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  Speed Welding Sig Tag Tutorial with Optional Animation

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This tutorial was created on February 29, 2004.  If it bears any resemblance to another tutorial on the net, it is pure coincidence.  The skills that you will learn here are your own, and I hope that you will find them useful.  In this tutorial, I will assume that you have a basic working knowledge of PSP, and it is made for upper level beginners with plug-in and animation shop experience or intermediate skill levels.  


  • You will need Paint Shop Pro, of course.  I use Version 8.10, but I am sure it will work in other versions as well.  You can download a trial version of Paint Shop Pro from JASC.  

  • You can use your own tube or use this one.  I don't know where I got this tube so if anyone knows please let me know so I can give the proper credit for it. 

  • You will also need VM_Natural  and VM_Sparkle, which is a free and very useful plug-in that you can use with your graphics program.  If you are connected to the internet you can download them through the links.  You will also need a font of your choosing.  I used the Author font on this project.


Open a new image 500 x 500 pixels.  Open the tube of your choice or the one provided.  Edit copy, select your new blank image and choose paste as new layer.

Close your original image.

Right click in your layer pane and choose duplicate layer 2 times. 

Rename the first copy "copy 1" and the second copy "copy 2".  You should now have three layers with the same image. 

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Hide the copy 1 and copy 2 layers by clicking on the eye to the right of each layer.  There should now be red X's on those two layers with only layer 1 visible.

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Make sure your first layer is selected and apply the VM_Natural Speed Filter with these settings:  Direction 8, Speed 85, Gap 123, Intensity 60.  Click on OK.

Unhide the copy 1 layer and make sure you have this layer selected.

Move the image down and left with your mover tool on the speed image to your liking.  Apply the VM_Natural welder filter with these settings:  Scale 175, Generator 1 224, Generator 2 255, Distortion 255, Mode 135.

Unhide your copy 2 layer and make sure you have this layer selected. 

Resize this layer 75% with the "resize all layers box unchecked.  Position the image with your mover tool to your liking. 

Adjust, sharpness, sharpen.

Add a drop shadow to the copy 2 layer with these settings: V/H 2, Opacity 100, Blur 5, color black.

Merge, merge visible. 

You will have something similar to this:

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Save this image as a .psp image for later use and to add your text to.

Add a new raster layer and re-name this layer "text". 

Select the text of your choice and add this to your image.  I choose the Author font with these settings, color white #FFFFFF.

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While your text is still selected, position as you like.  I rotated the text 45 degrees to the right using the free rotate selection and all layer unchecked.

I then used Eye Candy 4000 and the glass preset with these settings and color.

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Optionally you could choose a dark foreground and a light background color and use these settings:

Effects, 3D effects, Inner bevel, color white, with the following settings:

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Apply a drop shadow using the same setting we used earlier in this tutorial and

export your finished file as a transparent gif and your all set.


If you would like to have an animated version of this tutorial try the following to add sparkles:


Merge all layers on your image.  Duplicate your merged image twice as described in the beginning of this tutorial.


Select your original layer and apply the VM_Natural Sparkle filter with these settings.  Max size 56, Red, Green, Blue, Rnd. Color On/Off 255, Random seed 80.


Repeat this for each of the remaining two layers, changing the random see to 140 on the first copy and to 200 on the second.


If using PSP 8, save this file as a PSP7 compatible image with all layers as is (should be three).


Open animation shop. Make sure your Preferences/General Program Preferences are set as below:

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Open the file you saved from PSP in Animation Shop.


Edit/Select All


Right click in the visible frame and choose frame properties - Display time 30.


Save this animation and your finished.

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Hope you enjoyed this tutorial

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