Raindrops

Anna-RC-Raindrops--byFi

This tutorial was written by Fi Pomfrett on February 6th 2016
Any resemblance to any other tutorial is coincidental. All tutorials are for non-profit personal use only. No distribution allowed except via text link.

Supplies needed:
PSP – I used X8 but any version will do
Animation Shop
Tube of Choice
Fonts of Choice – I used Boyfriend and Buffalo Nickel
MuRa’s Meister – Copies
VanDerLee – Snowflakes
AAA Frames – Foto Frame

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

Let’s Start
Open a new canvas 600 x 250
Copy and paste your tube as a new layer
Position it where it looks best and rename Tube
Duplicate your tube and working on the copy
Effects, Plugins, MuRa’s Meister – Copies
Choose the Wallpaper (Shrink) option, these are the settings I used:
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Don’t worry if it doesn’t cover your canvas, mine didn’t

Adjust, Blur, Motion Blur
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Duplicate and Motion Blur with these settings
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On the copy – Effects, Edge Effects, Enhance
Repeat the Enhance again

Activate your Tube layer
Layers, Arrange, Bring to Top
Duplicate and working on the copy
Adjust, Blur, Gaussian Blur – radius set to 6
Change the blend mode to Overlay

Activate Tube layer again
Selections, All, Float, Defloat
Selections, Modify, Feather by 3 pixels
Add a new raster layer
Move below the Tube layer
Flood fill with a complimentary color of choice
You may have to press flood fill a couple of times
Add a drop shadow of choice – I used:
V: 2 / H: 3 / Opacity: 50 / Blur: 8.91 / Color: Black / Shadow on new layer: Unchecked

Activate Tube again
Add a new raster layer – name it Rain 1
Effects, Plugins, VanDerLee – Snowflakes
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Add another new layer – name it Rain 2
Apply the Snowflakes again BUT change the random seed to 5000
Add another new layer – name it Rain 3
Apply the Snowflakes again BUT change the random seed to 9999

Adjust, Blur, Motion Blur
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Hide Rain 3
Apply the same Motion Blur to both Rain 2 and Rain 1
Hide Rain 2

Edit, Copy Special, Copy Merged
Edit, Paste as a new layer – rename Frame
Layers, Arrange, Bring to Top
Effects, Plugins, AAA Frames – Foto Frame
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Select the area inside the frame area and press delete
Selections, None
Press Shift + G top open your Gamma Correction
Set all 3 values to 0.80

Select your text tool and choose a font – I used Boyfriend
Set your foreground to null, background to Black
Create as vector and Anti-Alias both checked
Add your text of choice
Position where it looks best and convert to raster
Selections, All, Float, Deflaot
Selections, Modify, Expand by 2 pixels
Add a new raster layer and flood fill with the same color as used before below your tube
Selections, None
Change the blend mode of the color layer to Overlay

Keep your text tool and change your font – I used Buffalo Nickel
Keep your foreground on null, background on a color of choice
Create as vector and Anti-Alias both still checked
Add your name, position where best
Duplicate and then on the original convert to raster
Reduce the opacity on the original to 70

On the copy – Clcik the + on your layer palette
Right click on the indented layer and select Properties
Turn your background off and set your foreground to a color of choice
Set the stroke width to 1.5
Click Ok and convert to raster
Adjust, Add/Remove Noise, Add Noise
Uniform & Monochrome: Checked / Noise: 40%
Add a drop shadow of choice – I used:
V&H: 2 / Opacity: 50 / Blur: 3.96 / Color: Black / Shadow on new layer: Unchecked
Layers, Merge, Merge Down

Add your artists copyrights and your own taggers watermark as a new layer
At this point you can save as a jpg/png

To Animate
Ensure Rain 2 and Rain 3 are still hiddden
Edit, Copy Special, Copy Merged
Open Animation Shop (AS)
Edit, Paste as a new animation

Back to PSP
Hide Rain 1 and unhide Rain 2
Edit, Copy Special, Copy Merged
Over to AS
Edit, Paste after current frame

Back to PSP
Hide Rain 2 and unhide Rain 3
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 🙂

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