Dance to the Music

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


For this tutorial you need Animation Shop (AS)

and the following plugin:

Filters Unlimited 2.0 - &<Bkg Designer sf10 I>

You can download the plugins

Place or install the plugins in your Plugin folder.


you can download the materials.

It contains: 3 tubes - 1 image - 1 mask.


Permission to use the tubes


The tubes are by Dorien, kTs and PTR.

Thank you so much for the beautiful tubes, image and mask.


The other tubes are unknown to me.

If they are yours, please let me know so I can give you the proper credit.


Please don't remove the watermark.

The Copyright belongs to the original artist.

Let the credit to the maker.


Step 1

Open the tubes and the mask in PSP - minimize them for now.

Set your foreground color to #988c66 - or at your choice.

Set your background color to #463a11 - or at your choice.

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

Open a transparent image of 750 x 550 pixels.

Flood fill your image with your foreground color.

Step 2

Layers - New raster layer.

Flood fill this layer with your gradient.

Layers - New mask layer - From image - find mask 'music-clipart' - with these settings:

Layers - Merge - Merge all (Flatten).

Effects - Edge effects - Enhance.

Step 3

Edit - Copy.

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

Edit - Paste as a new layer (it's still in memory).

Effects - Plugins - Filters Unlimited 2.0 - Special Effects 2 - Paper Roll 1 - with these settings:

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

Effects - Image effects - Offset - with these settings:

Effects - 3D effects - Drop shadow:

Vert and Hor 3 - Opacity 80 - Blur 10 - background color.

Step 4

Copy tube 'Dorien_Piano_Dancer'.

Paste as a new layer on your working image.

Place him at the bottom of your crea - see main image.

Effects - 3D effects - Drop shadow:

Vert and Hor 3 - Opacity 80 - background color.

Step 5

Image - Add borders - Symmetric - 3 pixels - color black.

Image - Add borders - Symmetric not checked - with these settings:

Select this border with your Magic wand - with these settings:

Step 6

Layers - New raster layer.

Activate your gradient - Invert checked.

Flood fill your layer with this gradient.

Effects - Plugins - Filters Unlimited 2.0 - &<Bkg Designer sf10 I> - Center Mirror - default settings.

Selections - Select none.

Step 7

Activate your Magic wand - Tolerance to 17.

Select the circles on the right side.

Some times you have to click several times before it's selected.

Layers - New raster layer.

Copy tube 'kTs_31FGU08'.

Paste into the selection.

Selections - Select none.

Effects - 3D effects - Drop shadow - same settings as before or at your choice.

Step 8

Layers - New raster layer.

Add your name and/or watermark.

Layers - Merge - Merge all (Flatten).

Step 9

Edit - Copy.

To AS: Edit - Paste - As a new animation.

Click 1x Ctrl+C - click now 2x Ctrl+L.

You now have 3 frames.

Click in frame 1 - Edit - Select all.

Step 10

Open tube 'BlingSparkleNotesGold_G_PTR' in AS.

Click in the blue frame - press Delete.

Click in frame 1 - Edit - Select all - Edit - Copy.

Step 11

Back to your main animation.

Edit - Paste - Into selected frame.

Paste it on a nice place.

Step 12

Animation - Frame properties - 20.

Step 13

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 tutorial :-)


This lesson was written by Gerrie on June 30, 2011.

This lesson is and remains the property of Gerrie.

You are not allowed to copy or distribute my lessons without my written permission.

All my lessons are self designed ... so any agreement is purely coincidental.

All my lessons are registered with TWI.


Translated by Zial on November 10, 2015