Whatever The Weather

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This tutorial was written by Fi Pomfrett on April 25th 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 Lazy Spring Days Demo and MiAmor
MuRa’s Meister – Copies
AAA Frames – Foto Frame
Eye Candy 5: Nature – Water Drops
Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow

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

Let’s Start
Open a new canvas 550 x 250
Copy and paste your tube as a new layer
Effects, Plugins, MuRa’s Meister – Copies
Choose the Wall paper Rotate use the default settings
Effects, Art Media Effects, Brush Strokes
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Duplicate this layer – rename the copy Blur
Rename the original Brush
Working on the Blur layer
Adjust, Blur, Motion Blur
Angle: 135 / Strength: 75
Effects, Edge Effects – Dilate
Repeat the Dilate again
Effects, Edge Effects, Enhance
Lower the opacity to 80

Copy and paste your tube again as a new layer – rename Tube
I actually used two close up tubes rather than the one
If you used two tubes, merge them together
Add a drop shadow of choice – I used
V & H: 2 / Opacity: 50 / Blur: 4.95 / Color: Black / Shadow on new layer: Unchecked
Duplicate your tube and on the copy
Adjust, Blur, Gaussian Blur – radius set to 5
Change the blend mode to Overlay and reduce the opacity to 65

Crop your canvas to 550 x 250
Activate your Blur layer again and duplicate
Working on the copy, move to the top of your layer palette – Layers, Arrange, Send to Top
Effects, Plugins, AAA Frames – Foto Frame
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Selections, All, Modify – Contract by 11 pixels
Press delete, Selections, None
Rename this layer Border
Change the blend mode to Multiply
Ensure the opacity is set to 100

Activate Copy of Tube
Add a new raster layer – name it Rain 1
Effects, Plugins, Eye Candy 5: Nature – Water Drops
Choose Small, Dew from the settings Menu
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With these settings
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Add another new raster layer – name it Rain 2
Repeat the Water Drops but press Random Seed once
Hide this layer
Add another new raster layer – name it Rain 3
Repeat the Water Drops but press Random Seed once
Hide this layer

Select your text tool and choose a font – I used Lazy Spring Day Demo
Set your foreground to null, background set to a color of choice
Create as vector and Anti-Alias both checked
Add your text of choice – I wrote ‘Friends whatever the weather’
Position where it looks best and convert to raster
Effects, Plugins, Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow
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Add the same drop shadow as used on your tube layer

Keep your text tool active and change your font – I used MiAmor
Keep your settings the same but change the background color
Add your name and position where it looks best
When happy, Convert to raster
Add a gradient glow of choice
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Add the same drop shadow again

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 both hidden
Edit, Copy Special, Copy Merged
Open Animation Shop (AS)
Edit, Paste as a new animation

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

Back over to PSP
Hide Rain 2 and unhide Rain 3
Edit, Copy Special, Copy Merged
Over to AS
Edit, Paste after current frame
Save as a gif file
All Done 🙂

 

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