Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Candle with Angels

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The inspiration for this tutorial was a carved wooden candle holder I saw at a yard sale. The angels were so cute, I just had to try to draw them in PSP and this tutorial is the result of my effort.

This tutorial uses selections, and if you have a basic working knowledge of PSP, you should be able to complete it without difficulty.


For this tutorial, you will need the following:

Paint Shop Pro. I used version 7.04 but if you are familiar with PSP, you should be able to convert the tutorial without problems. You can download the latest PSP version demo here.

My selection files. Place these in your PSP selections folder. You may download them here.

Optional: Texturizer filter (you can do this tutorial without this filter).

My color chart. Right click on this and save it to your computer.

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Step 1. Open a new image 500 x 500, white background. Copy your color chart and paste it as a new layer onto your canvas. Move it to the top out of the way. When you need a color, just click on it with your eye dropper. [Another way to do this is just drag the color chart onto your canvas - just make sure it's on a new layer].

Step 2. Add a new layer. Load selection 1 (selections>load from disk - then navigate to the location where you placed the selection files). Flood fill with color #1.

(Optional: I applied the texturizer filter to mine (sandstone, size 1), but this is optional. You could use one of PSP's textures (go to effects>texture effects>texture and choose one that you like). Or, you can just leave the color as it is, without texture).

Float the selection ("Ctrl+F" on your keyboard). You'll see the marquee ("marching ants") around your selection. Set your foreground color to color #2 (you're doing this so the color will show up in your list of recent colors).

Apply a cutout, using the settings in the screenshot (note: the shadow color is color #2. Right click on the recent colors list and choose it from the colors there).

Repeat the cutout but change the vertical and horizontal to -1 (note: each time you apply a cutout, you'll apply two, one with "+" values and one with "-".)

 

Step 3. Add a new layer. Load selection 2 (wings). Flood fill with color #3. Float the selection (Ctrl+F). Set your background (or foreground) color to #4. Apply cutout, same settings as before, except change the shadow color to color #4.

Step 4. Add a new layer. Load selection 3. Flood fill with color #7. Float. Apply cutout, same settings as before (shadow color is #4).

Step 5. Add a new layer. Load selection 4 (halo). Flood fill with a gold gradient (one comes with PSP).

Step 6. Add a new layer. Load selection 5 (candle). Flood fill with the "01angelsfill" you downloaded (set scale to 30, angle 0). Float. Apply cutout, same settings as before (shadow = black).

Step 7. Add a new layer. Load selection 6. Flood fill with color #5. Float. Apply cutout.

Step 8. Add a new layer. Load selection 7. FLood fill with color #6. Float. Apply cutout, same as before (color #4 is shadow color).

Add a new layer. Load selection 8. Flood fill with color #7. Float. Apply cutout (color #4 is shadow).

Step 9. Add a new layer. Load selection 9 (wing). Flood fill with color #3. Float. Apply cutout using color #4 as shadow.

Step 10. Repeat Step 9 for selection 10.

Step 11. Add a new layer. Load selection 11 (hand). Flood fill with color #8. Float. Apply cutout (shadow color=black).

Step 12. Add a new layer. Load selection 12 (head). Flood fill with color #9. Float. Apply cutout (shadow=color #4).

Step 13. Add a new layer. Load selection 13 (dress). Flood fill with "02angelsfill" that you downloaded (scale10, angle 0). Float. Apply cutout (shadow color=black).

Step 14. Add a new layer. Load selection 14 (sleeve). Flood fill with color #10. Float. Apply cutout (color=black).

Step 15. Repeat step 14 for selection 15.

Step 16. Add a new layer. Load selection 16. Flood fill with color #11.

This is what you should have so far.

Step 17. Add a new layer. Load selection 17 (hair). Flood fill with color #4. Float. Apply cutout (shadow color=#12).

Step 18. Add a new layer. Load selection 17a (hairbow). Flood fill with color #10. Float. Apply cutout (shadow color=black).

Set your foreground and background colors to #8. Choose your preset shapes tool, ellipse. Draw a circle in the center of your bow. Float & apply cutout if you wish.

