The Rope

Author        = Hildi
Skill level    = Intermediate
You need    = PIx3 or a lower version - Gif Animator
Knowledge of how to use PI
Material        = no material needed.
Terms of use = Please read

The idea for this tutorial came from a PS challenge Cindy has put up.
We had to try doing it in Photo Impact.
I had no idea how to convert it, till Anne suggested using a stamp.
If you have a rope stamp, try it out if it works alright.
If you have not, make one.
For the stamp.

Step 1
Open a new canvas - 100 x 100 px - transparent.

make stamp

Path tool - eclipse - 3D round - border size 2, colour black - colour 'realistic' T38 - smooth spine ticked.


Draw a circle nearly filling the canvas.
Save as ufo.
I have created a folder 'My Photo Impact' and a sub-folder in it and named it Stamps.

Step 2
Click on the stamp icon.  stamptool

add stamp

Click on the little down arrow - click 'add stamp' and find your ufo file you just made.
Click on it and voila`, there is your stamp.  stamp itself

Step 3
Now we are making the rope coil.
Open a new canvas - 300 x 300 px - transparent.
With the path tool - eclipse - 2D - white (any colour).

path tool eclype

Draw an oval.

draw eclipse

Click on the stamp icon  stamptool  and reduce the size to about 15-16 - spacing to 17-18
Order mode = sequential - Placement order = Trail placement.
Object order = separate object.


Go to Effect - Creative - Paint on edge.

paint on edge

Click on it.

painted edge

If the rope is to your liking, r/click - merge as single object.

Step 4
Delete the white oval.
With the airbrush - black - 50 softedge, give the rope some depth by painting the lower edges to darken it.
Or you can use my method, adding a shadow.


Go to Object - Split Shadow.
In the Layer Manager, move the shadow above the rope coil.
Now you can move it to where it looks best.
With the eraser tool, erase everything what is sticking out under the rope.

erase shadow

When done, activate both, shadow and rope - r/click - merge as single object.

Step 5
Duplicate the rope and move the duplicate like this.


Activate both ropes and duplicate - move up.


Now activate all ropes and straiten the rope.
R/click - merge as single object.
Move the rope coil to the bottom of the canvas.

Step 6
Now the fun starts.
I could not find a filter which would make the rope wriggle, so I made my own wriggly rope.
Click on the stamp tool  stamp tool  same settings as before.
By holding down the left mouse key, create a new rope like this.


If you have any bumps in it, correct them that the rope looks smooth.
When done, select all rope-balls - r/click - merge as single object.
Repeat making another wriggly rope on top of the first one.
Repeat again and again.
Don't forget to darken the edges with the airbrush or shadow.

4 ropes

You should have four wriggly ropes.
When you are happy with the look of it,
Save as ufo to a place you can find it again.

Step 7
Open the Gif Animator.
Open an existing file.

open an existin file

1. frame

Close the three top wriggly ropes - open the coil and first wriggle rope.
Duplicate frame.

2. frame

Open the second wriggly rope - close the first one.
Duplicate frame.
Repeat with the third and fourth rope, always closing the one below.

Step 8
Now, highlight the second and third frame in the storyline.
Duplicate frames and move the duplicates to the end.

duplicate frames

While the frames are still highlighted.

reverse order

R/click - reverse frame order.
Highlight the storyline.
R/click - Frame Properties - put in 20.
Preview your animation.
If you like what you have created,
Optimize it.
I have mine optimized with 128 line to keep the kb's down.


Hope you could follow my tut easily.


This tutorial is the property of Hildi.