This tutorial was posted on May 16, 2006.
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This tutorial was written for PSP10, but can be done in versions 8 and 9.

Check out my tester's results here.
Feel free to use any image, color, brush or text!

~ You will need ~

Paint Shop Pro 10, a 30 day trial can be downloaded here.
Animation Shop here.
The zip with the image I used, picture frame brush and the blinkie block templates here.
Have these images open in PSP.
Font used is called Mandingo and can be found at Abstract Fonts here.
Open and minimize the font in PSP.
Optional ~ Flaming Pear Super Blade Pro
(Two week free trial. To buy $30 for single user)
and Meadows Studio Coconut Ice preset.
Unzip the files to your Flaming Pear/ Super Blade Pro/ Envvironments and Textures folder.
You do not have to have Super Blade Pro to do this tutorial,
I have included settings for PSP's Inner Bevel as a workaround.

You can drag this pointer as you go to keep track of your place in the tutorial.
Drag script from Dynamic Drive


Let's get started ...

Open a new image 325 X 500 with a white background.
I know, it's big for a blinkie! lol!



In your layer palette add a new raster layer and name it frame.

Click on your paintbrush and look in the brush preview window on the tool options palette for gh_pictureframe10.


In your materials palette change your Foreground color to #9c9cb1 and your background color to white.
Using the foreground color apply the brush to your canvas ..


Go to Selections/Select All, Selections/ Float. Effects / Plugins / Flaming Pear / Super Blade Pro.
I have included a screen shot showing where to look for the preset menu . Click on the radio button
to open the preset folder and browse to the Flaming Pear/ Super Blade Pro/ Envvironments and Textures
folder and locate M_coconutice.q5q. Change the Smoothness to 100 and apply this to your brush. Selections/ Select None.





(If you don't have SBP you can add an Inner Bevel to your brush. You won't need to do the
Select All/Float part just go to Effects/3D Effects/ Inner Bevel and use these settings.
Bevel 1 , Width 1, Smoothness 32, Depth 1, Ambience 0, Shininess 54, Angle 315, Intensity 39 and Elevation 36.)




Using the magic wand with these settings ~ (Mode ~ Add, Match Mode ~ RBG Value, Tolerance ~ 0,
Feather ~0 and Anti-alias ~ unchecked) click inside the blinkie frame.

Go to Selections/Modify/Expand/ 2 Pixels.
Go to your Layer palette, click on your background layer and add a new raster layer, you can name it picture inset.
Now open your "pictureframeinset_gh.jpg" image and right click on the image title bar and select Copy.
Go back to your working image, right click on the image title bar and select Paste/Paste into Selection. Selections/ Select none.

Open your "blinkiblocks_gh.psp". I used the right corner layer so click on that layer, right click on the image title bar and go to Copy. Go back to your working image and right click on the image title bar and go to Paste/ Paste as new Layer. Rename this layer "blinkie blocks".

Zoom in with your Zoom tool and using the Mover tool position the blocks in the bottom right corner.

I wanted my blocks white so go to
Adjust/ Brightness and Contrast/ Brightness/Contrast with these settings ..
Brightness ~ 255 and Contrast ~ 0.
If you are using another color you will have to Select all/ Float and flood fill with your color.



Still on your blinkie block layer use your magic wand to select the corner block.
Click on your "picture inset" layer and add a new raster layer, name it 1.

Using your flood fill tool right click to fill the block with white.
Selections/ Select None.

Add a new raster layer and name it 2. Go to your blinkie block layer again and use your magic wand to select the the next two blinkie blocks. Go back to the "2" layer and fill with white. Selections/ Select None.



Add a new raster layer and name it 3. Go to your blinkie block layer again and use your magic wand to
select the the next two blinkie blocks. Go back to the "3" layer and fill with white. Selections/ Select None.

Add a new raster layer and name it 4. Go to your blinkie block layer again and use your magic wand to
select the the next two blinkie blocks. Go back to the "4" layer and fill with white. Selections/ Select None.


