Sunday, August 5, 2012

Reverie Animated PTU


To lose oneself in reverie, one must be either very happy or very unhappy.  Reverie is the child of extremes...

Antoine Rivarol

This tutorial was written by me on August 5th, 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.

What you will need to accomplish this tutorial is this stunning kit by the amazing Crazy Carita called Something Sweet.  You can purchase this kit at Barbara Jensen's store HERE.  You can also purchase this gorgeous tube by Barbara at her store.  Please support the arts and DO NOT use Barb's tubes without a license.  Mask is by Essex Girl, Floral Grunge Frame 3, you can download HERE along with a ton of her other masks.  If you don't already have her masks, you will enjoy that page and be downloading for're welcome.  Plugins are Alien Skin Eye Candy 5/Impact, dsb flux, and Eye Candy 4000.  Font is Harrington and can be downloaded HERE.

First, using my image as a reference, open all of your elements and your tube into PSP.  Start a new 700 x 700 white image, you can resize later.  Copy and paste your frame, el15, into your new image.  Resize it 80% and rotate it 90 degrees left or right by going to Image/Rotate/Free rotate.  Add a slight drop shadow.  I used the following:

Now beneath that layer copy and paste your choice of papers.  I used paper10.  Use your Raster Deform Tool to resize the paper by dragging the corners to fit the paper inside the frame.

Copy and paste the same paper beneath this layer.  Resize the paper 90% and apply your mask.

Copy and paste el13 above your mask layer, resize it 65%, duplicate it twice and place these fan-type elements on the very top and on each side of your frame...see my image as a reference.  Give each one the same drop shadow.

Next, copy and paste el16 above these fan-type layers, resize 60% and move it to the left top corner of your frame.  Notice the middle part of this element that is sort of square, line it up with the edge of your frame.  Duplicate and mirror it, line it up with the right edge of your frame as you just did on the left then duplicate and flip it, line it up and then duplicate it again and mirror it...again, line it up.  Now you should have this element on all four corners of your frame.  Add the same drop shadow you just used on your frame on all four of these elements.

Now duplicate one of these elements and drag it to the left or right in the middle of your frame so that it sticks out a little further than the elements on the corners, duplicate one for the other side as well.

Next you want to copy and paste el19 on the very top of your canvas.  Resize it 50% and drag it to the top left side of your frame.  Then copy and paste el20 on top of el19, resize it 30% and center it onto el19...add the same drop shadow as above only changing your offsets to 2, then merge these two elements together in your layer palette.  Duplicate and mirror and flip as you did above to place your newly made element into all four corners of your frame and then add the same drop shadow changing your offsets back to 4.

Now copy and paste el31 on the top of your canvas, resize it 70%.  Use your raster deform tool to rotate it slightly to the left.  Duplicate and mirror it, then add your same drop shadow.

Now copy and paste the remaining elements into your canvas.  You can use my image as a reference for size and placement and you can always use your Raster Deform tool for precise sizing.  You don't have to place your flowers in the exact place I did...just always remember when using foliage or flowers in your creations not to be picky on your cymmetry because nothing in nature grows cymmetrical.  Don't forget your drop shadows.

At this point copy and paste your tube into your working image.  Barbara has given us some amazing layers to work with, thus matching any color scheme.  Gotta love that....Remember, you can always use your Raster Deform Tool for precise sizing.  This tool also prevents the distortion you get a lot of times resizing in percentages depending how large or how small you go.  I believe on newer versions of PSP this tool is known as the Pick tool.

Once you have her sized and positioned let's tweak her a little.  Go to Adjust/Color Balance/Color Balance and use the following settings:

Now go to Effects/Plugins/Alien Skin Eye Candy 5/Impact/Perspective Shadow and use the following settings:

This plugin is one that takes a little practice, at least it did for me.  The most important thing to remember about a shadow is to think about how it should fall in reality and how dark it should be.  You can tweak this shadow by moving the nodes around in the preview frame.  You can move one node at a time by holding down your CTRL key.  You can also view all areas of what you're shadowing by moving the 'red box' at the top around.  It moves the preview around so you can look at all areas of your tube or element.

Here you need to go ahead and add your name and your copyright then we will prepare for animation.

For your name use size 95, any color, antialias set to sharp for crisp edges in your fonts...go to Effects/Plugins/Alien Skin Eye Candy 5/Impact/Chrome and use the following settings:

Add the same drop shadow only changing your offsets back to 2 again and your Blur to 10.  Then go to Effects/Plugins/Eye Candy 4000/Corona and use the following settings:

For a neat and professional-looking copyright I use copy or pixel fonts.  You can google and find hundreds of these's you a few to start with HERE.   These fonts work best usually at size 6 with your antialias set to off.

Now let's prepare for animation.  In your layer palette merge all of the elements which is el16 together, then duplicate twice for a total of three.  Hide the two duplicated layers in your layer palette and then select the first copy of these merged elements and go to Effects/Plugins/dsb flux/Bright Noise and use these settings:

Hide this layer, unhide the middle layer of these merged elements and select this layer in your layer palette.  Go back to Effects/Plugins/dsb flux/Bright Noise and increase the Intensity by 10 for 45.  Do the same for the last merged layer increasing the Intensity to 55.

Now you need to merge the four elements you have on the top of your frame in the corners, ie., the small circles.  Once merged, duplicate twice for a total of three.  Hide the two duplicated layers in your layer palette and select the original merged layer and then go to Effects/Plugins/Eye Candy 4000/HSB Noise and use the following settings:

Hide this layer you just applied this plugin to and unhide and select the middle layer.  Go back to Effects/Plugins/Eye Candy 4000/HSB Noise and hit Random Seed once.  Repeat this process for the last layer.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Be sure you do not move any of these layers you have applied these last two plugins to or you will have a mess and have to start all over.

Now for the fun part...Let's Animate...

Open Animation Shop.  In PSP go to File/Jasc Software Products/Launch Animation Shop and then go back to PSP.  On the layers you just applied the last two plugins to hide the two top layers for each.  On your keyboard hold down CTRL + SHIFT + C to copy merged and then go over to Animation Shop. On your keyboard hit CTRL + v to paste.  Back to PSP.  Now hide the two bottom layers which you applied your last two plugins to and unhide the middle layers.  Again on your keyboard hold down CTRL + SHIFT + C to copy merged and go back to Animation Shop.  This time we need to paste this frame after the current frame so we will hold down on our keyboard CTRL + SHIFT + L.  Go back to PSP and repeat this step for the last layers.

Once you have pasted your last layer into your animation go to Edit/Select All and then go to Animation/Frame Properties and change your Display time to 30 to slow down the animation.  The higher the number, the slower your animation will be.  Resize to fit your needs, save it as a .gif and you're done.

I'm glad you tried my tutorial, I hope you gleaned something to hone your skills and had fun with it.  Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you have about any of my tutorials or with any issues with broken links, would be appreciated.  You can find me on Facebook with my link on this blog or my email is  Happy creating.



1 comment:

CC said...

Beautiful tag, thank you ♥