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For this tutorial you will need:


Corel Paint Shop Pro 12.01. Download a trial version here
Supplies here


- Extract cmv_2058.PspGradient to My Documents\My PSP Files\Gradients folder.
- Extract 29-cmv.bmp to My Documents\My PSP Files\Textures folder.
- 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 cm010_p000.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 up cm010_p000.pspimage. Window - Duplicate (Shift + D). Close the original. In the Layers Palette, click on Raster 2. Layers - Delete. Fill "Raster 1" with color #a3afb0. In the Layer Palette, click Lock Transparency.



Effects - 3D Effects - Cutout: Vertical and Horizontal: 0 - Opacity: 100 - Blur: 55 - Shadow color: #2c564f - Fill interior with color: Unchecked.

2. Set your Foreground to Gradient. On the gradient drop-list, choose cmv_2058, Style Linear - Angle 135 - Repeats 1 - Invert Unchecked. Layers - New Raster Layer. Selections - Load/Save Selection - Load Selection From Alpha Channel - Selection #1 - Load. Fill with the gradient. Adjust - Blur - Gaussian Blur, Radius: 30. Effects - Texture Effects - Texture, with these settings: Texture: 29-cmv - Light Color: #ebeeef.



Selections - Select None (Ctrl. + D).

3. Open up cm010p-1.pspimage. Edit - Copy (Ctrl. + C). On your working image: Layers - New Raster Layer - Set the Blend Mode to Burn. Selections - Load/Save Selection - Load Selection From Alpha Channel - Selection #2 - Load. Edit - Paste Into Selection (Ctrl. Shift + L). Selections - Select None (Ctrl. + D).

4. Layers - New Raster Layer. Fill with color #ffffff. Selections - Load/Save Selection - Load Selection From Alpha Channel - Selection #3 - Load. Press the Delete Key. Selections - Select None (Ctrl. + D). Adjust - Sharpness - Unsharp Mask: Radius: 4 - Strength: 210 - Clipping: 4 - Luminance only: Checked.

5. Layers - New Raster Layer. Fill with color #596d6d. Selections - Load/Save Selection - Load Selection From Alpha Channel - Selection #4 - Load. Press the Delete Key. Selections - Select None (Ctrl. + D).

6. Layers - New Raster Layer. Fill with color #7f9796. Selections - Load/Save Selection - Load Selection From Alpha Channel - Selection #5 - Load. Press the Delete Key. Selections - Select None (Ctrl. + D).

7. Layers - New Raster Layer. Fill with color #e0e4e5. Selections - Load/Save Selection - Load Selection From Alpha Channel - Selection #6 - Load. Press the Delete Key. Selections - Select None (Ctrl. + D). On the same Layer. Selections - Load/Save Selection - Load Selection From Alpha Channel - Selection #7 - Load.  Press Shift + G to apply Gamma Correction: 0.35 (Link checked). Selections - Select None (Ctrl. + D). Adjust - Sharpness - Sharpen.

8. Open up cm010p-2.pspimage. Edit - Copy (Ctrl. + C). On your working image: Layers - New Raster Layer. Selections - Load/Save Selection - Load Selection From Alpha Channel - Selection #8 - Load. Edit - Paste Into Selection (Ctrl. Shift + L). Selections - Select None (Ctrl. + D). Layers - Merge - Merge Visible. Rename Merged: "1". Duplicate it 9 times (for a total of 10). Name the duplicated layers: "2", "3", "4", "5", "6", "7", "8", "9", "10".

9. Open up cm010p-3.pspimage. Edit - Copy (Ctrl. + C). On your working image: Layers - New Raster Layer. Selections - Load/Save Selection - Load Selection From Alpha Channel - Selection #9 - Load. Edit - Paste Into Selection (Ctrl. Shift + L). Selections - Select None (Ctrl. + D). Rename Raster 1: "1a". Duplicate it 9 times (for a total of 10). Name the duplicated layers: "2a", "3a", "4a", "5a", "6a", "7a", "8a", "9a", "10a".

