you also noticed those cute little blinkie names that
so many people are using on message boards and in emails
these days? Do you want to make one for yourself? Well,
they are quite easy to make, it just takes a little
time. But after you've made your first one and know
how to do it you'll soon learn to spit them out quite
is designed to be used with Paint Shop Pro v. 7 and
the attached Animation Shop v. 3 from Jasc.com.
The same procedure can be adopted to most graphic programs
that use layers. However, I can not give you any advice
on how to use them because I only use PSP and AS don't
know any other programs.
The text can
be made with most fonts. You can just use something
that you like. But to make it easy for everybody I am
going to use the font Arial that is found on all computers
1. Open PSP,
file>new. Width = 150 pixels, height = 50, resolution
= 72,000, background colour = transparent, and image
type = 16.7 million. Make the image a bit wider if you
are going to use a very long text string. For a normal
first name this should be enough space.
2. Set your
background colout to black, and your foreground colour
3. Click the
text tool ,
then somewhere on the canvas and your text editor box
4. Using the
same settings that are shown in the image below, write
the name that you want in the blinkie and in upper case
letters (this image has been shrunken down, if you want
to see the the full image just click on it and a new
window will open):
5. The name
is now on a vector layer. To move it to the middle of
the canvas, place the mover tool
over the text and holding down your left mouse button
just drag the text to where you want it to be.
visible. The text is now on a raster layer.
7. Now we will
start putting each letter of the text on a new letter.
First magnify your text. Then use the selection tool
with these settings (note these settings are appropriate
if you use the font arial at the size I indicated before.
If you use a more curvy text you might need to use another
8. With your
selection tool select all the text except the first
letter. You don't have to be very precise, just make
sure you exclude the first letter. A rectangle of marching
ants will now appear around your text.
9. Left click
once inside the selection. The marching ants should
now be only around the text itself.
to layer. The marching ants disappear, and if you check
your layer palette you'll see that the first letter
is on a layer by itself and all the other letters are
on one layer.
11. Do the
same again, this time excluding the second letter and
the first one.
this operation until all the letters are on separate
13. Use the
move tool again and drag the first letter a bit away
from the others such as this (if the other letters are
dragged as well you have done something wrong and will
need to go through the separation of the letters into
different layers again).
14. Set your
foreground colour to black. Click your paintbrush
and use these settings:
15. Paint a
square around the first letter, just one pixel away
from the letter itself. You can let the lines go on
to the right side so it's easier to adjust the second
16. Using the
mover tool again drag the second letter into place next
to the firt letter. Then paint a box around it with
the paint brus again.
17. Do the
same until you have all the letters in their place and
19. Now we're
going to crop the image. First maginify it so you can
see it really well. Then choose your crop tool
and just use the default settings.
20. Then draw/drag
a rectangle with the crop tool around the name, directly
around the box so that no pixel is left outside the
box. Do this carefully and then let go. If you have
drawn a pixel too close or a pixel too far you can correct
this by placing the cursor over the line that needs
to be moved and drag it closer or away from the box.
When you are satisfied with the area double-click inside
the selection and all the area outside the box should
disappear. If shomething goes wrong, just use the undo
and try it again.
21. And now
comes the real fun part. :o) Set your foreground and
background to two colours that you like, the colours
that you want the name to have. In this case where the
text is dark it is best to keep the colours medium or
light shades to get the best effect possible. For this
name I'll choose a light purple and a light, lime green.
22. Click the
flood fill tool
and use these settings:
23. To colour
the name just left click inside the first box, then
right click inside the second box, and so on the make
every second box with your foreground colour and every
second with your background colour. If you accidentally
hit the letters or the box itself just undo and try
again. Easy itn't it?
as...... Name your file 1.psp and just save it right
to the desktop.
the name again with the floodtool, but this time right
click in the first box, left click in the second and
so on, so that the colours are reversed.
as..... Name your file 2.psp.
27. You can
now close down PSP.
28. Open Animation
Shop and choose the animation wizard
29. When prompted
choose these settings and leave everything else to default:
Check 'same size as the first image frame'. Next. 'Transparent'.
Next. 'Upper left corner of the frame'. Next. 'Yes,
repeat the animation indefinitely' and set the display
time to '15'. Next. 'Add image'. Locate the two images
you saved '1.psp' and '2.psp' on your desktop and add
them. Next. Complete.
30. Your animation
should now show up in AS looking something like this:
as... Name your animation and save it right to the desktop.
You should be ok if you just choose ok as many times
as necessary and then complete. If something strange
happens to the colours, then undo, and save again, but
this time choose the 'customize' button when the big
box appears. Then choose the 'colors' tab, and set the
colours to the second smalles choice which is 7 or 8
colours and then choose the optimised octree option.
was it! You should now be the proud owner of a blinkie
name that you have actually made yourself. After familiarizing
yourself with this way of making the name you might
want to try to explore it a little. How about adding
more than just two colour, using a bevel, making longer
text strings or two strings below each other, or actually
make the boxes move? The possibilities are endless,
the limit is your own imagination! :o)
tutorial © February 2nd, 2002, Guðrun Jacobsen)