Happy New Year

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

Unfortunately her site is no longer online.

 

For this lesson you need Animation Shop (AS)

and the following plugins:

Alien Skin Xenofex 2.0

Andromeda - Perspective

Filters Unlimited 2.0 - Andrews Filter 55

You can download the plugins

 

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

 

you can download the materials.

It contains: 6 Tubes - 1 Brush - 1 Font - 2 animations.

All the pictures are edited by myself.

 

For using the brush: In PSP X2: place the 'penseelklok' and 'BrushTip_penseelklok' both in your Brush folder.

For the lower versions: open the brush in PSP - File - Export - Custom brush.

Name it and click OK.

 

** Step 1 **

Open a transparent image of 680 x 520 pixels.

Flood fill your image with black.

Open your font - minimize it.

Activate your Text tool - font 'DS-DigitalBold' - with these settings (it's possible that you need an other size in the lower version):

Layers - Promote the vector layer to a Raster layer.

 

** Step 2 **

Set your foreground color to #55bce7 (blue for the clock) or choose your own color.

Type your text: Hap88:88wyear.

Effects - Plugins - Andromeda - Perspective.

First click Reset - then click Preset - see image below:

Choose for Freeform - then click ff 06 - see image below:

 

** Step 3 **

Attention: Very important: DO NOT MOVE THE TEXT WHILE WORKING WITH IT!!

Layers - Duplicate - close this layer for now.

Activate the layer underneath.

Activate your Freehand selection - Feather 0 - remove the stripes until there is only Happy Newyear - see image below:

Layers - Duplicate - close both layers with the text 'Happy Newyear'.

 

** Step 4 **

Open and activate your top layer.

Activate your Freehand selection - remove the words, so you only have 88:88 left.

Layers - Duplicate - close this layer.

Activate the layer underneath.

Remove the stripes in the middle, you have only 00:00 left - see image  below:

Activate the layer above it.

Remove the stripes until you have 23:58 - see image below:

Layers - Duplicate.

Close this layer - activate the layer underneath.

Make a 9 of the last 8 and it's 23:59 - see image below:

Close this layer - open the layer above it.

Layers - Duplicate - close the layer underneath (this one has already the right time).

Layers - Duplicate (the top layer is still activated).

Activate the layer underneath.

Make a 7 of the 8 - 23:57 - see image below:

Activate the layer above it.

Layers - Duplicate.

Activate the layer underneath.

Make 6 of the 8 - 23:56 - see image below:

Activate the layer above it.

Make a 5 of the last 8 - 23:55 - see image below:

Rename the layers - see my example below in step 5.

 

** Step 5 **

You are going to link these layers, so you can move them together.

Activate the top layer.

Click on the pictogram link layers on/of - see image below:

Do the same with the other layers, except the background layer and the text layer (Happy Newyear).

 

** Step 6 **

Activate the bottom layer (the black background).

Layers - New raster layer.

Activate you Brush tool - find brush 'penseelklok'.

Set your foreground to color blue (#55bce7, same color you used for the numbers).

Click 1x in your image with the blue color.

Adjust - Blur - Gaussian blur - 8.

Layers - Duplicate - Adjust - Blur - Gaussian blur - 8.

Rename these layers to: rays1 - rays2 - rays3.

Connect these 3 layers too - but now 2x - see image below (you can see number 2):

Any changes you now make to a linked layer, is now done with all layers linked!

 

** Step 7 **

Activate the bottom layer.

Layers - New raster layer.

Selections - Select all.

Open tube 'Woman'.

Copy the layer with the background.

Paste into the selection of your working image.

Selections - Select none.

Effects - Plugins - Filters Unlimited 2.0 - Andrews Filter Collection 55 - Big Filter - default settings - see image below:

Layers - Duplicate.

Selections - Select all.

Selections - Modify - Contract - 30 pixels.

Selections - Invert.

Effects - Plugins - Alien Skin Xenofex 2 - Burnt Edges - with these settings:

Selections - Select none.

 

** Step 8 **

Copy tube 'Bratislava_New_Year_Fireworks'.

Paste as a new layer on your working image.

Place it totaly on top of you image.

It's oké if a part falls slightly outside your image.

 

** Step 9 **

Copy tube 'newyearsevepartyd'.

Paste as a new layer on your working image.

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

Place it left below in the corner.

Set the Opacity of this layer to 35.

Set the Blend mode of this layer to Soft light.

 

** Step 10 **

Copy tube 'new_years_toast'.

Paste as a new layer on your working image.

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

Place it left below in the corner.

Adjust - Sharpness - Sharpen.

 

** Step 11 **

Copy tube 'woman'.

Paste as a new layer on your working image.

Place her right below, make sure that a small part is over the first edge of the frame - see image below:

Layers - Arrange - Bring to top.

Add you watermark.

 

** Step 12 **

Open the layer rays3 - look if they are in the correct position.

Here also a little part over the first edge of the frame - see image below:

Open a layer with numbers - place them nicely above the rays.

The rest of the layers will then move by itself.

 

** 13 **

Layers - New raster layer.

Selections - Select all.

Image - Crop to selection (or Shift+R).

