Sunday, December 26, 2010

December's Taggers' Art

Here was Marsha's go at my tuts. I must say she did a FABULOUS JOB!!! Thanks for sharing hun! You can visit her site HERE.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Dark Christmas ~ FTU Tutorial

Jasc Paint Shop Pro 9
Jasc Animation Shop 3
Effect Plugins used are “DSB Flux: Bright Noise” and “Alien Skin Eye Candy 5: Nature”
The scrapkit I used was a BEAUTIFUL one that was created at “Designs by Vaybs”. It was SO FUN to create with. There are TONS of wonderfully delightful elements. You can get it at her blog HERE.
The kit I used was by Anna Marine, and in case you guys haven’t figured out I LOVE HER WORK and LOVE using it! Lol. You can purchase it HERE at CILM until the 31st of December, because then they are going to close. I’m not sure where she will be selling after that, but if any of you guys know please let me know J .
And also for quick work for this tutorial, I have provided the template and the animated snow for you guys and you can get it HERE.


First open the template that I provided and add your tube, copyright, and name.
Then, deselect (by clicking the red “X” by each raster to make them visible) Vector 1, Raster 1, mask, and snowflakes.
Select the Snowflakes,
(1.)“Effects->DSB Flux-> Bright Noise -> settings are Intensity:50 with mix selected
“Copy Merged” (Ctrl+Shift+C)
(2.)Go to A.S. and “Edit-> Paste as a New Animation”
Back to PSP
Undo the previous effect and redo it with intensity set at 55 and mixed.
“Copy Merged”
Back to A.S.
to add a new frame to your animation hit “Ctrl+L”
Now redo steps 1-2, but change the intensity each time:
60, 65, 60, 55, 65, 70, 75, 65
(there should be a total of 10 frames in this animation… this is important because the animated snow provided has 10 frames)
Go to “Layers->View->None”
Deselect the Christmas tree, outside scene, snowman, and gifts (the gifts that appear on the left side) rasters so only they are visible.
“Copy Merged”
Go to A.S.

Now in A.S.
 open up the snow provided.
Go to “Edit-> Select all” then “Edit-> Propagate Paste” (Propagate Paste is VERY important.. make sure this step remains selected though out the rest of this process)
Now “Edit-> Paste into Selected Frame”
Line up this accordingly.
Open up the Snow Animation that is provided.
“Edit-> Select All”
“Copy” (Ctrl+C)
Then go back to your Tag animation (make sure every frame is still selected)  and “Edit-> Paste into Selected Frame” and line it up so the snow is covering the outside scene.
Back to PSP
“Layers-> View-> None”
Deselect your Copyright, your name (both of which you added to the tag, frame, gifts, bows and candles, and your tube rasters so they are all now the only ones that are visible.
Now select the Bows and Candles raster.
Use the “freehand selection tool” (looks like a lasso) and freehand a circle at the base of the flames of each candle.

“Effects-> Plugins-> Alien Skin Eye Candy 5: Nature -> Fire-“

Select these settings and OK
“Copy Merged”
Go to A.S.
“Edit-> Paste as New Animation”
Back to PSP
(1.)Undo the effect, then go back and redo it, but this time when you going to select “Random Speed” (this will change the “flicker” of the candle) then OK.
“Copy Merged”
(2.)Then go back to A.S.
to add a new frame to your animation hit “Ctrl+L”
Redo steps 1 and 2 until you have a total of 10 frames.
Now “Edit-> Select All” and “Copy”
Go to your Tag Animation and “Edit-> Paste into Selected Frame”
And line it up accordingly.
Now the BEST PART!
 You can Animate it and see your creation come to life! YAY!
I hope you enjoyed this. Please feel free to leave me a comment or email me what you did with this tag along with your website or blog and I will put it up on my blog J.
I LOVE to hear from you guys!!!!!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Starry Night- FTU Tut

In this tut, I am using Jasc Paint Pro Shop 9 and Jasc Animation Shop 3.
The plugins I am using is "dsb flux-> bright noise". 
This cute tube is by the very creative artist Joan Pelaez. You can purchase her tube and a license here (unfortunately CILM is closing at the end of Dec 2010).  
The FTU scrap-kit that I used was a freebie provided by the Gothic Blog Train. You can get it here. Thanks!
I have also provide some animated supplies and a template of this tag. You can get them here

Alright go to your Paint Pro Shop (PSP) and open up the template that I have provided for you.
Decided what tube you would like to use, resize it, and place it into the tag. 
Now add your copyright.
When you put you name on the tag you can just drag and rotate it it make it look right on the tag.
Now here come the fun part!!! ANIMATING IT!!!

