This tutorial was written by me on August 16th, 2012. Any resemblance to any other tutorial or tag is unintentional and is pure coincidence. Please do not claim my work as your own and do not post to any other website, blog or forum without permission from me. It is written with the assumption that you have a working knowledge of PSP and its components. It was written for PSP 9.
I recommend that you read through this or any tutorial you are attempting before starting it so you will know what to expect and how to get organized.
As with any of my tutorials when a plugin is required, change only the settings I recommend and leave the others on the default settings.
A good point to remember is to always refer back to the original image for size and placement and for other references needed.
This tutorial is animated and may look intimidating to some, but it only has four frames and it's beginning animation. If you're wanting to learn animation this would be a good one to break you in on. You're going to learn some colorizing techniques as well.
What you will need to accomplish this tutorial is this remarkable kit by Schnegge Scraps called To My Friend. It's PTU and you can purchase it at Creative Design Outlet HERE. The fun and stunning art of Pinup Toons which you can also purchase at Creative Design Outlet HERE. Please support the arts and DO NOT use his art without a license. Plugins are Eye Candy 4000, Xero, and Alien Skin Eye Candy 5/Impact. You'll need two brushes I supplied HERE. There are two fonts Blueberry Foxhound and Miss Lankfort. For copyright Pixel fonts HERE or HERE.
When you're ready, I'm sitting here waiting on you, let's do it.
First, let's get your brushes into PSP so you can use them when needed later. Once you have them unzipped you will notice they are .png format. You can install .png, psp, or .jpeg as a brush, but they cannot be any larger than 500 x 500 pixels. Open them into PSP then go to File/Export/Custom Brush. Name them so you will be able to find them when needed and click ok.
Now start a 700 x 700 new white image, we'll resize in the end. Copy and paste Frame5 into your new image and resize it 75%. Give it a drop shadow using these settings:
Now copy and paste your tube below your frame layer. Resize it 50% and if further needed use your Raster Deform tool for precise sizing. This tool is valuable for precise sizing and it prevents the distortion that happens a lot of times resizing in percentages depending how large or how small you go. You want to fit her into your frame where the top of her head pokes out of the top a bit. ( You can always use my image as a reference ) Once you have her fit nicely, duplicate her and drag the duplicate above your frame layer. Using your eraser tool erase the lower portion of your tube so she fits inside the frame. Do the same to the original only the part that is outside the frame. Now grab your Ellipse tool, hide your foreground color and set the background color to this #b3e4e3 and then draw and elllipse beneath your frame. If you have some of it poking out of your frame use your eraser to erase it.
Next, staying on this layer, grab your Brush tool, set your foreground color to black. Go up to Selections/Select All/Selections/Float/Selections/Defloat and apply your brush to your background.
At this point copy and paste Glitter 01 above your background layer. Resize it 60% and move it to the left of your canvas, duplicate and mirror it. Center the two beneath your work and to cut down on your layers merge the two together.
Using my image as a reference start copying and pasting the other elements into your working canvas. Remember for precise sizing you can Always, Always, Always use your Raster Deform tool (I think in later versions this tool is the Pick tool)...Other than the butterflies and the hand give each element the same drop shadow you used above. For the hand (and your tube) go to Effects/Plugins/Alien Skin Eye Candy 5/Impact and use these settings:
(You can tweak your shadows by moving the nodes around in the preview window. To move one node at a time hold down your CTRL key. You can move the whole shadow by holding down your right mouse button and clicking in the middle of the shadow. It's very important to think about how a shadow would be cast realistically and how dark or how light it should be. This plugin is one of my favorites and one I use with nearly every single one of my tags.)
Use the same settings for your butterflies, but you need the shadows falling below the butterflies to make them appear to be flying.
On the hand layer to make it stand out we're going to give it a Corona. Go to Effects/Plugins/Eye Candy 4000 and use these settings:
For the flower elements with the red center let's tweak those a bit. Go to Effects/Plugins/Xero/Radiance and use these settings:
Now before we set up to animate we're going to do our Word Art. Using the font Blueberry Foxhound type MULTIFACETED and place it to the top of your work, but it's layer should be beneath your tube layer...again refer to my image if needed.
Now go to Effects/Plugins/Eye Candy 4000/Bevel Boss and use these settings:
Bevel Profile Tab
Leave the Middle Tab on default settings:
Give it the same drop shadow. Now on top of this layer with the Miss Lankfort font type Just like a diamond. Give it a drop shadow using these settings:
(You're going to use this same drop shadow for your name...) But first let's put a Corona to the diamond saying by going to Effects/Plugins/Eye Candy 4000 and use the same settings you used above only change the color to White and increase the Width to 8.
Now add your name, (for crisp edges on your fonts, set your Antialias to Sharp) give it the same drop shadow you just used and then apply the same Corona you used on the hand element.
Add your copyright, make sure it's legal and legible.
Now let's set up for animation. Duplicate your top tube layer, name the bottom one OPEN and the duplicate CLOSED and on the duplicate use your lasso tool set to point to point with a feather of 2 draw around the outside corner of her eye covering the lash...see example:
Then you will flood fill what you've drawn with a color very close to what you've drawn other than black...my example doesn't cover the lash, but this is our ultimate goal...the lash outside the eye needs to disappear on this CLOSED layer. Now once you have the eyelash gone, draw with the same feather completely around the eye covering the lash and the open part of the eye.
Flood fill your selection with the dark brown of her eye shadow color. Unless you want her winking, repeat for the other eye.
Now for the sparkles on the diamond...add a new Raster layer above your hand layer and name it Sparkles 1, then add another layer above that and name it Sparkles 2. Use the sparkle brush I supplied. You can either resize it in your program by changing the size of your brush or you can resize it with your Raster Deform or Pick Tool depending on which version of PSP you're using. Add a sparkle on each layer but moving them slightly away from each other.
Now let's animate and finish up...we're almost done.
Open Animation Shop and go back to PSP. Hide the CLOSED layer and the Sparkle 2 layer and hold down CTRL + SHIFT + C to copy merged and then go back over to Animation Shop. Hit CTRL + v to paste a new animation. Go back to PSP unhide the CLOSED layer, hide the Sparkle layer 1 and unhide Sparkle layer 2. Hold down CTRL + SHIFT + C to copy merged and go back to Animation Shop. This time hold down CTRL + SHIFT + L to paste after current frame.
Now in Animation Shop go ahead and resize it to fit your needs. Select both frames either by going to Edit/Select All or by holding down your CTRL key and clicking on both frames. Go to the top of your frame on the window and go to Paste After Curren Frame. You should have four frames now.
Select frame 1 by clicking on it and go up to Animation/Frame Properties and set your Display time to 40. Click on frame 2 and again go to Animation/Frame Properties and set your Display time to 20...frame 3 Display time to 90 and frame 4 Display time to 20. Check your work and if you're satisfied with your animation save as a .gif and you're done.
I'm glad you tried my tutorial. I hope you learned something from it, but mostly I hope you had fun with it. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about any of my tutorials or certainly please contact me with any issues such as broken links, etc.