Author        = Hildi
Skill level    = Intermediate
You need    = PIx3 or a lower version - Gif Animator
Knowledge of how to use PI
Material needed = Filter Graphic plus
Terms of use = Please read

When one is using the magic gradient fill, the element goes flat.
Here I will show you how to rectify this problem.
It is easily done with the button designer 'any shape'.
I added an ornament as centerpiece, so it will be a lengthy tut.
Any similarity to other tutorials is unintentionally.

Let's start
Don't forget to save often.

Step 1
Open a new canvas - 400 x 300 - transparent.
Click on the path-tool  pathtool   - eclipse - 3D round.
In the material box, click smooth spine and choose satin.
Create the bauble and centre  centre  it.
Duplicate this bauble once.
Click on the material box again - glass - remove material  remove-mat
The bauble will look gray.
Click on glass again and choose glass 23.


Step 2
On your white bauble r/click - convert from path to image.
Duplicate seven times (eight baubles).
In the Layer Manager, close all the eyes of the balls except the first and click on it to activate.
Go to Edit - Fill - Magic Gradient and choose a colour or make your own.
I did choose colour 030.
Make sure the wheel is on zero.
Click OK.


Repeat with each ball, turning the wheel to 45 - 90 - 135 - 180 - 225 - 270 - 315.

Step 3
Now we repeat this procedure with the glass bauble.
R/click - convert from path to image - duplicate seven times.
Fill with the same colour.

Step 4
Now we are going to make the bauble 3 dimensional again.
The last coloured glass ball is still active.
Go to Web - Button Designer - any shape.


Follow the screen shot.


Repeat with each bauble.
You have sixteen baubles, eight solid ones and eight glass ones.
The glass baubles will soften the colour.

Step 5
Now you can decorate your bauble if you like.
I have added a spruce twig and a bauble topper and have created a centerpiece.

Step 6
To create the centerpiece - path tool  pathtool   eclipse - 2D - any colour - draw a circle which would make a nice centerpiece.
R/click - convert from path to image.
Edit - Fill - colour 59.
I hope you have the filter Graphic Plus.
Effect - Graphic Plus - Pin Wheel.
Stamp - Pearl ( you have to adjust the size ).
Effect - Create - Paint on edge.


Voila`, you have your centerpiece.

Step 7
Duplicate your centerpiece six times ( seven centerpieces).
Move each piece like this.

all ornaments

Hold down the Ctrl key and click on each centerpiece in the Layer Manager to activate them all.
Reduce the transparency that you can see the bauble underneath.
With the eraser tool, erase everything outside the bauble.


It should look like this.
Crop  croptool  the image close to the bauble and resize to 250 hight.
Now merge the first solid, first glass bauble and the first ornament as single object.
Repeat with all the others.
Your layer Manager should look like this.

layer manager

Now it's time to save as ufo.

Step 8
Open the Gif Animator.
Open an existing file.


Step 9


Open the eyes of the first bauble and the spruce decoration.
Close all other eyes in the Layer Manager.
Duplicate frame.
Keep the spruce decorations eye open.

Step 10


Close the first bauble.
Open the second bauble.
Duplicate frame.
Repeat till you have done them all.
In the storyline, click on the first frame - hold down the shift key - click on the last frame.
It will activate all frames.
R/click - animation properties - put in 20.
Preview your animation and if you like what you have done,

Step 11
Optimize it.
Save as gif.


Hope you could follow my tut easily.



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