Westie Kids; 06/06/09.

by Westie Kids; June 2009.

This tutorial was written in PSPX. Corel did not package Animation Shop with PSPX, but if you upgraded from an earlier version, you have it to use (you'll just need to find it on your hard drive and double click on Animation Shop to open). You should be able to achieve similar results in other versions. You may need to search for some of the effects in your PSP's dropdown lists or the Help window. Please do not offer any of the supplies for download anywhere, do not change file names, do not send the webpage through emails, and only offer a text link to the tutorial URL. I do not wish my tutorials to be translated. Thank you for your courtesy...God bless, Diana

We'll Be Using:

Corel Paint Shop Pro
and Animation Shop 3

Xero Soft Vignette (in Set 4)

NVR Bordermania

(images and fonts to choose from)

~~~ More examples, some by my good friend Ginny Hopping, HERE ~~~


1) File/Open - choose one of the images provided or one of your own. Mine are no more than 300px high or wide so the animation won't be too large.
Duplicate the image and close the original for possible future use:
Window/Duplicate or Shift+D.
Be sure your Layers Palette is open:

2) Right click on the layer and Promote Background Layer.
Right click on the layer and Duplicate 3 times so you now have 4 layers of the image.
(Many variations of this animation are possible by experimenting with the Soft Vignette effect. I'll only be giving instructions for the red tulips sample).

Remember to save your file often: File/Save As (can be .pspimage instead of .psp since we'll be using a copy/merged method of animating).

3) Using your Dropper Tool, hover over the image to find a color for the effect; right click to set as Background (I'm using #b3be84, a soft green).
With your top layer highlighted (active) go to Effects/Plugins/Xero and find Soft Vignette. Put in the values per my screenshot below:

4) Hide (click on the Eye/Visibility Toggle) on your top layer in the Layers Palette and then click on the layer below to make it active. Apply the Soft Vignette effect again, change Repeats to 30.
Hide this layer, click on the one below applying the Soft Vignette effect, change Repeats to 40.
Now hide this layer, click on the bottom layer, apply Soft Vignette, change Repeats to 50.

Your Layer Palette should look like this now:

5) Leave the 3 top layers hidden for now and click on the top layer to make it active.
Click on your Text Tool, set both Foreground(Stroke) and Background(Fill) colors to black, #000000, with the values below:

6) While text is still Vector, Image/Free Rotate and enter values below:

Right click on the text layer in the Layer Palette and Convert to Raster Layer.

7) Layers/New Raster Layer.
We're going to add a small border (if we had started by adding the border prior to duplicating layers and adding effects, those effects would be on the border as well, which we didn't want).
Change Background color in Materials Palette back to #b3be84, soft green (or your chosen color), and leave Foreground at #000000.

Click on your Floodfill Tool and fill with the Background color, #b3be84.
Selections/Select All.
Selections/Modify/Contract: 3 and then fill with the Foreground color, #000000.
Selections/Modify/Contract: 1 and then hit your DELETE Key.
We now have a 4px border with a transparent area in the center.
Leave Selected!

8) Selections/Invert (the marching ants/marquee will now be selecting only the 4px border).
Effects/Plugins/NVR Bordermania: Frame #2 with values below:

Edit/Repeat Frame #2.
Effects/3D Effects/Drop Shadow with values below:

Selections/Select None.

9) Add your watermark/name on a new layer at the top of the Layers Palette.

10) Save your file.

11) Ready to animate!
Open Animation Shop.
Go back to PSP. The top 3 of our image/effects layers should still be closed/hidden.
The bottom layer should be open (we are going to create a merged file to take over to Animation Shop that consists of : an image layer with the Soft Vignette effect, the text layer, the border layer, and the watermark layer).

Edit/Copy Merged.
Go to Animation Shop (AS).
Edit/Paste/As New Animation.

Go back to PSP. Close/hide the bottom layer and unhide the one above it.
Edit/Copy Merged.
Go to Animation Shop (AS).
Edit/Paste/After Current Frame.

Go back to PSP. Close/hide the 2nd from the bottom layer and unhide the one above it.
Edit/Copy Merged.
Go to Animaton Shop (AS).
Edit/Paste/After Current Frame.

Go back to PSP. Close/hide the 3rd from the bottom layer and unhide the one above it.
Edit/Copy Merged.
Go to Animation Shop (AS).
Edit/Paster/After Current Frame.

You now have 4 frames in Animation Shop.

12) In Animation Shop, Edit/Select All (so all your 4 frames are active).
Right click on one of the frames and click on Frame Properties.
Change the Display Time to 20.
View/Animation - if you like the results, you can save as a .gif file:

File/Save as, give your .gif a name, click on Save button.
The following window is "Animation Quality Versus Output Size" (I like mine set to 'Better Image Quality'), click on Next button.
The following window is "Optimization Progress", click on Next button.
The following window is "Optimization Preview", click on Next button.
The last window is "Optimization Results" and the actual file size of your animation will show under the 'Optimized File' column, click on Finish to complete saving your .gif file.

by Westie Kids; June 2009.


I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and perhaps learned a little something from it. If you would like to send me an email with your results, I would be delighted to see them. ..God bless, Diana



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