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You may print this out for your own personal use, but please do not rewrite, translate, e-mail out, offer any part of this on any other site, add to a CD, or claim this as your own. Your finished result is yours to do with as you please, including making tags and/or snags for others. You may offer your results wherever you wish, but you may not sell for profit. This tutorial was written by timber on June 9, 2008.

I wrote this tutorial using PSP8 and Animation Shop 3.10.  Although I have included as many screenshots and details to make this tutorial easier for beginners, some basic knowledge of PSP and Animation Shop would be helpful.  Unless I say otherwise, all 'clicks' are with the left mouse button.  I have included keyboard shortcuts for the steps in parentheses ( ).


For this tutorial, you will need:

Paint Shop Pro
Animation Shop
Eye Candy 4000
(or Eye Candy 3)
Patriot Font
1.  Open PSP and Animation Shop (AS).
Open the font and minimize it to the taskbar.
2.  Create a new image (canvas) 400x200 with a white background.

File > New (Ctrl+N)

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3.  Load the Text Tool (T) and apply these settings* (all other settings on the toolbar should be default settings).



*If you're using PSP 10/11/12, your text size is rendered differently than mine, so instead of using size 72, try size 96.
4.  On the Materials palette, set the Foreground Color to #0000C0 and the Background Color to #C0C0C0.
5.  Click on the canvas, type your text into the Text Entry box, adjust the kerning if necessary, and then click Apply.

Center the text on the canvas .

Objects > Align > Center on Canvas



If your text is wider than your canvas, just resize your canvas (increase the width as necessary).

Image > Canvas Size

Or if you prefer, you can decrease the text size until your text fits on the canvas.
6.  Add a New Raster Layer and name it Text.

Layers > New Raster Layer



Move Text down .

Layers > Arrange > Move Down

7.  Load the Selection Tool (S) and apply these settings.



Click on the Custom Selection button.*

*If you're using PSP7, double-click on the Selection Tool to open the Select Area dialog box.
8.  Set the Custom Selection with these values.*



*If you resized your canvas, change the value of "Right" to the same size as the width of your canvas.
9.  Load the Flood Fill Tool (F) and apply these settings.

10.  Flood Fill the selection with the Foreground Color.
11.  On the Materials palette, set the Foreground Color to #FF4040 and the Background Color to #800000.
12.  On the Materials palette, set the Background Style to Gradient .  Load the Foreground-Background gradient and apply these settings.

13.  Invert the Selection .

Selections > Invert (Ctrl+Shift+I)
14.  Flood Fill the selection with the Background Gradient (right-click).
15.  Deselect .

Selections > Select None (Ctrl+D)

Make Vector 1 active.



Load the Move Tool (M).
Zoom in by 5 steps .

View > Zoom > Zoom In By 5 Steps

Correct


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16.  Press-and-hold the Shift key while clicking-and-dragging the layer down until only the red color shows through the wavy lines in the text.

Note: It is incorrect for any blue to show through the wavy lines.

Go back to Normal Viewing .

View > Zoom > Zoom to 100% (Ctrl+Alt+N)
17.  Select Vector 1.

Selections > From Vector Object (Ctrl+Shift+B)

18.  Delete Vector 1.

Layers > Delete

19.  Invert the selection.

Selections > Invert (Ctrl+Shift+I)
20.  Delete the selection.

Edit > Clear (Delete)
21.  Invert the Selection .

Add a New Raster Layer and name it Drop Shadow.

Move Drop Shadow down .

22.  Add a Drop Shadow with these settings.

23.  Make Text active.



Duplicate Text.

Layers > Duplicate

Move Copy of Text down below Drop Shadow.

24.  Add an Eye Candy 4000 Motion Trail with these settings.

Effects > Plugins > Eye Candy 4000 > Motion Trail



If you're using Eye Candy 3, use these settings here.

Note: If the Motion Trail is touching the left side of the canvas, then the canvas isn't wide enough. Undo the Motion Trail (Ctrl+Z), then increase the width of the canvas.  Add the Motion Trail again and continue to the next step.

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