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This is what we'll be making:
Thanks to Bizzygram for
requesting this tutorial :o)
For this tutorial you will need:
Paint Shop Pro - Any
version will work fine as the majority of the sig is made in Animation Shop.
Animation Shop 3
I don't know who owns copyright to
the lipstick and lips tubes. They were offered as a snag in an MSN group. If
they belong to you, please email me and I'll give credit and a link to your
site, or remove them, whichever you prefer.
Open a new canvas, 500x500. We
need it big for now, we'll crop away the excess later.
Set your background colour to
Click on your text tool and write
your name. I've used Bradley Hand font, size 72. Floating and Anti Alias
It's best to use a simple font for
this type of sig, until you're comfortable with making writing sigs. Once you
are, you can try more elaborate fonts!
Once you've applied your text to
the canvas, move it to the centre then go to Selections > Select None
Save your text as a PSP file
Open your text in Animation Shop.
We now need to duplicate the
frames. The number of frames depends upon the amount of letters in your name. A
good rule is to duplicate your text 5 times for every letter (if the font you're
using is a simple one, if it's elaborate, you may need more frames per letter).
My name has 5 letters so needs to be duplicated so it has approx 25 frames. We
also need an extra frame for the lips tube so instead of duplicating mine to 25,
I duplicated it so it had 33 frames. That way, I knew I'd definitely have enough
frames for everything I needed to do.
Click on the Registration Mark
use the following settings:
Now click on the first frame to
select it and click at the start of your first letter (think about where you
would start writing the letter if you had a paper and pen in front of you)
Click once and this will put a
cross at the start of your letter.
Click on the eraser tool and use
the following settings:
Now erase all the letters in the
The reason for the cross is so
that when we come to add the lipstick tube, we'll know where the start of the
Now, click on frame 2 and erase
part of the first letter and all the other letters. Again, think about how you
would write the letter if you were using a pen and paper.
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