Animated Cow Tag

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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 intermediates to learn how to use vector layers to decorate and to shade vectors.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

To do this tutorial you will also need Paint Shop Pro.  I used Paint Shop Pro 8, but the steps used may also be done in Version 7.04.  You may download a free trial at Jasc.   If you want to animate your cow, you will also need Animation Shop.

Before beginning this tutorial you will need CowVectors tube.

1.  Open up the Cow Vector tube.  On the keyboard press Shift + D to duplicate.  Close the original.

2.   Now the cow vector tube is black and white.  You may want your cow to be another color.  Colors are easy to change when you are in vectors.  Simply click on the PEN tool.  Then go to your materials palette, and change the background color to change the inside color, change the foreground color to change the outline color.  Do this on every layer so that your colors match.  If you do not want to change color, you may skip this step.

3.  After you have made your color changes and are satisfied, right-click on EACH vector layer and choose Convert to Raster Layer.

4.  Choose the pen tool.  Select pen mode, Segment type= segment, width = 1.  Be sure that Contiguous & Create as Vector are UNchecked.  Foreground color = outline color for cow.  Background color = null.

5.  In the Layer Palette, click on the front layer to activate.  Draw a single line on each of the legs at the bottom.   This makes the hoofs at the bottom of the front legs.  Be careful that the points of the lines start and stop on the outline of the cow.

6.  Now click on  the Back layer in the Layer Palette and draw in the line for the hoof on the back leg.

7.  Now change the segment type to freehand for the pen tool.

8.  Click on the Front layer of the Layer Palette, draw in the curve at the place where the front legs join.  This may take a little practice.  if you don't like your curve, you can undo and try again.  You can also move the points of the curve around.

9.  Now click on the Back layer of the Layer Palette, and draw in the curve for the belly from the middle of the back leg, to the edge of the front legs. 

10.  Change the width of the Pen to be 3.

11.  Click on the mouth layer of the Layer Palette.  Draw in the mouth.

12.  Now choose the paint brush tool.  Set the size = 10.  Choose a pink or rose color for your foreground.

13.  On the Mouth layer click the paintbrush twice, to make the two nostrils.

14.  Change the size of the paintbrush to 5.

15.  Click on the right-ear layer.  In the top menu, click Selections > Select All.  Click Selections > Float.  Click Selections > Defloat.  Click Selections > Modify > Contract.  Contract by 1.

16.  Using the same color as you did for the nose, paint in the pink part of the ear.  The selection will make sure that you don't color out of the lines.

17.  Now Click on the left ear.  Repeat Steps 15 and 16 on the left ear.

18.  Now choose the Magic Wand tool, tolerance = 0.  In the Layer Palette, click on the front layer.  With the magic wand, select the hoof region.  Hold the SHIFT key down to select both hooves.

19.  Choose a gray color for your foreground and flood-fill the hooves area with this color.

20.  Click on the Back Layer.  Repeat Steps 18 & 19 to flood-fill the back hoof the same color.

21.  Change the size of the paint brush to 20 or 25.  Foreground color should be the color you want your spots on your cow to be.

22.  Click on the Front Layer in the Layer Palette.  In the top menu, click Selections > Select All.  Click Selections > Float.  Click Selections > Defloat.   The selections will keep our spots from extending outside of the edges!  We will do this for each layer that we add spots to.

23.  Paint in some spots whereever you want them.  Do them odd-shaped. 

23.  Now click on the Back Layer in the Layer Palette.  In the top menu, click Selections > Select All.  Click Selections > Float.  Click Selections > Defloat.   Paint in some spots where you want them.

24.  Now click on the Head Layer in the Layer Palette.   In the top menu, click Selections > Select All.  Click Selections > Float.  Click Selections > Defloat.   Paint in some spots where you want them.

25.  Now click on the Pen tool.  Change the width = 3, foreground = black, background = null.  Click on the Head Layer.  draw some eye lashes on top of the eyes, and some hair on top of head (if you want).

