06 May 2013

Ahhh... (FTU)

This tutorial was written by me on May 6th, 2013 and was written assuming you have a general knowledge of PSP and Animation Shop.  You will need the following supplies:

Adorable tube by Sally Gilroy, this one is called "Dagmar The Dragon" and is available at PSP Tube Stop.  Love this tube!

Mask #87 by Signature Collections.

Filters used:

Toadies: Ommadawn
Eye Candy Nature: Water Drops
DSB Flux: Bright Noise

Font used: Curlz MT, a web search will result in multiple links.

Animation Shop

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Open a new image, 750 x 750, white background.

Foreground: #9cd5eb
Background: #b958a9

Change foreground to gradient with these settings:

From the drop-down menu: Select Foreground/Background
Style: Linear
Angle: 45
Repeats: 5
Invert: checked 

Add a new raster layer and flood fill with the gradient.

Adjust > Blur > Gaussian Blur > Radius 15.

Apply Signature Collections mask #87 and merge the mask group.

Effects > Plugins > Toadies > Ommadawn with these settings:

Cell Width: 17
Cell Height: 17
Cell "a" Sharp/Soft: 235
Cell Edges On/Off: 15

Using the magic wand with the settings below, click one of the black lines.  Selection > Modify > Expand > expand by 1.  Tap delete and deselect.

Duplicate the mask layer twice for a total of three.  Rename Mask 1, Mask 2 and Mask 3.  Hide 2 and 3 and activate Mask 1.

Select the magic wand, change the settings to:

Mode: Add (Shift)
Match mode: RGB Value
Tolerance: 20
Contiguous: checked
Feather: 0
Anti-alias: unchecked

Click inside some of the boxes, use as few or as many as you like.

Effects > Plugins > DSB Flux > Bright Noise > Set the Intensity to 45 and select the "Mix" radio button.  Click OK.

Hide Mask 1, open and activate Mask 2.  Apply Bright Noise again with the same settings, this time click the Mix button twice.

Hide Mask 2, open and activate Mask 3.  Apply Bright Noise, clicking the Mix button three times.

Selections > Select None.

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer and move him to the lower right corner, as shown.  Apply drop shadow, I used H&V 2, Opacity 55, Blur 10.

Open the flowers that came with the tube and resize 50%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and move beneath the main tube.  Arrange as shown on the left side of the tube.  Duplicate, mirror and move the copy above the tube, arrange as shown.  Drop shadow both layers.

Open the bird, copy and paste as a new layer and arrange as shown.  Drop shadow.

Activate the tube layer.  Using the freehand selection tool, draw a selection around the bubbles and above the dragon, like this:

(Click for larger version)

Add three new raster layers.  Name Bubbles 1, 2 and 3.  Hide Bubbles 2 and 3 and activate Bubbles 1.

Effects > Plugins > Eye Candy Nature > Water Drops.  Under the Settings tab, choose "Small, Champagne Bubbles"

Under the Basic tab, change the settings to this:

(Click for larger version)

Click OK.

Hide Bubbles 1, open and activate Bubbles 2.  Apply the Water Drops filter again, using the same settings, but click the Random Seed button until you see something you like.

Repeat for Bubbles 3.

Resize your tag, I resized 80%.

Activate the text tool:

Font: Curlz MT
Size: 72
Stroke: 1
Foreground and Background (same as gradient; see above)
Create as a Vector

Type "Ahhh..." and arrange where you like.  Layers > Convert to Raster.  Apply drop shadow, I used H&V 2, Opacity 55, Blur 6.

Add your name using the same settings, but change the size to 95.  Drop shadow.

Add all applicable copyright and license information.

Time to animate!

Open Animation Shop.

In PSP, hide Mask 2, Mask 3, Bubbles 2 and Bubbles 3.  Make sure Mask 1 and Bubbles 1 are open.

Edit > Copy Special > Copy Merged.

In Animation Shop:

Edit > Paste > As A New Animation

Back in PSP:

Hide Mask 1, open Mask 2.  Hide Bubbles 1, open Bubbles 2.

Edit > Copy Special > Copy Merged.

In AS:

Edit > Paste > After Current Frame.

Repeat this procedure for the final two layers (Mask 3 and Bubbles 3).

In AS:

Edit > Select All

Animation > Frame Properties > change the display time to 25.

View > Animation to see your tag in action!

Save as a gif and you're finished!  Enjoy!

Hugs, Carol♥