There are many uses for the airbrush tool, I'm going to show you just
one way it can be used to make a quick background on a sig tag.
This is what we will be making
To keep your doll transparent open it in Animation shop then go to File
> Export Frames > to Paint Shop Pro
OK let's get started!
Open a new canvas 300x300
Go to your Layer Palette and Right
Click on the layer
When the drop down menu opens go to Duplicate
Repeat this step again so you have 3 layers.
Right click on the Bottom Layer > Rename
Rename this layer Airbrush
Right click on the middle layer and rename it Doll
Right click on the top layer and rename it Text
Now your Layer Palette looks like this
Click on the Doll Layer to make it active.
Open the doll you have chosen to use.
Click on the Copy icon
Click on your new canvas to make it active
Go to Edit > Paste As New Selection
Position the doll on the canvas (It's up to you where you position her
as it's a question of choice as to where you like your name placed on
your sig tags)
Now click on the Text Layer
Choose the Text Tool and click anywhere on the
When the Text Entry box opens choose the font
style and use these settings
Click Ok and position the text near the doll but leave the ants marching
around the text.
Go to Effects > 3D Effects > Inner Bevel and
use the following settings
Still with the ants marching around the text go to Effects >
3D Effects > Drop Shadow
Use the following settings except the colour.
You will be using a different doll to me so you want to choose a colour
for your text and drop shadow that will compliment the doll.
We're going to add another Drop Shadow but we're going to change a few
settings and choose a lighter shade of the last colour we used
Go to SELECTIONS -
Ok, the text is done.
This is what we have so far
Click on the Airbrush Layer
Choose the Airbrush Tool and use the following
Now airbrush some colour all around and over your doll sig. Don't worry
about going over your doll because the airbrush layer is the active
layer so the paint effects will only be applied to that layer.
When you're happy with the effect change the Density on the tool options
palette to 10
Choose a lighter shade of the colour you have just used and apply some
more colour to the background. This time though, keep the new colour
inside of the first colour.
Repeat this step once more but change the Density to 6 and choose an
even lighter shade of your colour, make it almost white but not quite
Apply the Airbrush effect to just around the doll and text.
This is what we have now
Now we could leave it at this if you'd like but I thought it'd be fun to
have a play around with some of the effects PSP has to offer.
Make sure the Airbrush Layer is active and go to Effects >
Texture Effects > Mosaic Antique
Use the following settings
Go to Layers > Merge > Merge Visible
OK, we're done, all that's left to do is crop and save
The easiest way I find to crop is too click on the copy icon in PSP
Now open Animation shop and click on the Paste As New Animation icon
Your sig will open in Animation Shop and it will be cropped. Now we've
got our sig cropped and open in Animation shop which is where we want to
save it so we've done two jobs in one lol
Before you save go to File > Optimization Wizard
and put your sig through the optimizer checking all the settings
(See the link at the bottom of the page for instructions on how to check
you have the right optimization settings)
Save your sig tag to a folder of your choice and you're done!!
Have fun experimenting!