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Falling Snow Part C
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Falling Snow [Part C]
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 creates the Globe with the snow layers and base, and
Part C (this part) 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. And at the top the optional base for the globe possibly with additional tube images for some additional decoration of the base.

Since we do not need as much area at the bottom of the image, we should CROP the image.

  • Use the CROP Tool (the square with edges crossing and a diagonal line)
  • Draw the selection around the globe and base. (Approximate size is 275 x 350). Just leave some space on all sides.
  • You can size the area by placing your mouse cursor on an edge. When it turns to a double arrow, hold mouse button down and drag edge. Size the selection to just show some area on all sides.
  • When ready, Click in the Tool Options - Crop Window on the CROP IMAGE Button.
 

STEP 2: Save this image as a Transparent GIF

  • First, TURN ON Layer 1 (so the snowflakes show)
  • Make sure your BACKGROUND Color is White
  • Use FILE || EXPORT || TRANSPARENT GIF
  • Click on the TRANSPARENCY Tab and Check:
    • Existing Image or Layer Transparency
  • Click PARTIAL TRANSPARENCY Tab and Check:
    • Use Full Transparency Below 98 % Opacity
    • No, Use Existing Color at 100% Opacity
  • Click on the COLORS Tab and Check:
    • Colors = 256
    • Dithering = 100%
    • Optimized Octree = checked
    • Include Windows Colors = Unchecked
  • Click on OK and Save File as Elf1.gif
 

STEP 3: CROP for Animation Frames

For the Animation file, we only need one frame of full size, which is the first frame we saved. We do not need the base in every other frame. We only need the area that will be animated (globe and snowflakes).

  • Switch off the Base Layers
  • Use the CROP Tool
  • Place Cursor at position 0,0 (Look in bottom right on the Status Bar for coordinates.)
  • Drag cursor to just below the globe.
  • And, Drag cursor right off the image to the right to select the full width.
  • (Place cursor on any side for a double arrow and hold mouse button and drag to get correct selection if needed.)
  • Click on CROP IMAGE Button
  • Switch ON all Base Layers
  • FILE || SAVE AS elftop.psp to preserve the full image.
 
 

STEP 4. Save Next Snowflake Frame for Animation

Note: Your Image should have the following layers turned on: Bottom Merged Layer, Layer1, and the Base Layers (if using). All other Layers are Off.

  • Switch Off Layer 1.
  • Switch On Layer 2.
  • FILE || EXPORT || TRANSPARENT GIF
  • Click on Transparency Tab
    • Existing Image = Checked
  • Click on Partial Transparency Tab
    • Full Transparency below 98% = Checked
    • Blend with Background (white) = Checked
  • Click on Colors Tab
    • Colors = 256
    • Optimized Octree = Checked
  • Click on OK and save as elf2.gif
 
 

STEP 5. Repeat Step 4 for rest of snowflake layers

  • Switch Off Layer just highlighted
  • Switch On the Next Layer
  • Check to make sure the Export Gif Settings remain as set in the previous step.
  • Save the file using the layer number for the filename.
  • Repeat until you have saved elf12.gif
 
 

STEP 6: CREATING THE ANIMATION

PSP V6: FILE || RUN ANIMATION WORKSHOP

PSP V7: FILE || JASC SOFTWARE PRODUCTS || LAUNCH ANIMATION WORKSHOP

  • If FILE FORMAT ASSOCIATIONS shows up, SELECT ALL and Click on OK
  • Click on FILE || ANIMATION WIZARD (or click on the Icon at left that looks like a film strip) and select the following:
  • Same Size as the First Image = checked
  • Click on NEXT
  • Transparent = Checked
  • Click on NEXT
  • Upper Left Corner of the Frame = Checked
  • With the Preceding Frames Contents = Checked
  • Scale Frames to Fit = Unchecked
  • Click on NEXT
  • Yes Repeat the Animation indefinitely = Checked
  • Display each Frame = 10
  • Click on NEXT
  • Click on ADD IMAGE BUTTON
    • Locate and add all elf??.gif files
      from elf1.gif - elf12.gif
    • Order the images from 1 - 12 (top to bottom) using the MOVE DOWN and MOVE UP buttons by highlighting the image to move, then moving it.
  • Click on FINISH
 

STEP 7: RUN THE ANIMATION

The 12 Frames are now placed in the Animation Shop Workspace.

To Run the Animation, Click on: VIEW || ANIMATION

Note: Only the Snowflakes should be moving in the animation. If any part of the globe or base are moving, you will need to remake your frames and being careful not to move any layers, even by a pixel, while you make the frames.

To Experiment with the speed of the flakes falling:

  • Highlight the FRAMES images
  • Use EDIT || SELECT ALL
  • Use ANIMATION || FRAME PROPERTIES and in the Display Time set lower values for faster animation and higher values for slower animation.
 
 

STEP 8: SAVE IT

When you are satisfied with the animation,
you are ready to save it.

  • Use FILE || SAVE AS and give it a file name (elfglobe.gif)
  • In the Animation Quality Window you can change values to effect the file size:
    • Use the Slider:
    • Better Quality is 256 Colors
    • Smaller File Size is 32 Colors
  • The choice is based upon the number of colors your image uses. The elf image uses 256 colors for best quality.
  • Clicking on NEXT will then Optimize the image.
  • Clicking on NEXT will give you information on various aspects of an animated gif.
  • If satisfied, click on FINISH
    else click on BACK and reset options.

Enjoy :o)