Thursday, November 24, 2016

Wish Upon a Winter Star

A working knowledge of PSP is assumed.

SUPPLIES NEEDED

Tube of choice. I am using a tube from Alicia Mujica's store.



 My Supplies(star, snowflakes and bg papers. {I have revised this file. Hopefully the correct images are now available. I apologize for the inconvenience.})

Plug In filter - AlienSkin Xenofex2(Constellation) 

Animation Shop

Fonts used are Black Flower Blossom and Fixed Station


NOTE: This tutorial is written for the supplies I used. If you are using something different, you may need to adjust some settings.

IPL = In Palette Layers


LET'S BEGIN

Open template and supplies in psp. Duplicate the template and delete original. IPL, delete the credit layer. Also delete the scalloped image and circle trim layers.

Remember to delete template layers once they've been filled.


Click on the white background layer and add a new raster layer. Fill the new layer with this color, 8bb8d. Apply the circle mask. Layers - Merge - Merge Group.

Click on the circle layer. Select All - Float - Defloat. New Raster Layer. In your foreground color palette, open the pattern tab and select the star and flake paper. Set the scale to 50. Fill the new layer with this paper pattern. Keep active. Add another new raster layer. Selections - Modify - Expand - by 4. Fill with the color white. Select None. IPL, move the white layer below the paper layer. Give the white layer a drop shadow. H & V = 2. Opacity = 80. Blur = 6. Color is black. IPL, right click the paper layer and merge down to the white circle layer.

Make a gradient color. In the Foreground color make it white. The background, this color, c5ced0. Back in Foreground, click the gradient tab. Style is linear. Angle is 45. Repeats is 10.

Click on rectangle 2. Increase size up to 105. 
Select all - Float - Defloat. New Raster Layer. Fill with the gradient color you made. Select none. Give same drop shadow used for the white circle.

Click on rectangle 1. Select All - Float - Defloat. New Raster  Layer. Fill with this color, 14476a. Select None. Go to Adjust - Add/Remove Noise. Add noise. Settings: Gaussian and Monochrome checked. Noise = 10. Add same drop shadow as before. 

Click on the scalloped rectangle. Select All - Float - Defloat. New Raster Layer. From the foreground pattern tab select the starry night paper. Fill the new layer. Select none. Add a drop shadow. H & V = 1. Opacity = 80. Blur = 4. Color is black. 

Click on the scalloped rectangle trim layer. Select All - Float - Defloat - Modify - Expand - by 1. New Raster Layer. Fill with this color 8bb8d. Select None.

Click on the frame fill layer. New Raster Layer. Fill with the starry night paper. Select none. 

IPL, move the side rectangle layer below the frame trim layer. Right click the side rectangle and merge down to the frame layer. Still on the merged image, Select All - float - defloat. New Raster Layer. Fill with this color, 8bb8d. Apply the same noise effect you used for rectangle 2. Select None. Add a drop shadow. H & V = 1. Opacity = 100. Blur = 4. Color is black.

Click on the frame trim. Select All. Float - Defloat. New Raster Layer. Fill with white. Add a drop shadow. H & V = 0. Opacity = 80. Blur = 4. Color is black.

Paste, as a new layer, your tube. Resize down to 50%. Center it in the frame with the arms resting on
the bottom of the frame. (see my tag) Add a drop shadow. H & V = 3. Opacity = 80. Blur = 6. Color is black. Use your rectangle selection tool to trace outward, around the frames inner edges. You want to cut out only the over hanging wings.  

Use your circle ellipse tool with the line solid and set at 1. Put black in the foreground color palette. Holding down the shift key, draw out a circle slightly larger than the white circle. Go to Objects - Align - Center in canvas. 
Open your text box. Move your cursor to the top center of the circle. You should see  + A ) .
Type out the words Wish upon a Winter star. I used the font FixedStation. Size 22 Bold. Kerning 55. Background only, color 1f4c6f . Select None. IPL, delete the vector layer. Click on the text layer and select all - float - defloat- Modify - Expand - by 1. New Raster Layer. Fill with white. Select none. IPL, move the white layer below the blue. Give the white layer a drop shadow. H & V = 1. Opacity = 80. Blur = 4. Color 14476a.

Copy and paste, as a new layer, the star and the snowflake. Resize to your liking and duplicate a time or two. Give them a drop shadow. H & V = 1. Opacity = 100. Blur = 4. Color is  14476a. Place them randomly on your tag. 

Name

For the name if used the font BlackFlowerBlossom size 72 Bold. Kerning 30. Background only. Color white. After typing the name I rotated left by 90 degrees. I then added a drop shadow. H & V = 1. Opacity = 80. Blur = 6. Color is black.

Add copyright. 
Merge all layers. Save.

If you choose to do the animation, do not merge all layers or add the name just yet

Animation

Click on the scallop rectangle trim layer. Go to Effects - Plug Ins - Xenofex - Constellation. Settings: Star size = 50. Size Variation = 100. Edge Star Density = 1. Overall star density = 1. Overdrive = 100. Twinkle Amount = 0. Tic, keep original image. Ok. Selections - Invert. Delete. Select None.
Right click your tag and copy merged. 

Open animation shop and paste as a new animation. 
Go back to your tag in psp. Go to Edit - Undo Select None. Undo clear. Undo Invert. Undo Constellation. 
Go back to Constellation and click Random Seed.  Selections - Invert. Delete. Select None.
Right click your tag and copy merged. 
Go back to animation shop. Right click your tag there and paste after currant layer.
Repeat these steps two or three times more. You want at least 4 frames. In animations shop, go to View - Animation. If you like the effect of your tag, save as a mng file.

To add the name, after making it in psp. Copy and paste as a new animation in animation shop. From the top tool bar, or in edit, click propagate paste. Now, right click your name and then type ctrl a  then  ctrl c.  Now click on your tag and type ctrl a   ctrl e. Place your name to the left. Now save your  tag as a gif. file.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and found it easy to follow.
 This tutorial was created Nov. 24, 2016.
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