Christmas Eve

Harlekina, thank you very much for your permission that I may translate your tutorials.

Unfortunately her site is no longer online.

 

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

 

For this lesson you need Animation Shop (AS).

You don't need plugins.

 

you can download the materials.

It contains: 12 tubes - 2 fonts - 1 gif

 

** Step 1 **

Open all tubes in PSP.

Set your foreground color to #53362f.

Set your background color to #af8337.

Open a transparent image of 640 x 480 pixels.

Set your foreground to gradient 'Foreground-background' - Linear - Angle 0 - Repeats 5 - Invert not checked.

Flood fill your image with this gradient.

Adjust - Blur - Gaussian blur - 10.

Effects - Texture effects - Texture - with these settings:

 

** Step 2 **

Selections - Select all.

Copy tube 'achtergrond1'  - Paste into the selection.

Selections - Select none.

Copy tube 'openhaard1'.

Paste as a new layer on your working image.

Place it on the fireplace in the background.

 

** Step 3 **

Copy tube 'window01'.

Paste as a new layer on your working image.

Image - Resize - 80% - All layers not checked.

Move the window to the right on the window of the background.

 

** Step 4 **

Copy tube 'guirlande'.

Paste as a new layer on your working image.

Copy tube 'kerstboom-groot'.

Paste as a new layer on your working image.

Image - Resize - 80% - All layers not checked - repeat 1x with 90%.

Move the Christmas tree to the left, so that half of the tree is visible.

Effects - 3D effects - Drop shadow - with these settings:

 

** Step 5 **

Copy tube 'Candle'.

Paste as a new layer on your working image.

Image - Resize - 3x 80% - All layers not checked.

Place it on the right side of the fireplace - see main image.

Effects - 3D effects - Drop shadow - same settings as before.

 

** Step 6 **

Copy tube 'Gold-Lady7'.

Paste as a new layer on your working image.

Image - Resize - 2x 80% - All layers not checked.

Place her right below against the edge.

Effects - 3D effects - Drop shadow - default settings.

 

** Step 7 **

Set your background color to #dab772.

Set your background to gradient 'Foreground-background' - Linear - Angle 45 - Repeats 5 - Invert not checked.

Activate your Text tool - find a font at your choise - Size 60 - Stroke width 1 - Create as vector.

Type: Christmas Eve.

Place the text a little to the right and at the top of your crea.

Effects - 3D effects - Drop shadow - with these settings:

Vert and Hor 1 - Opacity 100 - Blur 1 - background color (#dab772).

Layers - Merge - Merge down.

 

** Step 8 **

Image - Add borders - 2 pixels - foreground color.

Image - Add borders - 1 pixels - background color.

Image - Add borders - 2 pixels - foreground color.

Selections - Select all.

Image - Add borders - 15 pixels - different color.

Selections - Invert.

Activate your gradient - Repeats 3.

Flood fill the selection with this gradient.

Selections - Select none.

Image - Add borders - 2 pixels - foreground color.

Image - Add borders - 1 pixels - background color.

Image - Add borders - 2 pixels - foreground color.

NOTE: Add now your name and/or watermark!

 

** Step 9 **

Layers - Duplicate - repeat 1x.

You now have 3 layers.

Activate your Freehand selection - Feather 0 - Mode to Add .

Select the fire in the fireplace - see image below:

Make sure you select only the fire, but above the heat slightly wider.

So each window is individually selected, otherwise it distorts the screen.

Activate your Smudge tool - with these settings:

String up over the flames.

You can also smudge a little to the left and right.

But make at the first layer the flames not too high, that comes at the second layer.

 

** Step 10 **

Close the top layer and activate the middle layer.

Activate your Smudge tool.

Make the flames a little higher than your previous layer.

Repeat this with your bottom layer.

If you are satisfied, open all layers and save your crea as a PSP image.

 

Open Animation Shop (AS)

 

** Step 11 **

Open your just made creation in AS.

Click in the last frame.

Edit - Paste - After current frame.

Click again the last frame.

Edit - Paste - After current frame.

Click again the last frame.

Edit - Paste - After current frame.

You now have 12 frames.

 

** Step 12 **

Open image 'kleine sterren' in AS.

Click in frame 1 - Edit - Select all.

Animation - Cull animation - 4.

You now have 12 frames.

Edit - Copy.

Back to your main animation.

Click in frame 1 - Edit - Select all.

Edit - Paste - In selected frame.

Put the stars on a nice place, e.g. in the Christmas tree.

Repeat Paste - In selected frame a few times.

Place also a few stars above the fireplace.

 

** Step 13 **

Open the images candle and candle-yellow in AS.

Clik in frame 1 of the candle - Edit - Select all - Edit - Copy.

Click in the last frame.

Edit - Paste - After current frame.

You now have 12 frames on the candle.

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

 

** Step 14 **

Back to your main animation (make sure all frames are selected and frame 1 is in front of you).

Edit - Paste - In selected frame.

Place the this flame on the big chandlestick.

Activate this flame again - Animation - Resize animation - 80%.

Place this flame above the fireplace - see main image.

Do the same with the 2 other candles.

 

** Step 15 **

Activate candle-yellow.

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

Click in the last frame.

Edit - Paste - After current frame.

You now have 12 frames on the candle.

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

 

** Step 16 **

Back to your main animation (make sure all frames are selected and frame 1 is in front of you).

Edit - Paste - In selected frame.

Place this flame in the candle in the window.

 

** Step 17 **

Activate candle-yellow again.

Animation - Resize animaton - 80%.

Edit - Paste - In selected frame.

Place this flame in the second candle in the window.

Activate candle-yellow again.

Animation - Resize animaton - 80%.

 

** Step 18 **

Activate candle-yellow again.

Animation - Resize animaton - 80%.

Edit - Paste - In selected frame.

Place this flame in the third candle in the window.

 

** Step 19 **

Activate candle-yellow again.

Animation - Resize animaton - 80%.

Edit - Paste - In selected frame.

Place this flame in the fourth candle in the window.

View - Animation or click on the icon in your toolbar - see image below:

You now can see how your animation looks.

If your are satisfied, save your crea as a Gif Optimalisation:

And you're done!

 

I hope you enjoyed making this lesson :-)

 

Harlekina All rights reserved

September 4, 2009

 

If you have questions or something else to report, please mail me, I will react as soon as possible.

I would appreciate it, if you put your creation in my Guestbook

Please make sure that it's not greather than 500 pixels on the longest side.

 

The creations that stand out in my Guestbook, I will put them in the slideshow on my site.

And maybe I will put him in this lesson.

 

Translated by Zial on October 13, 2012

 

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