Remove this layer.

NOTE: this action is really needed, otherwise you get problems with copying in AS.

 

** 14 **

Activate the third layer from the bottom (the layer where you have applied burnt edges).

Activate your Magic wand - Feather 0 - click in the border.

Selections - Modify - Expand - 2 pixels.

Go to every layer that goes outside the frame.

Press Delete.

Selections - Select none.

Close all layers except the 6 bottom layers:

Layers - Merge - Merge visible.

 

** 15 **

Now you are going to make the animation.

Below is described how, follow the steps properly or take the  pointer so you don't get confused.

a. Open the top layer (with the woman).

Open the layer underneath (23:55).

Open layer rays1.

Edit - Copy merged.

To AS: Paste as a new animation.

b. Close layer rays1 - open layer rays2.

Edit - Copy merged.

To AS: Edit - Paste - After current frame.

c. Close layer 23:55 - open layer 23:56.

Close layer rays2 - open layer rays3.

Edit - Copy merged.

To AS: Edit - Paste - After current frame.

d. Close layer rays3 - open layer rays2.

Edit - Copy merged.

To AS: Edit - Paste - After current frame.

e. Close layer 23:56 - open layer 23:57.

Close layer rays2 - open layer rays1.

Edit - Copy merged.

To AS: Edit - Paste - After current frame.

f. Close layer rays1 - open layer rays2.

Edit - Copy merged.

To AS: Edit - Paste - After current frame.

g. Close layer 23:57 - open layer 23:58.

Close layer rays2 - open layer rays3.

Edit - Copy merged.

To AS: Edit - Paste - After current frame.

h. Close layer rays3 - open layer rays2.

Edit - Copy merged.

To AS: Edit - Paste - After current frame.

i. Close layer 23:58 - open layer 23:59.

Close layer rays2 - open layer rays1.

Edit - Copy merged.

To AS: Edit - Paste - After current frame.

j. Close layer 23:59 - open layer 00:00.

Close layer rays1 - open layer rays2.

Edit - Copy merged.

To AS: Edit - Paste - After current frame.

k. Close layer 00:00 - open layer Happy Newyear.

Close layer rays2 - open layer rays3.

Edit - Copy merged.

To AS: Edit - Paste - After current frame.

l. Close layer rays2 - open layer rays3.

Edit - Copy merged.

To AS: Edit - Paste - After current frame.

m. Close layer rays3 - open layer rays2.

Leave layer Happy Newyear open!

Edit - Copy merged.

To AS: Edit - Paste - After current frame.

n. Close layer rays2 - open layer rays1.

Edit - Copy merged.

To AS: Edit - Paste - After current frame.

o. Close layer Happy Newyear - open the layer underneath

(this layer isn't connect).

Adjust - Blur - Gaussian blur - 2.

Close layer rays1 - open layer rays2.

Edit - Copy merged.

To AS: Edit - Paste - After current frame.

p. Lower the Opacity of layer Happy Newyear to 80.

Edit - Copy merged.

To AS: Edit - Paste - After current frame.

q. Set the Opacity of layer Happy Newyear to 70.

Close layer rays3 - open layer rays2.

Edit - Copy merged.

To AS: Edit - Paste - After current frame.

r. Set the Opacity of layer Happy Newyear to 60.

Close layer rays2 - open layer rays1.

Edit - Copy merged.

To AS: Edit - Paste - After current frame.

s. Set the Opacity of layer Happy Newyear to 50.

Close layer rays1 - open layer rays2.

Edit - Copy merged.

To AS: Edit - Paste - After current frame.

t. Set the Opacity of layer Happy Newyear to 40.

Close layer rays2 - open layer rays3.

Edit - Copy merged.

To AS: Edit - Paste - After current frame.

u. Set the Opacity of layer Happy Newyear to 30.

Close layer rays3 - open layer rays2.

Edit - Copy merged.

To AS: Edit - Paste - After current frame.

v. Close layer Happy Newyear.

Close layer rays2 - open layer rays1.

Edit - Copy merged.

To AS: Edit - Paste - After current frame.

w. Close layer rays1 - open layer rays2.

Edit - Copy merged.

To AS: Edit - Paste - After current frame.

x. Close layer rays2 - open layer rays3.

Edit - Copy merged.

To AS: Edit - Paste - After current frame.

If you have correctly followed all points, you now have 24 frames in AS.

 

** 16 **

Open image 'bubbles' in AS.

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

Activate your main animation.

Click in frame 1 - Edit - Select all.

Edit - Paste - In selected frame.

Paste the bubbles in the glass - repeat this until you have bubbles in both glasses.

Open image 'Fireworks15a-harlekina'.

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

Activate your main animation.

Edit - Paste - In selected frame.

Put them on a nice place.

You can find more firework animations

 

** 17 **

Animation - Frame properties - 25.

View - Animation.

You now can see how your animation looks.

Animation - Resize - Width 500 pixels (you really have to do this, otherwise your animation will be too heavy).

Save your crea as Wizard Optimalisation - with these settings:

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

 

I hope you enjoyed making this lesson :-)

 

© Harlekina All rights reserved

December 31, 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 23, 2012

 

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