Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Bat

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As Halloween is approaching, I thought I'd do some Halloween tutorials. This is the second one in the series.


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 (or another location of your choice).

You may download all of my materials here.

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

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Step 1. Open a new image 450 x 250, 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 tool.

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

Step 2. Add a new layer. Load selection 2. Flood fill with color #1.

Apply an inner bevel (go to effects>3d effects>inner bevel), using the settings in the screenshot.

Lower the opacity of this layer down to about 65 (go to your layers palette and slide the lever down).

   

Step 3. Choose your draw tool, freehand line, size 1. Set foreground color to black (background to null), and draw some lines at the top of the wing skeleton, similar to mine.

Step 4. Add a new layer. Load selection 3 (feet). Flood fill with color #2. Float the selection (go to selections>float) - you'll see the "marching ants" around your graphic. Apply a cutout, using settings in the screenshot. Repeat the cutout, but change the horizontal and vertical to -2.

   

Step 5. Repeat step 4 for selection 4 (body).

Step 6. Add a new layer. Load selection 5. Flood fill with color #3. Float the selection (selections>float). Apply cutout using same settings as before except change the shadow color to #B79FC9.

Step 7. Add a new layer. Load selection 6 (ears). Flood fill with color #4. Float. Apply cutout as before, using color #817A7A as the shadow color.

Step 8.Add a new layer. Load selection 7 (head). Flood fill with color #2. Float. Apply cutout, same as step 4 above .

Step 9. Repeat step 7 above for selection 8.

Step 10. Now to draw some teeth. Add a new layer and place it underneath the last layer you just did. Set your foreground color to black and your background to white. Choose your preset shapes tool triangle (retain style unchecked, antialias checked, create as vector unchecked, line width 1). Draw a small upside down triangle. Draw as many of these as you wish.

   

Step 11. Add a new layer. Load selection 9. Flood fill with black. Apply an inner bevel, using the "round" preset.

Step 12. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to black and your background to white. Choose your preset shapes tool, ellipse (retain style unchecked, antialias checked, create as vector unchecked, line width 1). Draw two oval shapes for the eyes.

Set your background color to black. Now draw an small circle for the inside of the eye.

Apply an inner bevel, using the "round" preset.

   

Step 13. Now to add the finishing touches to your bat.

Make the wings layer active. Select and float it (go to selections>select all>selections>float). You should see the marching ants around it. Add a new layer. You're going to add just a bit of shading. Set your foreground color to color #2 and your background to color #5. Choose your airbrush, using the settings in the screenshot. Spray the lighter color in the centers and the darker color around the lines, similar to mine. (Note: the screenshot just shows one side, but you'll do both, fo course).

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Step 14. Choose your retouch tool (it's the tool that looks like a hand), smudge brush, and use the settings in the screenshot. Smudge the colors to soften them a bit. When you're done, you should have something similar to this.

   

Step 15. Make your feet layer active. Float it (selections>select all>selections>float). Set your foreground color to black and your background to null. Choose your draw tool, freehand line, size 1-2. Draw some nails at the bottom of the feet. Fill in with your paint brush if you need to. Lower the opacity of this layer down to about 40.

Step 16. Make your ears layer active. Float. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to #5 and background to null. Choose your airbrush, same settings as before, except change the size to 2. Draw a couple of ines on the ears similar to mine.

Then change your foreground color to # 2. Change your airbrush size to about 5-6 and spray some color inside the lines you drew.

Step 17. Make the head layer active. Float it. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to #5 and background to #6. Choose your airbrush, size about 4-5 (adjust it as your need to). Draw some lines on your face similar to mine.

Spray a little of color #6 onto the cheeks.

Choose your smudge brush (same settings as before but change your size to about 4-6). Soften the colors out.

   

Step 18. Make your mouth layer active. Float it. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to #3 and spray some color on with your airbrush. Smudge as before.

Set foreground color to black and background to null. Choose your draw tool, freehand line, size 1. Draw a small line down from his nose.

Step 19. And your little bat is finished. When you're satisfied with your creation, delete the color chart and background layers, and merge visible layers. Save as psp file.

I don't think this lil guy's gonna scare anyone do you? Hope you've enjoyed making him.




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