Animated Party Time Text
(or Retro Text Revisited)
tutorial by Whisper

This tutorial was created and put on this site on June 13, 2004.
It is property of and 2001-2004 to Whisper's Web Works.
Terms of Use

For this tutorial you will need:
Paint Shop Pro  ~ download a trial version.
Eye Candy 4000 ~ the demo version will not work for this.
A fat font, with a single outline ~ I will be using Bauhaus93 but will not offer the file for download because I can not verify if it is a freeware font.

 

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

File > Save as > partytext.pspimage

Be sure to hit your save button on a regular basis!

 

Set the foreground style box to solid fill with a bright color, I am using #B93FD3.
Set your background style box to solid fill with white. 

Select your text tool.

Click in your image.

These are the settings I used:
Bauhaus93
Bold
Size 72
Vector selected
Antialias checked
Line width 3

I typed Party Time.

Once the text is placed grab the corner of the formation box and pull the text out to fill the image better.

Objects > Align > Center in Canvas.

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

Right click on this layer again and rename it "1".

Selections > Select all.

Selections > Float.

*In some versions of PSP you will need to defloat your selection before doing the next step.

Selections > Modify > Contract > 3 > ok.

Duplicate your original layer twice.  Rename each layer - "2" and "3".

Activate the 1 layer.

Effects > Plug-in filters > Eye Candy 4000 > Water Drops > these settings:
Drop size 10.0
Coverage 80
Edge Darkening 0
Opacity 100
Tinting 0
Refraction 0
Liquid color a bright blue, I am using #4159D3
Round drops checked
On the lighting tab - 
Highlight brightness & size 0

Apply filter.

Activate the 2 layer.

Effects > Plug-in filters > Eye Candy 4000 > Water Drops > same settings but this time click the random seed button.

Activate the 3 layer.

Effects > Plug-in filters > Eye Candy 4000 > Water Drops > same settings but this time click the random seed button.

Activate layer 1.

Effects > Plug-in filters > Eye Candy 4000 > Water Drops > change these settings:
Drop size 8.0
Liquid color a bright green, I am using #41D348
Hit the random seed button for good measure

Apply filter.

Activate the 2 layer.

Effects > Plug-in filters > Eye Candy 4000 > Water Drops > same settings but this time click the random seed button.

Activate the 3 layer.

Effects > Plug-in filters > Eye Candy 4000 > Water Drops > same settings but this time click the random seed button.

Activate layer 1.

Effects > Plug-in filters > Eye Candy 4000 > Water Drops > change these settings:
Drop size 6.0
Liquid color a bright yellow, I am using #FAE534
Hit the random seed button for good measure

Apply filter.

Activate the 2 layer.

Effects > Plug-in filters > Eye Candy 4000 > Water Drops > same settings but this time click the random seed button.

Activate the 3 layer.

Effects > Plug-in filters > Eye Candy 4000 > Water Drops > same settings but this time click the random seed button.

Selections > Select none.

File > Jasc Products > Animation Shop.

In PSP, Activate the 1 layer.

Edit > Copy.

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

In PSP, activate the 2 layer.

Edit > Copy.

In AS, Edit > Paste > After current frame.

In PSP, activate the 3 layer.

Edit > Copy.

In AS, Edit > Paste > After current frame.

Edit > Select all.

Animation > Frame properties > Display time > 25 > ok.

View > Animation.

Play with the frame timing if you wish and then save your text!

 

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