Keepers of the Lake
For an Italian or Danish translation, click on the flags.
For Materials, click on the Zip file.
Unzip the materials into a working folder. Open the materials in PSP, copy and close originals. You will need the plugins Eye Candy 3.1, Filters Unlimited/Buttons and Frames and Flaming Pear/Flood for this tutorial. Open the Fonts Steward.ttf and Splendid.ttf and minimize them; they will show up in your PSP Font list so you will not have to install them in your Fonts folder. I have used PSPX3 to create this tutorial but you may use an earlier version. It is assumed you have a working knowledge of PSP to do this tutorial.
Credit is given for materials used when original author/tuber is known and can be contacted. Tubes used in this tutorial are from Anna.br, Aimelle, Silvie and Angie. The Trees are from Midnight Brushes. Thank you tubers for your beautiful work and permission to use. Please visit the tuber sites listed on my Links page. You will also find many more tubes in my all-free Tubes section.
Use the dragonfly to mark your place along the way.
1. In Materials Palette, set Foreground color to #cad1a9, Background color to #45614b.
2. Create a Gradient by setting Style to Sunburst, Repeats 2, Angle 0, Invert unchecked.
3. Create a New Image 710px by 700px, transparent. Flood fill with Gradient.
4. Adjust/Blur/Gaussian blur, Radius set to 25.
5. Layers/New Raster Layer. Selections/Select All.
6. Open Aimelle_Misted tube_quietude.pspimage. Copy/Paste into selected layer.
7. Selections/Select None. Luminance (Legacy). Opacity set to 46.
8. Effects/Filters Unlimited/Edges Square/Square Edge 14. Use settings below.
9. Effects/3D-Effects/Drop Shadow, Vertical -7, Horizontal 7, Opacity 50, Blur 14, color #000000.
10. Image/Resize/Resize by 95%, Resize all layers unchecked.
11. Open Tree Borders III_3.png. Copy/Paste as New Layer.
12. Move into upper right corner. Set Blend Mode to Luminance (Legacy).
13. Open Tree Borders III_2.png. Copy/Paste as New Layer.
14. Image/Resize/Resize by 83%, Resize all layers unchecked.
15. Set to Luminance (Legacy). Opacity to 53.
16. Move into upper left corner.
17. Open T2009_angie080.pspimage. Copy/Paste as New Layer.
18. Set to Luminance (Legacy). Move into bottom right corner.
19. Open anna.br_1242_verde_sempre2.pspimage. Copy/Paste as New Layer.
20. Image/Resize/Resize by 80%, Resize all layers unchecked.
21. Effects/3D-Effects/Drop Shadow, Vertical -10, Horizontal 10, Opacity 50, Blur 15, color #000000.
22. Effects/3D-Effects/Drop Shadow, Vertical 10, Horizontal -10, Opacity 50, Blur 15, color #000000.
23. Move so bottom edge of lady is at the center bottom of Raster 2.
24. Open anna.br-1241_verde_sempre1.pspimage. Copy/Paste as New Layer.
25. Image/Resize/Resize by 83%, Resize all layers unchecked.
26. Effects/3D-Effects/Drop Shadow, Vertical -10, Horizontal 10, Opacity 50, Blur 15, color #000000
27. Effects/3D-Effects/Drop Shadow, Vertical 10, Horizontal -10, Opacity 50, Blur 15, color #000000
28. Move lady to bottom left corner.
29. Merge/Merge Down. (Two ladies are merged together now).
30. Effects/Flaming Pear/Flood. Use settings below.
31. Open schwan constanze.pspimage. Copy/Paste as New Layer.
32. Image/Mirror. Image/Resize/Resize by 50%, Resize all layers unchecked.
33. Effects/3D-Effects/Drop Shadow, Vetical -8, Horizontal 8, Opacity 38, Blur 15, color #000000.
34. Move swan to bottom right corner as I have done in my image.
35. Effects/Flaming Pear/Flood. Use the settings below to flood the water beneath the swan.
36. Using the Text tool, find Font Splendid Ornamenty (Splendid tff). Size to 68, Bold, color #0c180e. (See snapshot below).
37. Write "Keepers". Convert to Raster Layer. Do the same for the word "Lake".
38. Using the Text tool, find Font Stewardson (Steward tff), Size to 24, Bold, write the words "of the". Convert to Raster Layer.
39. Using move tool, place each word in a nice spot toward the top above ladies.
40. Open anna.br-2041_verde_sempre1.pspimage. Copy/Paste as New Layer.
41. Image/Mirror. Move well to the right so only grasses are showing. Place above swan.
42. Effects/3D-Effects/Vertical -8, Horizontal 8, Opacity 38, Blur 15, color #000000.
43. Image/Add Borders/Add 3px border with color #0c180e, Symmetric checked.
44. Effects/Filters Unlimited/Buttons and Frames/Glass Frame 1. Use settings below.
45. Sign your name or leave your watermark.
IF YOU LIKE THE IMAGE WITHOUT ANIMATION, STOP HERE. IF YOU WISH FOR THE WATER TO MOVE, CONTINUE WITH STEPS BELOW.
46. Using the Selections Tool, Freehand Selection set to Point to Point, Mode Replace, select around the water at the bottom of the ladies and swan. See example below.
47. Duplicate your image 4 (four) times, having five (5) layers in all. Close off all layers except the top layer.
48. Have top layer highlighted and open.
49. Effects/Eye Candy 3.1/Jiggle. Settings should start as below, then change as I direct you on each layer.
50. Close off top layer. Open layer below and highlight it. Use settings 9, 4, 11 Bubbles.
51. Close off this layer. Open next layer below and highlight it. Use settings 6, 6, 3, Bubbles.
52. Close off this layer. Open next layer below and highlight it. Use settings 11, 7, 0, Bubbles.
53. Close off this layer. Open bottom layer and highlight it. Use settings 9, 5, 5, Bubbles.
54. Open all layers. File/Save As. Save as PSP Animation Shop (*psp) giving your work the name Keepers of the Lake.
55. Open the saved Keepers of the Lake file in Animation Shop.
56. Check the animation by clicking on the View Animation button at the top. If you would like the water to move slower, right click first frame and choose Frame Properties. Change Display to 23 or try a different setting to see if you like it. Be sure to highlight first frame, Edit/Select All prior to changing Frame Properties.
57. If all is to your liking, File/Save As/. When the box comes up give your work its name, type where to save it (your working folder), and Save. As the box changes, click Next, Next, Next, Finish.
58. Your animated tag is now finished and saved as a .gif file in your working folder.
Big hugs to PamelaD and Evatexas for their faithful checking of my written tutorials.