Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Christmas 2006:
Pixel Church (Animated)

I'm continuing my Christmas, 2006 tutorials. This one's a little church that you can add snow to and animate (or if you prefer, you don't have to animate it).

For this tutorial, you will need the following:

Paint Shop Pro.This tutorial was written for versions 10 (PSP X), and 9. If you have earlier versions, you should still be able to complete the tutorial by making some minor adjustments. You may download the latest PSP version demo here.

Animation Shop (it comes with PSP), or another animation program of your choice.

My canvas with the pixel outline. You may download it here.

My color chart. Right click on it and save to your computer.

NOTE: You may use this snowflake to mark your place in the tutorial. Just click on it and drag to whatever location you'd like!

Step 1. Open up the canvas you downloaded. There are two layers - a background and the outline layer.

Step 2. Open up the color chart you downloaded. Copy and paste it as a new layer onto your canvas and move to the top, out of your way. when you need a color, just click on it with your dropper tool.

Step 3. Make the black outline layer active. Choose your magic wand and click on the sky bits. Add a new layer and flood fill with color #1.

Add a new layer. With your paintbrush (size 1), use color #2 to paint the outline of the snow. Then use colors #3-9 to paint the inside. Start at the top of the snow and paint downward, using each color in order. When you get to the end color (9), use it to paint the rest of the snow (use my screenshot as an example to guide you). [Note: I'm only showing a small section of the snow in the screenshot - you'll obviously paint all of it.]

Step 4. Add a new layer. Paint the trees using color #10 and white. Paint the trunks in #10 and a few of the branches (to make it look like just a little bit is not snow covered).

Step 4. Add a new layer. Paint the roof outline using color #11. Paint the inside using colors #12-17 (use my image as a guide).

Step 5. Add a new layer. Paint the church outline using color #18. Paint the inside with colors #19-22, and white.

Paint the windows outline with color #23, inside with #24.

Steeple is color #22.

Step 6. Now take a look at your image and tweak anything that needs tweaking now. When you're satisfied with it, delete the color chart and merge all layers.

Step 7. Make two duplicates of this layer (just go to your layers palette, right click on the layer>duplicate). Starting at the bottom of your layers palette with the original image, name it "1," and then name the duplicates "2" and "3."

Step 8. Turn layers 2 and 3 off, layer 1 on. You're going to add some snow to your image. To do so choose your airbrush, using settings in the screenshot.

Spray on some snow (using white). You can spray as little or as much as you wish, but I think less is better.

Now choose your paintbrush again and paint on some dots of snow in the sky - you're doing this to give it a bit of depth.

Step 9. Turn layer 1 off and turn layer 2 on. Repeat the snow process for layer 2.

Repeat again for layer 3.

You should now have 3 layers named 1, 2, 3, all with snow on them.

Step 10. Turn all layers off except layer 1 and make it active (i.e., on your layers palette, it'll be highlighted in blue). Now export it as a .gif file. To do so, go to file>export>gif optimizer. Then use these settings (don't worry about the "Download Times" tab):



Click "ok" and save this image (it's your first animation frame) - name it anything you choose, but you'll have to put your frames in order later (I've named mine "church01").

Step 11. Now repeat Step 10 for layers 2 and 3 (make sure the appropriate layer is active when you export it as a gif).

Step 12. Now open up Animation Shop (file>Jasc software products>launch Animation Shop. Click File>Animation Wizard.

Now use the settings in the screenshots below for each step. After each one, click "Next" to go to the next setting.



At the next screen, click on "Add Image." Then navigate to the location where you saved your gif images. Hold down the "Ctrl" key and click on each one (hint: if you start at the bottom, they'll be in order in Animation Shop), then click "Open."

Then click "Next" and at the final screen, click "Finish." Your images will now be in Animation Shop. To preview your animation, click on the "View Animation" icon (or go to View>Animation). To stop viewing, click it again.

If you're unhappy with your animation, you can go back and fix the frame(s) then check again. When it looks the way you want it, click File>Save As, and name your animation. Then just use all the default settings on the following screens.

And there you are, all done! I hope you enjoyed the tutorial.

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