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This tutorial was written by me on October 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 the amazing art of Deacon Black which you can purchase at Creative Design Outlet HERE. A couple of elements from this absolutely gorgeous kit you will use again and again by Paprika called Travelling Arriere that you can purchase at Digital Crea HERE. A few elements and a couple of brushes I've supplied you with HERE. Animation is by Lovey which you can grab HERE....it's called machinegunfire. Plugin is Alien Skin Eye Candy 5/Impact and the font is AL Hairbrained for word art you can download HERE and Mr. Lackboughs for your name HERE.
Let's get started...
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.
Start a new 700 x 700 white image which we will resize in the end. Then copy and paste the circular frame into it and resize it 75%...give it a slight drop shadow.
Grab your preset tool and draw a black circle beneath your frame. Grab your magic wand with no feather and select the black circle, then apply the city scape brush and deselect.
Using my image as a reference copy and paste the other elements and your tube into your working image. You can always use your Raster Deform tool for precise sizing and for rotating any element. Add drop shadows. For the elements you want to have more dimension add a perspective shadow by going 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 shadow for the plane drag the perspective shadow beneath it to make it appear to be flying.
Add a new Raster Layer above your background layer and apply the bg brush. Remember you can tweak it with your Raster Deform tool...and it's a good idea to add a new layer for each time you apply the brush so you can tweak each one.
Add your wordart and your name. For crisp edges with your font set your Antialias to Sharp. Then add your copyright and we'll animate. Make sure your copyright is legal and legible...For a neat and professional looking copyright I use a pixel, ceriph or copy font, you can google and find literally hundreds of these fonts. Most work best at size six with your antialias set to off.
Now open Animation Shop (AS) by going to File/Jasc Software Products/Launch Animation Shop. In AS open Lovey's machine gun animation and go back to PSP. Hold down CTRL + SHIFT and hit C to copy merged. Go to AS and hit CTRL + v to paste a new animation. You will note that the machine gun animation has thirty frames, therefore your image must have thirty frames. Click on top of your animation and go to Duplicate Selected as many times as needed to acquire thirty frames. If you make too many just click on the extra frames and hit delete.
Now, be sure that the slider bar at the bottom of your image and the animation is all the way to the left so you are on the first frame of both. And make sure all frames are selected for both by going to Edit/Select All. Click on and hold down your mouse button and drag the first frame of the machine gun animation into the first frame of your image...do not let go until you have it where you want it.
Resize and 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.