Electric Orb

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This tutorial is intended for beginners to learn how to use an overlay and make an animation.  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 X2, 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

1.  Open up the background you made from this Electric Overlay Tut.

2.  Choose the selection tool.  Set it to Circle.  Draw a circle around the part of the cloud you want to keep.

3.  Selection > Invert.  Delete the background  (if background doesn't delete, Layer >Promote background to layer, then delete)

4.  Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow  Vertical = 5, Horizontal = 5, Opacity = 100, Blur = 30, Color = black

5.  Keep the selection.  This is what it should look like.

6.  Layers > New Raster Layer

7.  Effects > Plugins > Alien Skin Xenofex2 > Electrify.  Apply these settings:  Arc spacing = 25.20, arc length = 148.76, arc thickness = 16, jagge3dness = 60, branching = 60, branch spread = 71, CHECK Radiate from center, random seed = 8073

8.  Layers > New Raster Layer.

   Effects > Plugins > Alien Skin Xenofex2 > Electrify.  Apply these settings:  Arc spacing = 25.20, arc length = 148.76, arc thickness = 16, jagge3dness = 60, branching = 82, branch spread = 71, CHECK Radiate from center, random seed = 429

9.  Layers > New Raster Layer

Effects > Plugins > Alien Skin Xenofex2 > Electrify.  Apply these settings:  Arc spacing = 25.20, arc length = 148.76, arc thickness = 16, jagge3dness = 60, branching = 60, branch spread = 71, CHECK Radiate from center, random seed = 6632

10.  Right-click on the globe layer and choose Duplicate.  Duplicate so that you have 3 globe layers.

11.  Rearrange the layers so that there is a globe layer under each electricity layer.  (Drag layers above each other)

12.  Right-click on the top electricity layer and choose Merge > Merge Down.

13.  Right-click on each electricity layer and choose Merge > Merge Down.  You should have 3 layers when you're done.

14.  SAVE this as a pspimage with 3 layers.

15.  Open up the saved image in Animation Shop.

16.  In Animation shop, choose the crop tool.

17.  Click on Surround the opaque area.

18.  Click on Crop.  Then click on the arrow cursor

19.  Right-click on the image and choose Frame Properties.  Set display Time = 50

20.  File > Save as a GIF.

 


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