Raindrops

This tutorial was written by Fiona Pomfrett on April 8th 2012.
Any resemblance to any other tutorial is coincidental. Do not copy and paste this tutorial anywhere on the net.
Scripting and translating of this tutorial is strictly forbidden.

Supplies needed:
PSP – I used X4 but any version will do
Animation Shop
Tube and Photo of Choice
Font of Choice – I used Waterbrush ROB
Eye Candy 5: Nature – Ripples
Mask5 by CandysTreats, Diane has graciously allowed me to share this mask in my tut *thanks Diane*

I used the awesome artwork of Anna Marine, You will need a license from CDO to use her work
Please do not use Anna’s work without purchasing a license first
I also used a photo by CazW, I purchased this image when Caz was with CILM, she is now FTU, however please ensure the artist you are using allows you to mix the work. Caz does require © on her FTU images

Let’s Start
Open a new canvas 350×350
Flood fill with white
Copy and paste your photo of choice as new layer
Duplicate your photo layer
On the copy –
Adjust, Blur, Gaussian Blur – Radius set to 6
Crop your canvas back to 350×350

Layers, Load/Save Mask, Load mask from Disk
Look for CandysTreatsMask5 or one of choice
Source luminance, Fit to layer and Hide all mask checked
Layers, Merge, Merge Group
Change the blend mode to Screen
Apply the mask to the original layer too

Add a new raster layer name it R1
Move it to the top of your layer palette
Effects, Plugins, Eye Candy 5: Nature – Ripples

Add another new layer, name it R2
Apply the Ripples again but press random seed once

Add another new layer, name it R3
Apply the Ripples again but press random seed once

Apply the mask to all 2 of these layers
Hide R2 and R3 for now

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer
Resize if needed – I resized by 75% all layers unchecked
Position towards one side of the canvas
Crop the canvas back to 350×350
Apply the mask to your tube layer
Layers, Merge, Merge Group
Change the blend mode on your tube layer to Luminance (legacy)
If needed duplicate your tube layer
If you duplicate, Layers, Merge, Merge Down
Move your tube layer to the top of your layer palette

Select your text tool and choose your font
Set your foreground to null
Background to a color from your image
Create as vector and Anti-Alias both checked
Add your name
Position where it suits the tag
Use the nodes to stretch and/or angle your text if needed
When happy convert to raster

Add a drop shadow of choice I used
V&H: 2 / Opacity: 45 / Blur: 6 / Color: dark or light color from image (depending on text color)

Add your artists copyrights and your own taggers watermark as a new layer

Ensure layers R2 and R3 are both still hidden
Edit, Copy Special, Copy Merged
Open up Animation Shop (AS)
Edit, Paste as a new animation

Back to PSP
Hide R1 and unhide R2
Edit, Copy Special, Copy Merged
Over to AS
Edit, Paste after current frame

Back to PSP
Hide R2 and unhide R3
Edit, Copy Special, Copy Merged
Over to AS
Edit, Paste after current frame

Staying in AS
Edit, Select All
Animation, Frame Properties – set this to 25

Save as a gif file
All Done 🙂

Another sample, I used the same picture by CazW and art by Anthony Guerra, who has now retired.
Font on this sample is Inspiration

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