Silent Night

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This tutorial was made in PSP X2, but can also be made in the other versions.

The copyright rests solely with me.

 

For this tutorial you need Animation Shop (AS)

and the following plugins:

FM Tile Tools - Blend Emboss

VM Natural - Sparkle

You can download the plugins

 

you can download the materials.

It contains: 1 tube - 1 texture - 1 mask - 1 font.

Place the texture in your Texture folder.

Place the mask in your Mask folder.

Open the font - minimize it.

You need 2 tubes of your own.

 

The Đ for the tubes should not be removed and displayed as your own.

If you use your own material, you have to adjust them.

If you are ready, you can start :-)

 

Step 1

Open the materials in PSP.

Copy them with Shift+D - close the originals.

Open a transparent image of 600 x 450 pixels.

Set your foreground color to #636373.

Set your background color to #212129.

Or choose your own colors.

Set your foreground to gradient 'Linear' - with these settings:

Flood fill your image with this gradient.

Effects - Texture effects - Mosaic-glass - with these settings:

Step 2

Selections - Select all.

Layers - New raster layer.

Open and copy '07-10-04_Stars_StripesBack_jolinda'.

Paste into the selection.

Selections - Select none.

Set the Blend mode of this layer to Luminance (L).

Lower the Opacity of this layer to 10.

Effects - Plugins - FM Tile Tools - Blend Emboss - default settings - repeat 1x.

Step 3

Open '1287054604_noel_nikital'.

Copy layer 'calque'.

Paste as a new layer on your working image.

Image - Resize - 75% - All layers not checked.

Set the Blend mode of this layer to Luminance (L).

Move it to the upper left.

Effects - Plugins - FM Tile Tools - Blend Emboss - default settings.

Step 4

Open '1250147576_paysages_nikita'.

Copy Raster 1.

Paste as a new layer on your working image.

Set the Blend mode of this layer to Luminance (L).

Lower the Opacity of this layer to 65.

Move it to the upper left.

Layers - Arrange - Move down.

Adjust - Blur - Gaussian blur - 10.

Step 5

Activate your top layer.

Open and copy 'My little flower KadriUmbleja-misted'.

Paste as a new layer on your working image.

Image - Resize - 2x 75% - All layers not checked.

Layers - Load/save mask - Load mask from disk - load mask '20/20' - default settings.

Layers - Merge - Merge group.

Set the Blend mode of this layer to Luminance (L).

Lower the Opacity of this layer to 90.

Step 6

Open '1287054602_noel_nikital'.

Copy layer 'calque'.

Paste as a new layer on your working image.

Image - Resize - 65% - All layers not checked - repeat 1x with 80%.

Set the Blend mode of this layer to Luminance (L).

Place it on the left side above the bank - see main image.

Effects - Plugins - FM Tile Tools - Blend Emboss - default settings.

Step 7

Open and copy 'Night Mystique-misted tube'.

Paste as a new layer on your working image.

Image - Resize - 80% - All layers not checked - repeat 1x with 85%.

Place it on the right side, up in the trees.

Layers - Arrange - Move down (move down until this layer is under Raster 4 (the trees)).

Effects - Plugins - FM Tile Tools - Blend Emboss - default settings.

Step 8

Activate layer 4 (trees).

Activate your Eraser - Soft fluff - Size 70.

Erase the part of the frame - see image below:

Set the Size now to 8 and erase the next part - see image below (if you canīt see it properly, zoom until you can):

Step 9

Activate your top layer.

Open and copy '1228506011_feerie'.

Paste as a new layer on your working image.

Image - Resize - 85% - All layers not checked.

Set the Blend mode of this layer to Luminance (L).

Lower the Opacity of this layer to 50.

Step 10

Activate layer 3.

Activate your Eraser - Soft fluff - Size 40.

Erase the bank out of the face.

Activate your top layer.

Effects - Plugins - FM Tile Tools - Blend Emboss - default settings.

Step 11

Open and copy 'the-way'.

Paste as a new layer on your working image.

Place it in the empty part of the window - see main image.

Set the Blend mode of this layer to Luminance (L).

Lower the Opacity of this layer to 66.

Layers - Arrange - Move down (under layer 2).

Layers - Merge - Merge visible - minimize for now.

Step 12

Open a new transparent image of 850 x 650 pixels.

Flood fill this image with your foreground color.

Layers - New raster layer.

Flood fill this layer with your background color.

Open mask 'gh_grungeframe1mask_bunnysatticdotcom' in PSP - minimize it.

Layers - New mask layer - From image - open mask 'gh_grungeframe1mask_bunnysatticdotcom' - with these settings:

Layers - Merge - Merge group.

Close layer 1.

Click with your Magic wand inside the mask.

Step 13

Layers - New raster layer.

Open and copy your miminized image - minimize it again.

Activate your last working image.

Paste as a new layer on your working image.

Selections - Select none.

Step 14

Open and activate layer 1.

Effects - Texture effects - Texture - with these settings:

Effects - Plugins - Blend Emboss - default settings - repeat 1x.

Image - Resize - Width 600 pixels - All layers checked.

Step 15

Activate group layer 2 - make the following selection:

Selections - Invert.

Effects - Texture effects - Mosaic-glass - with these settings:

Selections - Select none.

Effects - Plugins - Blend Emboss - default settings - repeat 1x.

Step 16

Image - Add borders - 1 pixel - background color.

Activate your Text tool - font Gessele - Direction: Vertical - with these settings:

For lower PSP versions you have to reduce the size.

Switch your colors - close your foreground color.

Type: Silent.

Move it to the left - see main image.

Set the Direction to Horizontal - Kerning to 1000.

Type: Night or your own text.

Place this text at the bottom of your image.

Objects - Align - Horz. Center to Canvas.

Step 17

Layers - New raster layer.

Add your name and/or watermark.

Layers - Merge - Merge visible.

Step 18

Activate your Freehand selection - Point to point.

Select the left Christmas tree.

Layers - Duplicate - repeat 1x.

You now have 3 layers.

Activate the bottom layer.

Effects - Plugins - VM Natural - Sparkle - with these settings:

Activate the middle layer.

Effects - Plugins - VM Natural - Sparkle - set Random Seed to 35.

Activate your top layer.

Effects - Plugins - VM Natural - Sparkle - set Random Seed to 40.

Selections - Select none.

Save your crea as a psp-image (donīt merge).

Step 19

To AS: Open the image you just saved in AS.

Click in frame 1 - Edit - Select all.

Step 20

Animation - Frame properties: 30.

View - Animation.

You now can see how your animation looks.

If you are satisfied:

Save your crea as a gif file and you're done!

 

I hope you enjoyed making this lesson :-)

 

Translated by Zial on October 17, 2012

 

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