Falling Flowers Tutorial
For Advanced Users
by Joyce Kohl
Paint Shop Pro 7 and a tube. I used one of my tubes - click HERE to download my Country Flower
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REMEMBER TO SAVE YOUR WORK
Create a new image 64 x 256
Add a new Raster layer
Set your foreground to black; background to null.
Grab the draw tool, using these settings.
Draw a line similar to this one. Ctrl+Z to undo it until it's
It can be any direction you like and as curvy as you
Once you have your curved line drawn, duplicate the image five
times by pressing Shift+D five times.
Save the first image as a template.
Line up your five copies side by side.
Select the Tube Tool and find jk-countryflower2
scale to 10
Stamp a flower near the top of the curved line in your first
It will look similar to this:
The flower is too large, so resize it to 50%, uncheck the all
Make sure you're on the flower layer, then from the file menu
Make sure your first image is active by clicking on the
Make your Move Tool active so it will be ready to move your newly
pasted image around.
Some people prefer to use the eyedropper.
select Edit/Paste and select As New Layer.
Place the flower into on the curve below the first flower.
Continue pasting the flowers as new layers until you have five
flowers on your image #1. Then on your other four images, you'll place
images, moving them downward a bit each placement. When
you've finished the first two images, they should look similar to these:
Next we need to prepare the five images for animation.
Activate your first image. The one with only five flowers on it.
your Layer Palette Active. Delete the curve layer on each of your five
Activate the first image, Select Layers/Merge/Merge
Then save each image. I saved mine flower1.psp, flower2.psp,
etc. Leave all the images open so they'll be handy in case you need to undo the
and move one or more of the flower images.
It's time to animate. Launch Animation Shop. Select Animation
Wizard. Use these settings:
Screen #1: Tick "Same size as the first frame"
then click Next button.
Screen #2: Tick "Transparent" then click Next
Screen #3: Tick "Centered in the frame" and "With the canvas color"
then check "Scale frames to fit" box. Click Next button.
Screen #4: Tick
"Yes" to repeat the animation indefinitely. Type 10 for length of time. Click Next
Screen #5: Add the five image files. Make sure they are in numerical
order. Click Next button.
Screen #6: Click the Finish button on this
From the menu bar, click View, then Animation.
If the animation pleases you, save it. I always put ani- in
front of mine,
so I saved mine as ani-fallingflower.gif. If you're not
pleased go back to PSP, undo the merge on the layers,
and move the flowers
around a bit. Resave, and try animating again. Press the Next button for each of
the screens as Animation Shop Optimizes the final image. I left my settings to
the highest quality. Press the Next button and the final screen, Press the
You should end up with something similar to mine:
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