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Created by: GraphicButterfly

You've probably all seen the animated thank you's, blinkies, etc. This is just my way of doing it.

New Image
Open a new image:
– Width and Height = 40
– Resolution = 72
– Raster Background = checked
– Transparent = checked

Materials Palette - Materials Box

Flood Fill Tool

In your Materials palette, set the following:
– Background Material = Color: White (#FFFFFF)
– Foreground Material = Gradient (I used a Duotone Red)

For the Gradient, set:
– Angle = 45
– Repeats = 1
– Invert = checked
– Style = Linear

Activate your Flood Fill tool and flood-fill your image with the background color by right-clicking into the image.

added borders

Now we will create a border for this image: Go to Selections || Select All, then to Selections || Modify || Contract and contract by 3.

Now go to Selections || Invert and flood-fill this selected border with your foreground gradient by left-clicking into the selection. Deselect with Selections || Select None (Ctrl+D).

buttonized We'll give this some depth by using the Buttonize effect: Go to Effects || 3D Effects || Buttonize:
– Height and Width = 15
– Opacity = 62
– Transparent = checked
– Color = white

Text Tool

Text Alignment = Centered      Font Style = Bold
By using vector text, we will be adding layers to this button for the letters. Click on your Text tool and choose your font (I used Bell Bottom Laser for the example.) In your Tool Options palette, set the following options:
– Create as = Vector
– Font = your choice
– Size = 30 (depending a bit on your font, though)
– Stroke Width = 3
– Anti-alias = checked
– Alignment = center
– Font Style = bold
– Line Style = solid
– Auto Kern = checked
– Leading = not important as we only use one letter at a time
text added

Click into your image and type the letter "P". Then go to Objects || Align || Center in canvas.

Right-click on the vector layer in your Layer palette and choose "Convert to Raster" from the pop-up menu. Right-click on that layer again and rename it to "P".

Now go to Effects || 3D Effects || Drop Shadow with the following settings:
– Vertical offset = 5
– Horizontal offset = 0
– Opacity = 50
– Blur = 5
– Shadow color = black
– Shadow on new layer = unchecked

Repeat these last two steps using the letter "S".


New Image

Create a new image:
– Width = 120 (3 times the width of your first image)
– Height = 50 (the height of your first image)
– Raster Background = checked
– Transparent = checked

We will be moving our merged letter layers into this new image for the time being.


Layer Visibility Off
Activate your letter image by clicking on its Title bar. Hide the "S" layer by clicking on the eye glasses in your Layer palette. Right-click on the Title bar and choose "Copy Merged" from the pop-up menu.

Selection Tool  Select Area = Custom Size and Position
Activate your new image and then click on the Selection tool. We will be using the Custom Selection button to place our layers into this image. Click on your Custom Selection button. It is about halfway across your Tool Options palette. Settings are:
– Left = 0
– Top = 10
– Right = 40
– Bottom = 50
Right-click on the Title bar of this image and choose "Paste || Paste into Selection" from the pop-up menu.

New Raster Layer     Select Area = Custom Size and Position
In your Layer palette, click on the New Raster Layer button or go to Layers || New Raster Layer. Then go back to your Custom Selection button in the Tool Options palette and change:
– Left = 40
– Right = 80

Layer Visibility Off     Layer Visibility On
Back to your letter image. Close the "P" layer and turn on the "S" layer. Copy merged as you did before (right-click on Title bar and choose "Copy merged") and paste into the selection on your temporary image (right-click on Title bar and choose Paste || Paste Into Selection).
New Raster Layer     Select Area = Custom Size and Position Add a new raster layer and change your custom selection to
– Left = 80
– Right = 120
Repeat copying the "P" merged layer once again and pasting into the selection. When you have all 3 layers in your new image, go to Selections || Select None (Ctrl+D).

We are going to use an Image effect to create offsets on each layer to make the letters "pop" up and down.

Click on the first "P" layer in your layer palette and go to Effects || Image Effects || Offsets:
– Horizontal offset = 0
– Vertical offset = 10
– Edge mode = Transparent

Undo Last Action

Go to Edit || Copy merged, then to Edit || Paste || Paste As New Image.

Go back to your 3-layer image and hit the Undo button. Highlight the "S" layer in your Layer palette, repeat the offset and copy (Edit || Copy merged) again, but this time paste as new layer (Edit || Paste || Paste As New Layer) on the new image you created.

Repeat this step for the last "P" layer.


Save Image
Click on the Save button and save this image somewhere where you can find it. Remember to save it as PSP7 compatible to take it into Animation Shop: Click on the Options button in the Save dialog and select "Save as PSP 7 compatible file".

Animation Wizard

View Animation

We are ready to animate now!! Go to File || Jasc Software Products || Launch Animation Shop. Click on the Animation Wizard button (1st button in the Animation Shop Standard toolbar) to get started.

First dialog:
– Same size as the first image = checked. Click on Next.
Second dialog:
– Transparent = checked. Click on Next.
Third dialog:
– Upper left corner of frame = checked
– With the canvas color = checked
– Scale frames to fit = checked. Click on Next.
Fourth dialog:
– Yes, repeat the animation = checked
– How long you want each frame to display = 25. Click on Next.
Fifth dialog:
– Click on "Add image" and browse to where you put your file.
   Click on Next
6th dialog: Click on Finish.

To view your animation go to View || Animation.


When you are happy with your animation, go to File || Save and finish with the optimization.

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial.