Shimmering Star Tutorial by Whisper

This tutorial was created and put on this site on November 25, 2002.
It is property of and 2001-2002 to Whisper's Web Works.
Please do not copy or place this tutorial or any of the graphics on any site,
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For this tutorial you will need:
PSP 7 & Animation Shop ~ download a trial version.


Open a new image:
300 x 300 pixels
16.7 Million colors

Flood fill your first layer with black.  This will help with working on this project.

Set your foreground to null and background to solid white.

Select your shapes tool and set at:
Star 2
Line width 1
Antialias & Vector checked

Draw out a star about 125 x 125.

Objects > Align > Center in Canvas.

In your Layer Palette right click on the vector layer and convert to raster, rename this layer Star.

Effects > Texture Effects > Sculpture > Gold preset, change the smoothness to 63.

Add a new layer and name it Highlight.

Select your lasso tool and set at:
Point to point
Feather 15 - 20
Antialias checked

Draw a rectamgle with your lasso tool similar to the screen shot below.

(Click for larger view.)

Flood fill your selection with white.

Selections > Select none.

In your Layer Palette set the opacity of your Star layer to about 30.

In your Layer Palette right click on the Highlight layer and duplicate it 6 times.

Using your mover tool arrange the highlights so that they are laid out side by side to cover the star.

(Click for larger view.)

In the Layer Palette click on the little glasses on the original Highlight layer.  We will just keep this in reserve just in case.

Activate your Star layer.

Selections > Select all.

Selections > Float.

Selections > Invert.

Activate your top Copy of Highlight layer. Hit the delete key.

Activate the next Copy of Highlight layer down.  Hit the delete key.

Do this for the remaining Copy of Highlight layers but not to the original Highlight Layer.

When you have done all the Copy of Highlight layers,  Selections > select none.

Return your Star layer to 100 opacity.

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