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This tutorial was created for some friends of mine who wanted to begin learning more about PSP.  It is intended for beginners to learn how to make animations.  If you have any questions, please feel free to Email  me.

To do this tutorial you will also need Paint Shop Pro.  I wrote this with  Paint Shop Pro XI, but the steps may also be done in any version.  You may download a free trial at Corel.

Remember to save as a psp file often!

Download and install plugin:  Alien Skin Xenofex 2 Constellation or here

Download any Dingbat font.  Or you may use a vector shape.

1.  Open a new, transparent image, size 200 x 200.

2.  Flood-fill this with black.  It really doesn't matter what color (other than white).  You will be deleting this layer in the end.

3.  Choose some Ding font.  I chose Lisa's Dragons.  Set the text tool to that Dingbat, size = 244 (or a size of your choice), create as a vector.  Set your background color to white, foreground to white or null.  (Note:  if you want an outline of the dingbat-- foreground to white, background to null, stroke = 2 - 4)

4.  Type the dingbat in white.

5.  Right-click on the dingbat layer and choose Convert to Raster Layer.

6.  Selection > Select All.  Selection > Float.  Selection > Defloat.  Selection > Modify > Expand by 1

7.  Right-click on the dingbat layer and choose Duplicate.  Duplicate once more so that you have 3 layers of it.

8.  Effects > Plugins > Alien Skin  Xenofex 2 > Constellation.  Apply these settings:  Star Size = 2.64, Size variation = 10, Edge Star Density = 8, Overall Star Density = 11, Overdrive = 85, Twinkle = 87,  Twinkle Rotation = 146, SELECT  Make Selection tansparent.

9.  In the layer palette, click on the next dingbat layer. 

10.  Effects > Plugins > Alien Skin Xenofex 2 > Constellations.  Apply same settings EXCEPT  click on the Random Seed button a couple of times to change that.

11.  Repeat steps 9 - 10 on the last ding bat layer.

12.  In the layer palette, right-click on the bottom black layer and choose delete.

13.  Choose the rectangle selection tool.  In the top tool bar, click on the Merged Opaque button.  This will put a tight selection box around your constellation, to trim off the excess space.

14.  Image > Crop.

15.  File > SAVE As.  Save as a psp file.

16.  Open your constellation in Animation Shop.

17.  File > Save As.   Choose a file name, click next.  Fix the optimization settings:

Click on Customize

Click on the Colors tab:  Number of Colors = 3, Optimized Median Cut, Nearest Color

Click on the Partial Transparency tab,  use 50% dither pattern, Yes, blend with this color (and choose the color of your constellation)

It'll take you back to this screen when you click ok:

Then click Next, and continue to click next until you are done.





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