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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tube of Choice. I'm using the art of Rene Kunert. You can find her work here.
Scrap kit of choice. I'm using a FTU kit by Vaybs. You can get the kit here.
Fonts of choice. I'm using Rudolfo Swash.
Animation of Choice. I'm using Pixie Dust by Simone which can be found here.
Filters: Penta-Jeans.

I assume you have working knowledge of Animation shop and PSP. This tutorial was written using PSP9.

Open a new image with the dimensions of 575x275.
In your kit, find a paper that will match your tube of choice. The paper I used is the one with the number 2. It is the green one with the red writing.
Copy and paste it as a new layer. Now open your tube and copy and paste it above that layer. Position it where you like.
Find a frame from the kit. If you aren't using the same kit, see if the one you have has one. If not, improvise. lol
Copy and paste the frame under the tube layer. Move it so that it's not covered by the tube.
Now, using your magic wand tool, select inside the frame. Modify>Expand by 10px. Create a new layer and flood fill with a contrasting color. Rename the layer to Frame Background.
Deselect and move that layer under the frame layer. Now copy and paste a close up for your tube above that new layer. Position it so that it's inside the frame.
Activate the layer you made, slections>Select all>Float>Defloat>Invert. Now hit the close up layer and hit delete. Deselect all.
With the close up layer, you want to duplicate it. Set the bottom close up layer to Luminance. Set the top one to screen and drop the opacity to about 60.
Now, apply Penta>Jeans on the default settings to the top close up layer and then the background layer for the frame.
Here comes the part where your creativity comes in. Find some elements and paste them into the image however you like. Put some under the frame and some above it.
Make it look awesome! I'm not going to tell you how to place the elements, it's your tag. I placed some above the tube as well just to give it a nice little effect.
Now, let's create a border above your top layer. Create a new layer, Select all, Modify, Contract by 10. Invert and flood fill with a color of your choice. Deselect.
Add noise. Set to 50% and the random box checked.
Add your copyright info and name. Do this now so you don't forget. If you don't feel comfortable animating, you can stop here. Just save as a .jpg

Let's cut this file down a bit so it's easier to work with. Close off your background layer. (The first one we made with the paper). Merge visible.
Here comes our animation part.
Close off the top layer so that only the background remains. Copy merged and then paste into Animation shop as a new animation.
Open up your animation of choice. I'm using one by Simone. If you are a Photoshop user, she does allow converting.
The animation I'm using is the Pixie Dust animation, but anything works.
Find out how many frames you need by selecting all frames on your animation. It should be in the bottom right corner of the screen. :)
Now, go back to the new animation you made. Hit Ctrl+L until you have a matching number of frames in your new animation. If you use the same animation, it's 36 frames.
Select all frames on the animation you've been working with (the one with the background layer)
Go back to the pixie dust animation and select all frames.
Copy and then paste into the current frame on your other animation. If you use the same animation. Do it twice. Once near the left side, and once near the right side.
Now, go back to PSP and close off the bottom layer and open the top one. Copy merged and paste into Animation Shop as a new animation. Hit Ctrl+L until you have the matching number of frames.
Select all layers and copy. Then paste into the selected frames on your working animation. Same way you did your pixie dust.
If at anytime your animation looks bad, feel free to hit undo and mess with it.
Save as a .gif and enjoy!

Any questions, feel free to email me. :)


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