26.  Click on the selection tool.  On Head Layer:   In the top menu, click Selections > Select All.  Click Selections > Float.   In top menu, click Effects > 3D Effects > Cutout.  Apply these settings:  Vertical = 1, Horizontal = 1, Opacity = 30, Blur = 30, color = black.

27.  Click on front layer in Layer Palette:  In the top menu, click Selections > Select All.  Click Selections > Float.   In top menu, click Effects > 3D Effects > Cutout.  Apply these settings:  Vertical = 1, Horizontal = 1, Opacity = 30, Blur = 30, color = black.

28.  Click on back layer in Layer Palette:  In the top menu, click Selections > Select All.  Click Selections > Float.   In top menu, click Effects > 3D Effects > Cutout.  Apply these settings:  Vertical = 1, Horizontal = 1, Opacity = 30, Blur = 30, color = black.

29.  Click on tail Layer in Layer Palette:  In the top menu, click Selections > Select All.  Click Selections > Float.   In top menu, click Effects > 3D Effects > Cutout.  Apply these settings:  Vertical = 1, Horizontal = 1, Opacity = 30, Blur = 10, color = black.

30.  Click on tail 2 Layer in Layer Palette:  In the top menu, click Selections > Select All.  Click Selections > Float.   In top menu, click Effects > 3D Effects > Cutout.  Apply these settings:  Vertical = 1, Horizontal = 1, Opacity = 30, Blur = 10, color = black.

31.  Choose the selection tool, set to rectangle.  In the Tool Options bar, click on Merged Opaque (circled).  This puts a selection box around all of the cow.

32.  In the top menu, click Image > Crop to Selection.

33.  In the Layer Palette, click on the eye to HIDE these layers:  front, back, tail 2, tail, and Raster 1.

34.  Right-click on the top layer and choose Merge > Merge Visible.  Rename this layer HEAD.

35.  Click on the eye of the HEAD layer to HIDe that layer.  Click on the X on front and back to UNhide those layers. Right-click on front layer and choose Merge > Merge Visible.  Rename this layer BODY.

36.  UNhide all the layers.  You should have these layers from top to bottom:

Head, body, tail 2, tail.

Now is a good time to add some bows or other accessories if you like.  Just open the bow tube.  In top menu, click Edit > Copy.  Then click on cow image, and click Edit > Paste > Paste as New Layer.  Then hide all the layers but that bow and the layer beneath it, and Merge VISIBLE.  Rename the merged layer back to the body part that you used.  Do this for every accessory that you want to add.

Now if you  DO NOT want to animate, right-click on one of the tail layers and choose delete.  Doesn't matter which one.  The merge the layers visible.  and Save as a GIF and you're done.

If you want to animate, CONTINUE below:

37. We need two copies of our cow, but one copy will use tail, and the other will use tail 2.  In the Layer Palette, right-click on Head layer and choose Duplicate.

38.  I want my head to move too.  So on the Copy of Head Layer, I choose the Deformation tool (2nd tool) from the tool bar).  Grab the rotation node in the center and rotate the head a little to the right/clockwise.

                  

39.  Duplicate the body layer like you did in Step 37.

40.  Look at your layer palette.  Drag your layers to arrange them in this order from top to bottom:

      Copy of Head, Copy of Body, Tail 2, Head, Body, Tail, Raster 1.

41.  Click on the eyes of the bottom 4 layers to HIDE those layers.

42.  Right-click on the top layer and choose Merge > Merge Visible.

43.  Click on the Eye of the top layer  to HIDE the merged layer.  Click on the red X's of the last four layers to UNhide those layers.

44.  Right-click on the bottom layer and choose Merge > Merge Visible.

45.  UNhide ALL layers and save this as a .psp file somewhere.

46.  Open up ANIMATION SHOP, and open up that psp file in there.

47.  In the top menu of Animation Shop, choose Edit > Select All.

48.  Right-click on one of the frames and change the display time to 50.

49.  Then save!  and you are done!

 



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