Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Let's Make Glitter ~ Plug-in Style!

Let's Make Glitter ~ Plug-in Style!

This tutorial was created by me, Mary Oakes aka Ariez Moon on May 14, 2010, and is a spin off of my original "Lets Make Glitter" tut. If there is another tutorial similiar to this, it is purely coincidental, and this tutorial represents my own ideas and preferences on methods shown.  As with any tutorial this just gives you an idea of how to do things, feel free to add your own personal touch to your creation.
Do NOT copy or alter this tutorial in anyway, and try to claim it as your own. If you would like to share my tutorial you may do so by letting the individuals know where you have learned it from and send them here to my blog. Do NOT attempt to sell this tutorial or the supplies within for any reason what so ever! This tutorial is for learning purposes ONLY.

Supplies Needed:
Paint Shop Pro® ~ Trial Version 

Animation Shop®  ~Trial Version. $20.00 to buy.

Plug-ins Needed
Click on the name of one of the filters to take you to Grafnet. Grafnet is a great resource site for Plug-ins and filters, and you wont have to worry about illegal downloads. If it is Free To Use you can download right from the site, if it is Pay To Use, it will take you to the developers site. All filters are listed alphabetically.

Grab a cup of coffee or soda, sit down and relax. This tutorial is a bit lengthy but only becuase I have tried to teach you by exact detail.

Ready? Let's begin:
Install your filters into the appropriate directory. If this is your first time using filters/and or plugins, please go HERE to learn how to install them.

Open Paint Shop Pro and Animation Shop. Minimize Animation Shop for now. In PSP click on File -->New or New Image. In the pop up window set your WIDTH to 200 pixels and your HEIGHT to 200 pixels. Set your RESOLUTION to 72 pixels/inch. RASTER BACKGROUND ticked, and TRANSPARENT BACKGROUND ticked. Click OK.

 Stop! Save this file!
 Always save your work continually while working on it, that way if PSP ever crashes you will not have to start over again.  Go to the top of PSP and click on FILE-->SAVE. Go to the directory that you want to save your image in. Give it a name. In File Type choose PSPIMAGE (*.pspimage,*psp,*pspbrush.*pspfrar...)

 Click on the Flood Fill tool. This tool looks like a paint can.
  In your Materials Palette click on FORGROUND AND STOKE PROPERTIES, and choose a color of your liking. I used a purple color and chose a texture to go with it, then I added some extra filter to get a swirly effect . If you cannot see your Material Palette in your work space, look up at the top of PSP and click on VIEW-->PALETTES-->MATERIALS and it should show up on the right hand side of PSP.

 Left Click inside your empty canvas to fill it with color.
Look over to the right hand side of PSP and find your LAYER PALETTE. Again, if it is not there go to VIEW-->PALETTES-->LAYERS and it will show up. This is what your Layer Palette looks like.

 Right click on Layer 1 in the Layer Palette and click on DUPLICATE.

 Click on the bottom layer and right click and click on DUPLICATE again. This will give you a total of three layers.
Now let's name your layers so they are easier to work with. Right click on (choose Rename) OR double click on the bottom layer that is at the moment called Layer 1. A pop up will appear. Where it says Name Enter in Glitter 1 or whatever you decide you would like to choose for a name. Click OK.  Repeat the steps for the other two layers only renaming them Glitter 2 and 3. 
Stop!! Hit Save!!
Now we are going to hide the top two layers. Hide the layers by clicking on the EYE in the Layer Palette.

 Now click on the bottom layer to make it active. You will know when a layer is active because it will look highlited, like Raster 1 in the screen shot above.
with the following settings:

Click OK.
with the following settings:

Click OK.
Close out the layer by clicking on the eye for that layer.
Click on the second layer to make it active. Unhide the layer by clicking on the layer's eye.
Again, go to  EFFECTS-->PLUGINS-->DSB FLUX-->BRIGHT NOISE and click on the MIX button one time and click OK.
Go to EFFECTS-->PLUGINS-->VM NATURAL--> SPARKLE only this time just change the RANDOM SEED slider to wherever looks best for you. You can also, if you choose, change the slider on MAX SIZE.
Click OK.
Now do the same two steps for the last layer except click the MIX button TWICE for Bright Noise, and move the RANDOM SEED slider to your position of choice for the SPARKLE.
That's it!! Time to save if for use in AS!!
Click on FILE-->SAVE AS name your tile and save it as a PSP Animation Shop file *(.psp) in a directory of your choosing.

Click Save.

Are you ready to make it look pretty?
Lets Go!!

Bring Animation Shop up.**If you are a first time user of AS please pay attention to these instructions we may have to do some tweaking before you begin.**


A pop up menu will appear. Click on the Layered Files tab. Follow the settings:
Export frames to Paint Shop Pro as layered images - Checked.
Keep layers as separate frames - Ticked.
Preserve overall layer transparency - Checked.

Unless there are other settings you need to change for different animations you will never have to do this step again, the program will always remember them. THAT'S IT!! YOU'RE ALL SET TO GO!!\

 At the top of AS click on FILE-->OPEN. Go to the directory where you saved your tile in Animation Shop (*psp) file. Click on it and click Open or drag and drop it into your workspace. You should now have your image vertically situated in 3 frames on your workspace. 3 LAYERS IN PSP- 3 LAYERS IN AS- SEE..... EASY PEASY!! If all 3 layers are not showing, just grab the right edge of the window and drag it out a bit.

 Now this is the easiest part. Look at the top of AS and you should see a button that looks like a film strip.  If you hold your cursor over it, it will say "View Animation". Click on it.

HEEEEEYYY!!! GUESS WHAT??? You have just made your own lil glitter tile!!!!

You can slow it down or speed it up if you would like, but I will show you how to do that in a different tut for a different animation. Glitter tiles, in my opinion, always look best in the default settings.  For right now, let's go ahead and save this one just the way it is.
Close the window that popped up to show you your moving animation.

On the original animation go to FILE-->SAVE. When the menu opens find the directory that you want to save it in. Name it once again. In FILE TYPE make sure CompuServe Graphics Interchange (*.gif) is selected. Click Save.

 An optimization window will pop up. On the first window move the slider up to Better Image Quality.
 Click on the Customize button.

Click OK. Click Next. Click Next. Click Next. Click Finish.

OK, so now you are sayin' "Wow, that is nifty, but what do I do with this lil' ol' glitter tile?"
Well, you can do a lot of things with them. You can animate your name, use them in frames, backgrounds and a whole lot more!! Follow me, and I will show you how you can animate your name!! Find me HERE!!

I hope you enjoyed the learning experience you recieved while doing my tut. Enough infact that I hope you come back for more. I certainly loved showing you! If you have any questions or difficulties please do not hesitate to contact me via a comment or even by EMAIL! HAPPY PSPing!!!

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