Santa is Coming

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 plugin:

VDL Adrenaline - Snowflakes and SnowScape

You can download the plugin

 

you can download the materials.

It contains: 8 tubes - 3 animations.

All images are edited by Harlekina.

I don 't know how made tube 'christmas_presents'.

 

** Step 1 **

Open a transparent image of 640 x 480 pixels.

Set your foreground color to #0a2c49.

Set your background color to #cd0000.

Flood fill your image with your foreground color.

Copy tube 'Window-christmastree'.

Paste as a new layer on your working image.

Image - Resize - 105% - All layers not checked.

Don 't move the tube.

Activate layer 1.

 

** Step 2 **

Copy tube 'christmasbackground'.

Paste as a new layer on your working image.

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

Move the picture a little up.

That can easily be done through the windows, because there is no glass, lol.

Layers - Merge - Merge down.

Layers - Duplicate - repeat this 13 times.

You now have 15 background layers.

Activate the bottom layer.

Layers - View - Only current layer.

Open the top layer (the room with the windows).

 

** Step 3 **

a. Copy tube 'santa-sleigh'.

Paste as a new layer on your working image.

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

Move santa totaly to the right so you can only see a part of the reindeer in the window right.

b. Layers - Duplicate.

Layers - Arrange - Move up.

Move the sleigh from this layer a little to the left and up.

c. Layers - Duplicate.

Layers - Arrange - Move up.

Move the sleigh from this layer a little more to the left and up.

d. Layers - Duplicate.

Layers - Arrange - Move up.

Move the sleigh from this layer a little more to the left and up.

You should now see Santa before the window.

Close the layer of the room with the windows and Christmas trees, so you can see Santa better.

It's difficult to move the sleigh through the walls :-)

e. Duplicate layer 4 again.

Layers - Arrange - Move up.

Move the sleigh from this layer a little more to the left and up.

f. Layers - Duplicate.

Layers - Arrange - Move up.

Image - Resize - 90% - All layers not checked.

Move the sleigh from this layer a little more to the left and up.

g. Layers - Duplicate.

Layers - Arrange - Move up.

Image - Resize - 90% - All layers not checked.

Move the sleigh from this layer a little more to the left and up.

h. Layers - Duplicate.

Layers - Arrange - Move up.

Image - Resize - 90% - All layers not checked.

Move the sleigh from this layer a little more to the left and up.

i. Layers - Duplicate.

Layers - Arrange - Move up.

Image - Resize - 90% - All layers not checked.

Move the sleigh from this layer a little more to the left and up.

j. Layers - Duplicate.

Layers - Arrange - Move up.

Image - Resize - 90% - All layers not checked.

Move the sleigh from this layer a little more to the left and up.

k. Layers - Duplicate.

Layers - Arrange - Move up.

Image - Resize - 90% - All layers not checked.

Move the sleigh from this layer a little more to the left and up.

l. Layers - Duplicate.

Layers - Arrange - Move up.

Image - Resize - 90% - All layers not checked.

Move the sleigh from this layer a little more to the left and up.

m. On the top 3 layers of the background (from the second layer from the top) is NOT a sleigh.

Your image should now look like this:

 

** Step 4 ***

Open and activate your top layer.

You can also check if Santa is clearly visible through the windows!

Effects - Plugins - VDL Adrenaline - SnowScape - with these settings:

Close this layer.

 

** Step 5 **

a. Activate the layer underneath, but don 't open it!

Rename the layers without Santa to: Layer 18 - Layer 17 - Layer 16.

b. Activate the layer underneath (the layer with the Santa-sleigh).

Lower the Opacity of this layer to 30.

Layers - Merge - Merge down.

Don 't open this layer - rename it to Layer 15.

c. Activate the layer underneath (the layer with the Santa-sleigh).

Lower the Opacity of this layer to 50.

Layers - Merge - Merge down.

Don 't open this layer - rename it to Layer 14.

d. Activate the layer underneath (the layer with the Santa-sleigh).

Lower the Opacity of this layer to 75.

Layers - Merge - Merge down.

Don 't open this layer - rename it to Layer 13.

e. Activate the layer underneath (the layer with the Santa-sleigh).

Layers - Merge - Merge down.

Don 't open this layer - rename it to Layer 12.

f. Activate the layer underneath (the layer with the Santa-sleigh).

Layers - Merge - Merge down.

Don 't open this layer - rename it to Layer 11.

g. Activate the layer underneath (the layer with the Santa-sleigh).

Layers - Merge - Merge down.

Don 't open this layer - rename it to Layer 10.

h. Activate the layer underneath (the layer with the Santa-sleigh).

Layers - Merge - Merge down.

Don 't open this layer - rename it to Layer 9.

i. Activate the layer underneath (the layer with the Santa-sleigh).

Layers - Merge - Merge down.

Don 't open this layer - rename it to Layer 8.

j. Activate the layer underneath (the layer with the Santa-sleigh).

Layers - Merge - Merge down.

