Kitty in the Rain
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 tutorial is mainly a copy and paste the images I supply (or ones of your own) and then directions to use the animation program Sqirlz. This is a free program and can be downloaded from the Sqirlz site, or directly from the link they provide for the download here. If you go to the Sqirlz site, the one to download is the "Water Reflections". Sqirlz is a stand alone program and can not be loaded into PSP, so just install it as the program directs, but include a shortcut onto your Desktop.
To do this tutorial, you will need a basic knowledge of PSP. You will also need my Supplies. Of course, you are welcome to use any of your own tubes or images that you want! I am just offering these as a way of explaining how to do the Sqirlz effects on an image.
If you would like a variety of bugs, umbrellas and animals, download the following zips: animals; bugs; umbrellas; and grasses. I did all the images, either by my own imagination or by a tutorial, so they are safe to use. Some of the images will need to be resized, depending on the animal you are using, or like the bugs, and some of the animals will need to be moved off center so the umbrella fits within the screen - but this is all basics and I am sure you can do it. You can check out some of my examples of the other uses at the end of this tutorial.
Unzip the Supplies 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. Open the images into your PSP workspace or leave them in your folder to open later. Minimize them if you opened them into your work space.
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!) I later move the folder to within another folder that I keep all my tutorial folders and other PSP things in.
1. Open a transparent 400x400 image.
2. Maximize the long_grass_ssg.psp. Go to Edit/Copy. Edit/Paste as New Layer on the 400x400 image. We will move it into place once we get several of our other layers on. Rename the layer "long grass".
3. Maximize the kitty_ssg.psp. Edit/Copy. Edit/Paste as New Layer. Rename the layer "kitty".
4. Maximize the short_grass_ssg.psp. Edit/Copy. Edit/Paste as New Layer. Use the Mover Tool to move it to over the kitty's feet. Rename the layer "short grass".
5. Use the Raster Deform Tool to move the long grass down to the bottom being level with the front grass. Using this tool rather than the Mover Tool, allows you to see just where the bottom of the layer is.
This is how the image should look at this time.
6. Maximize the hearts_umbrella_ssg.psp. Paste it as a New Layer, making sure the short grass layer is highlighted. Use the Raster Deform Tool to move it up to near the top. Go to Image/Rotate/Free Rotate - rotate to the left - 15°. Rename the new layer "umbrella". For this image, I wanted the umbrella tilted, but you don't have to tilt it. If you don't tilt it, you will have to change the direction of the rain in Sqirlz, but that is easy to do as you will see when you get to that part.
This is how the image should look at this time.
7. Maximize the hearts_umbrella_back_ssg.psp. Activate the long grass layer, and Paste the umbrella back as a new layer. Rename the layer to "umbrella back". Rotate this image 15° to the left, also. Then using the Raster Deform Tool, move it into place, similar to the screen shot.
8. Maximize the kitty_L_arm_ssg.psp. Activate the umbrella layer, and Paste the arm as a new layer. Rename the layer to "arm". Use the Mover Tool to move into place.
This is how the image should look now.
Note: I have supplied the following little bugs for you to use, if you want, on your image. If you have other bugs you want, or if you don't want any bugs - it is all up to you and your imagination.
9. Maximize the green_worm_ssg.psp. Copy and Paste as a new layer onto your image. Use the Mover Tool to move it into the place where you want it. Rename the layer "worm", or whatever bug you use.
10. Maximize the snail_ssg.psp. Copy and Paste as a new layer onto your image. Use the Mover Tool to move it into the place where you want it. Rename the layer "snail".
11. Edit/Copy Merged your image. Edit/Paste as New Layer, making sure the top layer in the Layer Palette is highlighted. Image/Flip. Use the Mover Tool to move the new layer down as in the screen shot. Make sure the edges are just touching. Rename the layer "reflection".
12. Now it is time to animate and apply the Sqirlz effects. Export your image to your Desktop (either as a jpg or png) or where ever it will be easy to access it to pull and drag it onto your Sqirlz workspace. You can also export it to a file and then use the "Open file" in the top tool bar of Sqirlz, to open the image. I just prefer, for myself, to export it to the Desktop as a jpg and then I just pull/drag it into the Sqirlz window once I have it open. Note: Exporting it as a png will give you a transparent image unless you add a background. I didn't really see any differences in the final images no matter how I exported it.
13. On the left side of the workspace is a red oval at the top. Click on this to create the outline of what you are going to apply the Sqirlz to.
14. A plus sign will appear on your image when you click on this. Holding down the left mouse button draw the area you want to animate with the puddles until you have the area selected. Right click to stop the line.
15. Click on Reflect Options on the top tool bar. Click on the Customize Ring Ripples. Close the panel when you have the settings in - there is no "apply" and the settings will stay until you close the progam. Use the following settings:
No. of Ripples: 28
Ripple Height: 50
Ripple Width: 20
Ripple Speed: 59
Ripple Decay: 5
Wave Contrast: 50
No. of Crests: 1
Note: You will have to use the slider bar to get your numbers, and they don't have to be exactly the same, for that is next to impossible to get. However, you can use the arrow keys to increase or decrease the numbers. You can't type in the numbers.
16. Click on the Reflect Options again, but this time select the Customize Rain or Snow. Close the panel when you have your settings changed. Use the following settings:
Number of Raindrops/Snowflakes: 5000
Length (rain only): 21
Depth of Field: 10
Direction Variation: 0
17. On the top tool bar, is a Y shaped icon - this is the Rain/Snow and Ripple Combination. Click on it.
18. The following window will open. Click on the bottom option as in the screen shot. Then click on the "OK".
19. Now you can check your animation. Click on the Yellow arrow on the top tool bar, or on Animate. The same window will open that you just clicked on, just click on "OK" to close the panel. The animation will start. If you like the looks of your image, you can click on the "close" X on your image to stop the animation.
20. Click on the gif icon in the top tool bar. If the animation is still running, you will have to click twice on the "gif" icon to stop the animation and then to be able to save the image.
21. Again that same window will open, just click on the OK. Another window will open for where you want to save the image to - fill in that information and the title of your image. Click OK.
22. Now to add your name and resize the image if you want. Open Animation Shop (AS), and open the image in AS. Click on Animation in the top tool bar and then on Resize Animation. Select the size and click OK.
23. I then right click on the first frame, Copy, and Paste it As New Image in PSP. I then add my name to the image as I want it. Copy the layer, and Right click on the workspace in AS - Paste as New Animation. This is also the time to add a narrow frame if you want to make the image look more finished. Just add it to your copied image in PSP, then Copy it and Paste as New Animation in AS, as you did your name. Follow the same instructions for the frame that are listed below for your name.
24. Making sure your kitty image is on the first frame, you need to Select All. You can do this by holding down the Ctrl key and clicking on the A key. In the top tool bar, click on Propagate Paste. Then click on your name image and drag it onto your kitty image to where you want your name to be. If it didn't work properly or you want your name in another area, Click on Edit/Undo Drag for each image. Then you can do it again and hopefully you will get your name where you want it!
25. When you are satisfied with the image, click on the red X to close the image. A window will open asking you if you want to save the changes - click yes. Then click on next until the box shows that says Finished.
Congratulations! Your Kitty in the Rain is finished!
Thank you for trying my Kitty in the Rain tutorial. I hope you enjoyed yourself!
Some other animals I did to show you how they can be used. If you do any of the other animals, I hope you will let your imagination flow! Notice the difference in how the image looks without a narrow frame!
This tutorial was written January 22, 2011.
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