Queen of Hearts 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 layers,  animation effects, and clean shadow effects.  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. You also need Animation Shop.

Download Tubes.  Folder contains the card tubes and some chips/ coin tubes.

Remember to save as a psp file often!

Before we begin, you might want to study the PSP tool bars.  I have labeled the tools on another page.  Click on the link and it will open a new page.  You may want to keep this page open while you work on the tutorial, to refer to the names now and then.  PSP Tools

Now that you have studied the tools, let's begin!

1.  Open new, transparent image, size = 600 x 600. 

2.  Open up Ace tube.  In top menu, click Edit > Copy.

3.  Click on blank image.  Then click Edit > Paste > As New Layer.  The Ace should be centered in the image.

4.  In the left tool bar, choose the deformation tool (2nd tool) and rotate the ace card somewhat.

5.  Hold down the CTRL key, and pus in the top left node.  Release the CTRL key, and push in the bottom center node to shorten card a little.  This gives the card a perspective look.

6.  Open the Queen of hearts tube.  In the top menu, click Edit > Copy.

7.  Open up ANIMATION SHOP.  In top menu, click Paste > As New Animation.

8.  In top menu of ANIMATION SHOP, click Effects > Insert Image Transition.

9.  In the Image Transition box, Select Animation Frame on left, and Canvas Color on right.  Choose the Effect= Page Turn.  Set Transition Length = 10 secs, Frames per second = 10 fps.

10.  Click on the Customize button and select Top Right., Click ok.

11.  Click ok, again and your image should now have 10 frames with the top right corner turning in.  I am only showing Frames 3 - 5. 

12.  Click on Frame 4.

13.  In top menu, choose Edit > Copy.

14.  In PAINT SHOP PRO, click on the new image (the one with the rotated Ace), and in top menu, click Edit >Paste > Paste As New Layer.

15.  Your image should now look like this.  In my layer palette, I right-clicked on each layer and renamed them for the tube on the layer.  This will make it easier for you later when we do the shadowing.

16.  In top menu, click Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow.  Apply these settings:  Vertical = 0, horizontal = 10, opacity = 40, blur = 10, color = black.  Be sure to CHECK Shadow on New Layer.

17.  In Layer Palette, click on the ace layer. 

18.  Choose the magic wand, and click outside of the ace.

19.  In Layer Palette, click on Queen Shadow 1ayer.  and press Delete on keyboard.  This clears any shadow that overlaps the transparent parts of the image, so when we save later, it will have a cleaner edge. *S*

20.  In layer palette, right-click on Queen layer and choose merge > Merge Visible.

21.  Open up King tube, and in top menu, click Edit > Copy.  Then click on Queen-Ace image and in top menu click Edit > Paste > Paste as New Layer.  drag the king layer down under the QueenAce layer.  Rename your layers!

22.  Now open up Cardstack Tube.  And in top menu, click Edit > Copy.  Then click on Queen-Ace image and in top menu click Edit > Paste > Paste as New Layer. Rename layer.

23.  In layer palette, click on the eye for the Cardstack layer to hide that layer.  Then click on the Queen Ace layer.

24.  Add a drop shadow to QueenAce Layer, same settings as above.  In top menu, click Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow.  Apply these settings:  Vertical = 0, horizontal = 10, opacity = 40, blur = 10, color = black.  Be sure to CHECK Shadow on New Layer.

25.  In Layer Palette, click on the king layer.  Choose the magic wand, and click outside of the king.

26.  In layer palette click on QueenAce Shadow1. Press Delete on keyboard to delete any part of the shadow that extends in the transparent area.

27.  Right-click on the king layer and choose Merge > merge Visible.  Rename that layer to be called QueenAceKing.

28.  Click on the Red X in the Layer Palette for the cardstack layer to UNhide that layer.  Your image should look like this:

29.  In the Layer Palette, click on the QueenAceKing Layer to activate it.

30.  In top menu, click Image > Resize.  Resize to 80 %.  Be sure that the Resize All Layers is UNchecked.

31.  Click on the Cardstack layer and apply a drop shadow with the same settings as before.  In top menu, click Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow.  Apply these settings:  Vertical = 0, horizontal = 10, opacity = 40, blur = 10, color = black.  Be sure to CHECK Shadow on New Layer.

32.  In the layer palette, click on the QueenAceKing layer.  With the magic wand, select the transparent area outside the QueenAceKing.  Then click on the Cardstack Shadow1 layer.  The press the delete key on the keyboard to delete any shadow in the transparent area.

33.  Open up the money or chips tube that you wish to use.  In top menu, click Edit > Copy.

34.  Click on the card image.  Then in top menu, click Edit > Paste > Paste as New Layer.   Drag the Quarter layer below all the car layers.

35.  With the mover tool, move the quarter where you would like.

36.  Right-click on the quarter layer and choose duplicate.  With the mover tool, move this quarter where you would like it.

37.  Now I will show you how to add a stack of coins or chips.  Open a new transparent image, size = 400 x 400.

38.  Open up the money or chip tubes you wish to stack.  On each one, click Edit > Copy.  Then go to blank image and click Edit > Paste > Paste as new Layer.   I have named my layers so you can see them better.  With the mover tool, arrange your coins in a stack.

39.  Hide the top coin layer, by clicking on the eye.  Right-click on one of the bottom coin layers and choose Merge >  Merge Visible.

40.  Click on the top coin layer and apply a drop shadow with the same settings as before.   In top menu, click Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow.  Apply these settings:  Vertical = 0, horizontal = 10, opacity = 40, blur = 10, color = black.  Be sure to CHECK Shadow on New Layer. 

41.  In the layer palette, click on the merged layer below the shadow layer.  With the magic wand, select the area outside the merged coins.  Then click on the Shadow Layer in the layer palette, and press delete on keyboard.

42.  In layer Palette, right-click on top coin layer and choose Merge > Merge Visible.

43.  In top menu, click Edit > Copy.  Then click on the card image and click Edit > Paste > Paste as New Layer.  The stacked coins/chips should appear on the top.

44.  With the mover tool, move the chips where you want them.  

45.  Now look where you have placed them.  I put mine on top of the card stack, so I will use the card stack layer.  If you put it somewhere else, then use that layer.  Click on the cardstack layer, and with the magic wand, select the region outside the cardstack tube.  Then in the layer palette, click on the chips shadow layer and press Delete on the keyboard.

46.  I wanted a second stack of chips.  So Right-click on the chips layer and choose duplicate.  With the mover tool, move that stack to where you want.  You may even want to mirror the stack.  Image > Mirror .

47.  Click on the eye for this second chip stack to HIDE that layer.  Then right-click on one of the other layers and choose Merge > merge Visible.

48.  UNhide the Chip layer by clicking on the X.  Apply another drop shadow, same settings as before.   In top menu, click Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow.  Apply these settings:  Vertical = 0, horizontal = 10, opacity = 40, blur = 10, color = black.  Be sure to CHECK Shadow on New Layer.

49.  Click on the merged layer under the shadow layer and with the magic wand, select the region outside of the tube area.  Then click on the shadow layer and press delete on the keyboard.

50.  Choose the Selection tool.  In the tool options menu at the top, click on the Merged Opaque button (circled).  This puts a selection box around the entire tag, including ALL layers.

51.  In top menu, click Image > Crop to Selection

 

 52.  Now we are through.  Let's save this as a .psp image.  Resize if you want to.  Then click File > Save As.  This way we have a blank to make more tags.

53.  On the keyboard, click Shift + D to duplicate the blank tag.  Close the saved original.

54.  Now add your name or text  and save this tag as a GIF.




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