Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Apples to Acorns

This tutorial was created using Adobe Photoshop Version 8. Those familiar with Photoshop may easily adapt this to any version. Furthermore, those familiar with PSP should find this is also adaptable. Thank you for your time and effort.

You will need the following to complete this tutorial.

This tutorial is my own creation and as such may not be copied and/or reproduced in any way. You may not copy and/or claim it as your own creation. However, you are welcome and encouraged to share this tutorial by providing a link to this site (the site on which it is posted) for others to reference. Any similarities, resemblance, or other likenesses to other creations and/or tutorials is purely coincidental.

All sizes and placements are not meant to be exact and should be considered approximates and changeable for the specific needs of your image.

-Open a new document size 600x600. I like to work in a 600x600 size, you can use any size square, but the pixels are given for 600x600. Final image sizing can be done when complete. I always use a transparent background and leave that background empty.

- Open paper Autumn 8 and resize it to 600x600 before copying and pasting it into your document. Working on a new layer, layer 2, paste Autumn 8. Increase the paper brightness to 100. It ends up a light orange with orange peeking through.

-On a new layer, working on layer 3, Paste Horseplay’s Pasture’s Mask 22, invert the colors, and set layer to screen.

Continuing to work from back to front of image add new layers for each step. This kit is full sized, so you will want to size each element before copying and pasting into your image.

All drop shadows are set at distance 5 and size 5.

-Working on layer 4, add Autumn Tree2, sized to 375x371, to the left with the top of the tree below the top of the yellow peeking through the mask. You will adjust this later to get the correct position for your image. Do not use drop shadow on this layer. It only adds confusion.

-Working on layer 5, add Autumn Tree1, sized to 236x444, to the right. The top of this tree should be above the tree on layer 4. Add Drop Shadow

-Working on layers 6 create a black rounded rectangle, sized to 545x89, and position it center and over the lower area of the first two trees. This will become a second layer of grassy ground cover.

-Layer 7 use paper 12, sized to 600x600, to cover/paste paper 12 over the rounded rectangle shape. Quick How To: Paste paper on layer above black rectangle. Click control/alt/g to achieve clipping mask. This will clip the paper to the shape.

-Working on layer 8, add Autumn house1, sized to 196x433, to the left of Autumn Tree 1 on layer 5. This should cover about 2/3 of the tree as shown. Add Drop Shadow

-Working on layer 9, add Autumn Tree cluster, sized to 345x487, slightly to the left of the house, Add Drop Shadow on this cluster, there is a wonderful shadow for the tree. Position the tree so that the shadow falls on the house. Add Drop Shadow

-Working on layer 10, Add Autumn Tree3, over the top of Autumn Tree cluster on layer 9 this should exactly match the tree below.  Once done, crop only the bottom half of Autumn Tree3 and blend using tools to take care of the finer details. Do not use any drop shadows or enhancements on this layer or it will show.

-Working back on layer 6 and using a round point eraser between the size of 40 and 50 shape the rounded rectangle behind the cluster to appear as another hill of grass as shown.

-Layer 11 add Autumn grass1, sized to 59x128, and position on the right side of the house. Of course all sizes are approximate, but this is a good place to check your scale. Look at the grass in the cluster and the grass on the house. Ensure that the grass on the house is not larger as it is further in the background.

-Layer 12 place Autumn owl1, sized to 67x72, on the branch of Autumn Tree2 from layer 4 as shown. Add Drop Shadow

-Layer 13 place Autumn acorn2, sized to 82x45, to the right and in front of the grass. Add Drop Shadow

-Layer 14 place Autumn apple2, sized to 74x68, in the right corner positioning it over the two right acorns on Layer 13 so the acorns appear to be behind the apple. Add Drop Shadow

-Layer 15 Place Autumn bear 1, sized to 206x242, slightly to the left of Autumn tree2 from layer 4 and with the bear’s feet below the grassy hill. Add Drop Shadow

-Layer 16 place Autumn acorn, sized to 82x45, to the left of the bear and in under of the basket of apples. Add Drop Shadow

-Layer 17 place Autumn apple2, sized to 74x68 and horizontally flip the image, in the left corner positioning it over the two left acorns on Layer 16 so the acorns appear to be behind the apple. The worms in the two apples should now be facing each other. Add Drop Shadow

-Layer 18 place Autumn acorn scatter, sized to 300x116, in position from the right apple and rotated to the right as shown. Erase the acorn that is below the arch shape as it does not follow the path of the animation.

-Layers 19 & 20 copy and paste an acorn from layer 18 to fill in the gap between the end of the scatter to the bear. You will do this for Layer 20 so that there are two acorns completing the gap and the last acorn looks like it is landing on the head of the bear. Use different acorns to give it a tumble effect. This should give you a total of 10 acorns in an arch. Adjust the image color to a lighter shade of green so it stands out better from the image. Add a stroke around the image set on 3; use #4c2a07 brown. Add Drop Shadow Inner Shadow (distance 5 size 5)

-For the next 10 layers, duplicate this merged arch and rename them Animation 1-10.

-Make the original merged layer unseen or it will be visible throughout the animation.

-On the 10 layers of animation, you will erase all but one of the acorns. For Animation 1 you will erase all but the first acorn closest to the right corner. For Animation 2 you will erase all but the second acorn closest to the right corner. You will continue to do this across the arch until you have ten layers, each with one acorn in sequence. Note:  to achieve the look that there are moments of arch coming out of the grass, across the arch, and behind the apple, leave some consistent lines of brown edging from the acorns you are erasing.

-Create another layer and rename it Animation 11. Using your starburst pen and use the same dark brown you used to outline the acorns, make a large star splat by clicking once at 45px and once at 75px on the head of the bear. Position each click very slightly off each other to appear as a smack rather than a star.

We will set the animation in motion last.

-For the name Layer, use Goudy Stout for the text, #5a5b01 green for the main color, and stroke the name in #fdef77 yellow pixel size 3. Size and position the name as you prefer. Apply emboss size 5.

-Add copyrights and your own tag name if you like.

Once all text is complete, then animation frames can be made.

-Working on Animation layer 1, and with only that animation layer visible, open the animation window. Make sure you are on the Animation Frames view. If you are not, you can switch to it by clicking the small button in the animation window on the lower right that looks like it has three diamonds in it. What you should have is one frame with a number one in the upper left.

-Working on Animation layer 2, and with only that animation layer visible, click on new frame in the animation window. This looks like a little piece of paper next to the trash can. This will give you the second acorn view. Repeat this step for Animation layers 3-11.

-Set the first 10 frames at .1 seconds, and set the 11th frame at no delay. This way, when the acorn hits the bear in the head the splat will accompany it.

-Play the animation to make sure it works.

-Size the image as you wish, and save for web device. It will save as a gif. Click on it and it run your creation.

I hope you love what you’ve created, and thank you for trying my tutorial.

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