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Hey everyone. The FAQ system is not accepting submissions, so I'll post it here until the FAQ system is back up.

How To: Animate Snow in Photoshop Now in Paint Shop Pro

Since it's near the holidays, I decided to put together an FAQ that will teach you how to make and animate snow for a avatar/sig/banner.


METHOD 1 -

METHOD 2 -



METHOD 1




1. Open up your image that you want to apply the snow to.



2. Make a new layer where you want your snow to be. (Most likely on top). Fill it with black #000000

3. Press Filter > Noise > Add Noise and use the following settings.

Amount: 70%
Distribution: Gaussian
Monochromatic: Yes

This will create a black background with white dots.

4. Change the layer mode to Screen. This will make it so the background can be seen through the snow layer.

5. Press Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur, and use the following settings:

Radius: 1.5 pixels

6. Press CTRL+L to bring up the levels dialogue box. Change the options to:

Channel: RGB
Input Levels: 90, 1.00, 120
Output Levels: 0, 255

Press OK.

7. Repeat seps 2-6 by making new layers. Do NOT duplicate them, as the Noise on each layer will be the same. We want them to be different. For example, on the 2nd snow layer, make the noise on 71%. On the 3rd layer, make it 72%, etc. Repeat these steps 4 more times so you have a total of 4 layers of snow.



8. Press the "Edit in Image Ready" button () to start the animation stage.

9. Create a total of 5 frames (One frame for each snow layer). Click on the first frame, and make only the background image, and first snow layer visible. Click on the 2nd frame, and make only the background image and 2nd snow layer visible, etc.



Now change each frame time to 0.1 seconds. Press File > Save Optimized As... and your done!




METHOD 2 (Pics Added Later)

1. Open up your image that you want to apply the snow to.

2. Create a new layer by clicking the 'create new layer' icon. Double click the new layer and call it 'falling snow'.

3. Now take a little small soft brush and paint some snow drops. Careful not to smudge them.

4. Make the brush size smaller (around 7) and then paint smaller snow drops.

5. Now drag the falling snow layer to the 'create new layer' icon. This creates a copy.

6. Click the move tool and with the 'up' arrow on the keyboard move the falling snow copy layer right to the top, off the canvas. Now, making sure that the falling snow copy layer is still selected, (it will be highlighted in blue in the layers panel) press CRTL+E to merge both falling snow layers. This will be our falling snow animation.

7. Press CRTL+SHIFT+M to jump to Imageready. When it has opened, click the little arrow on the animation panel (b), then click 'New Frame' on the roll out menu.

8. Now select the 'falling snow' layer on the layer panel and then the move tool. Using the down arrow on the keyboard, move the layer down .

9. Click the little arrow again and this time choose 'Tween' from the menu. Type 15 for the number of frames to add and accept.




PAINT SHOP PRO - http://www.paintshoppro8.com/Paint_S..._Tutorials.htm I do not take credit for this section as I do not have Paint Shop Pro, I just added this tutorial to the FAQ as a few people have asked for it.

What you need:

- psp8.
- Textures here
- font frames and borders zip
- image
1. Open a new image, transparant, 300w - 400h.. Copy your image and close the original.

2. Select your text tool and open your framefont. Type the caracter j see settings below.Paint Shop Pro 8 Tutorials.


Foreground color locked and background color black.
Selection none.

3. Use selection tool - retrancle

4. Copy - paste as a new image.

Open a new image 300 at 400, transparant and closed the other.
5. Go to your half image and click copy and paste as new layer on your new image.

6. Make a copy in your layer pallet. Make your copy active en go to images - flip.

Put the 2 this way against each other that all points touch each
other. See below.Paint Shop Pro 8 Tutorials.
7. Merge visible and take you deformtool. Place the red lines entirely against the side. See example.

This most of the work has been done.
8. Select all --- select float.

9. Floodfill with gold.

Effects -- 3d-effecten, inner bevel. See below.Paint Shop Pro 8 Tutorials.
10.10 - 4 -0 0,315 - 50.35
Selection none.
10. Click in the middle with your magic wand .

Selections - modify - expand 1 pixel.
11. Go to your image en copy, paste into selection.

Effects - 3D-effects - drop shadow, h and v on 1 ----- 65 and 5
Selections - none . Paint Shop Pro 8 Tutorials.
12 Go to unsharp mask -settings - 4.00 - 65 - 4

13. New layer, floodfill with a nice color.

Move your layer down.
14 Effects -- texturizer, sandstone 2 and okay.

15 Merged layers. Paint Shop Pro 8 Tutorials

16 Images, add borders 5 pix. Symetrisch.

Magic wand select and floodfill with gold.
17 Effecten, innerbevel - frame same settings.

Selects none .

Save as jpg. Thats all.

Whoever can make the first Paint Shop Pro animation and posts it here will have it added to the top of the page. Good luck!




Once again, I take no credit for the Paint Shop Pro part of this tutorial or Method 1. I had to take it from here and here.

I hope you enjoyed this FAQ. Questions and Comments are welcomed, and are encouraged.

-f4t4l1ty
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Great job! Unfortunately I don't have Photoshop Can I do this in Paint Shop Pro?

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thanks i like this alot, i went to try it out and used a chrismassy background and added text and other stuff and this is what i got

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Originally Posted by numlock2.0 View Post
Great job! Unfortunately I don't have Photoshop Can I do this in Paint Shop Pro?

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Yes. I will add that as soon as I finish a few things. Expect it by tonight.

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thanks i like this alot, i went to try it out and used a chrismassy background and added text and other stuff and this is what i got

Great job! Glad to see it's helping people.
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Paint Shop Pro part added! Enjoy!

-f4t4l1ty
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Whoever can make the first Paint Shop Pro animation and posts it here will have it added to the top of the page. Good luck!

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The links where I got the Method 1 and Paint Shop Pro part are listed at the bottom. Read the whole thing before accusing me.
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Nice job. Do you use Photoshop for work, or just fun?
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