April Showers

This tutorial was written by Fiona Pomfrett on April 2nd 2013
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 X5 but any version will do
Animation Shop
Image & Tube (of the image) of Choice
Font of Choice – I used KG Girl On Fire
MuRa’s Meister – Clouds
VDL Adrenaline – Snowflakes
Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow
WSL_Mask208 by Chelle

I used the awesome artwork of Deacon Black
You can purchase his work and a license from CDO.
Please do not use Deacon’s work without purchasing a license first.

Let’s Start
Open a new canvas 400×400 and flood fill with white
Set your foreground to a dark shade of blue – I used #26337C
Set your background to a light shade of blue – I used #8FADED
Add a new raster layer to your canvas
Effects, Plugins, MuRa’s Meister – Clouds

Layers, Load/Save Mask, Load Mask from Disk
Look for WSL_Mask208 or one of choice
Source luminance, Fit to layer and Hide all mask checked
Layers, Merge, Merge Group
Rename Mask

Copy and paste your image as a new layer
Position within the masked area, you might find it easier to lower the opacity of the image

Copy and paste your tube over the image
Line them up, you may need to resize your tube to match your image

Apply the same mask to both the image and tube layers
After merging group – rename Image or Tube

Duplicate your tube layer
Move the copy below the image layer on your layer palette
Change the blend mode of the Image layer to screen
Lower the opacity of the original tube (which should be the top one) to 51

Duplicate your mask layer
Move the copy to the top of your layer palette (Layers, Arrange, Send to Top)
Change the blend mode to Soft Light

Activate your Image layer
Add a new raster layer above it
Effects, Plugins, VDL Adrenaline – Snowflakes

Adjust, Blur, Motion Blur

Apply the same mask to this layer
Merge group and rename R1

Add a new raster layer
Repeat the Snowflakes but change the random seed to 5000
Repeat the motion blur
Apply the mask and merge group – rename this layer R2 and hide it

Add a new raster layer
Repeat the Snowflakes but change the random seed to 9999
Repeat the motion blur
Apply the mask and merge group – rename this layer R3 and hide it

Activate your white background layer
Select your preset shape tool, set to Ellipse
Foreground set to null, background set to black
Create as vector and Anti-Alias both checked
Hold your shift key and draw a circle the same size as your mask
Do Not Convert to Raster

Activate the top layer on your layer palette
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
Place your mouse on the edge of the circle till you get a symbol like this +A) or +T)
Click and add text of choice – I wrote April Showers Bring May Flowers
Repeat till it goes round the whole circle
When happy, convert your text to raster
You can now delete the vector circle

Back on your top layer
Still with your text tool, change the background to another color of choice
All other settings the same
Add your name
Position where it looks best and convert to raster
Effects, Plugins, Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow

Add a drop shadow of choice I used:
V: -2 / H: 2 / Opacity: 74 / Blur: 11.88 / Color: Dark color of choice I used dark Blue #2F3553 / Shadow on new layer: unchecked

Add your artists copyrights and your own taggers watermark as a new layer
Hide the white background
Crop away any excess canvas
Unhide the white background again

Ensure layers R2 and R3 are 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 20
Save as a gif file
All Done 🙂

Another sample using the awesome art of Suzanne Woolcott, unfortunately due to ill-health Suzanne is no longer selling her work as tubes. Font used on this sample is A Hundred Miles

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