Valentine Name 2

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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. Remember to save often.

    To do this tutorial, you will need a basic knowledge of PSP and my Valentine Supplies.

    Unzip the scattered_hearts_ssg.psp 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. You can add it to your Patterns, or just have it open in your PSP workspace. I made the fill, so it is safe to use.

    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!)

    Step 1. Open a transparent image 300x300.


    Step 2. Add a new vector layer, naming it "name". Foreground/Stroke: #ff0000; Background/Fill: scattered_hearts_ssg.psp. Angle: 0; Scale: 66. Activate the Text Tool and choose a fat font - for this demonstration, I am using Slugfest. Use the following settings for the Text Tool: Create as: Vector; Direction: Horizontal and Down; Font: Slugfest (or fat font of your choice); Size: 72; Stoke width: 1.0; Font style: B (bold); Alignment: centered; Anti-alias: Sharp; Line style: solid; Miter Limit: 10.00; Leading: 0. Note: My name is only 5 letters, so the size of 72 works just right; however, if your name is more or less letters, you will have to adjust your size accordingly. The font can also make a difference.

text tool settings


    Step 3. Type your name. Convert to Raster Layer. Go to Adjust/Sharpen/Unsharpen Mask and use the following settings: Radius: 2; Strength: 100; Clipping: 5; Luminance only box: unchecked.



    Step 4. Go to Effects/3D Effects/Inner Bevel. Use the following settngs: Bevel: 2; Width: 31; Smoothness: 40; Depth: 2; Ambience: 0; Shininess: 10; Color: white; Angle: 315; Intensity: 60; Elevation: 25.


    Step 5. Duplicate the name layer. Go to Adjust/Hue and Saturation/Colorize. Use the following settings: Hue: 200; Saturation: 255. This will change it to purple hues, if you would rather a different color, just change the settings.


    Step 6. Activate the Raster 1 layer, and fill it with white.


    This is how the image should look.

looks 1

    Step 7. Activate the Crop Tool and crop your image to a size you are comfortable with.

    Step 8. Time to prepare the image for animation, so turn the visibility off to the name layer, but clicking on the eye icon. A red X will appear when the visibility is off.


    This is how the image should look.

looks 2


    Step 9. Open Animation Shop (AS). Back to PSP, Edit/Copy Merged. Back to AS and right click on the AS workspace - Paste as New Animation.

    Step 10. Back to PSP, turn the visibility on to the name layer and turn the visibility off to the Copy of name layer. Edit/Copy Merged. Back to AS, and right click on the first image you pasted there. A window will come up, click on Paste, then click on Before Current Frame.



    Step 11. While holding down the Ctrl key, click on the A key on the keyboard. This will select all the frames. Right click on either of the frames and click on Frame Properties - change the speed to 45, or whatever speed you would like.

    Congratulations, you are finished!


    Here are some examples of other fat fonts that work well for this quick tut.

bell bottom

BellBottom font.


Broadway font.


Debussy font.


Vagabond font.

    Thank you for trying my Valentine Name 2 tutorial and I hope you enjoyed doing it.

      This tutorial was written January 24, 2010.

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