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Monday, October 3, 2011
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Tube of choice W/Close up-I'm using the art of Elias Chatzoudis. You need a license to use his art. You can purchase that here.
Supplies-You can download them here. Please do NOT redistribute these at all or use them in any tutorials without my permission.
Fonts: Velvenda Cooler

You also need working knowledge of Paintshop Pro and Animation Shop.

Open your tube and minimize it in the program. Unzip your supplies.
Create a new image with the dimensions of 600x275 with a 72dpi (per license companies TOU)
Copy and paste your tube as a new layer into your new document.
Create a gradient using colors from your tube. I used a Radial gradiant with the settings like such:

You can move the horizontal and vertical to set the focal point to be behind your tube.
Go to your bottom layer and flood fill it with the gradient. Apply a Gaussian blur set at 8.00
Above your gradient layer paste your close up. Position it where you wish. Duplicate.
On the bottom layer, set the blend mode to Hard Light. On the top close up layer, apply a Gaussian blur set at 1.00. Drop the opacity down to about 50%
Open the star png from the supplies. Copy and paste it above your close up layers. Change the blend mode to soft light. Drop the opacity down to about 65%.
Using your text tool above the star layer, type out rockstar (or whatever you want really) in a nice fat font. I used Velvenda Cooler with a light color that matches the tube.
Drop the opacity down to about 60% and convert to raster layer. Add a gradient glow using the default setting just moved down to a width of 3.0 and the % at 0 with white.
Using your preset shape tool. Draw a few white stars in the corners of the image. Add noise and drop shadow them if you wish.
Now close off the visibility to the main tube layer and the stars you just created. Merge visible. Uncheck them so you can see everything.
Above your top layer. Add a new layer. Select all, Modify, contract 10, invert. Flood fill that area with your gradient. Add noise. Deselect.
Create another layer above that one. Select all. Modify, contract 5, invert. Flood fill with a solid color from your tube. Deselect.
Now you can add your copyright information and your name.

**Quick Tip: If you work with the same artists over and over. It helps to keep a separate psp file with your copyright information already typed up so that all you have to do is copy and paste.**

When you have your copyright information and name finished, you can close off your bottom layer and merge visible.

Open up the supplied animation in AS. Here comes the fun part!

Go back to PSP and uncheck your bottom layer. Activate that layer and hit copy. Over in AS, paste it and then hit Ctrl+l another 28 times. Select all in that animation. Then go to the music note animation and select all there. Copy that one and paste into the new animation you created.
Go back to PSP and activate your top layer. Copy it. Paste it into AS as a new animation. Hit Ctrl+l 28 times again. Select all and copy and paste into the other animation that you placed the music notes.

Save as a .gif. :D

To make a matching avatar. Open a new image with the dimensions of 150x150. Flood fill with the same gradient as before. Copy and paste your tube. Do the same thing as you did before for the borders except on the bottom border, make three different ones with different noise levels. Add your name/letter and copy right information.
Uncheck two of the noise layers. Copy merged. Paste as new animation in AS. Close off that layer in PSP. Open a different noise layer, copy and paste after the current frame in AS. Repeat for the last noise layer. Save as a .gif in AS.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. :D


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