Thursday, October 11, 2012

City Girls PTU Animated

City Girls seem to find out early
How to open doors with just a smile
A rich old man and she won't have to worry
She'll dress up all in lace and go in style....

Late at night a big old house gets lonely
I guess every form of refuge has its price
And it breaks her heart to think her love is only
Giving to a man with hands as cold as ice...

Lyin' Eyes

This tutorial was written by me on October 11th, 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 Artist-Scrap Bundle by Jennifer Janesko and Dee's Sign Depot which you can purchase at Creative Design Outlet HERE.  Please support the arts and do not use Jennifer's tubes without a license and please do not share her tubes or this kit.  Animation is by Lovey, her blog is HERE, but I included it in the supplies for you since I colorized it.  You can download those supplies includes the animation and the four brushes needed for this tut.  Plugins are Alien Skin Eye Candy 5/Impact, Eye Candy 4000, dsb flux and Xero.  Fonts are Mobsters which you can get HERE and Inspiration HERE.

Let's do this...

First we need to get your brushes into PSP for use.  It's just a couple easy steps.
 Open the files I provided into PSP.  They're in .png format, you can also use .jpegs.  For each brush go to File/Export/Custom Brush.  Name your brush and click Ok and it's installed in PSP ready for use.

Now start a 700 x 700 new white image which we will resize in the end.  Copy and paste E21 into your new canvas and resize it 70%.  Below this element draw three black circles of different sizes with your preset tool.  One should be the largest, one medium sized and the last one small.  I would name them accordingly.  On E21, the city scape element, go to Effects/Plugins/Eye Candy 4000/Corona and use these settings:

On the Large and the medium sized circles grab your Magic Wand and select the circle and then apply the city scape brush02...note the settings for your tool.

Then on the smallest circle select it and apply the City Scape brush01.  Also on the smallest circle I applied the same Corona as I did on the City Scape Element.

Now copy and paste your tube on the top of your canvas, resize her 85% and add the same Corona then go to Effects/Plugins/Xero/Radiance and use these settings to darken her up a bit...

Grab your Selection tool with a 50% Feather and select the bottom of your tube and hit delete a few times to soften the bottom edges and fit her into your work..

Now, using my image as a reference for size and placement, copy and paste the remaining elements into your image.  You can use your Raster Deform tool, or Pick tool in newer versions of PSP, for precise sizing and for rotating, etc.  Don't forget to add drop shadows to your elements and to your circles.  For any element you want to have more dimension, like the butterfly, you could use the Perspective Shadow.  Go to Effects/Plugins/Alien Skin Eye Candy 5/Impact/Perspective Shadow and use these settings:

This plugin may require a little practice.  There are just a couple of important things to remember when shadowing is to attempt to make your shadows appear natural and to watch closely all the areas of whatever you're shadowing.  You can view all the areas by moving the little red box around at the top of the window of this plugin...

(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.)

For the background, add a new Raster Layer above your background layer and apply the Flare brush I supplied in black.  It's a good idea to add a new layer for each brush in case you want to move them around, then to keep your palette 'clean,' merge all the brush layers together once you have them where you want them.

Now below your tube layer add a new Raster Layer and apply the flare brush in white, use your Raster Deform tool to stretch it out larger.  Then add a new Raster Layer below the E21 element and apply the flare brush a few times to brighten up the area, keep your brush mainly behind your tube.  (see my image)

At this point, duplicate the E21 element three times for a total of four layers of these.  Hide the top three layers, and select the original layer in your layer palette and go to Effects/Plugins/dsb flux/Bright Noise and use these settings:

Hide the original layer, unhide and select the layer above it then go to Effects/Bright Noise and use the same settings only increasing the Intensity by 10...repeat for the remaining layers.

Now, let's clean up the palette a little bit as we are getting quite a few layers. From the top of your work all the way down to the large flare layer behind your tube merge down to merge all of those layers together and name it Top Merge.  Then from the layer beneath the original E21 element layer all the way down to your background layer...merge those together and name it Bottom Merge.  Name your E21 Layers as well...Your layer palette should look like this to this point...other than the name layer which you haven't done yet, but are about to...LOL

Before your name, let's do the Wordart. Using Mobsters font type City Girls below the Top Merged leyers, then go to Selections/Select All/Selections/Float/Selections/Defloat and apply the Wordart CityScape brush once on the left and once on the right.  Then apply the flare brush several times scattered about the word art, only decrease the size of the brush to about 25.  Selections/Select None.  Add a drop shadow...

Duplicate this layer and drag it to the top of your palette then go to Effects/Plugins/Eye Candy 4000/Glass and use these settings:

Set the Blend mode to Hard Light and decrease the Opacity to 70.  Now using the Inspiration font type the words Seem to find out early, give it a drop shadow then the same Corona you used earlier.  Now type your name and give it the same drop shadow and Corona.  Add your copyright, make sure it's legal and legible and we'll animate...finally.

Open Animation Shop (AS) by going to File/Jasc Software Products/Launch Animation Shop.  Open the fireworks animation I included in the supplies which I will call Lovey's animation since it does belong to her, I only colorized it.  You will notice it has 40 frames and you are going to need several copies of it.  To copy it go to Edit/Select All and then right click on the top of it and go down to Copy, then hit CTRL + v a few times to paste a few.  And go back to PSP.

Hide the top Merged Layers and hide the top three E21 layers and hold down CTRL + SHIFT + C to copy merged and go to AS and hit CTRL + v to paste a new animation...back to PSP, hide E21, unhide the layer above it E21(2) and hold down CTRL + SHIFT + C to copy merged and go back to AS...hold down CTRL + SHIFT + L to paste after current frame.  Go back to PSP and repeat the process for the remaining two layers.

Now you have your animation in AS with four layers.  Since Lovey's animation has 40 layers, we need our's to have 40 layers so we're going to duplicate it ten times.  Easiest way is to go to Edit/Select All and then right click on it and go down to copy, then select the last frame and hit CTRL + SHIFT + L to paste after current frame...repeat the selecting last frame and hitting CTRL + SHIFT + L until you have 40 frames.

Now, first we need to set up our copies like we need will probably be a good idea to have at least one extra copy of each of the following.  The original Lovey animation, the Original mirror it by selecting all the frames and going to Animation/Mirror.  Then we need two more of each of these, the Original and the Mirrored Image, resized to 50x43.

It's very important to remember the following to prevent from being frustrated and dragging over and over...BE SURE ALL FRAMES ARE SELECTED ON YOUR ANIMATION AND ALL OF LOVEY'S ANIMATIONS AND THAT THE SLIDER BAR AT THE BOTTOM IS SLID ALL THE WAY TO THE LEFT.  You will drag the first frame of each animation into the first frame of your image.

Drag the Original to the left of the Largest circle and the Mirrored Image to the Right of the top of the medium sized circle...Now go back to PSP hide the bottom merged layers and all of the E21 layers and in your layer palette unhide the top merged layers and your name and hold down CTRL + SHIFT and hit C to copy merged, go to AS and hit CTRL + v to paste a new animation.  Duplicate this newly pasted animation 40 times by clicking on top of it and going to Duplicate Selected...then drag the small original animation to the left of the wordart twice and the small mirrored animation to the right of the wordart twice...see my image.  BE SURE ALL OF YOUR LAYERS ARE SELECTED AND YOUR SLIDER BARS ARE ALL THE WAY TO THE LEFT.

Resize, check your work...View/Animation and if you're happy save as a .gif and you're done.

I'm happy you tried my tutorial, thanks.  I hope you had fun with it and maybe even learned something to hone your skills.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns about any of my tutorials.



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