Falling Snow
without a template

I wrote this tutorial on my own.  Any similarity to another tutorial is purely coincidental.  I claim the copyright to my tutorial. You are free to do whatever you please with what you make, but please do not take my tutorial.  Do not send the tutorial through email.  Only share my link.

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 without using a template.  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 VDL Adrenaline Snowflakes plugin.

1.  Open the graphic that you wish to use.  SHIFT+D to duplicate.  Close the original.

2.  Resize the image if necessary.

3.  Now we need to add some extra canvas above the picture:  Image > Canvas Size.  At the top you see the original dimensions of your picture.  Add 400 pixels to the HEIGHT, keeping the width the same.  So my original height was 345.  I changed the height to 745.  THEN in the Placement at the bottom, click on the center bottom arrow.  This will make the top = 400 like in picture below.

4.  Layers > New Raster Layer

5.  Effects > Plugins > VDL Adrenaline > Snowflakes.  Apply the settings as below:  Amount = 25, size begin = 0, size end = 10, hardness = 100, transparency = 0, basic snow, random seed = 0.

Now the snowflake plugin creates snow, and if you change the seed it makes the snow look blowing, but  the snow does not look like it will fall.  We will take care of this ourselves.

6.  Right-click on the snow (top) layer and choose Duplicate.

7.  Effects > Image Effects > Offset.  Horizontal = 0, Vertical = - 50 (negative), transparent.

8.  Repeat STEPS 6 & 7 until you have 7 or 8 layers of snow.

9.  In the Layer palette, click on the bottom (image) layer.  With the magic wand, click in the blank area above the picture.

10.  Selections > Invert.

11.  Image > Crop to Selection

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

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

14.  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.

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

16.  Save this as a PSP image.

17.  Open this image in Animation Shop.

18.  Edit > Select All

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

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




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