Friday, September 27, 2013

How To Animate Using Photoshop

This is a tutorial by Abstract using one of my animations.
I don't use Photoshop but several of you do, so here is a tutorial on how to use my animations on tags with Photoshop.

How to use Animations in Photoshop to create tags.
(by Abstract)

Open the PSD.
Select all layers, group layers by hitting CTRL+G.
Duplicate the group and find your tag in the dropdown menu box, hit ok.
Open your animation window (timeline if you use CS6) and create a new frame for each frame in the animation.
Open the group with the frames in it.
Close off all the frame layers except the first one.
In the first frame, make sure the first frame is showing.
In the second frame, the second frame layer is the only one showing.
Continue like that until you have all the frames done. Save for web and devices.
You can move the grouped layers between your tag layers to position the animation behind stuff if you want. You can also change the blend mode of them like that.

Written and provided by Abstract.
Thank you for the quickie tutorial :)
Hugs Simone

More tutorials by Abstract using Photoshop here:

Thursday, September 26, 2013

How to use animations for PSP tags.

TO ANIMATE using PSP/Animation Shop 3.0

1. Paste your tag as a "new animation" in Animation Shop.
You will need to add the same amount of frames as found in your animation.
Using 14 frames as an example:
Hold your Ctrl key down and repeatedly hit letter L on your keyboard for a total of 14 frames.
You can watch the count on the lower right hand side of your screen in AS.

2. Now open your animation.
Go to Edit, select all.
Go to Edit, copy.

3. Activate your tag.
Go to Edit, select all.
Go to Edit, make sure Propagate Paste is selected.
Go to Edit, Paste, paste into selected frames.
Position on your tag and click into place.

4. Play and save.
Don't forget to add your name.

5. To save:
Go to File, Save as, enter the name of your file and select the folder to save to.
Now click on Customize:
Number of colors: 255 Colors
Create palette by: OPTIMIZED OCTREE
Reduce colors by: Error Diffusion
set a check mark beside the second, third and forth choices. UN-check the 1st and last.
check Convert pixels less than 92
Yes, blend with this color: change to white #FFFFFF
Click OK. Click Next, next, next, next.
Play your animation.
At times your animation may or will come out terrible. Optimization in Animation Shop is not the greatest.
You can play around will your settings, especially under the Tab: Optimization. I change this setting at times from anywhere between 70 and 100.
Some people add a white background.  To add background, go to Animation: Animation Properties, select Opaque and change color to white.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial,
Hugs Simone
Please, always direct people to my blog to download my animations or SATC if using a purchased animation.
Do not load to any other download site and don't claim as your own.
Tutorial written by SophisticatSimone aka Lorraine Halle on Saturday, May 11,  2013.

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