Sandee's Countdown Cat
For this tutorial you will need the Almathera Puddle Filter. You can get it here. You can use a tube of your choice. I am using Sandee's favorite cat picture below for this water animation.
First, open the new image in paint shop. The first thing we want to do is select the area we want to appear to represent moving water. I want to select all the water around the cat. To select the water between the cat paws, you will make a second selection.
To select the water:
Choose your Freehand Selection Tool , set the feather to 2. Select the part of your image you want to look like it's in water. Keep the ants marching.
Duplicate your image twice (Shift + D) so you have a total of 3 images.
Got to Effects>Plug-In Filters, Almathera, A Puddle. You will not have this option if you did not install this filter from the site listed above.
The settings will vary greatly depending on the image you use. Here is a brief description of the settings:
On the first image, apply the following settings:
Hit OK. Click Selections, Select None. Save your image as kitty1.psp.
Go to the second image and apply the filter with the following settings:
Hit OK. Click Selections, Select None. Save your image as kitty2.psp.
Go to the third image and apply the filter with the following settings:
Hit OK. Click Selections, Select None. Save your image as kitty3.psp.
Open Animation Shop and click on Animation Wizard. Go through the setup with the following settings:
Click on View>Animation to see how it looks. If you like the way it looks go to Save and name your image. I usually leave the settings the way they are on the second screen. Hit Next. When the optimizing is done, hit Next and you'll be shown how your image will look after PSP has optimized it for you. Hit Next. The next screen shows download times. Hit Finish and your done. My water animation is shown below:
Now you can't get much cuter than that!!!!