Easy Animated Text

Welcome to my tutorial. *S*

This tutorial was written in V8
but can be done in other versions.

This tutorial can be done by anyone, as it really is a simple practice
in animation. I have found out that trying is the best way to learn. *S*

This tutorial was written by me and is ©momentzdesignz
Any other tutorial that looks similar is purely coincidental
and no infringement of any other artist is intended.

For this tutorial you will need the following:

PSP 7 or 8
Rose tube here

Step 1:

1 - Open new transparent image 400 x 250 px
2 - On the rose tube, copy and paste as a new layer on your blank image
3 - Chose 1 or 2 colours from your tube for your text
4 - Add a new layer - this will be your text layer
5 - You will want a large font as you want to see it on your image
** I used a large size font 72, as the rose image is quite full and the purpose
of this animation is to see your name and the rose.
6 - Since this is on a separate layer, you can also add an inner bevel
7 - Selections > Select None
8 - DO NOT merge any layers
9 - Set your image aside for a few minutes

This is what you should have so far - both on separate layers

Step 2:

Preparing for the Animation:

1 - In making an animation, your images or frames, as they are called in
Animation Shop, have to be the same size.
2 - Open 2 transparent images sizes 400 x 250
3 - We will put the rose only on the 1st one, so copy and paste this to one as
a new layer
4 - Copy and paste your name on the 2nd transparent image as a new layer
5 - On each image: go to: Layers > Merge Visible
6 - we are going to use these 2 images for our animation.
7 - Name them: image 1.psp and image 2.psp [or whatever yuo wish] and
save them to a file so you can find them in animation shop
8 - If you wish, you can close all images as we don't need them any more.
NOTE: Sometimes I keep them open in case I have to make an adjustmet and saves starting over *S*.
Step 3:

The Animation

1 - Still in psp - go to: File > Jasc Software Products > Launch Animation Shop
2 - Go to: File > Animation Wizard
** The following will guide you through the next steps:
3 - Window 1 - check same size as the 1st frame
4 - Next: check 'transparent'
5 - Next: check - centered in the frame, with the canvas colour and scale frames to fit
6 - Next: check - yes, repeat indefinitely and put the number 15 in the box underneath
7 - Next: This is where you add your images. Remember we have only the 2.
Go to: ADD and look for where you have them saved and click OPEN.
Of course, you will be adding only 2 :) You will see them in your list.
8 - Click the FINISH button

NOTE: Now you will see your 2 frames on your work space.

9 - Go to: Tool Bar > Effects > Insert Image Transition
I have made a screen shot for you as it is easier to see than try and type it *S*

10 - Click OK
11 - Looking at what we now have, you will see we have a total of 45 frames.
This will have to be made a bit smaller so it loads ok.
If you already made yours smaller in the beginning, then you can skip this part.
Some tubes are small and have a different effect in the size of your overall animation.
12 - Go to: Animation > Resize Animation > Resize > I resized mine by 80%.
[This takes care of the whole animation.

Step 4: Finishing

13 - On the Tool Bar > View Animation

14 - If you are happy with what you have, we will save it as a .gif
15 - File > Save As
16 - give it a name and the .gif extension is already there
17 - Click > Save and since the program gives us the best
optimization - just click: Next > Next > Finish.

Easy right? *S*
I hope you have enjoyed doing it!
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

©momentzdesignz 1999

This tutorial was tested by my dear friend Audra - Thank you! *S*
Below is her result.

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