Tuesday, December 29, 2009


What woman doesn't love Jacob...lol
This tutorial was written by me on Dec 29, 2009, any resemblance to any other tutorial is pure coincidence. Please do not post this tutorial to any other site without permission from me. I wrote this tutorial with the assumption that you have a working knowledge of PSP and its tools, as well as Animation Shop. I use PSP 9, but any version should be compatible.

Things you will need to accomplish this tutorial include PSP of course with Animation Shop, this beautiful kit by Crystal's Designs called Twilight that you can purchase HERE. Thank you Crystal for the use of this kit. She has some beautiful kits, be sure to check them all out at My Scrappin Box. All those amazing designers there have some wonderful kits, check out them all while you're there. Tell them I sent ya :). You will need this gorgeous mask by Sabre (SL_FairyPortalMask2Sabre) that you can find on his site HERE at The Quill & Parchment, thanks Sabre for your amazing work, you rock. He has some fabulous kits and masks and tubes as well, the best part is his work is free. If you aren't aware of his blog, you should be. You will need an image of your choice, I included the image of Jacob from Twilight that I used in the supplies. The plugins you will need are dsb flux and Eye Candy 4000. The font I used is called Blackadder ITC.


Okay, let's get this party started. If you haven't already installed your plugin, do that before opening PSP and put your mask into your PSP mask folder. Now in PSP start a new white 750 by 750 image. We'll resize later. Add a new layer in your layer palette and flood fill it with black. Resize it by 90% and apply your mask SL_FairyPortalMask2Sabre. Merge the group of mask layers.

At this point you will open the Jacob image supplied, or your preferred image into PSP and go up to Image and down to Greyscale, back up to Image and Increase Color Depth to 16 Million Colors. Copy and paste this image as a new layer on top of your mask layer. In your layer palette, hide this layer.

You will now paste the red frame on top of your image layer and use your deform tool to rotate it by 90 Degrees, then paste the black frame on top of the red frame layer. You will need to resize these frame layers, I always use my raster deform tool for precise sizing. You want to be sure these frame layers are centered on your mask layer. Once you have the frame layers in place, open your image layer. You will notice you may have some of the image layer peeking outside the frame layers, simply use your eraser tool to erase any unwanted parts of the image. Or if the image isn't large enough, you can also use your raster deform tool to make it larger.

Now, you will copy and paste any elements you want to use from the kit and place them around your frames. You can use my tag as a reference if you wish to use the same elements I used. To move the vines in different positions, again, I used my raster deform tool. (yeah, yeah, it's one of my favorite PSP tools, that and the UNDO button.) Add you a slight drop shadow to your frames and elements.

For the Wolf Pendant, I colorized it to match with my frame. Go to Adjust/Hue and Saturation/Colorize and use these settings. Hue=0 and Saturation-204.

For the wolf eyes and the moon clouded elements with Jacob's name, I resized them to fit with, guess what, the raster deform tool and for Jacob's name in my layer palette, I took the opacity down to 86%.

Now add your name, go to Effects/Plugins/Eye Candy 4000/Gradient Glow and use these settings in the Basic Tab use these settings: Glow Width=3, Soft Corners=25 and Overall Opacity=95; in the Color tab use the Fat setting and apply this effect. Go back to Effects/Gradient Glow in the Basic Tab use these settings: Glow Width=7.52, Soft Corners=25 and Overall Opacity=89; in the Color Tab use the Black Halo effect. Apply these settings and then add a drop shadow by going to Effects/3D effects/Drop Shadow and use these settings: Offset Vertical=2, Horizontal=2, Attributes opacity=77 and Blur=10.

Now for the fun part, the animation. In your layer palette find your red frame. It will make things simple if you named all of your layers. I never take the time to do this...lol. Anyway, duplicate this red frame layer twice for a total of three red frame layers. Hide the two top layers and make sure you are on the bottom red frame layer and then go to Effects/Plugins/dsb flux/Bright Noise and use these settings: Intensity=25, Direction check Mix and apply. For the two remaining layers, just simply increase the Intensity by 5.

Now open Animation Shop. Go back to PSP. Hide the two top red frame layers and hold down Shift+Ctrl+C to Copy Merged, then go back to Animation Shop and hit Control+V to paste as a new animation. Back to PSP, hide the bottom red frame layer and open the middle red frame layer, Shift+Ctrl+C and go back to Animation Shop, this time hit Shift+Ctrl+L to paste as next frame, do the same for the last red frame layer. You should have three animation frames.

Now resize to fit your wants or needs and save as a .gif and you're done. I hope you enjoyed my tutorial. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or it there are any broken links.

Blessings, Trese


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