Go to "Layers->view->none" select the red X next to "Raster 1, Mask, and Sky". (This will deselect it so that those layers are the only ones visible.)
"Edit-> Copy Merged" (ctrl+shift+C)

Go to Animation Ship (A.S.)
Open the starry sky animation that I have provided for you.
It has 5 frames so you are going to have 5 frames in you tag.
So go to "Edit->Paste as a New Animation"
Duplicate it 4 times for a total of 5 frames so that it and the starry sky have the same amount of frames.

Go to the starry sky and "Edit-> select all" and "copy".
Back to your tag animation and "Edit-> Select All" and "propagate paste" (MAKE SURE THIS REMAINS SELECTED FOR THE REST OF THE TAG)
Then "Edit-> Paste into Selected Frames"
(The sky isn't going to fit the tag so what you will do is paste it a total of 4 times and sort of tile it in)

Back to PSP
Deselect your copyright, name, Christmas Elements, and your tube's rasters.
"Copy Merged"

Back to A.S. 
Go to your tag's animation
"edit-> select all"
"edit-> paste into selected frames"
Now line it up so that it fits just right

Back to PSP
"Layer->view-> none"
Deselect the ornaments raster

 .Make sure the ornaments raster is selected. "Effects-> Plugins -> dsb flux-> intensity set at 60 and mixed. Copy Merged.

Back to A.S... "Edit-> Paste as a New Animation"

1. Back to PSP.... Undo effect and redo with the intensity at 65. Copy Merged
2. Back to A.S.... make sure the ornament animation is selected and hit "Ctrl+L" to add your new frame.

Now do 1-2 repeatedly but changing the intensity each time... Use 70, 75, and then finally 65. 
You should have 5 frames with that animation. 
Now "edit->select all" and "Copy"

Go to your tag's animation
And "edit->select all" and then "paste into selected frame"
and align it so that it looks good on the tree..

Now you can look at your animation! I hope you really enjoyed this!!!! THANK YOU FOR CHECKING IT OUT!!!! If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them or you can email me.

Fading in Venice- FTU Tutorial

I am using Jasc Paint Pro Shop 9 and Jasc Animation Shop 3.
The effect plugins I am using is "Eye Candy 4000".
The beautiful and original kit I am using is called "Venice at Midnight" by Kristi, and you can get it here.
The GORGEOUS tube I am using is by Jessica Galbreth, and you can purchase it and a license here at CILM. (unfortunately they will be closing at the end of Dec. 2010). 
And I have also prepared a supplies folder for you to download that has a template of this tag to make it more user friendly ;) . You can get that here.

First thing is first... Decide what tube you would like to use, resize it accordingly, and add it as a new layer into the tag.
Select the frame raster and use the "free hand selection tool" that looks like a lasso. 
Click inside the frame so that the  marching ants are around the black inside the frame
Go back to your tube and resize it to make it bigger.
Copy and insert it into the tag as a new layer. 
Go to "Selections->invert"
hit "Delete" on your keyboard and this will delete any extra tube (so that it fits in the frame.).
Go back to "Selections->Invert" so that the inside of the frame is selected again
Make sure the raster layer for the tube inside the frame is selected.
Set the opacity to 70. 
Go to "Effects->Eye Candy 4000->Glass"

"Edit->Copy Merged" (ctrl+shift+C) 

Now here comes the fun Animating part!!!! :D
Open Animation Shop (A.S.)
"Edit->Paste as a New Animation"

1.Back to PSP and drop the tube in the frames opacity to 68.
"Copy Merged"
2. Back to A.S. and at the new frame by hitting Ctrl+L.

Now do steps 1 and 2 repeatedly dropping the opacity by 2 each time until you get to 10 opacity which will be your last frame(ex: 68, 66, 64, 62, 61, 60, 58, etc).
This will give it a smooth fading look.
There should be a total of 31 frames.

Now in A.S
"Edit-> Select All"
"Animation->frame properties-> 18"
with all frames selected
Copy (ctrl+C)
De-select Frames

"Edit->Paste as a New Animation"
"Edit->select all->reverse frames"

Go back to original animation
Select the last frame
"Edit-> Paste-> After current frame"

Now you can animate. Hope you enjoyed this one!!!!
Thanks for checking it out. 
Any questions or comments you can leave them below or email me.