Snowflake 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 beginners to learn how to use layer blending and 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 X, 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!

You will need to download the SnowflakeTemplate.

1.  Open up the Snowflake Template in Paint Shop.  Shift +D to duplicate.  Close the Original.

2.  Choose the rectangular selection tool.  In the selection menu, click on the Custom Selection Icon. (circled)

3.  Set the custom selection to these settings.

4.  Flood-fill the selection with a dark (NOT BLACK) background color.

5.  Selections > Load/Save Selection > Save Selection to Alpha Channel.  Give it a name.  We will use this selection later.

6.  Open up the tube you wish to use.  Be sure the tube does not have alot of white in it.

7.  Image > Resize.  Resize so that the height is no more than 250 pixels (and width = no more than 300)

8.  Edit > copy.

9.  click back on snowflake image.  Edit > Paste as New Selection.  Move the selection into place on the background color.  This is also a good time to type your watermark onto the background.

10.  selections > Select None

11.  Click on the top layer in the Layer Palette.  Layers > New Raster Layer.  Name it border.

12.  Selections > Load/Save Selections>  Load Selections from Alpha Channel and choose the selection you saved earlier.

13.  Flood-fill the selection with a gold gradient

14.  Selections > Modify > Contract.  Contract by 5 pixels.  Press the DELETE key.

15.  Click on the Layer below the border layer in the layer palette. 

16.  Choose the font tool, set to a script font, size = 24 - 36 pt, set to vector.  Type in merry Christmas or other message.

17.  Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow.  Vertical & Horizontal = 1, Opacity = 100, blur = 2, Color = black

18.  Click on the small Snow flakes layer and set the layer blending mode to Soft Light.

19.  Choose the Large Snowflakes layer and set the layer blending mode to Overlay.

20.  Edit > Copy Merged.

21.  Edit > Paste > Paste as new Image.

22.  Layers > Merge > Merge Visible

23.  Selections > Load/Save Selections > Load selection from Alpha Channel. 

24.  Image > Crop.

25.  File > Save As, and save in PSD format as Template 1.  Close this image.

26.  Go back to the snowflakes image.  Click on the Large Snowflakes layer.  With the mover tool, move the large snowflakes  diagonally downward towards the left bottom corner (in direction of pink arrow), about 1/4 of the way.  Set the layer blend mode = Normal

27.  Click on the small snowflakes layer.  move the small snowflakes diagonally downward in same direction, about 1/4 of the way.  Set the layer blend mode = Overlay.

28.  Click on the Text layer.  Move the text diagonally downward in the same direction, about 1/4 of the way.  Set the layer blend mode = Soft Light.  If you don't think it's dark enough, you can right-click on the text layer and choose Duplicate.

29.  Edit > Copy Merged.  Edit > Paste as new Image.

30.  Layers > Merge > Merge Visible

31.  Selections > Load/Save Selections > Load selection from Alpha Channel. 

32.  Image > Crop.

33.  File > Save As, and save in PSD format as Template 2.  Close this image.

34.  Click on the large snowflakes layer.  Move the snowflakes diagonally downward in the same direction, about 1/4 of the way.  Change the Layer blend mode = Soft Light.

35.  Click on the Small Snow Flakes Layer.  Move the small snowflakes diagonally downward in the same direction, about 1/4 of the way.  Set Layer blend mode = Normal.

36.  Click on the Text Layer.  Move the text diagonally in the same direction, about 1/4 of the way.  If you had duplicated the text layer in the last template, right-click on the copy and choose Delete Layer.

37.  Edit > Copy merged .   Edit > Paste as New Image.

38.  Layers > Merge > Merge Visible

39.  Selections > Load/Save Selections > Load selection from Alpha Channel. 

40.  Image > Crop.

41.  File > Save As, and save in PSD format as Template 3.  Close this image.

42.  Click on the large snowflakes layer.  Move the snowflakes diagonally downward in the same direction, about 1/4 of the way.  Change the Layer blend mode = Overlay.

43.  Click on the small snowflakes layer.  Move the snowflakes diagonally downward in the same direct, about 1/4 of the way.  Change the layer blend mode = Soft Light.

44.  Click on the Text layer.  Move the text layer diagonally in the same direction, 1/4 of the way.  It should now be in bottom left corner.  Set Layer Blend mode = Normal.

45.  Edit > Copy Merged.  Edit > Copy Paste as New Image.

46.  Layers > Merge > Merge Visible

47..  Selections > Load/Save Selections > Load selection from Alpha Channel. 

48.  Image > Crop.

49.  File > Save As, and save in PSD format as Template 2.  Close this image.

50.  Open the Animation  Shop, and click on Animation wizard icon (circled)

51.  Follow the screens, and set them to the same as in these pics.

same size as first image

 

transparent

 

upper left, with canvas color

 

yes, repeat,  40 display time

 

Click add image, find the templates you saved.  Click on the first one, hold the SHIFT key down and then click on the last one, and they should all be selected.

As you can see below, mine are out of numerical order.  I clicked on #4 at the top, then clicked move up and it will move it to the end of the list.  Put them all in numerical order.

 

  Click finish.

52.  Your animation is set.  You can view it by right-clicking on any frame and choosing View Animation.

53.  Save the animation:  File > Save As.  It will save in GIF format.

here's another example.


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