Falling Snow

with template

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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 create falling snow.  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 the Falling Snow Template

1.  Open the image that you want to use.  The snow template is 600 wide by 800 tall, so your image must be resized to fit in that size.  Image > Resize.  Change the width (and or the height) so that it is smaller than 600 x 800.

2.  Edit > Copy

3.  Open up the Falling Snow Template.  SHIFT +D to duplicate.  Close the original.

4.  In the Layer Palette, click on the bottom layer of the palette.  That is a blank layer.

5.  Edit > Paste as a Selection, and place the image on that bottom layer.

6.  With the magic wand, select the blank area around the picture in that layer.

7.  Selections > Invert

8.  Image > Crop to Selection

9.  Right-click on the picture layer (bottom) and choose Duplicate

10.  Repeat STEP 9 until you have 7 copies of the picture layer.

11.  Rearrange the layer so that there is a picture layer UNDER each snow layer.  The Layer palette should look like below -- alternating snow layer, then picture layer from top to bottom.

12.  Right-click on each snow layer and choose Merge > Merge Down.  Repeat this for each snow layer.

13.  Save this as a PSP image.

14.  Open this image in Animation Shop.

15.  Edit > Select All

16.  Right-click on one of the frames and choose Frame Properties.  Set the Display time between 25 to 35

17.  Now save as an animated GIF:  File > Save As.





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