Add a new raster layer and name it 5. Go to your blinkie block layer again and use your magic wand to
select the the next two blinkie blocks. Go back to the "5" layer and fill with white. Selections/ Select None.

Add a new raster layer and name it 6. Go to your blinkie block layer again and use your magic wand to
select the the next two blinkie blocks. Go back to the "6" layer and fill with white. Selections/ Select None.

Add a new raster layer and name it 7. Go to your blinkie block layer again and use your magic wand to
select the the next two blinkie blocks. Go back to the "7" layer and fill with white. Selections/ Select None.

Add a new raster layer and name it 8. Go to your blinkie block layer again and use your magic wand to
select the the next two blinkie blocks. Go back to the "8" layer and fill with white. Selections/ Select None.

Add a new raster layer and name it 9. Go to your blinkie block layer again and use your magic wand to
select the the next two blinkie blocks. Go back to the "9" layer and fill with white. Selections/ Select None.

Add a new raster layer and name it 10. Go to your blinkie block layer again and use your magic wand to
select the the next two blinkie blocks. Go back to the "10" layer and fill with white. Selections/ Select None.

Click on your frame layer and go to Effects/3D Effects/ Drop Shadow and use these settings ...
Vertical and Horizontal 2, Opacity 20, Blur 3 and Color Black.

Here's what you should have so far .. ( besides a headache. lol! )



Let's add your name now. While on the frame layer and add a new vector layer.
Click on your text tool and use these settings ...
(The material palette should still be foreground color #9c9cb1 and background color white.)



Click on the blinkie to apply the text. I used the control arm to turn my text like below ...




Go to your layer palette, right click on your text layer and "Convert to Raster Layer".
Go to Selections/Select All, Selections/Float, Selections/Modify/Contract 2.
Go to Effects/3D Effects/Inner Bevel. Choose "Bevel One" , width 1,
Smoothness
57, Depth 2, Ambience 0, Shininess 54, Angle 315, Intensity 39 and Elevation 36.
Go to Selections/Select None.

For the drop shadow go to Effects/3D Effects/Drop Shadow with these settings .....
Vertical 2, Horizontal 2, Opacity 50, Blur 4 and Color #000000 (black)
You can add a new layer for your watermark now if you'd like.

**Save a .psp copy of your unmerged blinkie so you don't have to
do all the selecting and filling again if you want to make another one. **

In the layer palette turn off the visibility on layers 1 through 10.

Go to Layers / Merge/ Merge Visible. Right click on the Merged layer and go to Arrange / Send to Bottom.
Right click on any layer and go to View / All.

You should have one Merged and 10 individual blinkie layers now
Ok, let's make the thing blink. lol!

Save your image and make sure you save it as a .psp file.
You can find it in the "Save as Type" drop down menu in the Save as window.




Open Animation Shop and let's set up the preferences. Go to File/Preferences/General Program Preferences.
Make a note of the settings you have now so you can change them back after the tutorial.
Click on the Layered Files tab and check these options ...


Now close Animation shop and reopen.
Go to File/Open and locate your image.
First thing we want to do is click on the first frame (F:1) Right click on the frame and chose Delete.
Now you will have 10 frames. Click on the second frame (F:2) and use your bottom scrollbar to go to
the 9th frame (F:9) Hold down your Shift key and click on frame 9. This will select frames 2 though 9.
Right click on Frame 9 and select Copy.
Right click on the tenth frame (F:10) and select Paste/ after Current Frame.
You will see frames 11 through 18 have been added and are selected.
While frames 11 through 18 are selected go to Animation/Reverse Frames.

Click on the "View Animation" button in Animation Shop. Go to File/ Save As and give your blinkie a name. Browse to
the folder you want to save it to, click on Save and let the optimizer run clicking "Next" on the following four windows.

That's it, your blinkie is finished.


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