Still Waters
Still Waters

This tutorial is my own design and any resemblance to any other tutorial is purely coincidental.
It was created in Paint Shop Pro X, Animation Shop and Sqirlz Water Reflections
© 2018 - Yvonne - Yorkshire Lass Designs - All rights reserved.


You will need the following to complete this tutorial:

sg_starry-edge-2.jpg
SvB(598)Beauty.psp
yp-text-still-waters-pspimage
still-waters2-eugene-lushpin.jpg


The above can be downloaded here
download supplies
Download and extract to a file on your computer then
open in PSP and minimise


You will also need the programme Sqirlz Water Reflections available here
Download and install into your programme files (not in PSP)

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Drag this arrow with you to mark your place in the tutorial



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INSTRUCTIONS

STEP 1

Open a new canvas 800 x 600 transparent background

new canvas

STEP 2

In the Materials Palette load Foreground with #000000 Black

Select Flood Fill tool and fill layer with Foreground colour #000000 Black

STEP 3

Layers >> New Raster Layer
Selections >> Select All

Maximise image still-waters2-eugene-lushpin.jpg
Edit >> Copy
Minimise original
Edit >> Paste into Selection
Selections >> Select None

Effects >> Image Effects >> Image Offset

image offset

STEP 4

Window >> Duplicate
Layers >> Merge >> Merge All (Flatten)
File >> Save As

Name file "still waters"
Save as a jpg to Desktop for use later in the Sqirlz Water Reflections programme
Close image

STEP 5

Return to working on the first image

Layers >> New Raster Layer
Select Flood Fill tool and fill layer with Foreground colour #000000 Black

Layers >> New Mask Layer >> From Image
Select sg_starry-edge-2 from the drop down list



Layers >> Merge >> Merge Group

Effects >> Edge Effects >> Enhance

STEP 6

With Freehand Selection tool lasso stars as indicated below
and DELETE

delete stars

Effects >> 3D Effects >> Drop Shadow

drop shadow

STEP 7

Maximise tube SvB(598)Beauty.psp
Edit >> Copy
Minimise original
Edit >> Paste as New Layer

Image >> Resize 110%
Resize All Layers UNCHECKED

Effects >> Image Effects >> Offset

image offset

Effects >> 3D Effects >> Drop Shadow

drop shadow

STEP 8

Layers >> New Raster Layer

Selections >> Select All
Selections >> Modify >> Contract
Number of pixels = 3

Selections >> Invert

Select Flood Fill tool and fill selection with Foreground #000000 Black

Selections >> Select None

STEP 9

In the Materials Palette
load Foreground with #FAB93B Orange and Background with #FFF075 Yellow

Change Style to Gradient with the following settings

linear gradient

Layers >> New Raster Layer

Selections >> Select All
Selections >> Modify >> Contract
Number of pixels = 3

Selections >> Invert

Select Flood Fill tool and fill selection with gradient
Selections >> Select None

Image >> Resize 98%
Resize all layers UNCHECKED

In the Layers Palette move Raster 5 below Raster 3

STEP 10

Highlight Raster 5 in the Layers Palette

With Freehand Selection tool lasso the part of the
orange border visible on the lady's hat and DELETE

border delete

STEP 11

In the Layers Palette highlight Raster 4 (the top layer)

Layers >> New Raster Layer

Selection tool >> Custom Selection

custom selection

Maximise yp-text-still-waters.pspimage
Edit >> Copy
Minimise original
Edit >> Paste into Selection
Selections >> Select None

Effects >> 3D Effects >> Drop Shadow

drop shadow text

STEP 12

Layers >> New Raster Layer
Add your name and/or watermark.

STEP 13

In the Layers Palette make Raster 1 and Raster 2 invisible
Highlight Raster 6 (the top layer)
Layers >> Merge >> Merge Visible

This is what your layer palette should look like now

layer palette


NOW TO ANIMATE

STEP 14

Open Sqirlz Water Reflections programme

Load image still waters.jpg that was saved earlier

STEP 15

Draw an outline of the area we want to animate (the area between the boats)

To begin, click on the red ellipse at the top of the left-hand tool bar.

to begin

Slowly click around the edge of the water as below using the left mouse button.
Finish by clicking the right mouse button.

outline

If you make a mistake or are not happy with your outline, begin again by clicking
on the red ellipse.

STEP 16

Click on the inverted triangle of dots in the top tool bar to set the period of animation

animation period

Change the number to 15

animation setting

STEP 17

Now to customise the appearance of the water reflection

Click on the wavy blue lines on the top tool bar

to customise

Change settings as below

set parameters



water color

When the ""Set Parameters for Basic Ripples" dialogue box opens again, close by clicking
the white "x" in the top right-hand corner.

STEP 18

To choose the Combination of Rain/Snow and Ripples, click on the red "Y" on the top tool bar.

choose combination

choose combo

STEP 19

Click on the yellow arrow to run the animation

run animation

When the "Choose Combination of Rain/Snow and Ripples" dialogue box opens again, click OK

STEP 20

If you are happy with it, save the animation as a gif by clicking on the red "gif" on the top tool bar.

save as gif

When the "Choose Combination of Rain/Snow and Ripples" dialogue box appears again, click OK

When the "Save As" dialogue box opens, name your file "still-waters" and save as a gif

When the "Frame Rate" dialogue box opens, make sure the rate is set at 15, click OK

When your animation has been saved, an "Information" dialogue box will appear
confirming that the animation has been saved. Click OK.

STEP 21

Open Animation Shop

Load still-waters.gif (the file saved from Sqirlz)
Edit >> Select All

All 15 frames should be edged in blue

STEP 22

Over to PSP

Make sure Merged layer is highlighted
Edit >> Copy

STEP 23

Back to Animation Shop

Edit >> Paste >> As New Animation
Edit >> Copy

STEP 24

Activate still-waters.gif
Make sure all 15 frames are still selected

Edit >> Propogate Paste
Edit >> Paste >> Into Selected Frame
Make sure image is correctly positioned in the first frame
Click left mouse button

The lady image should be in all 15 frames.

STEP 25

Animation >> Frame Properties
Change this to 15

STEP 26

View >> Animation

If you are happy with the animation,activate the frames
Resize if desired
I resized mine to 700 x 525 pixels

Animation >> Resize Animation

resize animation

Save as a gif.



I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

If you have any questions or would like to show me your result
EMAIL ME

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