Animate a Star
For PI5 or PI6

For this tutorial you will need an image and a star. You may
use mine. The star is also in psd format so everyone can use it.
Download by clicking on the picture. The photo I took with my
digital camera, then used John Fletter's Difference tutorial
for this dramatic effect.

star psd star ufo

1. Open the images in PI. If the star is in psd form, right click over it to convert to an object. Drag it over to the Easy Palette, into one of the folders you made for your own objects. I use this star on a lot of my graphics and this way it's very handy. Now touch the top of the scene graphic to activate, either double click on the star in easy palette or drag it over to your picture. On the tool bar, click on the transform tool to resize the star down to a nice size, like shown.

2. Having the star still active, right click and click on properties. On the transparency tab, make it about 90. Click ok. The star is just about faded out. Then hit the space bar on your keyboard to deactivate the star and save this image either as a gif or jpg. Name your images for animation in a sequence so you know which one is first and so on. I just named mine, gl1.jpg.

3. Now working through the layer manager, so we don't accidentally move the star, click on the panel with the star picture. Look at your image, the star is active again. Just right click over the layer manager and click on properties again. This time move the dial down to about 50.

4. The star is more visable now. Hit spacebar to deactivate and save this second image.

5. Using the layer manager again, click on the panel, right click, properties. Slide the dial down to about 25. Hit spacebar to deactivate and save this third image. Click on layer manager panel to activate star, right click properties and slide dial to 0. Hit spacebar, and save this forth image. Click on the layer manager panel again to activate star but this time go to Format/ Tone Map. Now we'll really brighten the star up for the final image. Slide each dial up to 50, Highlight, Midtone and Shadow. Click ok. Hit the space bar and save this fifth image. Now we are ready to animate.

6. At the very top, righthand side of PI, look for Switch. Click on it. The Ulead Gif Animator should be in there. Click on it. When the Animator loads and the box opens, click on Animation Wizard.

7. Click on the Add Image button. When your hard drive opens, find the folder you saved your images in. Starting at #1 image, click on it to open. Keep clicking on the add image button till you have all 5 images in the box. Then just click next to all the remaining boxes. Now that the images are in the animator, click on preview to see your animation. To stop it, go to view, stop preview.

8.Now to add more drama, we will slow the last frame down. Click on the fifth image under the Global Information. See where it says delay? It should be 25 like the rest of the images. Erase the 25 and add 60 or more. You can preview it again, then go to view to stop preview. If you are satified with the image, it is time to save it.

9. Click on File/Optimization Wizard.

10. Click next on each of the boxes till you come to the last one. Click on save as. Before you do, just look at the size of the file before optimization and after. Saves a lot of bytes this way! Name your image and you are finished. Hope you learned a little more about Photo Impact and Animation too!

Have fun creating....


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