Blue Without You

Monday, January 10, 2011

This tutorial was written by Margie in 2006. It's concept is copyrighted to Margie. Any creation you make from my ideas are yours. You may print out this tutorial for your own personal use, but please do not copy it in any way to put online, pass out or rewrite without my permission or worse yet attempt to claim as your own.

Tube of Choice. Tube(s) used in this tutorial is by David Saavdra. You must have an MPT license to use it.

This was written for psp 7 but will work in other versions.
For this tutorial you will need:
Paint Shop Pro
Animation Shop

Font of your choice.

Ok we are ready to start.


Step 1:
Open your tube and duplicate. Close out the original.

Step 2:
Open a new image 200 x 200.

Step 3:
You're going to want to choose 3 coordinating colors from your tube, for future use.
Flood fill with a medium color of those you picked.

Step 4:
Effects > Texture Effects > Blinds

Step 5:
Setting your foreground color to white and the background color to the pale color
that you chose from your tube:
Image > Add Borders:
Symetrical - 1
Change to white: Symetrical - 3
Change back to your pale color: Symetrical - 1

Step 6:
Promote background to layer.

Step 7:
Image > Canvas Size: 500 x 500
(You can crop it down later, be sure to give yourself enough room to work with.)

Step 8:
Paste your tube as a new layer.

Step 9:
Add a soft drop shadow to your tube layer only.

Step 10:
Move your square and tube around until you have them positioned the way you would
like them. Keep in mind that at the top or bottom you're going to have
your boxes and line of text.

Step 11:
Add a new layer. With your paint brush and your pale color,
make a few boxes along the top or bottom of your blinds box.
The more boxes, the more frames, but the more interesting.

Step 12:
Using your magic wand, select all of your boxes.
Selections > Modify > Contract by 1 (one).
Hit delete once. Do not deselect!

Step 13:
Selections > Modify > Contract by 1 (one).
Flood fill with your pale color.

Step 14:
Layers > Merge > Merge Visible

Step 15:
Add a small line of text on the opposite side of where your boxes are.
I used the font Pixellete at size 6 and a dark contrasting color from my tube.

Don't duplicate yet! You'll make more work for yourself and get confused if you do!
Step 16:
With the medium color that we used for our blinds background, set in the foreground:
We're going to use our magic wand and select all of our box parts that we made earlier.

Step 17:
With your paint brush set to 9, fill the first box.
Duplicate this layer.
Fill the next box.
Continue this pattern until all of the boxes are filled.

Step 18:
Decide where you would like your name, and crop your image leaving enough room
for you to add your name in Animation Shop.

Step 19:
Save your image as a .psp file.


Open your image in animation shop.
With PSP still open, and using your text tool, type in your name, using the dark matching
color (this is the third color we chose).
Rotate and apply any effects you want on your name.
Copy your name and paste it into Animation Shop as a "new animation".
Press Control + C to refresh the image on your clipboard.
Activate your full image, and press Control + A
(this will select all of your frames)
(This must be selected to get the exact placement in ALL frames.)
Press Control + E
Place your text where you would like it, then click in the frame.
If you don't click where you want it, then your name will stay "stuck" to your cursor
and will drop where ever you click next.
I changed my frame properties to 20 to slow it down a little.
Save as a .gif and your done!

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