Dancing Shamrock



dancing shamrock


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    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 and also my Supplies.

    Within the Supplies zip are a "dancing_shamrock_canvas_ssg.pspimage" and a "mouth.pspimage". These images were made by me. You may use them however you want as in other tags, but please do not share it unless you give credit to me.

    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 the "dancing_shamrock_canvas_ssg.pspimage". Click on the Shift key and the D key at the same time to duplicate it. Close the original.

    Note: Since we will only be working with the selections and not floating, we don't have to deselect until we are finished with filling all the layers. I will tell you when to deselect.

    2. Highlight the stem layer. Foreground/Stroke: Number 1 on color chart (#0c7416); Background/Fill: Number 3 on color chart (#0ea01c). Go to Selections/Load-Save Selections/Load Selection from Alpha Channel and fill with number 1, Selections/Modify - Contract 2. Fill the new selected area with number 3. This is how we will do almost each layer.

    3. Highlight the shamrock layer. Load the shamrock selection and fill with color number 1. Modify Selections/Contract 2, and fill with number 3.

    4. Highlight the face layer. Load the face selection and fill with color number 1. Modify Selections/Contract 2, and fill with number 3.

    5. Highlight the L eye layer. Load the L eye selection. Selections/Modify/Expand 2. Fill with black. Selections/Modify/Contract 2. Fill with white.

    6. Highlight the L inner eye layer. Load the L inner eye selection. Fill with black.

    7. Highlight the L closed lid layer. Load the L closed lid selection. Selections/Modify/Expand 2, fill with number 1. Selections/Modify/Contract 2. Fill with number 3.

    8. Highlight the L partial lid layer. Load the L partial lid selection, fill with number 1. Selections/Modify/Contract 2. Fill with number 3.

    9. Highlight the R eye layer. Load the R eye selection. Selections/Modify/Expand 2. Fill with black. Selections/Modify/Contract 2. Fill with white.

    10. Highlight the R inner eye layer. Load the R inner eye selection. Fill with black.

    11. Highlight the R closed lid layer. Load the R closed lid selection. Selections/Modify/Expand 2, fill with number 1. Selections/Modify/Contract 2. Fill with number 3.

    12. Highlight the R partial lid layer. Load the R partial lid selection, fill with number 1. Selections/Modify/Contract 2. Fill with number 3. Deselect.

If you haven't saved yet, please do so now!

    13. Highlight the stem layer. Go to Effects/3D Effects/Inner Bevel. Apply the following settings: Bevel: pie shape; Width: 31; Smoothness 15; Depth 7: Ambience 8; Shininess 29; Color white; Angle 315; Intensity 50; Elevation 30.

innerbevel_greens

    14. Apply this same inner bevel to each of the layers that you filled with the two shades of green (stem, shamrock, face, L closed eye, L partial lid, R closed eye, R partial lid).

    15. Highlight the L inner eye layer and apply the round preset in the inner bevel (Bevel: pie shape; Width: 14; Smoothness 15; Depth 12: Ambience 0; Shininess 50; Color white; Angle 315; Intensity 70; Elevation 30).

    {If you don't have this preset, once you have the settings, click on the Save icon save icon at the top of the window and save as "round". Several of the older tutorials online use this, but don't give you the settings.}

round preset

    16. Highlight the R inner eye layer, and apply the same round inner bevel.

    17. Highlight the R partial lid layer. Open the "mouth.pspimage", go to Edit/Copy. Edit/Paste as new layer, and move into place with the Mover Tool. Rename the layer mouth. Or you can draw your own - I used color number 2 to draw my mouth, with line width at 3.

    Note: I turned the visibility off to both of the closed lid layers just so I wasn't seeing the two eyelids on each eye.

    18. Activate the Lighten/Darken Brush, with the following settings. (Shape round; Size 25; Hardness 30; Step 18; Density 100; Thickness 100; Rotation 0; Opacity 65; Swap mouse buttons unchecked.)

light dark brush settings

    19. Highlight the shamrock layer, and put your brush on one of the "corners" of the shamrock. I made an image of just the shamrock leaves to show the placement a bit easier. Slide it around in a circular motion to lighten the "corner". Do this to each of the 8 corners of the shamrock leaves. In the screen shot you will see that the "Swap mouse buttons box" is unchecked - this makes the left button on the mouse be the control for the lighten brush, if it is checked, it is then the control for the darken brush.

