Monday, November 9, 2015

Winter Friend

Supplies Needed

1 tube of choice and 1 image – I used the beautiful artwork of Sally Jacob which can be purchased from My Tubed Art. 

Font of choice – I used Harrington here

Monti Circular Mask here

Animated Snow here

Plug-Ins used:
Eyecandy 5: Nature – Snow Drift

Animation Shop

“Purpleicious Christmas” is a PTU tagger size scrap kit created by Kim of Chili Designz and can be purchased from Mystical Scraps.  You can visit her blog here. 
This tutorial was written assuming you have working knowledge of PSP. 

~~ Let’s get started ~~

Open up an 800 x 700 blank canvas.
Flood fill white.

Copy and paste Frame 8 as a new layer.
Resize 50%
Resize 90% and Free rotate Right 7 degrees

Go ahead and Copy and Paste your tube as a new layer now just so you can move all 3 frames into their exact position – see my tag for reference.  Be sure the largest of the 3 frames is at the top of your layers pallet.
Close out your tube layer for now.

Copy and paste the Background (image) layer of the tube as a new layer just over your white canvas layer.
Rename this layer “Image”.

Working with the largest frame first:
Highlight the frame.
Click inside of it with your Magic Wand.
Selections/Modify/Expand by 4.
Highlight  and move the “Image” layer into a position you like.
Right click on it in your layers pallet and choose “Promote Section to Layer” from the sub menu that appears.
Move the promoted layer just under the large frame.

Repeat the above step with the Right and Left frames.
You can then delete “Image” layer.

Your layer pallet should now be in this order – starting at the top:
Large Frame
Image that belongs to it.
Right Frame.
Image that belongs to it.
Left Frame.
Image that belongs to it.
Your white background layer.

Close out the Image that belongs to the large frame.
Highlight the large frame.
Click inside of it with your Magic Wand.
Selections/Modify/Expand by 4.
Highlight each of the smaller frames and the images that belong to them and tap the delete key on each one.

Merge Visible all the frames.

Merge Visible all the image layers.

Your layers pallet should now consist of 3 layers:
Merged Frame layer.
Merged Images layer.
White background.

Copy and paste Owl as a new layer.
Resize 40%
Move into position beneath the largest frame – see my tag for reference.

Open up the animated snow layers.
Copy and paste each snow layer beneath the merged frame layer (rename each snow layer as you go...S1, S2, S3 etc) or you can use the “drag and drop” method – you can follow a quick tutorial in a tutorial I wrote not long ago here to learn how to do the drag/drop method here.

Once all snow layers are now on your working canvas:
Highlight the merged image layer.
Click anywhere outside of it with your Magic Wand.
Highlight each snow layer and tap the delete key.
Close out all snow layers accept for S1.

Reopen your tube layer.

Add your elements.  I used:
Christmas Pine:  Resize 50%/Mirror
Cone 4:  Resize 20%/Duplicate/Flip
Bulb 3:  Resize 35%
Bow:  Resize 40%/Duplicate/Mirror
Fog:  Resize 75%
Snow 3:  Resize 70%Duplicate
Flower:  Resize 10%/Duplicate/Mirror
Berries 5:  Resize 70%/Duplicate/70%/Duplicate/Mirror/Duplicate

Add your copyrights.

Add your name:
Color Pallet:
Foreground: #9e85a8
Background: #7c5239
Make your Text Tool active
Set the Stroke Width to 2.0
Type your name
Give it a slight Inner Bevel:

Highlight your white background.
New Raster layer.
Select All.
Copy and paste Paper 2 Into Selection.
Apply the mask.
Merge Group.

Highlight the branch layer.
Apply Eyecandy 5 – Nature – Snow Drift.
Settings Tab:
Small, First Flakes

Basic Tab:

Highlight the merged frame layer.
Repeat the snow effect.

Copy Merged.

~Time to Animate~

Open up Animation Shop.
Edit/Paste/As New Animation.

Back in PSP.
Close out S1 layer.
Open up S2 layer.
Copy Merged.

Carry into AS.
Edit/Paste/After Current Frame.

Back in PSP.
Close out S2 layer.
Open up S3 layer.
Copy Merged.

Back in PSP.
Edit/Paste/After Current Frame.

Repeat the above steps until you have all 10 frames in AS.
View your animation.
Don’t panic if the snow is drifting upward!  If it is:
Ctrl + A (to highlight all frames)
Animation/Reverse Frames.
View your animation.
If you’re happy with it then save.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.
I’d love to see your results.
Email me!

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