Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Let's Make Glitter!!

~ Let's Make Glitter ~

This tutorial was created by me, Mary Oakes aka Ariez Moon. 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 creations
Please Abide by my TOU that is plainly visible at all times in the side bar of my blog.
 This tutorial is for learning purposes ONLY.
This tutorial is written for those who have little to no knowledge of PSP and Animation Shop.
With this part of the tutorial you will need no outside filters.

Supplies Needed:
 Paint Shop Pro® ~ Trial Version

 Animation Shop® ~ Trial version $20.00 to buy.

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. This is what we will be making for the first part of this tutorial.

Ready? Let's begin:
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 continouesly 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. Im going to use Dark Pink or in another words the HTML color code #ff40ff. 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.

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.

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 of each of the two layers.

Now click on the bottom layer to make it active. You will know when a layer is active because it will look highlighted.

Go to the top of PSP and click ADJUST-->ADD/REMOVE NOISE-->ADD NOISE.

 Here we can play around a bit. For the purpose of this tut just follow my settings, and when you are done you can play around a bit on your own.
Put a tick in Random. Set the Noise percentage a 45%. Put a tick in Monochrome. 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.
ADJUST-->ADD/REMOVE NOISE-->ADD NOISE. Leave everything the same EXCEPT change the Noise percentage to 50%. Close out the layer by clicking on the layer's eye.
Click on the last layer to make it active and unhide the layer. Repeat the instructions from above only change the Noise percentage to 55%. Unhide all 3 layers by clicking on the eye of each layer.
As you can see by increasing the Noice percentage it moves the noise around, and it also increases or decreases the intensity of the noise.

Now, let's save a copy of it so we can animate it! I want you to save this tile for another tutorial, in which. I am going to show you how to make other glitter tiles. For this purpose we are going to make a copy of the tile we just made. Hold down the SHIFT key on your keyboard and press the D key at the same time. This will make an exact copy of your image with all layers intact. Minimize your original for now.

Working on the copy of your original image go to the top of PSP and Click on FILE-->SAVE. Find the directory of your choice.  Give your tile a name. Mine will be DKpinkglit. On the drop down menu for FILE TYPE click on the arrow for the pull out menu, and find PSP Animation Shop (*.psp).  Click on 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 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.
 If you would like to know how to add sparkles to your glitter tile click HERE to do it with plugins, and HERE to do it with picture tubes and PSP's noise effect!

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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