Diamond Sparkles

©Doodles by LadyFox  01/11/2011

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Feel free to email me LadyFox

This tutorial was done with PSP9   
but could be done with other versions.

All of my tutorials are written following the steps I used to make my graphic.   
It is my hope that you will take what I provide 
and do your own thing with it. 

 

YOU WILL NEED

Paint Shop Pro -  Download a trial version 
balletclass image
I got it from the MorgueFile and resized it for this tutorial.
LF_sand-001.bmp - place in Textures folder
LF_crystal.tex - Place in Patterns folder
 

 

Basic knowledge of vectors and layers
Animation Shop - If you don't have it  

Remember to SaveOften
STEPS - These are the steps I used.


Drag the arrow to mark your place

1.

Lets Begin

Open the image
File/Save As: 
balletclass.pspimage

2.

Preparing The Image

  Layers/ Promote Background layer
Layers/ duplicate

Active layer: copy of raster 1

Image/ Resize [Shift+S]
Pixel Dimensions
Width and Height 85 Percent
Resample using: Checked Bilinear
Lock aspect ratio: Checked
Resize all layers: NOT Checked
OK

Adjust/ Sharpness/ Sharpen

Active layer: Raster 1

Adjust/ Blur/ Gaussian Blur
Radius: 25.00
OK

Effects/ Texture Effects/ Texture
Texture: LF_sand-001
Size: 100
Smoothness: 0
Depth: 3
Ambience: 0
Shininess: 0
Color: #ffffff
Angel: 315
Intensity: 50
Elevation: 30
OK
3. Adding A Frame
  Image/ Canvas Size
Width: 588
Height: 395
Pixels
OK

Active layer: Copy of Raster 1

New Raster layer

Foreground Color: #808080
Background Color: #e6e4e4
Foreground Style: Gradient
Gradient: Foreground-background
Angle: 135
repeats: 5
Style: Linear
OK


Flood Fill Tool [F]
Selections/ Select All [Ctrl+A]

Fill with the gradient

Selections/ Modify/ Contract
number of pixels: 8
OK

Tap the Del Key

Effects/ 3D Effects/ Drop Shadow
Offsets: 1
Opacity: 100
Blur: 2.00
Color: #000000
OK

Repeat Drop Shadow but change
Offsets to: -1

Selections/ Modify/ Contract
number of pixels: 16
OK

Effects/ 3D Effects/ Drop Shadow

Repeat Drop Shadow but change
Offsets to: -1

Fill with the gradient

Selections/ Modify/ Contract
number of pixels: 8
OK

Tap the Del Key

Effects/ 3D Effects/ Drop Shadow

Repeat Drop Shadow but change
Offsets to: -1
[02]

Deselect [Ctrl+D]

Effects/ 3D Effects/ Inner Bevel

Width: 15
Smoothness: 6
Depth: 6
Ambience: 0
Shininess: 0
Color: #ffffff
Ang
el: 315
Intensity: 50
Elevation: 30
OK

Layers/ Merge/ Merge Visible
4. Making the Diamonds
   New Raster Layer

Pen Tool [v]
Draw Lines and Polylines
Connect Segments: NOT Checked
Create On Vector: NOT Checked
Show Nodes: NOT Checked
Line Style: +Solid
Width: 2.00
Anti-alias: Checked

Pace the cursor at about 529x52
Hold down the Shift Key to about 529x343

Effects/ 3D Effects/ Inner Bevel

Width: 15
Smoothness: 6
Depth: 6
Ambience: 0
Shininess: 0
Color: #ffffff
Angel: 315
Intensity: 50
Elevation: 30
OK

New Raster Layer

Background Style: Pattern

Pattern: LF_crystal.tex
Angel: 0
Scale: 100
OK

Ellipse Tool [Q]
Mode: Draw Circle 

Show Nodes: NOT Checked
Create On Vector: Not Checked
Line style: +Soli8d
Width: 1.00
Anti-alias: checked

View/ Grid [Ctrl+Alt+G]
View/ Change Grid, Guide & Snap Properties
Current image settings
Horizontal and Vertical grids: 50 pixels
Color: #ff0000
OK

Draw a small circle in the middle of the bar

Edit/ Copy [Ctrl+C]
Edit/Paste [Ctrl+E]
Use the Grid Lines to assist in pasting the diamonds
Repeat the paste 5 more times

View/ Grid [Ctrl+Alt+G] to turn off the grid

Adjust/ Sharpness/ Sharpen

Selections/ Select All [Ctrl+A]
Selections/ Float [Ctrl+F]
Selections/ Defloat [Ctrl+Shift+F]

Layers/ Merge/ Merge Down
Rename layer: diamond
5. Adding The Sparkles 
   Duplicate layer 3 times

Click the eye next to each of the three copied layers

Active Layer: Diamond

Adjust/ Add/Remove Noise/ Add Noise
Random: Checked
Monochrome: Checked
Noise: 40%
OK

Active Layer: Copy of diamond
Repeat Add Noise but change Noise to 45%

Repeat for the two remaining layers 
changing Noise to 50% and 55%

Deselect [Ctrl+D]

Save [Ctrl+S]
6. Animation
   Open Animation Shop

We will be working between the two programs
Paint Shop Pro = PSP
Animation Shop = AS

PSP
Click the eyes to close the first 3 diamond layers

Edit/ Copy Merged [Ctrl+Shift+C]

AS
Edit/ Paste/ AS New Animation [Ctrl+V]

View/ Zoom Out by 1
Repeat
Grab the right edge and pull it out to the right

PSP
Close layer Diamond
Open copy of diamond


Edit/ Copy Merged [Ctrl+Shift+C]

AS
Edit/ Paste/ After Current Frame [Shift+Ctrl+L]

Continue copying and pasting until 
all 4 layers are used

PSP
You can now Save and Close the Balletclass image

AS
Click the View Animation Button

This will show you the animation

File/ Save
Name your image

Next

Animation Quality Versus Output Size
will be a progress window
Next

Optimization Preview
Next

Optimization Results

Finish
 

 I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial

 

©Doodles by LadyFox  01/11/2011

If you have any questions or need help,  feel free to email me LadyFox

 

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