Layers - Duplicate - repeat 2x.

Don 't open these layers - rename them to Layer 7, Layer 6, Layer 5, Layer 4.

k. Activate the layer underneath (the layer with the Santa-sleigh).

Layers - Merge - Merge down.

Don 't open this layer - rename it to Layer 3.

l. Activate the layer underneath (the layer with the Santa-sleigh).

Layers - Merge - Merge down.

Don 't open this layer - rename it to Layer 2.

m. Activate the layer underneath (the layer with the Santa-sleigh).

Layers - Merge - Merge down.

Open and activate this layer - rename it to Layer 1.

 

** Step 6 **

a. Effects - Plugins - VDL Adrenaline - Snowflakes - with these settings (do you want more snow, put Amount a little higher):

b. Open and activate layer 2.

Effects - Plugins - VDL Adrenaline - Snowflakes - set Ramdom Seed to 25, the rest remains the same.

c. Open and activate layer 3.

Effects - Plugins - VDL Adrenaline - Snowflakes - set Ramdom Seed to 50, the rest remains the same.

d. Open and activate layer 4.

Effects - Plugins - VDL Adrenaline - Snowflakes - set Ramdom Seed to 75, the rest remains the same.

e. Open and activate layer 5.

Effects - Plugins - VDL Adrenaline - Snowflakes - set Ramdom Seed to 100, the rest remains the same.

f. Open and activate layer 6.

Effects - Plugins - VDL Adrenaline - Snowflakes - set Ramdom Seed to 125, the rest remains the same.

g. Repeat this with all the above layers, except the top layer (the room with the windows).

Increase Random Seed always with 25.

If you have done all layers:

Layers - View - None (all layers are closed now).

Open and activate layer 4 and the top layer.

Activate the top layer.

 

** Step 7 **

Layers - New raster layer.

Selections - Select all.

Selections - Modify - Contract - 20 pixels.

Selections - Invert.

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

 

** Step 8 **

Layers - New raster layer.

Selections - Select all.

Selections - Modify - Contract - 3 pixels.

Selections - Invert.

Flood fill the selection with you background color (#cd0000).

Effects - 3D effects - Inner bevel - same settings as before.

 

** Step 9 **

Layers - New raster layer.

Selections - Modify - Select all.

Selections - Modify - Contract - 9 pixels.

Selections - Select selection borders -

with these settings:

Set your foreground to gradient 'Foreground-background' - Linear - Angle 45 - Repeats 7 - Invert not checked.

Flood fill the selection with this gradient.

Effects - 3D effects - Inner bevel - same settings as before.

Selections - Select none.

 

** Step 10 **

Copy tube 'girlwithdogs'.

Paste as a new layer on your working image.

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

Place the girl on the right side at the window - see main image.

Place her so, that you still can see Santa.

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

 

** Step 11 **

Copy tube 'christmas_presents'.

Paste as a new layer on your working image.

Place the presents under the tree.

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

 

** Step 12 **

Copy tube 'girlwithpresents'.

Paste as a new layer on your working image.

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

Place them in the middle below - see main image.

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

 

** Step 13 **

Copy tube 'motherandchild'.

Paste as a new layer on your working image.

Image - Resize - 90% - All layers not checked.

Image - Mirror.

Place her on the left side - see main image.

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

Add your name or watermark.

Close layer 4 (the other layers with the background are still closed).

Merge the other layers visible (from the room with the windows to upper layer).

 

** Step 14 **

You 'r going to make the animation!

Open layer 1 (the top layer is still open  or open it).

Copy the 2 layers: Edit - Copy Special - Copy Merged (Ctrl+Shift+C).

Open AS - Paste as a new animation.

 

** Step 15 **

Back to PSP.

Close layer 1 - open layer 2.

Copy the 2 layers: Edit - Copy Special - Copy Merged.

To AS: Edit - Paste - After current frame (Ctrl+Shift+L).

 

** Step 16 **

Back to PSP.

Close layer 2 - open layer 3.

Copy the 2 layers: Edit - Copy Special - Copy Merged.

To AS: Edit - Paste - After current frame (Ctrl+Shift+L).

Repeat this until you have done all 18 layers.

 

** Step 17 **

Open 'candlelight' in AS.

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

Click in frame 1 of your main image - Edit - Select all.

Edit - Paste - In selected frame (Ctrl+E) - place it on one of the candles.

Edit - Paste - In selected frame - place it on one of the other candles.

Repeat this until you have done all the candles.

 

** Step 18 **

Open 'kleine sterren' (small stars) in AS.

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

Activate your main image.

All frames are still selected (if not: Click in frame 1 - Edit - Select all).

Edit - Paste - In selected frame.

Place them here and there in the Christmas tree.

 

** Step 19 **

Animation - Frame properties - 20.

View - Animation.

You now can see how your animation looks.

If you want, you can resize your crea.

If you are satisfied: Save your crea as a Wizard Optimalisation:

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

 

Harlekina All rights reserved

November 19, 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 19, 2012

 

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