Friday, September 18, 2009

Bat's the Way PTU

Halloween is one of my very favorite celebrated days... This tutorial is not intended to offend anyone who doesn't participate in "Trick or Treating" if you choose not to participate, then please just skip this tut.

Needed Things:

I am using the awesome and much celebrated work of Ismael Rac, you may use his tubes by purchasing them at Artistic Minds Inc. (AMI) HERE

I am also using a great kit from Gina designer of KeKiKa Kits, you can purchase the kit Lil Vamp at HERE

You will need Animation Shop 3, I am using PSP X2, but I am sure your version will work just fine.

The font used in word art is Harrington and is a commercial font, possibly supplied on your PC or it can be purchased at Ascender Fonts HERE. The font used for the name on the tag is A Lolita Scorned and can be found at HERE.

Eye Candy 4000 Gradient Glow is being used as well... (See earlier tuts for information on obtaining this and other filters.

Add drop shadows as desired.

Lets get started!

First lets prepare our tube. Open your tube - I have chosen to use TrickOrTreat_02. Select the layers of the tube that you prefer to use. I am using layers F6, S web special 3, and 6.png - Hide all other layers, Copy Merged paste as a new image onto your workspace. Minimize for later use. Unhide the copyright layer in your original tube file. Copy (not merged) and paste as a new image - Using your crop tool, cut the image to only the copyright information. Minimize for later use. Close your original tube file without saving changes.

Next we are going to prepare our flying bat - I am using bat_02 from the scrap kit supply you may work with any that you wish. Open him in PSP and resize him 50% copy and paste him into Animation Shop 3 as a new animation. Insert image effect with the following settings (as shown): Start with Animation Frame marked, Effect = compress, Deline effect - length = 0.8seconds Frames per second = 4 click ok.
Go back to PSP and out-line the bat's head with your Free Hand Selection tool, Selection-modify-expand =2. Selection-Invert click delete on keyboard. Copy and paste as a new animation. Holding down your CTRL button click the "L" on your keayboard three times to paste until you have 4 frames. Control+A to select all, holding down your mouse button, Click on the head and paste it on top of the original in the first frame. This will make his head remain, while his wings flap. Save to desk top or somewhere safe to re-open later. Save to desk top or somewhere safe to re-open later.

Now let's get onto our tag!
Open a a new transparent image 600x600. With your background and fill properties set to null, foreground color black, stroke-width set to 20 - draw an oval shape with your ellipse tool - convert to raster layer. Select a paper from your scrap kit with bats on it, I have selected paper 11, resize it so that it will be 100% on your workspace (I had to resize mine to 91% of the image). Adjust the canvas size to 600, so it will be the same size as our image. Copy and paste as a layer 4 times onto our tag. Hide all but the bottom most layer. With the bottom bat layer selected, use your pick tool to move it down to where the paper is at the top edge of your oval. Rename layer Batty 1.
Do not move the next layer above Batty 1 but rename Batty 2, move the next layer up to where the paper is moved halfway between the bottom of the layer and the bottom of the tag and rename if Batty 3. For the last bat layer move it to the bottom of the oval, and rename it Batty4.

Making sure you are on the layer with your oval, Use your magic wand tool to select the center of your oval, modify expand by 5. Selection Invert - activate each of your batty layers and click delete on your keyboard. Select none. Hide all batty layers except batty 1. :o)

Flood fill your Oval layer with a paper from your kit as a pattern. I have used paper 02 at a scale of 75 to make it look right. Close the paper.

At this point I apply my tube and resize her using the pick tool, as well as other elements that I desired from the kit. Please see my example to use the ones I did, or please pick some of your licking. I believe choosing elements is a personal thing, unless it is detrimental to the tutorial.

I have chosen to use the purple glitter as a back ground to my tag. In doing so, I have placed the glitter in the left hand corner of the tag, duplicated it, and dragged the copy to the right. Merge these two layers and duplicate the new layer, and flip the copy.

Now to make the word art - Back to the elipse tool, width set to 1, and back ground and fill property set to null. Draw an outline of the original oval, as close to the outside of it as possible. Add a new raster layer, with text tool selected, hover over edge of new oval until you see the A with the half circle under it. This will allow you to type around the oval. Type the first line, and convert the layer to a raster layer, using your pick tool move it up to allow space for your next line. Repeat the steps. Merge the two layers. Select a color from your tag, and use the filter gradient glow with the following settings: Glow width= 3.00, soft corner= 0, the other settings no need to change. On the Color tab, select Fat from the list of glow types, then select second color button - change from white to the color you selected from your tag.

Put your license info on your tag!

Now lets animate!!

Your flying bat should be open in animation shop... just waiting there. Now, you should have only the first batty layer visible, with that the case copy merged and paste into animation shop as a new animation. Unhide batty 2 and copy merged, paste into your new animation by right clicking on the title bar and selecting paste after current frame... do this for batty 3 and batty4 as well. Click into your first frame when finished making sure it is selected.

Now onto the flying bat - Edit - select all or Ctrl+A. Click on the first frame and drag to your tag, making sure your drop it to your desired location. Save animated version of your tag with out names.

We will place your name on your tag using the same method as the bat above. First, put your name on your tag in PSP - I used the font A Lolita Scorned, but you can use any font of choice, convert to raster layer and use gradient glow with both colors set the same, so that it is now solid. Copy (not merged) and paste as a new animation, I use Ctrl+L - holding down the ctrl button press L until you have 4 frames. Ctrl+A to select all, Click on the first frame and drag to your tag, making sure your drop it to your desired location. Save this version with your name included so you do not write over your original, incase you want to use it for offers or next year.

Hope you all enjoyed the tutorial!

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