08 May 2011

Fire & Fantasy (PTU)

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Fire & Fantasy

This tutorial was written by me on May 8th, 2011 and is the result of my own ideas.  Any resemblance to any other tutorial is purely coincidental and unintentional.

PSP version used: X2, but should work in other versions.

This tutorial assumes you have a good working knowledge of PSP and Animation Shop.

Supplies Needed

Scrap kit of choice: I used an awesome kit by Creations by Grazy called "My Fantasy World".  You can get this wonderful kit at Aussie Scrap Designs.

2 Tubes by the same artist: I used the gorgeous fantasy art of Renee Biertempfel with a valid license.  Renee was with CILM when I purchased these tubes and is now with CDO.

Mask of choice: I used mask #166 by Gems.  Download from her blog HERE.

Plug-ins needed: Eye Candy Impact, Gradient Glow & Eye Candy Nature, Fire.

Animation Shop

Font of choice: I used Tension, a pay font.

~~ Remember to save often! ~~

Place the mask in your PSP masks folder or a folder of your choice.

Open a new image, 800 x 700, white background.  Select all.

From the kit, open Paper 4 and copy.  Paste into selection and deselect.

Apply the mask and merge the mask group.

Open the house (element 15) and resize 15%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and move to the right side of the tag (see my tag for placement).  Apply a drop shadow, I used H&V 2, Opacity 42, Blur 8.

Open element 11, resize 10%, then 30%.  Place beside the house and drop shadow.
Open element 4 and resize 10%, then 50%, place in front of the house.  Drop shadow.  Merge these 3 layers together.

Activate the masked layer and start adding your greenery and flowers to the left side of the tag, lining up along the bottom edge of the masked layer.  I used:

#5: resize 40%, duplicate and mirror
#7: resize 10%, then 50%
#8: resize 20%
#55: resize 20%, then 85%
#59 & 60: resize each 10%
#62: resize 20%, then 85%
#63: resize 20%
#71: resize 10%, then 60%
#78: resize 20%, then 85%
#79: resize 25%

Arrange these elements as desired, apply drop shadow, then hide all other layers and merge visible.

Unhide the other layers and activate the eraser tool with the following settings:

Size: 40
Hardness: 12
Step: 10
Density: 100
Thickness: 100
Rotation: 0
Opacity: 15

Move the merged layer away from the left edge.  Using the eraser, carefully remove the harsh edge of the merged layer.  Once you're happy with what you see, move the layer back into position, using the mask layer as a guide for placement.

Copy and paste your main tube as a new layer.  Position as shown in my tag.  Apply drop shadow.

Open element #75 and resize 10%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, position as shown in my tag.  Open # 81 and resize 10%, copy and paste as a new layer, move below and to one side of element 75.  Duplicate and arrange the copy on the other side of element 75 (see my tag for reference).

Open your dragon tube and resize 35% (assuming you're using the same tube I did).  Copy and paste as a new layer and position on top of the large mushroom.  Zoom in, and draw a selection using the freehand selection tool.  Here's mine:

Add a new raster layer and move this layer below the tube.  Apply Eye Candy Nature, Fire.  Under the Settings tab, choose Small, Long and Smooth Flame.  Change the settings under the Basic tab to this:

Click OK.  Name this layer Fire 1.

Add a new raster layer and name it Fire 2.  Apply Fire using the same settings, but click the Random Seed button once.

Add a new raster layer and name it Fire 3.  Apply the Fire plug-in once again, following the instructions above.  Deselect.

Link the three fire layers together by clicking the button that looks like a chain link in your layers palette.  Activate this link for all three layers.  That way, if you need to adjust the position of your fire effect, you will move all three layers at the same time and avoid having your animation look choppy or jumpy.

Hide all the fire layers.  Add your name and apply Eye Candy Impact, Gradient Glow using these settings:

Apply drop shadow.

Crop and resize your tag, add all applicable copyright and license information.

Time to animate!

Make sure all fire layers are hidden, then right click on the title bar of your tag.  Choose "copy merged" from the pop up menu.

Open Animation Shop, right click on the workspace and choose "paste as a new animation".

Back to PSP, open the Fire 1 layer.  Right click and copy merged.

In AS, right click on your tag and choose "paste after current frame".

In PSP, hide Fire 1 and open Fire 2.  Right click and copy merged.

In AS, right click on your tag and choose "paste after current frame".

Follow the above directions for the Fire 3 layer.

In AS, highlight frame 1 of your tag and copy.  Highlight frame 4, right click and choose "paste after current frame."  You should now have 5 frames, with frame 2, 3 and 4 having the fire animation.

Highlight frame 1.  Animation > Frame Properties > change to 50.  Do the same for frame 5.

Highlight frames 2, 3, and 4.  Change the frame properties to 15.

View > Animation to see your tag in action!

Save as a gif and you're finished!  I hope you enjoy your new tag!

I'd love to see your results, email me!  :-)

Hugs, Carol

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