Flipping Hat Tutorial



flipping hat

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

    Note: If you came to this tutorial from a Search Engine, such as Google, you need to go to the first tutorial in this hat trio tutorials, the Rising Hat Tutorial, to download the supplies of the hats. That tutorial also has some more basic explanations that you might not find in this tutorial, plus you also might enjoy doing that tutorial as well.

      Rising Hat Tutorial


    Let's get started making our top hat do a little flipping.

    Open a new transparent image, 300x300. Flood fill it with white, and name it wht bg. Add a new raster layer, if you are using a hat from your picture tubes, name it hat 1. If you are copying and pasting as a new layer, rename the layer after you have pasted the hat. Be sure the hat is centered.

    Choose the font you want, and the color/colors. I am using a font named Amazone BT. My name only has five (5) letters, so I am using size 36 for mine. You will have to make adjustments according to the length of your name, but you can do that with lowering the hat over your name.

    I used #025c02 for my stroke and #04be04 for my fill. You can use any color/colors - even not using a stroke color, if that is what you prefer.

    Once you have your name set, activate your hat 1 layer and lower it to cover your name. Duplicate the hat and rename it hat 2. Go to Image/Rotate/Free Rotate. Check the Left circle, the Free circle and the Rotate single layer around canvas center. Put the number 45 in the box for the angle size.


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    Turn the visibility off to the "hat 1" layer so you can see your name. Use the Mover Tool to move the hat to the left of your name. I pulled down a Guide Line so that it was easy to pull the hat straight across.


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    Push a Guide Line to the center of the image from the left ruler. This will help with the placements of our next 3 hats.


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    Duplicate "hat 2" layer, name it hat 3. Use the Mover Tool to move this new hat layer up. Move it to where you think it should go, as you can always adjust its placement later. Try to place it some where as in the screen shot.


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    Duplicate "hat 3", name it hat 4. Go to Image/Rotate/Free Rotate. Leave the settings as they are from the previous use, except change the Left to Right. Use the Mover Tool to move this hat over to the center as in the screen shot.


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    Duplicate "hat 4", name it hat 5. Go to Image/Rotate/Free Rotate and use the same settings. Use the Mover Tool to move it over and down and the brim even with the opposite brim. You will have to turn off the visibility of the "hat 4" layer to see this.


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    Duplicate "hat 5", name it hat 6. Use the Mover Tool to move it down slightly. I have mine just barely covering the top of the last letters of my name.


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    Now you should have all your hat layers. Turn the visibility on each layer and adjust each hat to where you want it to be. I am moving both "hat 3" and "hat 5" up some so they are more centered between the two hats on either side.


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    Time to crop our image.


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    Turn the visibility off to all layers except for "wht bg", "name" and "hat 1". Go to Edit/Copy Merged, then go to Animation Shop (AS). Right click on the workspace and Paste as New Animation.

    Back to PSP, turn the visibility off on "hat 1" and on for "hat 2". Edit/Copy Merged. Right click on the image in AS, and Paste/After Current Frame. Slide the little arrow at the bottom of the image to the right.

    Back to PSP, turn the visibility off on "hat 2" and on for "hat 3". Edit/Copy Merged. Right click on the image in AS, and Paste/After Current Frame. Again slide the little arrow at the bottom of the image to the right. Repeat this for all the hat layers.

    Once you have all the layers in AS, go to Edit/Select All. Animation/Frame Properties - change to 15. Edit/Select None.

    Right click on Frame 1, Frame Properties - change to 100. Right click on Frame 4, Frame Properties - change to 100.

    Congratulations, you are finished!! Well, almost - go to File/Save As and save your animation.


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      Thank you for trying this tutorial!

      If you would like to return to the other two tutorials in this series of three hats moving about a name, just click on the names of the tutorials.

      Rising Hat Tutorial

      Bouncing Derby Tutorial






      This tutorial was written Feb 28, 2008.


      Please feel free to contact me if you have any comments or questions. Send email to susie



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