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EZ Animated Glitter Tiles
Tutorial by Whisper

This tutorial was created and put on this site on February 26, 2003.
It is property of and 2001-2003 to Whisper's Web Works.
Please do not copy or place this tutorial or any of the graphics on any site,
email or elist without written permission directly from me. If you would like to share the url for this tutorial, you may do so without writing for permission, but I always welcome a "who, where" email.  Thank you.

For this tutorial you will need:
Paint Shop Pro  ~ download a trial version.
(optional) VM Sparkle filter ~ download here
& unzip into your PSP plugins folder.

Open a new image:
50 x 50 pixels
Transparent
16.7 Million colors

Flood fill your image with a grey color, I am using #C0C0C0.

Right click and duplicate the gray layer 2 twice.  You should now have three layers.

Rename each layer:
glitter1
glitter2
glitter3

Activate glitter1 layer.

Effects > Noise > Add > 30, uniform > Ok.

Activate glitter2 layer.

Effects > Noise > Add > 33, uniform > Ok.

Activate glitter3 layer.

Effects > Noise > Add > 35, uniform > Ok.

Colors > Grey Scale.

Colors > Increase Color Depth > 16 million colors (24 bit).

Activate glitter1 layer.

Effects > Enhance Photo > Manual color correction > these settings:
(Select the tile in the left side window.)
Preserve lightness & saturation both UNchecked.
Custom color - #B5995F.  (Or any color of choice.)

Activate glitter2 layer.

Effects > Enhance Photo > Manual color correction > same settings.

Activate glitter3 layer.

Effects > Enhance Photo > Manual color correction > same settings.

Effects > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask > these settings:
Radius 51.49
Strength 108
Clipping 5

Activate glitter2 layer.

Effects > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask > same settings.

Activate glitter1 layer.

Effects > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask > same settings.

Start up Animation Shop.

In Psp.....

With glitter1 active, Edit > Copy.

In Animation Shop, Edit > Paste > As a new animation.

Back to PSP, activate glitter2, Edit > Copy.

In Animation Shop, Edit > Paste > after current frame.

Back to PSP, activate glitter3, Edit > Copy.

In Animation Shop, Edit > Paste > after current frame.

Still in Animation Shop....

Edit > Select all.

Animation > Frame properties > Display time > 10 > ok.

View > Animation.

File > Save as > yourfilename.gif.

A quick add in....

After using the Unsharp Mask on each layer, use VM Natural's Sparkle on each layer.  Be sure to change the Random Seed number for each glitter layer.  That is what I am using for the middle tile on this page.

These are also great filler tiles for graphics!

Check out the next page for other examples.

 

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