Witches Brew

This tutorial was written by Fi Pomfrett on October 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
Font of Choice – I used The Unseen
Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow
BigMask018 by Vix
IB PinUpToons 204-1 by Karmalized Scraps

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

Let’s Start
Open a new canvas 450 x 450 and flood fill with white
Open Frame (1) and resize to 350 pixels wide
Copy and paste as a new layer – rename Frame
Grab your Magic Wand with these settings:
Mode: Add (shift) / Match Mode: RGB Value / Tolerance & Feather: 0 / Contiguous & Anti-Alias: Checked
Select inside the Frame
Selections, Modify, Expand by 2 pixels
Add a new raster layer – name it Frame Fill
Flood fill with Black
Move this below the Frame layer
Keep Selected

Open Element (8) and resize to 75%
Copy and paste as a new layer – rename Frame Fill 2
Position so the text is within the Frame
Selections, Invert and press delete
Selections, None

Grab your Magic Wand again
Select the text on Frame Fill 2
It won’t select perfectly, but thats ok

Selections, Promote Selection to Layer
Selections, None
On the Promoted Selection – rename FF 1
Duplicate and rename the copy FF 2
Duplicate and rename the copy FF 3
Working on FF 3 – Adjust, Add/Remove Noise, Add Noise
Gaussian & Monochrome: Checked / Noise: 19%
Hide this layer
Activate FF 2, apply the noise again but set it to 17%
Hide this layer
Activate FF 1 and apply the noise but set to 15%

Open Element (8) again and resize to 55%
Copy and paste as a new layer – rename Greenery
Position so just the top green part is inside the Frame

Duplicate and on the copy – Adjust, Blur, Gaussian Blur – radius set to 5
Change the blend mode to Overlay
Activate Frame Fill – Selections, All, Float, Defloat, Invert
Now Press delete on Greenery and Copy of Greenery
Selections, None

Activate the Frame and duplicate it
On the original – Adjust, Brightness & Contrast, Brightness/Contrast
Brightness: – 255 (minus 255) / Contrast: 0 / Linear Mode: Checked
Apply the same Gaussian Blur as used on the Copy of Greenery

Open Element (4) and resize to 35%
Copy and paste as a new layer – rename Pumpkin
Position on the bottom left corner of the frame where it looks best
Add a drop shadow of choice – I used:
V: 3 / H: 4 / Opacity: 58 / Blur: 7.92 / Color: Black / Shadow on new layer: Unchecked

Open Element (6) and resize to 20%
Copy and paste as a new layer – rename Skull Books
Position on the right bottom of the Frame
Add the same drop shadow

Open Element (1) and resize to 35%
Copy and paste as a new layer – rename VooDoo
Position so it’s leaning up against the Pumpkin
Add the same drop shadow

Open Element (7) and resize to 20%
Copy and paste as a new layer – rename Magic Book
Move below the VooDoo layer and position partly behind it
Add the same drop shadow

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer – rename Tube
Resize if needed, I resized to 65%, all layers unchecked
Position where it looks best
Add the same drop shadow

Activate the white background layer
Open a paper of choice and resize to 450 pixels, I used Paper (2)
Copy and paste as a new layer – rename Mask
Layers, Load/Save Mask, Load Mask from Disk
Look for Vix_BigMask018 or mask of choice
Source luminance, Fit to layer and Hide all mask checked
Layers, Merge, Merge Group

Now grab your Selection tool with these settings:
Selection type: Rectangle / Mode: Add (Shift) / Feather: 0 / Anti-Alias: Checked
Select the top part of the mask
Selections, Promote Selection to Layer
Selections, None
On the Promoted Selection – rename Top Mask
Change the blend mode to Overlay and reduce the opacity to 60

Activate the Mask again
Selection the bottom part of the mask
Selections, Promote Selection to Layer
Selections, None
On the Promoted Selection – rename Bottom Mask
Change the blend mode to Multiply

Activate your Tube, which should be your top layer
Select your text tool and choose a font – I used The Unseen
Set your foreground to null, background to a color of choice
Create as vector and Anti-Alias both checked
Add your name and position where it looks best
When happy, convert to raster
Effects, Plugins, Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow

Add the same drop shadow as used throughout

Add your artists copyrights, scrap credits 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 layer
Ensure layers 2 and 3 are both hidden
Edit, Copy Special, Copy Merged
Over to Animation Shop (AS)
Edit, Paste as a New Animation

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

Back to PSP
Hide 2 and unhide 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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