10. In the Layers Palette, click on layer "1". Layers - View - Current Only. Layers - New Raster Layer. Fill with color #ffffff. Selections - Load/Save Selection - Load Selection From Alpha Channel - Selection #10 - Load. Press the Delete Key. Selections - Select None (Ctrl. + D). In the Layers Palette, highlight layer "1a" and click the visibility toggle button. Layers - Merge - Merge Visible.

11. In the Layers Palette, click on layer "2". Layers - View - Current Only. Layers - New Raster Layer. Fill with color #ffffff. Selections - Load/Save Selection - Load Selection From Alpha Channel - Selection #11 - Load. Press the Delete Key. Selections - Select None (Ctrl. + D). In the Layers Palette, highlight layer "2a" and click the visibility toggle button. Layers - Merge - Merge Visible.

12. In the Layers Palette, click on layer "3". Layers - View - Current Only. Layers - New Raster Layer. Fill with color #ffffff. Selections - Load/Save Selection - Load Selection From Alpha Channel - Selection #12 - Load. Press the Delete Key. Selections - Select None (Ctrl. + D). In the Layers Palette, highlight layer "3a" and click the visibility toggle button. Layers - Merge - Merge Visible.

13. In the Layers Palette, click on layer "4". Layers - View - Current Only. Layers - New Raster Layer. Fill with color #ffffff. Selections - Load/Save Selection - Load Selection From Alpha Channel - Selection #13 - Load. Press the Delete Key. Selections - Select None (Ctrl. + D). In the Layers Palette, highlight layer "4a" and click the visibility toggle button. Layers - Merge - Merge Visible.

14. In the Layers Palette, click on layer "5". Layers - View - Current Only. Layers - New Raster Layer. Fill with color #ffffff. Selections - Load/Save Selection - Load Selection From Alpha Channel - Selection #14 - Load. Press the Delete Key. Selections - Select None (Ctrl. + D). In the Layers Palette, highlight layer "5a" and click the visibility toggle button. Layers - Merge - Merge Visible.

15. In the Layers Palette, click on layer "6". Layers - View - Current Only. Layers - New Raster Layer. Fill with color #ffffff. Selections - Load/Save Selection - Load Selection From Alpha Channel - Selection #15 - Load. Press the Delete Key. Selections - Select None (Ctrl. + D). In the Layers Palette, highlight layer "6a" and click the visibility toggle button. Layers - Merge - Merge Visible.

16. In the Layers Palette, click on layer "7". Layers - View - Current Only. Layers - New Raster Layer. Fill with color #ffffff. Selections - Load/Save Selection - Load Selection From Alpha Channel - Selection #16 - Load. Press the Delete Key. Selections - Select None (Ctrl. + D). In the Layers Palette, highlight layer "7a" and click the visibility toggle button. Layers - Merge - Merge Visible.

17. In the Layers Palette, click on layer "8". Layers - View - Current Only. Layers - New Raster Layer. Fill with color #ffffff. Selections - Load/Save Selection - Load Selection From Alpha Channel - Selection #17 - Load. Press the Delete Key. Selections - Select None (Ctrl. + D). In the Layers Palette, highlight layer "8a" and click the visibility toggle button. Layers - Merge - Merge Visible.

18. In the Layers Palette, click on layer "9". Layers - View - Current Only. Layers - New Raster Layer. Fill with color #ffffff. Selections - Load/Save Selection - Load Selection From Alpha Channel - Selection #18 - Load. Press the Delete Key. Selections - Select None (Ctrl. + D). In the Layers Palette, highlight layer "9a" and click the visibility toggle button. Layers - Merge - Merge Visible.

19. In the Layers Palette, click on layer "10". Layers - View - Current Only. Layers - New Raster Layer. Fill with color #ffffff. Selections - Load/Save Selection - Load Selection From Alpha Channel - Selection #19 - Load. Press the Delete Key. Selections - Select None (Ctrl. + D). In the Layers Palette, highlight layer "10a" and click the visibility toggle button. Layers - Merge - Merge Visible. Layers - View - All. Save your work in .psp or .pspimage format.

20. Open your Animation Shop. File - Open (Ctrl + O). Open the file you've just saved. 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 13, 2008.