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Animation 101


This is a very simple lesson in animation.
I hope in doing this tutorial it gets you excited to learn more.

If you do not have Animation Shop, you can get it HERE.
Install Animation Shop.


1. Make your tag. Layers, Merge, Flatten.
Save as a .psp file.  (Save often)


We will be using a glitter pattern.  If you don't have one, download this and put it in your Pattern Folder: (Right click on the glitter ans choose Save Image As and download to your computer.)
Otherwise, choose a complimenting glitter pattern that matches your tag.


Add a layer and select the Pattern fill with a glitter (mine or yours).   Use my settings:


Fill the layer you just added with this glitter.

2.  Add another layer.  Fill with the glitter pattern using my settings:


3.  Add a third layer.  Fill with the glitter pattern using my settings:


Your layer pallet should look like mine:


4.  Duplicate your tag layer.  Duplicate your tag layer again.  Your layer pallet should look like mine:


On the top layer select Selections, Select All.
Selections, Modify, Contract by 15.  You can choose any number you want,  I prefer 10 or 15 depending on the tag I'm using.
Press Delete.
Move down to the 2nd layer and press Delete.
Move down to the 3rd layer and press Delete.
Selections, Select none.None
Your tag and layer pallet should look like this:


While the 3rd layer is action, give it a small Drop Shadow.  Here are my settings:


Move up to the 2nd layer and give it the same Drop Shadow.
Move up to the top layer and give it the same Drop Shadow.
Save your tag as a .psp file

5.  Open Animation Shop and open the file you just saved (Choose File, Open).
Grab your tag by the top blue area and pull your tag to the center of the screen.

To see your layers put your cursor on the bottom and drag it to the right:


You will see 6 layers (they are called Frames in Animation Shop).

Move the slider back to the Frame 1.  Put your cursor on Frame 1.
Click on the inside of Frame 1 to activate it.  Hold down the Shit Key and move the 
Slider to Frame 3 and click on the inside.

6.  Go to Edit, Cut, Edit, Paste As New Animation.  Now go to Edit, Select All.

7.  On the glitter frames - Click on the inside of Frame 1.  Hold down the Shift Key and move the Slider over to Frame 3 and click on the inside of that frame.
Select Edit, Select All, Edit Copy.

8.  Go back to the tag frames.  Touch the top blue area:


Select Edit, Select All then Edit, Paste, Into The Selected Frame.
Very carefully, center your glitter frame on top of your tag frame:

If you didn't get it exactly; Edit, Undo Paste, then repeat Edit, Paste, Into Selected Frame and center the glitter frame into the tag frame.

9.  Now to save your file:
File, Save.  A drop down box will appear, select Next.  Another folder will appear.  Select Next.
Another folder will appear. Select Next.
Another folder will appear. Select Next
Another folder will appear. Select Finish

You my friend, are all done!





Adding A Cutout Frame To A Tag

Note: I use PSP X3, but this tut should work for any version.


*Make your tag the way you want it.  I like to leave some elements off until I'm totally finished.  (they will hang off the tag a bit, going over the frame when done).


1. Go to: Image, Add Borders:


Choose the setting of 5 and make sure Symmetric is checked.  Pick the color you want to use.


2.  Repeat step 1, but change the numbers to 30 and use a contrasting color.



3.  Repeat Step 1.



4.  Select the Magic Wand and select the outside color. Hold down the shift key and select the inside color. You should have marching ants around both.


Go to: Effects, Inner Bevel.  Here are the settings I used.  Change them however you want.


Select None.  My thin borders have a curved look to them.



5.  Place the Magic Wand in the contrasting color section of your frame.  Now the marching ants are only in the middle color.Go to: Effects, 3D Effects, Cutout.  Here are the settings I used.  Change them however you want.


Select None.


*Here is where I add some of my elements, so they hang over the frame a bit.



Layers, Merge, Flatten.  Save your tag.
Have Fun!
DeLoris












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