Monday, May 4, 2009

Zoom Blur Fairy

Zoom Blur Fairy


* Paint Shop Pro and Animation Shop. This tutorial was done in PSPX but should be able to be done in any version.

* Tube of choice - I have used the art work of Nadia Tate and you can purchase her art from CILM.

* Font of choice. I used Scriptina.

* VM Toolbox Zoom Blur filter HERE.

* DSB Flux Bright Noise filter HERE.

* Text Effect of choice. I used Super Blade Pro.

* Gold pattern tile (right click and save)


Set up your supplies ready for use ie you want your gold pattern on the materials palette, open your font, install any plug-ins and restart PSP if necessary. Have your tube open in PSP.

Open a new image 400 x 500 with a transparent background and floodfill with a light colour from your tube. I used #f9edf7. Duplicate so that you have 3 background layers.

Copy your tube and paste as a new layer. If you want to mirror your tube do it now. Duplicate the tube layer and close the top layer off.

Activate the bottom tube layer and apply the Zoom Blur filter at the following settings.

Lower the opacity of blurred layer to 50%. Duplicate so that you have 3 blurred layers. Apply DSB Flux Bright Noise to each layer at the following settings. For each layer, click on the word Mix so that the noise moves to different positions for each layer.

Merge each blurred layer to a background layer.

Activate your top tube layer. NOTE - I feathered my tube here because it has sharp square edges. If your tube does not have sharp edges you can skip down to positioning your tube where you want it.

Activate your selection tool on the following settings.

Draw an ellipse through your tube layer covering most of the tube. When you let go of the mouse button, the selection will get bigger.

Selection - Modify - Feather at the following settings.

Selection - Invert. Press the delete key twice at most to remove the sharp edges. Any remaining edges can be smoothed using the Soften tool.

Position your tube towards the bottom right of your canvas. Duplicate so you have 3 tube layers and merge a tube layer to each background layer.

Activate your top layer and add a new raster layer. Floodfill with your gold pattern. Selection - Select all - Modify - Contract by 3. Press the delete key. Add any copyright information and your watermark. Duplicate so that you have 3 layers and merge each layer to a background layer.

Click on your preset shape tool and select the ellipse. Change the width to 3. Choose a dark colour for your foreground colour and close off the background colour. Draw out an oval shape over your tube. When your oval is about the same height as your tube, tilt it so that the long side of the oval follows the line of the tube eg -

Once your oval is positioned, select your text tool. Make sure your gold pattern is showing as both foreground and background on the materials palette. Using your font set to floating, size 72 (may need to adjust size depending on font used), type your text on the curve so that it curves down the back of your tube.

While the text is still floating, apply the text effect you want. Select none. Promote selection to layer and position your text where you want it. If the name is lost in blur you can add a drop shadow to darken it.

Delete your vector (oval) layer.

Duplicate your text layer so that there are 3 layers and merge each to a background layer. Save as an Animation Shop .psp file.

Open your image in Animation Shop and save as a .gif file and you are done. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

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