light_dark brush placement

    20. Now go to the "dip" between the corners and using the right button on the mouse (or you can check the Swap mouse buttons box in your brush settings and then still use the LEFT button), slide the brush around one of the lightened corners. This will darken the area you cover. It takes several swipes to get the desired effect - use your own judgement. Similar to the second screen shot.

dk brush placement       dk brush results

    21. Using the same settings, highlight the face layer - place the brush just above the ends of the smile, and click 5-6 times until it looks lighter and "raised".

light_dark brush placement face

    22. Delete the colors layer.

    23. Highlight the Raster 1 layer, rename bg and fill with color of your choice. I used white.

    If you want any additional images on here, now is the time to add them on new layers and be sure to name them. For this image, I am not going to add anything, but will show some variations at the end of the tutorial!

    24. Open Animation Shop (AS). Minimize, return to PSP workspace.

    NOTE: Normally this would be the time to add your name and any text you might want - which you can still do. But turn the visibility of it off, as you will have to copy it as a single layer and paste as a new animation later. Or you can do it now, and minimize it on your AS workspace. Then turn the visibility off and keep it off.

    25. If you haven't closed the visibility to BOTH closed eyelids, now is the time to do it. Go to Edit/Copy Merged.

    26. Go to AS. Right click on the workspace and Paste as New Animation.

    27. Back to PSP. Close (turn off the visibility) to the L partial lid, turn on the L closed lid. Copy/Merged.

layer palette 1

    28. Back to AS. Right click on the image, and Paste After Current Frame. At the bottom of the image, is a little slider bar - move it all the way to the right. You will have to do this after each pasting, and when you do it, you will see the image you just pasted.

    29. Back to PSP. Close the L closed lid. Turn on the L partial lid. Close the R partial lid. Turn on the R closed lid. Copy/Merged.

layer palette 1

    30. Back to AS. Making sure your slider bar at the bottom is all the way to the right, right click on the frame showing, and Paste After New Animation. Move your slider bar to the right again.

    31. Back to PSP. Turn off the L partial lid, turn on the L closed lid. Copy/Merged.

layer palette 1

    32. Back to AS. Making sure your slider bar at the bottom is all the way to the right, right click on the frame showing, and Paste After New Animation. Move your slider bar to the right again.

    33. Either go to Edit/Select All, or hold down the Ctrl key and the A key.

    34. Right click on any frame, Frame Properties - 45.

    35. Duplicate the image by holding down the Shift key and clicking on the D key.

    36. With the new image, Select All by either method, and go to Animation/Mirror.

    37. Keeping all the frames selected in the duplicated image, right click on the first frame, Copy. Left click on the final frame of the first image to select only it, then right click and Paste After Current Frame.

    38. Click on the film strip icon ani icon to animate and watch this little guy go! Nothing fancy or speedy, just cute! {At least I think so! : )} Feel free to use any speed for the animation you think looks best.

    39. After you have your speed adjusted, it is time to add your name. For this type of animation, I found it best to add my name to the pspimage in PSP, then copy and paste it as new animation in AS. To refresh your memory on how to add it to the image, - Select All, making sure Propagate Paste icon in the upper tool bar is active, drag your name from its window to the image you want to apply it to, not releasing your mouse button until you have it placed where you want it. If it doesn't look right, Undo it by Edit/Undo drag on each image, and start over.

    40. Once you are satisfied with your image, go to File/Save As, type in the name you want for the gif and put it in the folder you want, then continue to click on Next until it is finished!

    Congratulations! You are finished! Thank you for trying my Dancing Shamrock tutorial. I hope you enjoyed it.

dancing shamrock

    For the one where the little guy kind of drops down, I turned off all layers except for the shamrock, face and the eyes the way I wanted them. Then I Edit/Copy Merged, and pasted as a new layer over the stem layer. I then moved it to where I wanted it, turned on the stem and the bg layers, and turned off all the others except the new raster layer.

    I did the Copy Merged and pasted after the current frame where I wanted him to be in the line up in AS, then continued on with the rest of the directions.

dancing shamrock 2       dancing shamrock 3

    The image that has the two extra little shamrocks and the grass, does not have mirrored frames done in AS, for when I did that, it made the grass jump! So I just duplicated and then mirrored the image where he is "down" or shorter, and then just pasted it as another frame. A bit of a variation on his dancing! This is also why you don't want to add your name to the layers you are bringing from PSP, when you do the Mirror, it will also mirror your name!



      This tutorial was written February 16, 2009.

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