Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Christmas Stars: Angel

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This is one of a series of Christmas star tutorials. You'll find the other stars here. I had a lot of fun making these little guys, and hope you enjoy them too.


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.

My seamless fill tile.

You may download my materials here.

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


Step 1. Open a new image 350 x 350, white background. Copy the color chart and paste as a new image onto your canvas. Move it to the top out of your way. When you need a color, just click on it with your eye dropper tool.

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.

Float the selection (selections>float; or hit the "Ctrl+F" keys on your keyboard).

Apply a cutout (effects>3d effects>cutout), using the settings in the screenshot.

Repeat the cutout but change the vertical and horizontal to -2 (note: each time you apply a cutout, do this, i.e, you'll apply one with vertical/horizontal at +2 and one with -2).

 

Step 3. Add a new layer. Load selection 2. Flood fill with color #2. Float. Set your foreground (or background) color to color #3 (note: you're doing this so it'll show up in your recent colors list when you apply a cutout).

Apply cutout using same settings as before except change the shadow color to color #3 (right click on the shadow color box and choose it from the list of recent colors displayed there).

Step 4. Add a new layer. Load selection 3. Flood fill with color #1. Float. Apply cutout, using black as shadow color.

Step 5. Add a new layer. Load selection 4. Flood fill with color #4. Float. Apply cutout using color #5 as shadow.

Step 6. Add a new layer. Load selection 5. Flood fill with the seamless tile you downloaded ("pracken_angelstarfill") - set the scale to 50%. Float. Apply cutout, using color #1 as shadow color.

Repeat step 6 for selections 6 and 7.

Step 7. Add a new layer. Load selection 8. Flood fill with color #5. Float. Apply cutout using color #6 as shadow.

Step 8. Now to do the face. Add a new layer. Load selection 9. Flood fill with color #3. Contract by 1 (selections>modify>contract). Flood fill with white.

Add a new layer. Set your foreground and background colors to black. Choose your preset shapes tool, ellipse. Draw two small circles for eyes. Apply an inner bevel (effects>3d effects>inner bevel) using the "round" preset. Choose your paint brush, size 1 and draw a couple of white spots inside the eyes.

Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to #3 and background to null. Choose your draw tool, freehand line, size 1 and draw a shape for the nose and mouth. I lowered the opacity down to about 65.

Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to color #5. Choose your paintbrush, size 1, and paint a few freckles.

Add a new layer (place it underneath the hair layer). Set your foreground to color #7. Choose your airbrush, using settings in the screenshot, and spray a little color on the cheeks.

You should have something similar to this.

Step 9. Add a new layer and place it underneath all the other layers. Set your foreground color to #8, background to null. Choose your preset shapes tool, ellipse, line size 3. Draw a small halo.

Step 10. Delete the color chart and background layers. Merge visible layers and save as psp file. And that's it, all done!

I hope you've enjoyed making this lil guy, and please let me know if you have any problems with the tutorial.



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This tutorial was created on December 16, 2004.
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