Step 19. Add a new layer. Load selection 17b (dress bows). Flood fill with color #10. Float. Apply cutout.

Set foreground and background colors to #8. Draw circles in the center of your bows. Float. Apply cutout.

Step 20. Add a new layer. Now you'll add a bit to her face. Set your foreground and background colors to black. Choose your preset shapes tool, ellipse, and draw a small circle for the eye. Apply an inner bevel using the "round" preset.

Set your foreground to black and background to null. Choose your draw tool, freehand line, size 1. Draw a little line for her mouth.

Set your foreground to color #10. Choose your airbrush, with settings in the screenshot and spray a little color on her cheek.

 

Step 21. Now turn off all your layers except the angel that you just made. Then merge visible layers. Copy and paste as a new layer. Mirror and place on the other side of your candle (don't worry about exact placement, you can do that later). Now turn all your layers back on.

This is what you should have.

Step 22. Add a new layer. Load selection 18 (halo). Flood fill with gold gradient.

Step 23. Add a new layer. Load selection 19 (wings). Floodfill with color #3. Float. Apply cutout, using color #4 as shadow color.

Step 24. Add a new layer. Load selection 20 (face). Flood fill with color #9. Float. Apply cutout using color #4 as shadow.

Step 25. Add a new layer. Load selection 21 (dress). Flood fill with the "03angelsfill" you downloaded (scale 10, angle 0). Float. Apply cutout same as before (shadow=black).

Step 26. Add a new layer. Load selection 22 (dress bottom). Flood fill with color #8. Float. Apply cutout (shadow color black)

Step 27. Add a new layer. Load selection 23. Flood fill with color #11.

Step 28. Add a new layer. Load selection 24 (hands). Flood fill with color #10. Float. Apply cutout, shadow color black.

Step 29. Add a new layer. Load selection 25 (sleeves). Flood fill with color #8. Float. Apply cutout (shadow color black).

Step 30. Add a new layer. Load selection 26 (hair). Flood fill with color #7. Float. Apply cutout (shadow color #4).

Step 31. Add a new layer. Load selection 27 (hairbow). Flood fill with color #8. Float. Apply cutout (black for shadow color).

Set your foreground and background colors to #10. Choose your preset shapes tool, ellipse, and draw a circle in the center of your bows.

Step 32. Add a new layer. Load selection 28 (dress bows). Flood fill with color #8. Float. Apply cutout, shadow color black.

Set foreground and background colors to #10 and draw circles in the center of your bows.

 

Step 33. Now to draw her face bits.

Add a new layer. Set your foreground and background colors to black. Choose your preset shapes tool, ellipse, and draw circles for her eyes. Apply an inner bevel using the "round" preset.

Set your background to null. Choose your draw tool, freehand line, size 1 and draw a shape for her mouth (I used color #4).

Choose your airbrush (same settings as in Step 20 above) and spray a little color on her cheeks (I used #10).

Now set your airbrush size down to about 1-2 and use color #4 to draw a nose.

Finally, using your airbrush again, use color #4 and draw a line down the center of her hair.

When done, you should have something similar to this.

Step 34. Add a new layer. Load selection 29. Flood fill with color #11. Contract by 4 (selections>modify>contract). Flood fill with color #13.

Step 35. Repeat step 35 for selection 30. (Place this layer underneath the candle layer).

Step 36. Now to tweak things a bit. Now you can move your duplicated angel into position.

This step is optional, but I wanted to soften my candle flame a bit. Make your yellow flame layer active. Choose your retouch tool>smudge brush (settings in screenshot) and soften out the color a bit. Repeat to the orange layer.

 

Add a new layer and place it underneath both of your flame layers. Choose your airbrush (same settings as in step 20) and spray some of color #8 in a small circle at the base of the flame. Use your smudge brush to soften it out a bit.

Step 37. When you're satisfied with your creation, delete the color chart and background layer. Merge visible layers and save as a psp file.

And that's it, all done! Whew! This was a long one, and I hope you've made it this far. And please, feel free to contact me if you should experience any problems at all with the tutorial.



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This tutorial was created on November 15, 2004.
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