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Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Spideress (with two animated versions)

The Spideress

All tutorials require a basic knowledge of PSP


Scrap kit of choice - I am using "Gothic Halloween" by Kittz Kreations
Tube of choice (black and white tube works best) - I am using one by Anna Ignatieva
Font of choice - I am using Addams
Plugin - Xero / Porcelain
Animation Shop

Open a new 700 x 300 transparent image

Select All
Then Selections / Modify / Contract by 40
Flood fill selection with black


Selections / Modify / Contract by 10
Press Delete

Selections / Modify / Expand by 5
Paste a paper of choice as a new layer
(I used GH-P6)
Move it to below the frame you just made

Selections / Invert
Delete and deselect

Now paste your tube of choice and position to your liking
Move it to the top layer above the frame
Position it so some of the tube overhangs the top of the border frame

With your Magic Wand select the inside of the border frame
Activate your tube layer again and with your Eraser Tool carefully erase the excess AT THE BOTTOM of the tube

Effects / Plugins / Xero / Porcelain with the following settings:
Softness - 50
Strength - 128
Brightness - 128
Red Channel - 0
Green Channel - 0
Blue Channel - 100

Now beneath the tube and frame layers add a new raster layer
Use your Selection Tool set to rectangle with Feather on 0
Draw out a rectangle vertically centred and to the left
Try and keep the same amount of distance between the top, bottom and the left to the frame


Now flood fill the selection Black
Duplicate layer
Selections / Modify / Contract by 5
Press delete
Then paste your tube again but mirror it BEFORE pasting it or only the selection mirrors
Selections / Modify / Expand by 3
Selections / Invert
Delete then deselect
Position this layer BELOW the inner frame
Apply the same effect with the Porcelain filter


Paste GH-SkullWeb as new layer and position it BENEATH the inner frame to its centre
Resize by about 90% Bicubic

Paste GH-M2 as a new layer and position to the upper right corner of frame
Activate Background layer and use your Magic Wand to select OUTSIDE the background
On the Moon layer press Delete to remove the excess

Now lets go back to the top layer
Paste GH-GothicGoblet as a new layer
Resize by 60% and position to the left just slightly overhanging the outer border

Paste GH-Skull as new layer
Resize by 45% and position next to the Goblet

Paste GH-BloodSpatter as new layer
Resize by 60%
Position to the right to your liking
Duplicate layer, then set blend mode to Multiply
Layers / Merge / Merge Down

Paste GH-PearlString as new layer
Free Rotate by 10 to the left
Resize by 55%
Position to the bottom right and move to the bottom layer
Duplicate and position second layer to the bottom left
Layers / Merge / Merge Down

Paste GH-GemSpider as new layer
Free Rotate by 90 to the right
Resize by 25%
Duplicate three times so that you have FOUR spider layers
Position along the bottom of the frame spaced evenly apart

I added my copyright and name at this point, since the next steps are the animation
(You will also need to add a white background as the optimationisation in Animation Shop will create black dithering around the elements in the tag)


Now got to the image layer in the second smaller frame
Duplicate three times
On the first layer keep the opacity at 100%
On the remaining three lower them to:
Turn off the visibility of these layers leaving only the first visible

Edit / Copy Merged
Open Animation Shop
Paste as new animation

Close off first layer and open 2nd
Repeat copy

In Animation Shop
Paste AFTER current frame

Repeat steps with remaining frames, turning the last layer off so you have just a black image for the last frame

In Animation Shop
Select All Frames
Copy, then paste as new animation

Select all frames again
Animation / Reverse frames

Select all frames again
Copy and then activate LAST frame in original animation
Then paste AFTER current frame

Select all frames once again
Animation / Frame Properties
Change to 20

Save as a gif and you're done!


The Spideress02

Now for the second animation!

Hide the bottom Pearl String layer
Unhide the tube in the frame at whatever opacity you choose

Activate your first spider layer
Copy merged

In Animation Shop
Paste as a new animation

Repeat steps for the rest of the spiders, pasting AFTER current frame

Select All frames
Animation / Frame Properties
Change to 35

Now save as a gif and you're done!

Thank you for trying my tutorial!

© Tutorial written by Stina on 29th September 2011

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