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Animated Glitter Letters
Tutorial by Whisper

This tutorial was created and put on this site on May 2, 2005.
It is property of and 2001-2005 to Whisper's Web Works.
Terms of Use

For this tutorial you will need:
Paint Shop Pro  ~ download a trial version.
EZ Glitter tile in layer format ~ made from my tutorial.

Open a new image:
500 x 200 pixels
Transparent
16.7 Million colors

Activate your font tool.

These are my settings:
Create as vector
Font Arial Black
Size 48
Stroke width 2
Anti-alias checked
Align center
Foreground color use a dark color from your tile, I am using #C16D6D.
Background color white.

Set your text.

Size your text to fit the window by pulling the corner points.

Object > Align > Center in canvas.

Right click inside the vector bounding box and Create Raster selection.

In your layer palette right click on the vector layer and convert to raster.

Activate your glitter tile.

You should have three layers to your tile.

In your layer palette activate your glitter1 layer.

Edit > Copy.

Edit > Paste > Paste as new image.

In your layer palette activate your glitter2 layer.

Edit > Copy.

Edit > Paste > Paste as new image.

In your layer palette activate your glitter3 layer.

Edit > Copy.

Edit > Paste > Paste as new image.

You can now close your 3 layer glitter tile.

Activate your letters image.

In your layer palette right click on the layer with the letters and duplicate twice.
You should now have three layers with the letters on them.
And your selection ants should still be marching.

Rename each of these layers:
g1
g2
g3

Selections > Modify > Contract > 2 (this would be the same as the stroke width of your lettering).

Activate g1 layer.

Activate your flood fill tool and set the foreground to:
Pattern
First of the glitter tiles
Angle 0
Scale 100

Fill the selection.

Turn off g1 by clicking on the eye in the layer palette.

Activate g2 layer.

Activate your flood fill tool and set the foreground to:
Pattern
Second of the glitter tiles
Angle 0
Scale 100

Fill the selection.

Turn off g2 by clicking on the eye in the layer palette.

Activate g3 layer.

Activate your flood fill tool and set the foreground to:
Pattern
Third of the glitter tiles
Angle 0
Scale 100

Fill the selection.

Turn on g1 and g2 by clicking on the eyes again.

Selections > Select none.

Start up Animation Shop.

In Psp.....

With g1 active, Edit > Copy.

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

Back to PSP, activate g2, Edit > Copy.

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

Back to PSP, activate g3, 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.

 

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