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    Thumbs up Rain & ripples tutorial

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    Hi dear friends:
    This is an easy tutorial to do nice rain , snow or other weather aniomations with the nice program Sqirlz Reflect. You?ll have a nice image but it has a big weight.. I?ll tell you how to low the weight using Animation Shop after you get your animatin on Sqirlz Reflect.

    This is what are we going to do:

    1. Install Sqirlz .. It?S a little and nice programe

    2 .- Open sqirlz and go to Filoe ... And Opne an image you want to use ( of course it has to be an image of a rainny day or with water

    4.- Now I want to make rain and ripples on the water

    5.- Go to this ( look at the mouse arrow in the shot ) and a window opens and you have to check Rain/ snow and Ring Ripples- after this.. Click OK

    6.- Now you are going to see your animation. Click on this yellow arrw and wait just a little time.

    7. - You see your animation now.. You?ll see that rain is strong .. Or may be you don?t like how it looks. We are going to correct the rain or the ripples size
    Here you see the rain do not looks nice..:

    8.- Go to REFLECT OPTIONS and click on Customize Rain/Snow

    A window opens and we can paly with settings
    I will do rain thiner and I?ll change the angle of the rain:

    Look at my settings and if you liked how my animation looks use thiese setting - Here you can play as your likes. I liked a smooth rain and with drops water transparency:
    Now It looks like this:

    9.- You can use another settings , also you can play with other ripples settigs to make them small or larger .-
    I liked how ripples were and didn?t make changes:


    A windows opens and you save the on OK .. It will take a few seconds to get the animation:

    You?ll see it?S a big file in weight:
    We ?ll reduce this file:
    11.- Open the animation in Animation Shop
    You?? see we have 20 frames in the animation:
    Go to Edit - Select all and after this go to - Animation - Cull animation

    12.- A little window opens and you put the frames you want to take off.. .- It will take off 1 frame per 3 frames.. Click ok!

    13.- Repeat Step 12 .. Six or seven times-- you have to get just 4 frames , may be you want 3 frames.. Don?t forget to do Edit - Select all--
    I made my animation with 4 frames.-

    Now we are going to change the animation frame properties.. To have a nice rain and ripples .-)
    You have to go to Edit - Select all ( this step selct all the frames)
    Then go to - Animation - Frame properties

    A window opens and select the properties
    I used this settings:

    It?S done- we have our nice rain and ripples!!

    15 - I f you want to put a frame to the animation.. You can do this:
    Look the dimension of your animation frame:- Mine was 504 x 378

    Go to PSP and open a new transparent image 504 x 370
    I made this frame.. Do not do a big frame because it will do the animation more weight..
    Save the frame as gif or jpg
    And open the frame in Animation Shop

    16. Now DUPLICATE THE FRAME 3 TIMES . You have now 4 frames -
    Go to your rain and ripples animation and Select all frames -
    Go to your frame and Select all frames and now Insert the Rain & ripples on the Frame:
    You?ll have the animation that is on the top of this Tutorial.

  2. #2
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    Mar 2008



    thx man keep up da gr8 wrk

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