You will need:
Paint Shop Pro
Plugin - Xenofex 2.0/Lightning (or any lightning plugin)
Scary tube of your choice. I'm using Anna Ignatieva.
Please visit this talented artist
Font of your choice. Mine
Lets begin. Open your tube, and click
shift + D to duplicate it, then close the original.
Increase your canvas size so that you have enough room around
your tube to add text. We can crop around later. Add
a new raster layer, and flood fill with black. Move this
to the bottom, under your tube. Now duplicate your tube.
On your top copy of the tube, zoom in on the
eyes and take your freehand selection tool, on add and select
around the eyes like so.
Then go selection, invert and hit delete.
Deselect, and you should now just have the eyes on this layer.
We need to lock your eyes with the original tube now, so that if
you have to reposition your tube, the eyes will stay in the same
place. So with your eye layer active, click on the Layer
Link Toggle (this is the image of chain links above your
Then activate your tube layer and click the
Toggle again once. These two layers are now locked
Add a new raster layer. We are now going
to add the lightning. There are several plugins out there
with lightning effect in it, and I believe that some versions of
PSP come with a random tube lightning. I prefer to use
Xenofex 2.0/Lightning. But you may use which every you
choose. If you are using mine, I used the following
Position the top and bottom of the lightning
rods as you wish. I did the top off to the right, and the
bottom towards the left corner. Click OK. Add
another raster layer, add the lightning again, click Random.
Repeat another layer of this. You should now have three
layers of lightning, your tube, eyes, black background, and
copyright if your tube had this attached.
I'm going to add a picture frame to mine, just
to take away the square image of the tag. Reposition your
tube as you need to, and move your copyright to the top so that
it appears in the white of the tag. If you are keeping
your tag without a picture frame, you may wish to add a white
drop shadow or gradient glow to your copyright so that it is
Now time to add your text. I'm using
Halloween Spider, using a light colour from my tube, a black
outline, stroke 1, vector layer. Position and resize as
you wish, and convert to a raster layer. You may wish to
leave your text like this, or give it an inner bevel as I'm
doing. So using your magic wand set at 'Add', click each
letter. If using the same font you may find that it
doesn't select completely. You want all the text, but not
the web and spiders, so click until you have everything you
want. Then go to effect/inner bevel and add the following
Add a drop shadow of your choice. Crop
around the image to get rid of any unwanted space around your
Now hide everything accept your copyright,
text and picture frame, and merge visible. Now we are
going to move over to animation. So unhide the black
background, and the eyes layer. You should now have these
and the merged layer. Copy merged, and paste as a new
animation in Animation Shop.
Now hide the eyes layer, and unhide the tube
layer and the bottom lightning layer, copy merged, and paste
after current frame. Back in PSP, hide this lightning,
unhide the next, copy merged, and paste after current frame.
Do the same with the last lightning.
Now in animation you should have four frames,
one with no lightning, and three different lightning frames.
Right, now hope you are paying attention.
Click on your first frame, copy, click on your second frame and
paste after current frame. Click on your second frame,
copy, click on your third frame, and paste after current frame.
So your first five frames should consist of the first two
frames. Now click on the sixth frame and paste after
current frame. Copy, click on the seventh frame, paste
after current frame. Copy, click on the eighth frame, and
paste after currant frame. Now click on your tenth frame,
paste after current frame, copy, click on the eleventh frame and
paste after current frame.
So you now have twelve frames. Between
each lightning frame should be a black eyes frame, and there
should be two of each of the three lightning frames.
Change the frame properties of the first, fifth and ninth frame
Animate. Feel free to play around with
the frame properties if you want the lightning to be quicker, or
longer spaces between each flash. Save as a gif file.
Here is another example of the finished
You are done. I hope you enjoyed this
Please feel free to link to this
tutorial, and/or print it out for your own personal use, but DO
NOT copy it in ANY way to put on-line, pass out, or re-write
without my permission. Any resemblance to any other tutorial
like this is purely coincidental. Thank you. This tutorial
was written on the 22nd July 2006 by Faerie Queen.