Dotty

This tutorial was written by Fiona Pomfrett on April 20th 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 of Choice
Fonts of Choice – I used From Where You Are
DSB Flux – Linear Transmission
Xero – Porcelain & Radiance
Scraps of Choice, I used parts by PDS & Schnegge from the Tech Savvy Collab kit at PMT/wS
This kit is free with a $10 purchase until May 8th
The designers of this collab are allowing you to mix and match woot

I used the awesome artwork of Elias Chatzoudis
You will need a license from PTE to use his work
Please do not use Elias’s work without purchasing a license first

Let’s Start
Open a new canvas 500×200
Copy and paste Paper5 from PDS portion of the collab as a new layer
Open paper9 from Schnegges portion of the collab
Resize to 525 pixels wide
Copy and paste as a new layer onto your main canvas
Change the blend mode to Soft Light

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer
Position on the far right of the canvas
Change the blend mode to Luminance (Legacy)
Lower the opacity to about 38
Move your tube between your two paper layers

Open Frame 1 from PDS portion of the kit
Activate the top paper layer
Copy and paste the frame as a new layer
Effects, Image Effects, Offset:
H: 0 / V: -200 / Transparent: checked
Repeat the offset with these settings
H: 0 / V: -103 / Transparent: checked

Crop your canvas back to 500×200
Duplicate the frame layer
Image, Flip
Effects, Image Effects, Offset:
H: -45 / V: 0 / Transparent: checked
Layers, Merge, Merge Down

Duplicate this layer 4 times, giving you 5 layer
On the top layer
Adjust, Blur, Gaussian Blur – radius set to 5
Effects, Plugins, DSB Flux – Linear Transmission
Slice size: 1 / Offset: 2 / Blend: 50 / Direction: Horizontal

Activate the original layer
Lower the opacity to 25
Rename this layer 25
On the 1st copy
Lower the opacity to 50
Rename 50
Close this layer off
Activate the next layer up
Lower the opacity to 75
Rename 75 and close the layer
Activate the next layer up
Rename 100 and close the layer

Activate the very top layer (with the transmission on)
Copy and paste your close up as a new layer
Position on the far left on your canvas
Effects, Plugins, Xero – Porcelain using the default settings
Effects, Plugins, Xero – Radiance using the default settings

Activate and duplicate the 1st paper layer
On the duplicate, Layers, Arrange, Bring to top
Selections, All, Modify, Contract by 2 pixels
Press delete on your keyboard once
Selections, New
Duplicate this layer, on the copy
Adjust, Blur, Gaussian Blur – radius set to 5

Select your text tool and choose your font (from where you are)
Set your foreground to null, background to white
Create as vector and Anti-Alias both checked
Add your name
Position where happy and convert to raster
Effects, Plugins, Xero – Porcelain using the default settings
Add a drop shadow of choice I used
V&H: 2 / Opacity: 47 / Blur: 4 / Color: Black

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

Ensure layers, 50, 75 and 100 are all hidden
Edit, Copy Special, Copy Merged
Open up Animation Shop (AS)
Edit, Paste as a new animation

Back to PSP
Hide layer 25 and unhide layer 50
Edit, Copy Special, Copy Merged
Over to AS
Edit, Paste after current frame

Back to PSP
Hide layer 50 and unhide layer 75
Edit, Copy Special, Copy Merged
Over to AS
Edit, Paste after current frame

Back to PSP
Hide layer 75 and unhide layer 100
Edit, Copy Special, Copy Merged
Over to AS
Edit, Paste after current frame

Staying in AS
Click on Frame 2, then holding down your ctrl key click on Frame 3
Edit, Copy
Now click on Frame 4
Edit, Paste after current frame
Animation, Reverse Frames
Edit, Select All
Animation, Frame Properties – set this to 25

Save as a gif file
All Done 🙂

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