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 this:

Go again from about the above example, again carefully upwards along 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.

Hold the mouse occasionally still for a nice effect.

 

** Step 21 **

Close layer 'water3' - open and activate layer 'water4'.

You start a bit further - see image below:

Set the settings again like this:

Go again 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.

Hold the mouse occasionally still for a nice effect.

 

** Step 22 **

Open all layers.

Close the layers 'flames2' - 'water2' - 'water3' and 'water4'.

Activate your background layer and stay there.

Edit - Copy merged.

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

 

** Step 23 **

Back to PSP.

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

Edit - Copy merged.

To AS: Edit - Paste - After current frame.

** Step 24 **

Back to PSP.

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

Edit - Copy merged.

To AS: Edit - Paste - After current frame.

 

** Step 25 **

Back to PSP.

Close the layer 'flames1' - open layer 'flames2'.

Close layer 'water3' - open layer 'water4'.

Edit - Copy merged.

To AS: Edit - Paste - After current frame.

 

** Step 26 **

View - Animation.

You now can see how your animation looks.

If you are satisfied:

Save your crea with Wizard Optimalisation:

 

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

I hope you enjoyed making this lesson :-)

 

Harlekina All rights reserved

Januari 17, 2010

 

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 August 21, 2012

 

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