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OH, My Stars! -Header & SideBorder
By:  ZiggyFan
This tutorial assumes a basic knowledge of Paint Shop Pro.  I believe the skill level to be at the "Advanced Intermediate" Level.  Just be sure to read every step carefully and always pay special attention to what layer you are working on.
Things Needed For This Tutorial
  • Paint Shop Pro (This is done using 9), but should be able to be done in newer versions.
  • Animation Shop
  • A Graphic of choice 
  • A Italic Font of your choice.....you will find the one I used in my supplies Zip.
  • My Supplies:  Includes all my Selections and Font.
  • No Outside Plug-In's or Filters needed.....Yay!
  • Any tubes or brushes you would like to use to dress up your Letter.

  • Let's Begin....Please make sure you have imported the selections into your selections folder.
    1.  Open your graphic of choice.  Select a few colors you like from your
         graphic and set it aside for now.
         We are making the sibeborder first...
    2.  Open a new image 150 X 300 pixels.
    3.  Selections - Load/Save Selections - Load Selection from disk.
         Load - AMZ-OhMyStars-1 with the following settings... 
        
    4.  Flood fill the selection with your lighter color.  Select None.
    5.  Selections - Load/Save Selections - Load Selection from disk.
         Load - AMZ-OhMyStars-2
    6.  Flood fill the selection with your darker color. 
         Effects/Texture Effects/Blinds with the following settings... 
         Select None
    7.  Effects/3D Effects/ Drop Shadow with the following settings... 
        
         Effects/Image Effects/Seamless Tiling...with the following settings....
     
         Layers/Merge/Merge Visible
    8.  Add a new raster layer - Selections - Load/Save Selections - Load Selection
         From disk.  Load - AMZ-OhMyStars-3
         Flood Fill with Black or a color that works well with your Graphic.
         Selections/Modify/Contract at 2.  Keep Selected.
    9.  In your Materials pallet click on your background box.  Select Gradient.
         With the following settings... 
        
        
          Flood Fill the selection with your Gradient.  Select None.
          Add a drop shadow with the following settings...    
          
         
    10. Duplicate this layer 2 times.  Rename these layers Star 1, 2 & 3.
    11. Place a Red X over the Star 2 & 3 Layers.  Make the Star 1 layer
          active.  Adjust/Add and Remove Noise/Add Noise.  With these
          settings.... 
         
     
          Now put a Red X over Star 1 layer and make Star 2 layer active
          (Remove the Red X on Star 2 layer).
          Adjust/Add and Remove Noise/Add Noise.  Same settings but,
          change the percent to 20%.
          Now put a Red X over Star 2 layer and make Star 3 layer active
          (Remove the Red X on Star 3 layer).
          Adjust/Add and Remove Noise/Add Noise.  Same settings but,
          change the percent to 30%.
     12. Add a new raster layer and send it to the bottom.  Image/Canvas
           with the following settings.... 
          
           (Or the width you use for your screen resolution)....
    13.  Flood Fill the new layer with your lighter color.
    14.  Now on to making it Animated
     So open Animation shop. The easiest way to open it is while in PSP click on File > Jasc Software Products > Launch Animation Shop.
    There are different ways to get your images into Animation Shop,  and if there is one you prefer, then go right ahead. Or you can follow this way.

            In PSP Layers Pallet – Place a Red X over the Star 2 and Star 3 layers.

            Layers>Merge>Merge Visible....Go up top and click on Edit >Copy

            Switch over to Animation Shop, and on the top click on Edit >

            Paste as New Animation.

            Switch back to PSP go to Layer Pallet – Edit/Undo.

            In PSP Layers Pallet – Place a Red X over the Star 1 and Star 3 layers.  

            Layers>Merge>Merge Visible

            Go up top and click on Edit >Copy

            Switch back to Animation Shop and go up top to Edit > Paste >

            After Current Frame.

            Switch back to PSP go to Layer Pallet – Edit/Undo.

            In PSP Layers Pallet – Place a Red X over the Star 1 and Star 2 layers.

            Layers>Merge>Merge Visible

            Go up top and click on Edit >Copy

            Switch back to Animation Shop and go up top to Edit > Paste >

            After Current Frame.

    Now you have all three layers in animation shop, time to check them out. Up top on the tool bar is a View Animation button (see below what it looks like) 

     

    Click on it and it will open your animation. Usually the speed it is automatically set at is a good speed for this type of animation. Click on the X in the corner of the image that is showing the animation to close it. Your other image is still open.

    After viewing your Animation and your happy with it - Click up top on File> Save As then choose where you would like to save it, and give it a name. Click on Save. It then opens another window Animation Quality Versus Output Size. There is a slider on the left. The higher the slider is on the line the larger the file size of your animation will be. But then again the lower on the line you set it, the quality of your image goes down. Click on Next then click on next in the next window, then click Next again, then click on Finish. You may now close out your image in Animation Shop you are done with it.

    To Make the Header
    15. Open a new image 500 X 450 pixels.
    16. Selections - Load/Save Selections - Load Selection from disk.
          Load - AMZ-OhMyStars-4
    17. Flood fill the selection with your darker color.  Select None.
          Effects/Texture Effects/Blinds with the same settings as in step 6.
          Width: 2, Opacity: 30, Color: Black, Horizontal: Unchecked, Light
          from left/top: Checked.
    18. With your Magic Wand...
         
          Select the inside square....Selections/Modify/Expand at 2.
    19. Paste your graphic as a new layer....Send it to the bottom.  Now just
          positioned it where you want it, and make sure your graphic layer is
          the highlighted layer, invert the selection and hit your Delete key....
          This doesn't distort the graphic at all...Sometimes resizing of your
          graphic layer is needed also.... all you have to do is remember to
          "Sharpen" your graphic.  Select None....
    20. Make the top layer active.  Effects/3D Effects/ Drop Shadow with
          the same settings as in step 7.
          Vertical/Horizontal: 4, Opacity: 45, Blur: 10, Color: Black,
          Shadow on new layer: Checked.
          Add a new raster layer....
    21. Selections - Load/Save Selections - Load Selection from disk.
          Load - AMZ-OhMyStars-5
          Flood Fill with Black or a color that works well with your Graphic.
          Effects/3D Effects/ Drop Shadow with the same settings as in step 7.
          Vertical/Horizontal: 4, Opacity: 45, Blur: 10, Color: Black,
          Shadow on new layer: Checked.
          Select None.  Add a new raster layer....
    22. Selections - Load/Save Selections - Load Selection from disk.
          Load - AMZ-OhMyStars-6
          Flood Fill with Black or a color that works well with your Graphic.
          Selections/Modify/Contract at 2.  Keep Selected.
          Repeat steps 9, 10 & 11.
    23.  Add a text saying of your liking....
    24.  Add a new raster layer and send it to the bottom.  Flood Fill with
           your lighter color.
    25.  Now animate your header by following the step 14 again.
    Once you have both parts ready....add to Letter Creator and you are done.
         

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  As much as I did writing it.
Any similarities to other tutorial are Entirely Coincidental.
Please do not translate or Script this tutorial.
Please do not Claim any of it as your own.
A Special thanks to my testers at Crazy Creative Creators!!!!!

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