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Paint Shop Pro 7 - Tutorial


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Creating your own animated glitter is easy. Using PSP, we will be making my 'fine' animated glitter in a couple of colors, employing my standard technique. I'm sure you'll want to experiment with various colors to create your own unique glitter. If desired, the animated glitter may be further enhanced with sparkle or star tubes you may have, or download the VM Sparkle Filter and unzip it into your Paint Shop Pro Plugins folder.

We will explore a second method to create animated glitter, using any background or fill. You may download the background fill we will be using for this example here. Unzip, then copy or move the background fill file 'glasspanel_bluepurple.bmp' to your Paint Shop Pro Patterns folder.



01. Let's start to create the dark red animated glitter shown above. Create a new
      transparent image 50x50, 16.7 million colors (24 bit), flood fill with HTML
      color code #C0C0C0 (light gray) OR #808080 (dark gray). The shade of
      gray used will determine the characteristic of your finished animated glitter.


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02. Go to Layers>Duplicate and once again go to Layers>Duplicate. Upon opening
      the Layer Palette, you should now have a total of three layers. Name the layers:
      Glitter 1, Glitter 2 and Glitter 3. Highlight the Glitter 1 layer.


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03. With Glitter 1 layer highlighted, go to Effects>Noise>Add and apply uniform
      30% noise. Highlight Glitter 2 layer, access Effects>Noise>Add and apply
      uniform 33% noise. Highlight Glitter 3 layer, access Effects>Noise>Add and
      apply uniform 35% noise. With Glitter 3 layer still highlighted, go to Colors>
      Grey Scale, then access Colors>Increase Color Depth>16 Million Colors
      (24 bit).




04. Highlight Glitter 1 layer, go to Effects>Enhance Photo>Manual Color
      Correction. In the left side window, left-click on the square graphic selecting it
      and surrounding it with marching ants. Uncheck both of the options Preserve
      Lightness and Preserve Saturation. Left-click on the Custom Color block.
      For our dark red glitter, enter HTML color code #8E0202, or enter HTML
      color code #03A5A3 for a teal blue color. You, of course may enter a color
      of your choice. The HTML color code you enter will be the actual colorization
      of your animated glitter.


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05. Highlight Glitter 2 layer, go to Effects>Enhance Photo>Manual Color
      Correction. In the left side window, remember to left-click on the square
      graphic selecting it and surrounding it with marching ants. Next, highlight
      Glitter 3 layer, going to Effects>Enhance Photo>Manual Color Correction,
      remembering to left-click on the square graphic selecting it and surrounding it
      with marching ants. You now have all three layers colorized.




06. With Glitter 3 layer highlighted, go to Effects>Sharpen>Unsharp Mask and
      apply the settings as shown in the graphic below.


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07. Highlight Glitter 2 layer, go to Effects>Sharpen>Unsharp Mask. Next, highlight
      Glitter 1 layer, go to Effects>Sharpen>Unsharp Mask. Go to Edit>Copy. Open
      Animation Shop, going to Edit>Paste>As New Animation.




08. In PSP, highlight Glitter 2 layer, go to Edit>Copy. In Animation Shop, go to
      Edit>Paste>After Current Frame. In PSP, highlight Glitter 3 layer, go to
      Edit>Copy. In Animation Shop, go to Edit>Paste>After Current Frame.
      Access Edit>Select All. Right-click on one of the frames, go to Frame
      Properties and type in a Display Time of 10.


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09. To preview the animation prior to saving, go to View>Animation. When you're
      pleased with the animation, save the file OR continue on to enhance your
      animated glitter with sparkles. There's also a method for creating animated
      glitter using a background, that follows.



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