I Spy Spring

This tutorial was written by Fi Pomfrett on March 3rd 2019
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 X9 but any version will do
Animation Shop
Tube of Choice
Fonts of Choice – I used Boardwalk & Bible Stories
MuRa’s Meister – Copies
DSB Flux – Bright Noise
Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow
Mask022 by Me

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

Let’s Start
Open a new canvas 650 x 650
Copy and paste your tube as a new layer – rename BG Tube 1
Effects, Plugins, MuRa’s Miester – Copies
Choose Wallpaper Rotate with the default settings

Effects, Art Media Effects, Brush Strokes

Duplicate this layer twice, so you have 3 layers
Rename the middle layer BG Tube 2
Rename the top layer BG Tube 3

Activate BG Tube 3
Adjust, Blur, Radial Blur

Now Image, Free Rotate, 25 degrees to the Right

Still on BG Tube 3
Effects, Edge Effects, Dilate
Repeat the Dilate again
Effects, Edge Effects, Enhance
Change the blend mode to Overlay

Select your crop tool
Set the Width and Height to 450

Now position the crop box in the middle of your canvas, it doesn’t need to be exact but it needs to within the angled parts of BG Tube 3

Then crop

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer again – rename Tube
Resize if needed, I resized mine to 50%, all layers unchecked
Select your Freehand Selection tool, with these settings:
Selection type: Point to point / Mode: Add (shift) / Feather & Smoothing: 0 / Anti-Alias: Checked
Select the areas on your tube where you want the noise animation
I selected the flowers

When happy you have selected all the areas you want
Selections, Promote Selection to Layer
Selections, None
Rename the Promoted Selection – Ani 01
Duplicate twice for 3 layers, rename the copies Ani 02 and Ani 03

Working on Ani 03
Effects, Plugins, DSB Flux – Bright Noise
Intensity: 15 / Mix: click once
Reduce the opacity to about 55
Hide this layer
Activate Ani 02
Repeat the Bright Noise with the same settings, clicking Mix once again
Reduce the opacity to about 55
Hide this layer
Activate Ani 01
Repeat the Bright Noise with the same settings, clicking Mix once again
Reduce the opacity to about 55

Activate your Tube layer
Add a drop shadow of choice – I used:
V: 4 / H: 7 / Opacity:44 / Blur: 7.92 / Color: Black / Shadow on new layer: Unchecked

Activate BG Tube 1
Layers, Load/Save Mask, Load Mask from Disk
Look for JustFi_Mask022 or one of choice
Source luminance, Fit to layer and Hide all mask: Checked
Layers, Merge, Merge Group
Activate BG Tube 3 and apply the same mask
Move this layer so it’s above the Tube but below the 3 Ani layers

Activate the Tube layer
Select your text tool and choose a font – I used Boardwalk
Set your foreground to null, Background to white
Create as vector and Anti-Alias both checked
Type your text of choice, I wrote ‘SPRING’
Position where it looks best and convert to raster and rename Text 1
Selections, All, Float, Defloat
Selections, Modify, Expand by 2 pixels
Activate BG Tube 2 – Selections, Promote Selection to Layer
Selections, None
Rename the Promoted Selection Text 1 Back
Move this up on the layer palette so it’s below Text 1

Still working on Text 1 Back
Adjust, Add/Remove Noise, Add Noise
Gaussian & Monochrome: Checked / Noise: 50%
Add a drop shadow of choice – I used:
V&H: 2 / Opacity: 33 / Blur: 7.92 / Color: Black / Shadow on new layer: Unchecked

Activate Text 1
Effects, 3D Effects, Inner Bevel

Layers, Merge, Merge Down
Rename Text 1

Select your text tool again and choose another font – I used Bible Stories
Keep your settings the same, changing the background color to a complimentary color
Type out the rest of your text, I wrote ‘I spy’
Position where it looks best next to Text 1
When happy, convert to raster, rename Text 2
Effects, Plugins, Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow

Add the same drop shadow as used on Text 1 BUT change the opacity to 50

Still with your text tool, change the font is required, I kept the same Bible Stories font
Keep your settings the same, changing the background color if required
Add your name and position where it looks best
When happy, convert to raster and rename Name
Effects, Plugins, Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow
Use complimentary colors for your glow colors

Apply the same drop shadow BUT change the opacity to 40

Add your artists copyrights and your own taggers watermark as a new layer
Hide the white background and crop away any excess canvas
At this point you can save as a jpg/png

To Animate
Unhide the white background
Ensure layers Ani 02 and Ani 03 are both still hidden
Edit, Copy Special, Copy Merged
Open up Animation Shop (AS)
Edit, Paste as a new Animation

Back to PSP
Hide Ani 01 and unhide Ani 02
Edit, Copy Special, Copy Merged
Over to AS
Edit, Paste after current Frame

Back to PSP
Hide Ani 02 and unhide Ani 03
Edit, Copy Special, Copy Merged
Over to AS
Edit, Paste after current Frame

Save as a gif file
All Done 😀

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