cano from SATC.
Scrap Kit : I'm using "Lady Vampire" by SkyScraps from SATC
Animation: SimoneAni-LadyVampire
Mask: 0149 HERE
Save your tag often. Nothing like working long and hard on a tag and PSP crashes.
Let's start.
Open element 50 and duplicate. Close original. Re-size the duplicate by 80% and 72 dpi.
Go to image> canvas size> enter 700x700.

Using your lasso tool, set to Point to point, mode: add shift, feather : 0, smoothing: 0 and anti-alias checked.

Click on the thickest portion of the branch (frame), so you need to make little movements with clicks every bend in the branch.
See my screenshot.

Add a new raster layer and send to bottom. Flood fill the selection with this color : #a74945 or a color from your tube.
Copy the close up of your tube and paste as a new layer.
Using your mover tool, position the face within the selection.
Go to Selections > invert > hit delete on your keyboard.
Selections > select none.

Duplicate the close up. On the original go to Adjust > Blur > Gaussian Blur > 5.
Go to Effects, Photo Effects, Black and White Film, filter color: blue, strength: 0
On the duplicate close up, change blend mode to : soft light.
Select Manual Color Correction:
Source should be black and target should be : #dc403b

Add drop shadow to the branch frame. Merge layers together.
C/P element 58 as a new layer and position behind the frame layer and to the left side of tag.
Add drop shadow.

C/P element 57 as a new layer and triplicate.
1st layer re-size by 60% and move to left side of frame and colorize red. Add d/s.
2nd layer re-size by 45% and move to lower right side of frame. Add d/s.
3rd layer re-size by 45% and mirror. Move to left side of tag and behind the tombstone. Add d/s.

C/P the regular sized tube. I had to re-size by 50%. Position to the right side of tag. Add d/s.

C/P element 61 and re-size by 35% and move down below in front of your tube on the right hand side of tag.
C/P element 6 and re-size by 50% and move to upper left hand side of tag. Add d/s.

C/P element 32 and re-size by 50%. Position lower center of tag/frame. Add d/s. Should be close to your tube. This is the flower cluster.
See my tag for reference.

C/P again. This time re-size by 40% and flip. Move to upper center right. Duplicate and mirror. Add drop shadow to each. These should be at top of

frame and at center of tag.

C/P element 2 and re-size by 35%. Move to lower right hand side. In front of your tube layer and the black grassy layer. Add d/s.
C/P element 1 and re-size by 35%. Move to lower right hand side. In front of red bottle layer. Colorize red. Add d/s.

C/P element 74 as a new layer and re-size by 50%. Move to the left side of tag in front of tombstone and frame. Add drop shadow.

C/P element 53 as a new layer and re-size by 60%. Move to the left side of tag and in front of carriage. Add d/s.

C/P element 64 and re-size by 50%. Place behind the carriage front section and duplicate. Move duplicated layer over to the left behind the read

portion of carriage. Merge these two layers together.
Duplicate this merged layer and move to the upper right hand side of tag and behind the merged frame layer.

C/P element 47 and re-size by  50%, mirror and add small drop shadow. Move to left side of tag over the carriage.

C/P element 23 as a new layer and re-size by 35%. Duplicate and mirror.
Position one left in front of book, add d/s.
Position the other right climbing the bottle, add d/s.

C/P element 8 as a new layer and re-size by 50%. Move in front of your tube, at the bottom of tag. Add drop shadow.

Crop merged opaque. Add paper to bottom and apply Mask of choice or the one I used Masks0149.

Add artist copyright and your license number.
Merge visible.

To animate:

Go to selections, select all and copy.

In animation shop, right click and paste as a new animation.
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-LadyVampire-01
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 the skull's forehead, click into place.

Now open SimoneAni-LadyVampire-02 and repeat.
Position just a bit above the current animation.

For third animation, open SimoneAni-LadyVampire-06
Position this one on the little bottle at bottom right of tag.

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 96
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 Hallé on Sunday August 4, 2013


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