Snowtastic

This tutorial was written by Fiona Pomfrett on November 26th 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
Tube of Choice
Font of Choice – I used Hurricane
MuRa’s Meister – Copies
AAA Frames – Foto Frame
Snow by mdc Here

I used the awesome artwork of Maxine Gadd
You will need a license from CDO to use her work.
Please do not use Maxine’s work without purchasing a license first.

Let’s Start
Open a new canvas 500×250
Copy and paste your tube of choice as a new layer
Position on one side of the canvas and then duplicate
Hide the copy of tube for now
On the original tube layer
Effects, Plugins, MuRa’s Meister – Copies
Choose the Wall Paper – Rotate at default settings
If your canvas isn’t covered, Edit, Repeat MuRa’s

Adjust, Blur, Gaussian Blur – Radius set to 15

Effects, Distortion Effects, Curlicues

Repeat the Curlicues again

Duplicate your copy of tube
Hide the top copy and active the original copy
Effects, Plugins, MuRa’s Meister – Copies
Choose the Wall Paper – Shrink at default settings
It doesn’t matter if the whole canvas is not covered
Change the blend mode to Overlay and drop the opacity to about 24

Grab your selection tool and click Custom Selection

Add a new raster layer and flood fill with a dark color from your image
Selections, Modify, Contract by 2 pixels
Press delete on your keyboard
Selections, Modify, Contract by 2 pixels
Flood fill with your color again
Selections, Modify, Contract by 2 pixels
Press delete on your keyboard
Selections, None

Duplicate this layer
On the original, Adjust, Blur, Gaussian Blur – Radius set to 5
On the copy, reduce the opacity to about 65

Select your magic wand with these settings:
Mode: Add (shift) / Match Mode: RGB Value / Tolerance & Feather: 0 / Contiguous & Anti-Alias: Checked
Select inside the inner frame area
Selections, Modify, Expand by 1 pixel
Activate the top MuRa’s copy layer
Selections, Promote selection to layer
On the promoted layer lower the opacity to about 65
Keep selected

Selections, Invert
Activate your first MuRa’s layer
Selections, Promote selection to layer – rename 1
Activate your 2nd MuRa’s layer
Selections, Promote selection to layer – rename 2
Selections, None

Activate 2, change the blend mode to Overlay and lower the opacity to the same as the original

Unhide your top tube layer
Add a drop shadow of choice I used:
V&H: 5 . Opacity: 72 / Blur: 12.87 / Color: Black

Now hide the 2 MuRa’s layers (the original ones)and the promoted layer
Activate your tube layer
Layers, Merge, Merge Visible the other layers

On the merged layer
Effects, Plugins, AAA Frames – Foto Frame

Hide your merged layer and unhide the other layers
Edit, Copy Special, Copy Merged

Open Animation Shop (AS)
Edit, Paste as a new animation
Staying in AS

Duplicate your frame until you have 10 frames
Open the snow (which also has 10 frames)
Edit, Select All, Edit, Copy

Activate your animation
Edit, Select All, Edit, Paste into selected frame
You can now close the snow animation

Back to PSP
Unhide the merged layer and hide all other layers

Select your text tool and choose a font
Set your foreground to null, background to a color of choice
Create as vector and Anti-Alias both checked
Add your name
Position where it looks best
When happy convert to raster
Add the same drop shadow as used on your tube, changing the color if needed
Add your artists copyrights and your own taggers water mark as a new layer

Edit, Copy Special, Copy Merged
Over to AS
Edit, Paste as a new animation
Duplicate this animation until you have 10 frames
Edit, Select All, Edit, Copy

Activate your other animation
Edit, Select All, Edit, Paste into selected frame
Line it up so it sits rights
Save as a gif file
All Done 🙂

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