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For this tutorial you will need:


Corel Paint Shop Pro X2. Download a trial versionhere
Supplies here


- Extract all files to a folder of your choice.


This tutorial assumes you have a good working knowledge of PSP and its tools. It was written using Corel Paint Shop Pro X2, but may be done with previous versions.


Note: When you open the cm007_x000.pspimage file you will see a blank canvas. It's not empty: it contains all the selections needed, saved to alpha channels.

Remember to save often.

Drop script by DynamicDrive




1. Open the cm007_x000.pspimage. Window - Duplicate (Shift + D). Close the original.

2. Set your Foreground to #beb0b7 and your Background to #ffffff. Selections - Load/Save Selection - Load Selection From Alpha Channel - Selection #1 - Load. Flood fill with the foreground color. Selections - Select None (Ctrl. + D).

3. Layers - New Raster Layer. Flood fill with the background color. Selections - Load/Save Selection - Load Selection From Alpha Channel - Selection #2 - Load. Press the Delete Key. Selections - Select None (Ctrl. + D). Layers - Merge - Merge Down.

4. Set your Foreground to #856d78 and your Background to #efebed. Layers - New Raster Layer. Flood fill with the background color. Selections - Load/Save Selection - Load Selection From Alpha Channel - Selection #3 - Load. Press the Delete Key. Selections - Select None (Ctrl. + D). Effects - 3D Effects - Drop Shadow: Vertical and Horizontal 0 - Opacity 40 - Blur 25 - Color #69555e.

5. Layers - New Raster Layer. Flood fill with the foreground color. Selections - Load/Save Selection - Load Selection From Alpha Channel - Selection #4 - Load. Press the Delete Key. Selections - Select None (Ctrl. + D). Layers - Merge - Merge Down. Adjust - Brightness and Contrast - Brightness/Contrast (Shift + B): Brightness -20 - Contrast 20.

6. Open cm007x_xmas.jpg. Edit - Copy (Ctrl + C). On the working image: Layers - New Raster Layer. Selections - Load/Save Selection - Load Selection From Alpha Channel - Selection #5 - Load. Edit - Paste Into Selection (Ctrl. + Shift + L). Selections - Select None (Ctrl. + D). Layers - Merge - Merge Visible. Rename this layer: "1". Duplicate 9 times. Name the duplicated layers: "2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10". Layers - View - None.

7. Open cm007x_frame.pspimage. Edit - Copy (Ctrl + C). On the working image: Edit - Paste as New Layer (Ctrl. + L). Rename this layer: "1a". Duplicate 9 times. Name the duplicated layers: "2a, 3a, 4a, 5a, 6a, 7a, 8a, 9a, 10a". Layers - View - None.

8. In the Layers Palette, highlight layer "1" and click the visibility toggle button. Layers - New Raster Layer. Flood fill with the background color. Selections - Load/Save Selection - Load Selection From Alpha Channel - Selection #6 - Load. Press the Delete Key. Selections - Select None (Ctrl. + D). Turn on the visibility of layer "1a". Layers - Merge - Merge Visible. Hide the Merged layer.

9. In the Layers Palette, highlight layer "2" and click the visibility toggle button. Layers - New Raster Layer. Flood fill with the background color. Selections - Load/Save Selection - Load Selection From Alpha Channel - Selection #7 - Load. Press the Delete Key. Selections - Select None (Ctrl. + D). Turn on the visibility of layer "2a". Layers - Merge - Merge Visible. Hide the Merged layer.

10. In the Layers Palette, highlight layer "3" and click the visibility toggle button. Layers - New Raster Layer. Flood fill with the background color. Selections - Load/Save Selection - Load Selection From Alpha Channel - Selection #8 - Load. Press the Delete Key. Selections - Select None (Ctrl. + D). Turn on the visibility of layer "3a". Layers - Merge - Merge Visible. Hide the Merged layer.

11. In the Layers Palette, highlight layer "4" and click the visibility toggle button. Layers - New Raster Layer. Flood fill with the background color. Selections - Load/Save Selection - Load Selection From Alpha Channel - Selection #9 - Load. Press the Delete Key. Selections - Select None (Ctrl. + D). Turn on the visibility of layer "4a". Layers - Merge - Merge Visible. Hide the Merged layer.

12. In the Layers Palette, highlight layer "5" and click the visibility toggle button. Layers - New Raster Layer. Flood fill with the background color. Selections - Load/Save Selection - Load Selection From Alpha Channel - Selection #10 - Load. Press the Delete Key. Selections - Select None (Ctrl. + D). Turn on the visibility of layer "5a". Layers - Merge - Merge Visible. Hide the Merged layer.

13. In the Layers Palette, highlight layer "6" and click the visibility toggle button. Layers - New Raster Layer. Flood fill with the background color. Selections - Load/Save Selection - Load Selection From Alpha Channel - Selection #11 - Load. Press the Delete Key. Selections - Select None (Ctrl. + D). Turn on the visibility of layer "6a". Layers - Merge - Merge Visible. Hide the Merged layer.

14. In the Layers Palette, highlight layer "7" and click the visibility toggle button. Layers - New Raster Layer. Flood fill with the background color. Selections - Load/Save Selection - Load Selection From Alpha Channel - Selection #12 - Load. Press the Delete Key. Selections - Select None (Ctrl. + D). Turn on the visibility of layer "7a". Layers - Merge - Merge Visible. Hide the Merged layer.

15. In the Layers Palette, highlight layer "8" and click the visibility toggle button. Layers - New Raster Layer. Flood fill with the background color. Selections - Load/Save Selection - Load Selection From Alpha Channel - Selection #13 - Load. Press the Delete Key. Selections - Select None (Ctrl. + D). Turn on the visibility of layer "8a". Layers - Merge - Merge Visible. Hide the Merged layer.

16. In the Layers Palette, highlight layer "9" and click the visibility toggle button. Layers - New Raster Layer. Flood fill with the background color. Selections - Load/Save Selection - Load Selection From Alpha Channel - Selection #14 - Load. Press the Delete Key. Selections - Select None (Ctrl. + D). Turn on the visibility of layer "9a". Layers - Merge - Merge Visible. Hide the Merged layer.

17. In the Layers Palette, highlight layer "10" and click the visibility toggle button. Layers - New Raster Layer. Flood fill with the background color. Selections - Load/Save Selection - Load Selection From Alpha Channel - Selection #15 - Load. Press the Delete Key. Selections - Select None (Ctrl. + D). Turn on the visibility of layer "10a". Layers - Merge - Merge Visible. Layers - View - All. Save your work as a .pspimage or .psp.

18. Open your Animation Shop. File - Open (Ctrl + O). Browse to the folder where you saved your work in the last step and open it.

19. Edit - Select All (Ctrl + A). Animation - Frame Properties (Alt + Enter). Display time (in 1/100th sec): 10.

File - Save As - the_name_of_your_choice.gif.


You are done. I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial.




November 17, 2007.