FORUM STYLE XII
Tube/Close Up of Choice - I'm using another one from the lovely Barbara Jensen
If you'd like to use the same, please visit her site
Xero Graphics - Soft Vignette (if you don't have it, just search as it's freeware)
Font of Choice - I used Big Noodle Titling
Animation Shop and a reasonable knowledge of using it
Note added 10th April: People are finding this tutorial effect a bit hit and miss! For some, it seems fine and looks good for them.
Other people are finding it jumpy or not what they expected (!) So my tip is this...
When you get to the part where you add Xero Graphics - Soft Vignette, make sure that the striped
effect looks as if it's going from one side of the tag to the other (and with my settings, this should be the case?)
Click on each layer in PSP to see if this is the case before you take it to Ani Shop to animate it.
If your effect is a vast jump or very subtle - then this is how it will look in Ani Shop when you animate it.
So, double check your stripe positions before you animate it. IF you aren't happy with the settings, adjust the Repeats slider to see if this
makes a difference. I hope this helps.
Open a New Image in PSP - 640 x 200 pixels @ 72 dpi
Add New Layer
Take two colours for your Materials Palette
I'm using #ffbcff for the FG (Top) box
#f97dcf for the BG (Bottom) box
Yeah yeah, you know what's coming...again! But what can I tell ya - I still find
FG/BG gradient the best thing to compliment tubes and tags.
Go to your Materials Palette - hereafter known as MP
and find Gradients, Look for Foreground-Background gradient
and have it on these settings...
Add new Layer
Floodfill with Gradient
We're going to add tubes and get all fancy now - then go on to the effect
which is simple but delicious
So get your chosen tube/s
I used a tube and close up
I placed my tube to the left and applied a favourite shadow then
I added my close up on another layer under this
Changed the blend mode to Screen on the close up layer
but that was a bit WAh! so I dropped the Opacity to 61
Duplicated the Close up tube
Adjust, Blur, Gaussian Blur, 5.00
and change the blend mode to Soft Light
and this tube should be above the other close up one and also on 61 Opacity in the LP
Change the colour in the FG box to Black and have the BG still on the darker of the
two pinks I gave you
Right, Preset Shape - Rectangle - Line Width 2.00 with the Line Style on Solid
Draw out a vertical rectangle
Stretch it right down so it overlaps the tag canvas
and once happy with placement - Convert to Raster
Keep this above your other layers - yes, including the tube ones
Switch the colours in the MP using the little double headed arrow icon just below it - the Swap Materials icon
Click on it to swap the colours around
Now draw a horizontal rectangle, thinner than the previous one
(See my tag for reference)
Once happy with placement, Convert to Raster
and drop this one down the LP below the first Rectangle
Now crop the tag to it's current size - this will get rid of any of the rectangles or
tubes that are currently sitting outside the tag canvas
Take the lighter pink that we used for the gradient
Place this in the BG box in the MP
and in the FG box - nil.
Find a favourite sans serif font - I used Big Noodle Titling on size 28
And type out a phrase that applies to your tag/tube
I used...well, see above!
Ok once placed within the black rectangle area
Convert to Raster
and add this dropshadow - note the colour is white not black
Now take the darker pink colour
And have this in your BG box - with FG on Nil
Draw out a Heart 1 Preset Shape
Very small to fit by the left side of the text
Convert to Raster then duplicate and Image, Mirror
and move over to the right of the text line
Take your Magic Wand and click on the pink rectangle section
Apply Effects, Texture Effects, Blinds on this setting -
Once applied, Selections, None
and apply my shadow
Take your Magic Wand again, and click on the pink outline of the black rectangle
Adjust, Add/Remove Noise, Add Noise on these settings
and once applied, Selections None.
So now, back to our Gradient Background layer
Duplicate twice to total three layers
Then in your MP - have the top box on Light Pink and the Bottom box on Black
(Very important or this next bit won't look the same)
NOTE: If you're using a different colour other than Light Pink, then make sure
1. that the colour is nice and bright and 2. that you have the Top Box on the corresponding colour
Back to your gradient layers and on the bottom one
Apply Xero Graphics - Soft Vignette on these settings of mine
Now on the next gradient layer up - apply again but this time change the
Repeats slider to 18
and click OK to apply
and for the final third gradient layer
Change to 17 and apply
Check your layers now and see that you're happy with the way it looks (ie. the way the stripes change and move)
if you're not, then try either using a different colour for your Gradient Background Layer or change
the Repeat settings to suit
Go to the top of your LP
Layers, New Raster Layer
and floodfill this new layer with Black
Selections, Modify, Contract by 4 and hit Delete
Layers, New Raster Layer
Find the two colours you've been working with and make the gradient again
and on this new layer, Floodfill
Selections, Modify, Contract by 3
Selections, Modify, Expand by 2, Selections, Invert and hit Delete
on this same gradient fill layer
And you should have a thin pink "Frame" outlined by a black frame?
on the Pink frame layer - apply the Noise setting again
Note: if you want to make your noise into animated glitteriness as well, then
Duplicate twice to make three layers and apply a different level of Noise to each layer
then, treat this as you would any 3 layered animation.
Apply a subtle shadow of choice to the black frame layer
Add your Artist info
and your Name as you like - I just tripled mine and added it in black and white
But, if your name is longer, then either rotate to the left or use your font tool
to go down the tag :)
Apply a favourite text shadow
Prepare the animation as usual in Ani Shop
ie. Take your three layers over*
Click Frame 1 and then go to Effects, Insert Image Transition on these settings of mine (they're the
same as one of the first Forum Style tuts I wrote, can't remember the name of it now lol!)
(Update: 4th April - Apologies to all of you who tried the tutorial up to this date...this screeshot was missing!! I'd
taken it but didn't realise I hadn't added it...I'm so sorry xx)
Click Frame 6 and apply to this as well
then go back to Frame 1
Click on it, Edit, Copy
Back to Frame 11, Click on it, Edit, Paste after Current Frame
Back to Frame 11
Click on it and Insert Image Transition once more
You now have 16 Frames of animation,
Click on Frame 16 and delete it (it's the same as Frame 1 and if you leave it in you'll get a pause)
so you now have 15 frames of animation
Back to Frame 1, Click on it,
Edit, Select All
and Animation, Frame Properties, 10
Save as .GIF
*It's a pretty big file size so if you'd rather just have a three layered animated tag
then make the usual way for a three layered animated tag, don't do my Insert Image Transition bit, but
make sure you have the Speed (Frame Properties) on about 25 otherwise it's all a bit manic!
This is my smaller file size - simple three layered version
Oh, and if you did animated noise, it will probably look a little sloooow if you do the Fade section, but
have a play and see what you like best!
Anyway, that's that. Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and thank you
for dropping by xx
This tutorial was written on 24th March 2011 by Vix
It is a tutorial based on a tag of my own design created
by me yesterday and finished this morning.
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