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Falling Snow Part B
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Falling Snow [Part B]
Created by: CarolUK
(Modified by Robert Behrens [theProf])

 

The Falling Snow Tutorial is in three (3) parts:

Part A - creates the Falling Snow Image used for animation of the globe,
Part B (this part) - creates the Globe with the snow layers and base, and
Part C - creates the Animation GIF File.

Note: Due to the number of layers used, always save your work regularly as a PSP file.

 

STEP 1: OPEN the ELF1.PSP file created in the last tutorial

Your image should have a bottom MERGED layer and then
12 additional layers labeled Layer 1 through Layer 12. The Layers (1 - 12) should be Turned Off. If not, turn off all layers
but the MERGED layer (bottom layer).

Also, your GRID should be Turned Off.

 
 

STEP 2: Create a 3D Look for the Globe

 

Create a New Layer at Top Labeled Glass Shadow

  • Highlight Layer 12
  • Click on NEW Layer and Label 'Glass Shadow'
  • Turn Off Layer 12
  • Make Sure the Glass Shadow Layer is Active

Use the SELECTION TOOL

  • Selection Type = Circle
  • Feather = 0
  • Antialias = Checked
  • Make Sure the Glass Shadow Layer is Active

Place cursor at coordinates 150,150 and drag to coordinates 254,254 (255,255 is ok) for a circle selection that encompasses the Elf Image. (Note: The selection is slightly larger than the Elf image in order to cover any snowflakes that are at the edge.)

 

STEP 3. Create the Shadowing Effect

Set the FOREGROUND COLOR to BLACK
Use the FLOOD FILL TOOL (PSP V7: Make sure the Texture Palettes are set to NULL)

  • Flood Fill Selection
  • Use SELECTIONS || MODIFY || CONTRACT
    with Value of 20
  • Use SELECTIONS || MODIFY || FEATHER
    with value of 40
  • Use DELETE KEY
  • DESELECT (Selections || None or Control + D)

The Elf is now visible. The surrounding shadow may be too dark. In the Glass Shadow Layer, use the Opacity Switch (Slider) and reduce to about 60% or of your preference.

SAVE YOUR WORK to ELF1.PSP

 

STEP 4. Create A Glass Reflection Look

  • Create a new Top Layer Labeled 'Reflections'
  • Use the PRESET SHAPES Tool
    • Style = Ellipse
    • Retain Style = Unchecked
    • Antialias = Checked
    • Create as Vector = Unchecked
    • Line Width = 1
    • Line Style = #1 (Solid)
  • PSP V6: Set Foreground to White
  • PSP V7: Set Foreground to NULL and set Background to White (Solid)

Create an Small Solid White Ellipse near center of image

  • Place Cursor at Coordinates = 85,85
  • Drag Cursor until coordinates = 56,10

Use IMAGE || ROTATE

  • Direction = Left
  • Degrees = Free and set to 45
  • All Layers = Unchecked

Use MOVER TOOL and drag ellipse toward the Left Edge Just touching the Edge of the Shadow and somewhat parallel to the outer edge.

Blur The Image

  • PSP V6: Use IMAGE || BLUR || GAUSSIAN BLUR
  • PSP V7: Use EFFECTS || BLUR || GAUSSIAN BLUR
  • Use Radius = 2.5

Copy Image And Paste As A New Layer

  • EDIT || COPY (Control + C)
  • EDIT || PASTE AS NEW LAYER (Control + L)

Use MOVER TOOL on this New Layer Ellipse and move Ellipse to lower right of image, again just at shadow edge and parallel to outer edge, roughly diagonal from the first Ellipse.

 
 

These white highlights are what give the globe its glassy look, and your globe should now look like the one on the left.

SAVE it again.

 
 

STEP 5. Creating A Base For The Globe (An Optional Step)

  • Use IMAGE || CANVAS SIZE to enlarge the canvas for a base at the bottom of the Globe. (If you don't wish to create a base, just SAVE this file to be used in the Next Step of animating the falling snow.)
    • New Width = 300
    • New Height = 450
    • Center Image Horizontally = Checked
    • Center image Vertically = Unchecked
    • Top = 0
    • Bottom = 150
    • Left = greyed out
    • Right = greyed out
 

Draw The Base

  • Use the SELECTION TOOL
    • Selection Type = Rectangle
    • Feather = 0
    • Antialias = Checked
  • Double Click on the SELECTION TOOL
  • Left = 74
  • Right = 226
  • Top = 250
  • Bottom = 350
 

Flood Fill with any color

PSP V6: Use IMAGE || EFFECTS || SCULPTURE

PSP V7: Use EFFECTS || TEXTURE || SCULPTURE

  • Select the GOLD Preset
  • and set ANGLE = 0
  • Repeat this effect two more times.

Create a NEW LAYER

PSP V6: IMAGE || EFFECTS || BUTTONIZE

PSP V7: EFFECTS || 3D EFFECTS || BUTTONIZE

  • Height = 1
  • Width = Maximum
  • Opacity = 60
  • Transparent Edge = Checked
  • Click on OK

In the LAYER PALETTE,
set the Mode Options from Normal to Luminance

Deselect (Selections || None or Control + D)

 

If you wish, you could use tubes to put other elements onto the base. I used the 'Holly' Tube. Just have fun.

Remember to SAVE your Work. We will use this Image in our Next Tutorial (Part C) where we create animation of the snowflakes.

-- Enjoy --