tutorial you will need:
Pro and Animation Shop.
This version was written for PSP 9 but it can be done equally well
in 7 or 8.
Bauhaus 93 Font
You can download this free font
It's number 97.
following caterpillar animation.
Right click and 'Save As'
then open a new image using the following settings:
stoke colour to green and your fill colour to null (Null = no
your font tool and use the following settings:
your canvas and type in your name when the text entry box appears.
nodes on the vector box to make your text bigger.
You will now have this:
Go to the
layer palette and right click on the vector layer. Click on
Convert To Raster Layer.
your magic wand and use the following settings:
Click inside each letter then go to Effects > 3D Effects > Cut out
and use the following settings:
now have this:
Go to Edit
Animation Shop and go to Edit > Paste > As New Animation.
Open a new
canvas in Animation Shop using the following settings
We need to
duplicate the new canvas so it has one extra frame than the
caterpillar. The caterpillar has 24 frames so we need to duplicate
the new canvas so it has 25 frames.
(The reason for this is so that we have a frame that only has the
text in it, no caterpillar. We need this for when we take the sig
into PSP and erase the parts of the caterpillar that aren't in the
on the caterpillar and press ctrl and a then ctrl and c to select
all the frames and copy them.
the new canvas and press ctrl and a then ctrl and e to paste them
into the selected frames.
the caterpillar to the right of the canvas.
on your text canvas and duplicate it so it has 25 frames.
and a then ctrl and c to select all the frames and copy them.
the new canvas and press ctrl and a then ctrl and e to paste the
your name on the caterpillar as follows:
we now need to get rid of the parts of the caterpillar that aren't
inside the letters.
to do this in PSP.
To take it
to PSP, press ctrl and a then ctrl and c to copy all the frames of
Go to PSP
and press ctrl and v to paste the animation.
now have this:
It looks a
mess because all the frames are stacked on top of each other.
Go to the
layer palette and turn off the visibility of each layer except for
the top layer (this should be the extra frame we made, the one
with text only, no caterpillar)
Click on your magic wand tool and use the following settings:
Click anywhere on the canvas, outside of the text. Marching ants
will appear around your text
Now click on the
next layer down. Unhide it and hide the top layer so you can see
what's on the layer you've selected.
If there is any part
of the caterpillar that isn't inside your text,
press the delete key
on your keyboard or click on the cut icon
Carry on going down
the list of layers and deleting any parts of the caterpillar that
aren't inside your letters.
Ok, now we
need to add a white background to each frame so that when we open
it in Animation Shop and save it, the optimizer won't ruin the
the bottom layer then go to Layers > Add New Raster Layer
layer under the bottom layer by clicking on it, keeping the mouse
button pressed and dragging it under the bottom layer.
this layer with white.
click on the layer and duplicate it. Continue to duplicate this
layer so you have 27 white layers.
Now drag a
white layer under each of the original layers.
the visibility of every layer except the bottom 2 layers.
on the bottom layer and go to Merge > Merge Visible
the visibility of the newly merged layer and turn on the
visibility of the next frame 1 layer and the copy of raster 1
doing this until all frame 1 layers have been merged with a copy
of raster 1 layer.
layers and save as a PSP file.
new PSP file in animation shop and using the crop tool, crop
around the text.
on the last frame and go to Frame Properties. Set the frame
properties to 100.
you're done :o)
you've enjoyed this tutorial.
Tutorial written by Shell © 2005