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

Unfortunately her site is no longer online.

 

This lesson is special made for a dear friend who wanted to know how to make a waterspout.

Thanks to her, I had inspiration to venture this lesson.

Actually I didn't knew it myself, but after long puzzling, I found the way that comes pretty close.

 

For this lesson you need Animation Shop (AS)

and the following plugin:

Graphics Plus - Cross Shadow

You can download the plugin

 

you can download the materials.

It contains: 7 tubes - 1 mask.

The maker of the mask in unknown to me.

The other materials are tubed/manipulated by me.

 

** Step 1 **

Open a transparent image of 640 x 480 pixels.

Set your foreground color to #9b6a40.

Set your background color to #350000.

Flood fill your image with your foreground color.

 

** Step 2 **

Layers - New raster layer.

Flood fill this layer with your background color.

Open mask 'mskfloor' - minimize.

Layers - New mask layer - From image - find mask 'mskfloor' - Luminance and Source checked.

Layers - Merge - Merge group.

Effects - 3D effects - Drop shadow:

Vert and Hor 1 - Opacity 50 - Blur 1 - color black.

Layers - Merge - Merge down.

 

** Step 3 **

Open tube 'Firewall'.

Copy layer 1.

Paste as a new layer on your working image.

Effects - Geometric effects - Perspective Horizontal - with these settings:

Place it on the right side - see main image.

 

** Step 4 **

Open tube 'Firewall'.

Copy layer 'Caution'.

Paste as a new layer on your working image.

Effects - Geometric effects - Perspective Horizontal - same settings as before.

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

Place it a little to the left - see main image.

Lower the Opacity of this layer to 75.

 

** Step 5 **

Copy tube 'firemen'.

Paste as a new layer on your working image.

Place them left next to the wall.

Lower the Opacity of this layer to 85.

Layers - Arrange - Move down - repeat 1x.

It now is the second layer.

If you are sure that the picture is in the right position:

Layers - Merge - Merge down with the background.

Place them left next to the wall.

 

** Step 6 **

Copy tube 'fire-rescue'.

Paste as a new layer on your working image.

Image - Resize - 4x 80% - All layers not checked - repeat 1x with 90%.

Place it in the upper left corner - see main image.

Effects - 3D effects - Drop shadow:

Vert and Hor 3 - Opacity 50 - Blur 3 - color black.

Layers - Merge - Merge down.

 

** Step 7 **

Activate the layer with the picture 'Caution'.

Copy tube 'firegirl01'.

Paste as a new layer on your working image.

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

Place her a little to the left.

Effects - 3D effects - Drop shadow:

Vert and Hor 10 - Opacity 50 - Blur 20 - color black.

 

** Step 8 **

Activate the layer with the picture 'Caution'.

Copy tube 'water-hose'.

Paste as a new layer on your working image.

Place the water so that it looks if it just comes out of the fire extinguisher of firegirl01.

 

** Step 9 **

Activate your top layer.

Layers - New raster layer.

Selections - Select all.

Selections - Modify - Contract - 10 pixels.

Selections - Invert.

Set your foreground to gradient 'Foreground-background' - Linear - Angle 45 - Repeats 3 - Invert checked.

Flood fill the selection with this gradient.

Effects - Plugins - Graphics Plus - Cross Shadow - default settings.

 

** Step 10 **

Layers - New raster layer.

Selections - Invert.

Flood fill the selection with your background color.

Effects - 3D effects - Inner bevel - with these settings:

 

** Step 11 **

Copy tube 'firegirl02'.

Paste as a new layer on your working image.

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

Place her to the right.

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

Layers - Arrange - Move down.

 

** Step 12 **

Open tube 'GGFiremanStickerSheet_001'.

Select and copy the extinguisher.

Paste as a new layer on your working image.

Move it a little to the right.

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

 

** Step 13 **

Layers - New raster layer.

Add your name and/or watermark.

 

** Step 14 **

Close the bottom 5 layers: the merge background layer - the layer with the wall - the layer with Caution - the layer with the water hose and the layer with firegirl01.

Activate one of the other layers.

Layers - Merge - Merge visible (the small frame layer - firegirl02 - extinguisher - width frame layer).

So that saves a lot of layers as you later will make the animation, LOL.

Close this layer for a moment.

 

** Step 15 **

Now you're going to make the animation:

The Fire:

Open the background layer.

Open the layer of the wall.

Activate the layer with the wall and the windows.

Activate your Freehand selection - Point to point - Add - Feather 2.

Select the inside of the windows, also the parts with the flames - see image below:

 

** Step 16 **

Layers - Duplicate.

Rename this layer 'flames1' - close this layer.

Activate the layer underneath - name this layer to 'flames2'.

Adjust - Brightness and contrast - Brightness/contrast - 15 - 15.

Selections - Select none.

 

** Step 17 **

The water jet:

Open the layers firegirl01 and the water jet layer.

Activate the water jet layer.

Layers - Duplicate - repeat this 2x.

Name them: water1, water2, water3 and water4.

Close the layers water2, 3 and 4.

Activate layer 'water1'.

 

** Step 18 **

Activate Warp Brush tool:

With these settings:

Start at the beginning of the water jet - see image below:

Now go carefully along the water up, try the mouse as straight as possible to move.

First do only the core of the water jet.

Put the Size to 30 - Noise to 100.

Go along the top and bottom of the wide part of the water - see image below:

By keeping the mouse sometimes for a while you get a nice effect, don't forget to go over the edges.

 

** Step 19 **

Close layer 'water1' - open and activate layer 'water2'.

Set the settings again like this:

You're going to start almost at the begin of the jet - see image below:

Going from about the above example, again carefully upwards along the core of the water jet.

Put the Size to 35 - Noise to 100.

Go along the top and bottom of the wide part of the water.

 

** Step 20 **

Close layer 'water2' - open and activate layer 'water3'.

You start a bit further from the beginning - see image below:

Set the settings again like thi