Expanding & Scrolling IM Letters - Tutorial 10

Scrolling Letter #2


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By LismibaebisCreations
29 December 2010
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Revised 1 July 2011 - To go with new code, which is used with written permission from IMSOM.
Revised again October 2014 with some slight adjustments to the code.

Tutorial image courtesy of morgueFile
Used according to TOU

Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced


Needed

Programs
Paint Shop Pro - I used X2
Letter Creator
PeaZip
HTML kit
Power Archiver


Image
Tube or Mist
(Height should be greater than width)


Plugins
Fantastic Machines > Paint Engine, available here
Toadies Filter, Blast 'n Blur, available here


Texture
Paper fine, available here


Code
Your personalized Scrolling code
(ScrollingLBAug2014.txt, available here)


Performance Notes
This tutorial is in 7 parts:
- Preparation
- Pattern
- Background for LC
- Tile
- Slicing
- Change Coding
- Make new .imf letter

The settings for different Tools and Effects will stay the same throughout the tutorial, unless new setting instructions are given

Don't forget to save your work often

arrow Click on the arrow and drag it to mark the progress on this page.


Preparation

1) Download and install filters if necessary
(If you install filters you need to restart PSP afterwards)

2) Download the Texture and save to your Texture Folder

3) Start > Documents

4) Open your Scrolling Letters Folder

5) Make a folder for your new letter
Save all the images and files you will create to this folder

6) Paint Shop Pro
File > Open
Open image of choice

7) Window > Duplicate (Shift + D) twice
Close original

8) Dropper Tool (E)
Left click to choose a light Foreground color
(I chose #f9f7e5)
Right click to choose a dark Background color
(I chose #35524c)

9) Edit > Copy



Pattern

10) Crop Tool
Crop most of the empty space around your tube or mist

11) Image > Resize
Settings:
Resample using = Bicubic
Lock aspect ratio = Checked
Resize all layers = Checked
Resolution = 72.000 Pixels / Inch
Width = No greater than 300 Pixels
Height = No greater than 300

12) Effects > Image Effects > Seamless Tiling
Settings:
Default

13) Layers > New Raster Layer

14) Layers > Arrange > Move Down

15) Flood Fill Tool (F)
Settings:
Match mode = None
Use all layers = Not checked
Blend mode = Normal
Opacity = 100

16) Left click to flood fill new layer with Foreground color

17) Layers > Merge Visible

This will be known as "PatternL10" for the rest of the tutorial

18) Window > Duplicate

19) Minimize one, but
Keep both files open!



Background

20) Adjust > Blur > Gaussian Blur
Settings:
Radius = 14.00

21) Adjust > Add/Remove Noise > Add Noise
Settings:
Random = Checked
Noise = 14 %
Monochrome = Checked

22) Effects > Plugins > Fantastic Machines > PaintEngine
Settings: WispyClouds
Push Intensity = 1.14, Lighten = .2
Bias = 00, Pull Intensity = .65
Lighten = .9, Bias = .00
Amount = 1.22
Wrap Edges = Not checked
Type = Uphill
Input = Checked, Line = Not checked
Length = 20, Radiate = 1.00
Motion Angle = -141, Curl = 0
Operation Angle = -6, Curl = 40
Direction Channel = R

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23) Effects > Image Effects > Seamless Tiling

24) File > Export > JPEG Optimizer
Settings:
Set compression value to = 20
Chroma subsampling = YCbCr 1x1 1x1 1x1 (None)
Save Exif data = Not checked
File name = bgLC

25) Close file (bgLC)



Tile

26) File > New
Settings:
Width = 850 Pixels
Height = 510
Resolution = 72.000 Pixels / Inch
Raster Background = Checked
Transparent = Checked

27) Flood Fill Tool
Left click to flood fill with Foreground Color

28) Effects > Texture Effects > Texture
Settings:
Texture = Paper fine
Size = 100%, Smoothness = 0
Depth = 2, Ambience = 0
Shininess = 0
Color = White
Angle = 315, Intensity = 50
Elevation = 30

29) Materials Palette
Change Foreground to Pattern
Settings:
PatternL10
Angle = 135, Scale = 50
Texture = Not checked

30) Selections > Select All

31) Layers > New Raster Layer

32) Effects > 3D Effects > Cutout
Settings:
Vertical & Horizontal = 0
Opacity = 60, Blur = 15.00
Color = Black
Fill interior with color = Not checked

33) Image > Add Borders
Settings:
Symmetric = Checked
Size in pixels = 1
Color = Background Color

34) Image > Add Borders
Settings:
Size in pixels = 23
Color = Any color not in image

35) Magic Wand Tool
Settings:
Mode = Replace
Match mode = RGB Value
Tolerance = 0
Use all layers = Not checked
Contiguous = Checked
Feather = 0
Anti-alias = Checked
Outside

36) Select new border

37) Flood Fill Tool

38) Left click to flood fill selection with PatternL10

39) Effects > Plugins > Toadies > Blast 'n Blur
Settings:
X-effect = 25
Y-effect = 27

40) Effects > Plugins > Fantastic Machines > PaintEngine

41) Effects > 3D Effects > Inner Bevel
Settings:
Bevel = #2, Width = 15
Smoothness = 40, Depth = 4
Ambience = 0, Shininess = 30
Color = White, Angle = 315
Intensity = 50, Elevation = 30

Screenshot

42) Layers > New Raster Layer

43) Flood Fill Tool
Right click to flood fill new layer with Background Color

44) Layers Palette
Reduce opacity of Layer to 37

45) Selections > Select None

46) Image > Add Borders
Settings:
Size in pixels = 1
Color = Background Color

47) Edit > Paste As New Layer
(the tube or mist)

48) Move Tool (M)
Move tube or mist to the left of the Tile



divider

If necessary:

49) Image > Resize
Settings:
Resample using = Bicubic
Lock aspect ratio = Checked
Resize all layers = Not checked
Width = 90 %
Height = 90

50) Edit > Repeat Resize
until tube or mist looks right

divider

51) Drop Shadow of your choice
With a misted image you might prefer not to use a Drop Shadow

52) Layers > New Raster Layer

53) Add © of Artist and any other info according to artist TOU

54) Layers > New Raster Layer

55) Add your watermark

56) File > Save As
Settings:
Save as type = .PSPIMAGE
Save in layers, so that you can make changes later if necessary

57) Window > Duplicate

58) Close the file you just saved



Slicing

59) Layers > Merge > Merge Visible

60) Follow Instructions in Lesson 4 on how to find the inside of your Textbox on the Left, Top, Right and Bottom and write down

61) Make your top.jpg, middle.jpg and bottom.jpg files according to Lesson 4
With scrolling letters, the scrollbars (determined on the right by padding-right, on the bottom by slicing) should almost touch the border.
My personal preference is that the scrollbar is the same distance away from the bottom and the right, only about 2px.



Change Coding

62) Make your LC file according to instructions in Lesson 5

63) Extract the files according to instructions in Lesson Lesson 5

64) Make changes to the Flavor.htm code according to instructions in Lesson 3 in the Footer area
and Lesson 9 to add the slices, determine the padding-right and change text background color, text and link colors.
Left Padding: About 5-10px to the right of your tube or mist



Make new .imf letter

65) Make new .imf file according to instructions in Lesson 9



If you have any questions, please email Lismibaebi at gmail.com.



Link to previous Lesson Lesson Plan Link to next Lesson