Happy New Year 2009

NY tag for 08 to 09



Happy New Year 2009



    Please read my Terms of Use at the bottom of this tutorial. I hate having to state them, but in this day and age, it is necessary.

    I did the work for this tutorial in PSP version 9, but I am sure the technique would work in other versions as well.

    To do this tutorial, you will need a basic knowledge of PSP; some gradients and a font of your choice. I used some gradients from Nanson's, which you can download Set 3 here.

    Remember to save often! You can save it as a pspimage in the folder of your choice. (I often make a folder with the name of the tut for my images, especially if I make more than one - you know, do a bit of playing with it!)

    1. Open a 300x300 transparent image, flood fill with Nanson's nite gradient, angle 0, repeats 0, invert (dark at the bottom, light at the top).

    2. Add a new vector layer, naming it sun 1. Go to the star shape listed with the Preset Shapes icon. (See the first following screen shot.) Use the settings in the second screen shot to make your star (which I later call sun! LOL). Stroke/foreground null; Fill/background Nanson's gradient ring or a color/gradient of your choice.

star shape       star settings

SAVE

    3. I started my cursor at 25x25 and pulled the size to 260x260. Mine was still a bit off center, so I went to Objects/Align/Center in canvas. This is what you can only do with vectors while they are still in vector mode. Once it is centered, convert to a raster layer.

align sun

SAVE

    4. Duplicate the sun 1 layer, resize 75%. (Go to Image/Resize, making sure the "Resize all layers box is unchecked.) Duplicate the copy and resize. Turn off the visibility for the first sun. Do the duplicating, resizing and turning the visibility of the previous layer off, until you have a total of 6 layers of the sun, each one being smaller than the one before it.

resize settings

    This is what your Layer Palette should look like now.

layer palette 1

SAVE

    6. Now we are going to move the layers in the palette. Right click on the sun 1 layer, left click on Arrange, then click on Bring to top.

arrange layers

    7. Go to the bottom copy of the sun and drag it to under the sun 1 layer. Go to the new bottom copy of the sun and drag it to under the first copy. Do this until your layer palette looks like the screen shot.

layer palette 2

    8. Now it is time to rename the layers. Go to the bottom layer of the sun copies and rename it sun 1, next layer up - sun 2, and so on. You will be naming the original sun 1 layer sun 6. This is what your layer palette should look like now.

layer palette 3

    9. Have the visibility off to all layers but the sun 6 layer. Duplicate this layer. Turn off the visibility to the sun 6 layer. Rename the new copy 2009. Add a new vector layer (no need to name it as we will be merging it down).

    10. Activate the Text Tool and find a font you would like to make your "2009" - I preferred a fancy font and used Classic, with size at 72 and Bold (B) highlighted. Stroke/foreground null; Fill/background black.

    This is what my text looked like after typing it in, but then I used the box around it to move the sides in so it fit on the sun. I also raised the top some to make it look more even on the center of the sun.

text 2009 - 1       text 2009 - 2

SAVE

    11. Convert to raster layer. Then right click on it in the Layer Palette, and go to Merge/Merge Down.

    12. Duplicate this layer twice. Tu rn the visibility off to the first 2009, and also to the top copy. With the first copy highlighted, rename it to burst 1. Rename the second copy burst 2.

SAVE

    13. Make sure the "burst 1" is highlighted, and go to Effects/Texture/Mosaic Glass. Use the settings in the screen shot.

mosaic glass 1

SAVE

    14. Turn off the visibility to burst 1. Turn the visibility to "burst 2" on and highlight it. Go to the Mosaic Glass. Use the settings in the following screen shot.

mosaic glass 2

SAVE

    15. Add a new vector layer, naming it happy new year. Foreground null; background gold gradient or one of your choice. Activate the Text Tool and use the font of your choice at size 72. If you type "happy" in and apply, then reclick on your image and type in "new year" where you want it, you can then move them around where you want them before converting to a raster layer. Just open the layer on the Layer Palette, and highlight which layer you want to move. If using a gold gradient, you might want to turn off the visibility to the burst 2 layer to be able to see your text easier.

    16. Go to Effects/3D Effects/Drop Shadow. V & H 3, Opacity 100; Blur 0; Color black. Depending on what color/gradient you use, you might want to play with the settings of the V & H of your Drop Shadow. I used V&H at 8 for the image at the bottom of the tutorial, but it was too much for other colors and fonts. Play with this to get what you want and like.

SAVE

    17. Open Animation Shop (AS), and then go back to your workspace in PSP. I pull my Layer Palette onto my workspace now so I can work on it easier. We will be working from the top down, so make sure your Layer Palette looks like in the screen shot.

layer palette 4

    18. Making sure you only have the visibility on for the following layers: bg (or raster 1); burst 2; happy new year; name - go to Edit/Copy merged. Then to AS and right click on the workspace there and Paste as a new animation.

    19. Turn the visibility off to the happy new year, Copy Merged and in AS, Paste before current image.

    20. Turn the visibility off to burst 2, and on for burst 1. Copy Merged and Paste before current image in AS.

    21. Turn the visibility off to burst 1, and on for 2009-1. Copy Merged and Paste before current image in AS.

    22. Turn the visibility off to 2009-1, and on for sun 6. Copy Merged and Paste before current image in AS.

    23. Turn the visibility off to sun 6, and on for sun 5. Copy Merged and Paste before current image in AS.

    24. Turn the visibility off to sun 5, and on for sun 4. Copy Merged and Paste before current image in AS.

    25. Turn the visibility off to sun 4, and on for sun 3. Copy Merged and Paste before current image in AS.

    26. Turn the visibility off to sun 3, and on forsun 2. Copy Merged and Paste before current image in AS.

    27. Turn the visibility off to sun 2, and on for sun 1. Copy Merged and Paste before current image in AS.

    28. You should have 10 frames in AS. Go to the last frame and Right click on it, going to Frame Properties and change the number to 250. Go to frame 7, which should be the sun with the 2009 on it, and change the frame properties to 50. These are the settings I used and liked. If you would like to change any of them to your own preference, please do so.

    You are now finished! Congratulations!! Here is what your image should look like.

new year tut image

    If you notice a difference between this image and the one at the beginning of the tutorial, there is! It has more layers of size variations, and also it was made on an image of 400x400 to start with. I made the image at the bottom of the tutorial according to the tutorial.

    The variations in the two images shows that my tutorials are mainly guidelines and you are free to add to, alter or whatever to your own image! That is what makes it truly your own and unique!

    Here are a couple more examples, using different gradients, and also adding a frame.

my new year tag 2       my new year tag 3

my new year tag 4

    Thank you for trying my Happy New Year tutorial. I hope you enjoyed it.



      This tutorial was written December 29, 2008.

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