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Animated Sweeping Broom Tutorial




This tutorial was done using PSP 7 & Animation Shop

This is a simple tag to make and I hope you have fun with it.

I have included the font I used in the supplies zip, as well as 2 different ghost tubes to use.

The tube on the tutorial header is sized for the tutorial.

The tube used in the example, at the bottom of the tutorial, was added after the tut was written.
It is not resized to fit the tutorial, you will have to do that.

Supplies are here:



Open a new image in PSP: 500 x 500 - transparent.
Name this palette layer bottom, flood fill with white.
Save as psp image and name sweeping broom.

Anyone who has done my tuts before knows that I am big on naming layers
because it keeps my senile brain straight while making my animations and
and I will refer to the layers along the way as I named them.

Please remember to SAVE often :)

Unzip the Broom Supplies zip file, open the broom tube.
The broom and ribbon are placed in this tube as they should be
on your animation, so you can either merged visible and copy/paste that image
as a new layer into your sweeping broom image or you can copy/paste the broom
and ribbon seperately, placing the ribbon in the same position as it is in the tube.

Or you can be creative and use something other than the ribbon... or no ribbon at all :)

Once you have your broom with your ribbon in place, close off the bottom layer,
Merge Visible and rename this layer Broom Center.

Add a drop shadow: 2/2 62/11.1 - color: black




Next go to image / resize to resize the broom center layer as follows:


Next, using your mouse at the very top of the broom handle, move your broom center layer
to the left side of your image. Watch the position numbers at the bottom
left corner of your PSP screen. You want your image to be at (86, 82) with the
number 86 being no smaller or your image will be off the animation when completed.

After you move the broom center image to the left, duplicate it 2 times.
Close off all the broom images except the bottom copy of broom center image.
Go to image / rotate and rotate RIGHT 15. Rename broom right.


Close this layer off on the layer palette.

Go to the last copy of broom center and Rotate this layer LEFT 15. Rename broom left.
Close this layer off on the layer palette and open the broom center layer.

From your supplies, get the cauldron tube and copy / paste this tube into your sweeping broom image.
Rename this layer cauldron.
It already has a drop shadow on it, as I received it that way.

Position the cauldron layer behind the broom center layer, as shown above in my animation.
Duplicate the cauldron layer 2 times and close off these copies for now.

Next make your name... or other text.
Highlight but do not open, broom right layer.
Click on text tool.
I used Creeper font, which is included in the zip.
Foreground color: Black #000000, Background color: Orange #C7721F,
size: 28, Vector / Antilias.

Move your text into position to the right of the broom center layer.
Convert to Raster Layer, rename this layer Name, add a drop shadow of choice.
I used: 3/3/ 50/11.1 on mine.
Close this Name layer off.

Save, once again, if you have not done so already:)

Open your ghost tube and copy / paste into your image.
Rename this layer ghost:)

Layer postions should now look like this:


Next, close off all layers but cauldron and broom center.
Merger visible, rename: merged center and close this layer off.

Open broom right and one copy of cauldron layer, merge visible, rename: merged right,
close this layer off.

Open broom left and last copy of cauldron layer, merge visible, rename: merged left,
close this layer off.

Layer postions should now look like this:


Next, close off the ghost layer.

Duplicate the bottom layer 3 times and close off the copies.

Duplicate the name layer 2 times and close off the copies.

Duplicate merged center layer 1 time and close off the copy.

The only layers that should be open are the layers named:
name
merged center
bottom
** in that order on your layer palette **
Merge Visible.



Rename this newly merged layer CENTER and close if off.

Open and highlight the very bottom layer named copy of bottom.
Open Merged Right layer.
Open a copy of name layer
Merge Visible and rename this layer RIGHT and close it off.

Open and highlight the very bottom layer named copy of bottom.
Open Merged Left layer.
Open a copy of name layer
Merge Visible and rename this layer LEFT and close it off.

Open and highlight copy of bottom.
Open copy of merged center layer.
Open ghost layer.
Merge Visible and rename this layer Ghost.

You should now have a total of 4 layers, in this order on your layer palette.
Open them all and Save as psp image.


Now to animate it :)

Launch Animation Shop.

Click on Open Animation.

Find your saved sweeping broom PSP image, click on open.
You should now have the four frames of your image in AS screen.

We want to change the frame properties of each frame,
by RIGHT clicking on each individual frame, choose frame properties,
and use the following settings:

Frame 1 = 25
Frame 2 = 45
Frame 3 = 15
Frame 4 = 100

Next, go to Animation / Resize Animation
Resize to 60% - bicubic resample
Click OK.

There will probably be some excess around the top, right and bottom of your image.
You can use your crop tool in AS to crop it off.

Click on View Animation

If you are happy with it....

Go to File / Save As and save...



BOO!... you are done:)

As with any siggy tag, this one has many possibilites, so have fun with it :)

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If you have any questions please don't hesitate to email me at:

~ Donkadawn (tm) ~

Donkadawn (tm) wrote this Tutorial on September 11th 2005.
Any similarities with any other tutorial is purely coincidental.

Please feel free to share this tutorial by using a link to this page.
Please do not copy/paste this tutorial to any groups or claim this as your own.

The broom tube was made by Donkadawn, using this tutorial:

Make a Broom

You might want to try this tut and make your own broom :)

The ribbon tube was hand made by Donkadawn.

I received both the cauldron and boo_ghost tube, as is, through a group,
the same names as I have shared them here. I do not know who made them.

The LCR-Ghost2-pchz.pspimage is included as a extra as I really liked this tube
and added it after I wrote the tutorial and used it as my final example for fun.
It is named as received, please do not change the file name if shared.

Thank You for animating with me!!

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