Post It Notes
The original creator of this Post It Note was Junie, who shared how she made it with me. I then wrote the tutorial to share it with others.
I did the work for this tutorial in PSP version 9, but I am sure the technique would work in other versions as well. This is an Alpha Channel Selections tutorial, and I hope it is clear enough for anyone trying it. The canvas was saved as a psp, so it should also work in verson 8. Remember to save often.
To do this tutorial, you will need a basic knowledge of PSP and the Post It Canvas.
Unzip the Post It Canvas into a folder of your choice. I usually make a folder with the name of the tutorial and put the supplies in there for easy access.
Remember to save often! You can save it as a pspimage in the folder of your choice. (This is another reason I have a folder with the name of the tutorial, so that I can also put my pspimages in it to save and "play" with later!)
Here is a small coloring chart to show you some of the pastels you could use to your Post It. You can download these to use or you can use your own color! Right click on the colors to download them.
Step 1. Open the post_it_canvas_ssg.psp in your PSP workspace, duplicate it and close the original.
Step 2. Activate the paper 1 layer in the Layer Palette. Go to Selections/Load-Save Selections/Load from Alpha Channel. Load the paper 1 selection. Fill with color of your choice. For the tutorial, I used the Light Blue. Since all we are doing is filling the selection, you don't have to deselect to go onto the next layer and selections.
Step 3. Activate the paper 2 layer. Load the paper 2 selection. Fill with the same color you used for paper 1.
Step 4. Activate the paper 3 layer. Load the paper 3 selection. Fill with the same color. Deselect by holding down the Ctrl key and clicking the D key, or by going to Selections/Select None.
Step 5. Turn off the visibility to paper 2 and 3 layers. Click on the eye icon and a red X will appear.
Step 6. Activate the paper 1 layer. Go to Effects/3D Effects/Drop Shadow and apply the following Drop Shadow. V&H: 10; Opacity: 30; Blur: 5; Color: black; Shadow on new layer checked.
Note: Zoom to 200% so you can see the ruler easier. I did this to do the work, as well as for the screen shots.
Step 7. Apply Raster Deform Tool to paper 1 Shadow 1 layer. Put the cursor over the top right corner of the tool - it should line up with about 177 on the upper ruler (your numbers may look different than mine).
Step 8. Hold down the Shift key and move the top right corner to the left - to 167 or about 10 pixels on the ruler. This will barely show the shadow near that top right corner.
Step 9. Turn the visibility off to paper 1 and paper 1 Shadow 1. Turn the visibility on to paper 2.
Step 10. Highlight paper 2 layer, and apply the same Drop Shadow, and using the Raster Deform Tool again on the shadow, make the narrowing by moving the right top corner to the left about 10 pixels.
Step 11. Turn the visibility off to paper 2 and paper 2 Shadow 2. Turn the visibility on to paper 3.
Step 12. Highlight paper 3 layer, and apply the same Drop Shadow, and using the Raster Deform Tool again on the shadow layer, make the narrowing of moving the right top corner to the left about 10 pixels.
Step 13. Activate the top layer, add a new vector layer and name it "name" or your name, or text - it is up to you. I used my name on the example. You can put any text you want on the note - I chose my name.
I used the Ragamuffin font, and found that size 36 worked well for me. You might have to adjust the size depending on your name and the font you use. I used the Free Rotate to rotate my name 15 degrees to the left.
Step 14. We are now going to prepare the image to take to Animation Shop (AS). Turn the visibility off to the paper layers 1 and 2, and the shadow layers 1 and 2. This is what your Layer Palette should look like.
Step 15. Open Animation Shop (AS). In PSP, go to Edit/Copy merged. Back to AS and right click on your workspace, then click on Paste as New Animation.
Step 16. Back to PSP, turn off the visibility to paper 3 and paper 3 Shadow 3. Turn on the visibility to paper 2 and paper 2 Shadow 2.
Step 17. Go to Edit/Copy merged. Go to AS, and right click on the image there. When the screen opens, right click on the image and click on Paste/Before Current Frame.
Step 18. Back to PSP, turn off the visibility to paper 2 and paper 2 Shadow 2. Turn on the visibility to paper 1 and paper 1 Shadow 1.
Step 19. Go to Edit/Copy merged. Go to AS, and right click on the image there. When the screen opens, right click on the image and click on Paste/Before Current Frame.
Step 20. Right click on Frame 2, and select Copy. Go to Frame 3, and right click on it. Paste/After Current Frame. This will now give you 4 frames.
Step 21. You can leave the Frame Properties at 10, or change it to what you want. I preferred my Frame Properties at 20. Right click on the image, making sure all frames are selected - and a small window will show up for Frame Properties - you can adjust them with this. Or you can go back to Animation, and adjust the Frame Properties there, too.
Step 22. Once you are satisfied with the animation, go to File/Save As and save it - you will have to name the animation, and then click on the Next box until you see the Finish box - click on it and you are finished with your image!
Congratulations! Your Post It Note is finished! Do a final save. You can add a background and play with your image.
Thank you for trying the Post It Notes tutorial and I hope you enjoyed doing it.
This tutorial was written June 24, 2009.
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