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Sunday, 16 October 2011

Death Mask





In this tutorial I am using the art of Schnegge.
The pack comprises two tubes, one with and one without the mask,
each as a full body and a close up and also
an awesome graphic.
You require a license to use Schnegge’s art,
you can get one here.

I am using an awesome kit called Cool Skullz by
Broken Angel Creations.
You can get the kit here.

For the animation you will need Animation Shop and
Alien Skin Xenonfex 2 plugin.

You will require a background mask, I used Vix’ mask 133, here.
You will also need the 20-20 mask, which I have uploaded for you here.
You need to save the 20-20 mask to your masks folder (which is under
 my documents - my PSP Files - masks) as we need to fit it to
layer and not to canvas. I think most of you will have this mask anyway.

Font used is Puteiro Anarquista.
This is a free font and you can get it here.

This tutorial is suitable for more advanced paintshop users.



Don’t forget to sharpen your elements after resizing/rotating to take away the blurriness (effects – sharpen – unsharp mask – radius and clipping 5, strength 30).

Drop shadow used throughout is vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 70, blur 5.


Open a new transparent canvas 650 by 650 pixels and flood fill with white.

Open one of the papers and copy, I used Paper12_BAC_CoolSkullz. Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, de-select and apply Vix' mask. Resize 80%.

Open Frame05_BAC_CoolSkullz and paste as a new layer. Resize 70% and move over slightly to the left. We will come back to the frame later.

Open Path_BAC_Coolskullz and paste as a new layer. Resize 75%, drag down below the frame layer and move down.

Open Flower05_BAC_CoolSkullz and paste as a new layer. Resize 80% and apply the drop shadow.

Open BarbedWire_BAC_CoolSkulls and paste as a new layer. Resize 65% and apply the drop shadow.

Open Star01_BAC_CoolSkulls and paste as a new layer. Resize 80% and apply the drop shadow.

Open the body tube 2 (the one without the mask), paste as a new layer and bring to the top. Resize 75% and apply the drop shadow.

Move all your elements and your tube into position using my tag for reference. You can still adjust them later if you need to.

Open Bow-01_BAC_CoolSkullz and paste as a new layer. Resize 40%, drag down below the tube and place in position on the top, right hand corner of the frame, apply the drop shadow.

Open Candle02_BAC_CoolSkullz and paste as a new layer. Resize 65%, place in position on the left, bottom of the frame and apply the drop shadow.

Open Nailpolish_BAC_CoolSkullz and paste as a new layer. Resize 40%, place in position by the candle and apply the drop shadow.

Open Lipstick_BAC_CoolSkullz and paste as a new layer. Resize this also 40%, place in position leaning against the nail polish and apply the drop shadow.

Open Bottle_BAC_CoolSkullz and paste as a new layer. Again resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open ZippedLips_BAC_CoolSkullz and paste as a new layer. Resize 40% again, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Once again, check the positions of your elements and then we will continue with the frame and animation.

Click on the frame to activate it and select the interior with your magic wand, expand the selection by 10. Make a new layer below the frame layer and flood fill with black. Do not de-select.

Open the tube close up 2 (the one without the face mask), paste as a new layer.  Resize 80% and place in position nicely in the frame, invert the select and delete the excess tube. Do not de-select.

Open the tube close up 1, paste as a new layer and resize 80%. Now you need to position this tube layer exactly over the first tube layer, it must not be even one pixel out or the animation will jump! Its not as difficult as it sounds. Firstly, lower the opacity of this  tube layer until you can clearly see the tube below. Click on the top tube with your mover tool and keeping the mover tool on the canvas, use the arrow keys to move the tube one pixel at a time until it is in the exact right spot. When you have positioned it exactly, bring the opacity back up to 100 and hit delete to remove the excess tube. You can now de-select.

Apply the 20-20 mask from disk to each of the close up layers with the settings on my screenshot below.



Close off the tube close up 2 layer and duplicate the tube close up 1 layer twice. Close of the second and third copies. On the first copy lower the opacity to around 50, there is no lightening effect on this layer. Close of that first copy and open the second copy. 

On this second copy, apply Alien Skin Xenofex 2 Lightening plug in hitting on random seed until you find a flash you like (see my screenshot below). Close off this layer and open the third copy and apply the effect again hitting random seed again until you find something that looks good.



Some of the lightening will have gone outside the frame so we need to remove this. Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand again, expand by 10, invert and hit delete again on each of the layers with the lightening.  Apply the drop shadow to the frame layer.

Phew! I hope you are still with me! Trust me its not difficult when you are actually doing it!

Below is a screenshot of what your layers palette should look like. You will see I have renamed the close up tube layers to make it easier, rename yours the same way.



Crop your tag now and add your copyright information and text.

Now for the animation shop bit!  Have all the layers with close up 1 closed off and the single layer close up 2 open, that's the layer without the mask. Right click on your tag, copy merged and paste in animation shop as a new animation.

Close off CLOSE UP 2 and open CLOSE UP 1/LIGHT 1, copy merged and paste in animation shop after current frame.

Close off CLOSE UP 1/LIGHT 1 and open CLOSE UP 1, copy merged and paste in animation shop after the last frame.

Close off CLOSE UP 1 and open CLOSE UP1/LIGHT 2, copy merged and paste in animation shop after last frame.

Close of CLOSE UP/LIGHT 2 and open CLOSE UP 1 again, copy merged and paste in animation shop after the last frame.

Set your animation frame properties to 250 for the first frame and 20 for the rest. Put your tag through the optimization wizard on the default settings and save as a gif.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and made it to the end lol, if you have any questions or feed back, please email me here.  I would love to see your result and feature it in my gallery!


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