Animated Signature Tag

Open a new transparent image. I am using 150x150pixels. Flood fill with a color or pattern of your choice. I chose white, #FFFFFF. And now is a good time to SAVE As a PSP.

Add a new raster layer (layers>new raster layer). Add or paste a small tube of your choice. You may have to adjust the size of your tube to make it small enough for the text wheel to fit. Add a small drop shadow if you wish (effects>3d>dropshadow)..

Cut and paste the tube layer as a new layer, this will center your image.

Merge visible, save and set aside (layers>merge>merge visible). Remember which folder you saved you image in.

On to the next step!!!!

With psp open click File>Jasc Software Products>Launch Animation Shop.

When animation shop opens click on the red flag button named Banner Wizard. You can close psp now to save system resources.

The banner wizard will open and will ask for your background choice. Click Use a background image. Click browse and browse to your saved image. Click Next.

The Size wizard will open.Click As defined here:

Width/ 150
Height/ 150

Click Next

The Timing wizard will open.

This part will be up to you. I used

Length/10
Frames/10 and

Yes, repeat the animation indefinitely.

You can play around with the length and frames. A length of 10 is pretty fast. Important note on file size, if you add a large number of frames your file size will become extremely large.

Click Next.

The Text wizard will open. Type Thank you very much.
Click the Set Font Button.
If you use a different font or size you may need to make adjustments. CTRL+Z are my handy favorite keyboard shortcut, or use edit/undo.

Choose font of your choice (I used Century Schoolhouse, style/italic, size/16, anti-alias and center both checked. Click OK, then click Next.

The Text Color wizard will open. I used opaque/color blue but you could click Image text and use a background tile if your choice by browsing to the folder it is stored in.

Click Next.

The Transition wizard will open.

Click on the arrow and scroll to Wheel.

If your wheel of words is smaller than you want, click the back button back up to the text wizard and set your font to a larger size. It may take several tries to get your font perfect if you used a different font or comment.

Click Customize.

Click counter-clockwise.

Click OK and Finish.

Animation1 - Frames will open, it will have 10 frames. You may now click View/animation. Close the view window. Click View/Preview in a web browser. Click the web browser type you want to test the image in.

The animation Quality Versus Output window will open. Use the settings I have here and click through the series of windows by clicking next. If you have the button too high your file size (kb's) will be large, if you have the button too low, your image will loose a lot of quality. You can go back or next until you are satisfied.

Click the customize button.

Put check in write minimal frames, collapse identical frames, map identical pixels to transparent.

Two issues of images are file size and image size.
File size is the kb's of the image. Image size is the pixel size.The slower your text wheel rotates the larger the file size will be. Lynn has written a very helpful tutorial to make your image size smaller, this will make your file size smaller as well. Thank you Lynn for allowing me to link to your tutorial. Click on the banner to learn how to make your animations smaller.

If you feel your wheel rotates too fast or too slow, change the speed of the animation. Make sure your animation is active. You will notice at the bottom of your animations are some F's and D's. The F's are the frame number and the D's are the display time for each frame. You could have the display time different on each frame but since this is a wheel let's keep the display time all the same.

Click Edit/Select all. Right click on your animation title bar and click Frame properties. I changed the speed to 25.

Preview your image again. If you are satisfied you may close your image which will start the optimization wizard.

Use the settings I have here and click through the series of windows by clicking next. If you have the quality button too high your file size (kb's) will be large, if you have the button too low, your image will loose a lot of quality. You can go back or next until you are satisfied.

Here is my finished product: