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        ★ [tutorial] Shine effect in signatures and avatars

    I've seen many people asking how this is done, and it's an incredibly easy effect to do -- hopefully this tutorial will clear things up for you =]

    This tutorial is split into two parts: animating avatars/signatures, and animating text.


    Animating Avatars/Signatures

    Technique 1

    As far as I know, this technique can be done in any type of software that allows you to use layers. For this example, I'm using Photoshop CS5.

    Begin by pasting your image into Photoshop, and also opening up a new canvas slightly longer and a lot thinner than the image you want to make shine. Example:



    The long rectangle should be on a white background by default (if you want a different colour, just fill it) -- paste the thin rectangle onto the canvas of the image you want to make shine. Lower the opacity to your liking, and rotate the rectangle to a position you're happy with.



    Move the rectangle into the corner that you want the shine to come from and hide the layer, then open up your animation software (I used Adobe ImageReady, but Animation Shop and such is totally fine too). Paste your canvas into your animation software as your first frame.



    Go back to Photoshop, and unhide the rectangle layer. As it should already be in the corner you want the shine to come from, just copy and paste that into your animation software as the second frame. Make sure that the rectangle is really far up in the corner.



    Again, go back to Photoshop. Move the rectangle across slightly, to create a shining effect. Paste your image into your animation software, and repeat until you're done.




    Technique 2

    As far as I know, this technique can only be done in Photoshop. This technique will give you a softer shine effect.
    Like with the last technique, paste the image you want to make shine into a new canvas. Select the gradient tool, and select the icon that looks like a line going right through the middle.

    This tool can be a little tricky to do at first, so you might need to practice before you get a result you're happy with. Add a new layer, click on your canvas, and drag the click to create a gradient. You'll need a really thin gradient for this effect, and you'll need to try to position it in the longest possible stretch (in my case, it needs to stretch from the top right corner to the bottom left corner). Here's what you should end up with:



    Once that's out of the way, do what you did last time by moving the shine to the corner you want it to come from, and hide the layer. Paste the image into your animation software, go back to Photoshop, move the shine across slightly, and repeat. Done!




    Animating Text

    This technique is for text that has a sort of outline around it, and will show you how to make only the inside part of the text shine.
    Firstly, you're going to need Photoshop. I'm using Photoshop CS5, but any version is fine as long as it supports clipping masks.

    Begin by creating a new canvas with your text. If you want to add effects like an outer glow etc, go ahead.



    Create a new layer, and decide which technique you want to use for your shine. I went with technique 2.

    You'll now need to right click on the layer with the shine. Make sure that it's placed right above the text layer, and select "create clipping mask", like this:



    Your shine will now have been placed "inside" the layer below.



    As you did before, gradually move the shine across the image and put each frame into your animation software. Voila =]



    ★ ★ ★

    That last technique can be great for animating things on backgrounds too, like these:



    If there was something you didn't quite understand, please let me know and I'll try to clear it up for you :3 I hope this tutorial was useful.
     
         

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    Re:     ★ [tutorial] Shine effect in signatures and avatars

    Can you do that with my name?
     
         

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    Re:     ★ [tutorial] Shine effect in signatures and avatars

    thank you
     
         

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    Re:     ★ [tutorial] Shine effect in signatures and avatars

    Thanks for that! (:
     
         

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    Re:     ★ [tutorial] Shine effect in signatures and avatars

    Beca You're actually quite awesome. Who woulda thought it? ;D
     
         

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    Re:     ★ [tutorial] Shine effect in signatures and avatars

    Quote Originally Posted by Gatsndshanks View Post
    Beca You're actually quite awesome. Who woulda thought it? ;D
    You have photoshop?
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    Nice Tutorial.
     
         

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    Re:     ★ [tutorial] Shine effect in signatures and avatars

    Thanks guys =]

    & Thanks Gats xD
    I might post some of my Cinema 4D tutorials I have on another site if enough people are interested :x
     
         

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    Re:     ★ [tutorial] Shine effect in signatures and avatars

    Quote Originally Posted by beca View Post
    I might post some of my Cinema 4D tutorials I have on another site if enough people are interested :x
    Do it.
     
         

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    Re:     ★ [tutorial] Shine effect in signatures and avatars

    Great Work! ;]
    I was going to make a tutorial on this when my exam was done but guess I don't have to now.
     
         
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    Re:     ★ [tutorial] Shine effect in signatures and avatars

    Thank You For The Useful Tutorial! +Rep! :D
    I Wanted To Make Shine Effect, But I Didn't Knew How...
    But Now I Know,And Here Is My Outcome:





    Edit: The Effect Isn't Showing. Help Please
     
         
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    Re:     ★ [tutorial] Shine effect in signatures and avatars

    Quote Originally Posted by The Rogue View Post
    Thank You For The Useful Tutorial! +Rep! :D
    I Wanted To Make Shine Effect, But I Didn't Knew How...
    But Now I Know,And Here Is My Outcome:





    Edit: The Effect Isn't Showing. Help Please
    If you did it as it was mentioned, go to "Save to Web as" and then save it. It has to be in a .gif format.
     
         

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    Re:     ★ [tutorial] Shine effect in signatures and avatars

    Quote Originally Posted by Dino View Post
    If you did it as it was mentioned, go to "Save to Web as" and then save it. It has to be in a .gif format.
    Thank You
     
         

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    Re:     ★ [tutorial] Shine effect in signatures and avatars

    Done:




    Edit: X.X Why Doesn't It Work?
    Edit 2: Wasn't Showing On The Other Comp... >_>
     
         
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    Re:     ★ [tutorial] Shine effect in signatures and avatars

    No need for, hiding-unhiding or careful moving layers in other programs, just use Photoshop animation. Move rectangular layer to the uper edge of the screen (where u want it to start) for the first frame. Than make second frame and for the second frame put the rectangular layer way down where you want it to end. Select both frames holding shift and select tweens animation frames at the bottom, put how many frames you like ( 7 should be enough ), than adjust delays on the frames ( 0.2 sec for me ), and there you have it.
    TWEEN FTW !!!
     
         
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    Re:     ★ [tutorial] Shine effect in signatures and avatars

    Ooh, I never knew about that, Cloudbuster

    Problem is though, my version of Photoshop is illegit and bugged. I can only save stuff as a PSD, so it won't save as GIF xD
     
         

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    Re:     ★ [tutorial] Shine effect in signatures and avatars

    Quote Originally Posted by beca View Post
    Problem is though, my version of Photoshop is illegit and bugged. I can only save stuff as a PSD, so it won't save as GIF xD
    As far as I know, the only way to save an animation as gif in Photoshop is to use Save for Web & Devices... option
     
         

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    Re:     ★ [tutorial] Shine effect in signatures and avatars

    cool loving it
     
         

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    Re:     ★ [tutorial] Shine effect in signatures and avatars

    Yosh! thnx
     
         

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    Re:     ★ [tutorial] Shine effect in signatures and avatars

    everyone's shine effect is unrealistic , the size of the shine shouldn't be the same from start to end , and the speed of it moving should accelerate
    everyone is just making there avatars look like they are inside a copy machine

    p.s good job beca on explaining how it's done , and that last part shows a great use for this
     
         

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    Re:     ★ [tutorial] Shine effect in signatures and avatars

    Sweet Turtorial :D + Rep One of the Mod's should sticky this =)
     
         

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