Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Bunny Box


As Easter is approaching, I thought I'd do some quick tutorials. This is a little bunny box, and the tutorial invovles a bit of simple vectoring, a little drawing, and a bit of shading. While it is a relatively easy tutorial (and I provide you with screenshots to help along the way), I do assume that you have a basic working knowledge of Paint Shop Pro in order to complete it.

As an extra in this tutorial, if you wish, you will have a basic box shape and an egg that you can export as preset shapes.

For this tutorial, you will need the following:

Paint Shop Pro. I used version 9, 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.

Step 1. Open up a new image 250 x 300, white background. Open up the color chart and paste as a new layer onto your canvas. Move to the top, out of the way. When you need a color, just click on it with the dropper tool.

Step 2. If you want to create a preset shape of your box and/or egg, then use vectors (I'll show you how below); however, if you only want to create the graphic and not worry about a preset shape, then you can draw the pieces using raster layers instead.

Set your foreground color to black, background to white. Choose your preset shapes tool, rectangle, and use the settings in the screenshot [Note: if you only want to create the graphic, without making a preset shape too, then leave the "create on vector" box unchecked. For each piece you draw, you'll need to add a new raster layer to put the piece on].

[Note: When you draw using vectors, the images will automatically be placed on a new layer]. Draw a box at the bottom of your canvas, approximately 160 x 70 (watch the numbers at the bottom of your screen). The size doesn't have to be exact. [Note: the screenshot below is smaller than your image will be].


Step 3. Now to draw the box top. I wanted my preset shape to have the purple texture, but you could make yours another color/texture if you wish. Leave the foreground color on black, but set the background to pattern.

Choose the "line art lavendar" pattern, and use the settings in the screenshot.

Step 4. Choose your preset shapes tool>rectangle, same settings as before, and draw a top for the box, approximately 170 x 26.

Step 5. Choose your preset shapes tool again>ellipse (all other settings remain the same). Draw an ear, approximately 40 x 130. Move the layer underneath your box top layer.

Step 6. Click your object selector tool . You can now use the handle on the right (it's circled in red in the screenshot) and turn your ear slightly to the right.

Step 7. Now you need to make an ear for the other side. If you wish, you can draw another one and rotate it. Or, if you want it exactly the same size, you can duplicate the one you just drew - either way will work - just your personal preference. I decided to duplicate mine.

Go to your layers palette and right click on the ear>copy. Right click again, then>paste new vector selection. You'll now have a duplicate of your ear on a new vector layer.

Now you need to mirror it. There are a couple fo ways to do this - sometimes I use one method, sometimes the other, depending on my mood *grin*. I'll show you both ways and you can choose which one suits you best. One way is to cut it and paste as a new image. Then mirror the new image. Edit>copy, and paste it back onto your original canvas. Then just move the ear into position (put it underneath the box top layer).

Another way (which is what I've done here) is to click the pen tool , then click Objects>convert to path. Your image will look like this.

Those little boxes are nodes. Right click on one of them then choose edit>select all. Your image will look like this.

Right click again>transform selected nodes>mirror.

Finally, move the layer down underneath the box top.

Step 8. Set your foreground color to black, background to color #2. Choose your preset shapes tool and navigate to a heart shape (one comes with psp). Draw a small heart in the center of your box.

Step 9. Set foreground and background colors to black. Choose your preset shapes tool>ellipse, and draw a small shape for the eye. Choose your deformation tool and rotate it.

You need to duplicate and mirror the eye. To do so, follow the same steps as you did for the ear (step 7).

Place both of your eyes underneath the box top.

Step 10. Set your foreground to color #3 and background to null. Choose your pen tool>freehand line, using the settings in the screenshot.

Draw a shape for the right side of the mouth, similar to mine. When you're satisfied with it, right click>apply.

Now you can draw the other side freehand if you wish, or, you can copy what you just drew and mirror it. To do that, just follow the same steps as in Step 7 above.

Step 11. Choose your pen tool again, same settings as before, except change the mode to "draw lines and polylines." Draw a straight line for a whisker. Right click>apply. Draw as many whiskers as you like (don't forget to hit "apply" after each one).

Step 12. Ok, you're now done drawing the pieces for your box. You're ready to save your preset shapes.

Go to your layers palette and you should have something similar to this (name your layers whatever you wish).

Hold down your shift key while clicking on each of the layers (they'll all be in bold now). Right click>group. You'll see that all of your layers are now clustered under "Group 1." You want to rename that to whatever you want your preset shape to be. Here's what mine looks like.

Click file>export>shape. Then type in the name of your shape and click ok. Your shape is now saved. Check it if you wish by clicking on your preset shapes and navigating to it.

Step 13.Now you need to convert your vector layers into raster ones [Note: If you were drawing using rasters, you will obviously already be here and won't need to do this step. You can go to step 15 below].

Go to your layers palette. Hold your shift key down while click on both of your ears layers. Right click>create raster selection. Add a new layer. Flood fill with black. Contract by 1 (selections>modify>contract). Flood fill with color #1.

Step 14.You will follow the same procedure as you did in step 13 for each of the bunny box pieces. Use the following colors:

  • Box Bottom: Fill with black, contract by 1, fill with white
  • Eyes: Fill with black.
  • Box Top: Fill with black, contract by 1, Fill with same lavendar pattern as before.
  • Mouth and whiskers: Fill with color 3.
  • Nose: Fill with black, contract by 1, fill with color 2.

You're now done with the vector layer, so you can turn it off. All of your pieces should now be on raster layers, ready to add the finishing touches.

Step 15. Add a new layer and place it on top of the box (but undeneath the mouth). Set your foreground color to color #4. Choose your airbrush , using the settings in the screenshot. Spray on a little color, similar to mine.

Step 16. Choose your retouch tool>smudge brush and use the settings in the screenshot to soften the color out a bit.

Step 17. Make your box layer active. Select and float it (selections>select all>selections>float). Contract by 1 (selections>modify>contract). Add a new layer and place it on top of the box layer (It should be underneath the box top, eyes, nose, mouth, whiskers, and cheek layers.

Choose your airbrush again, and using color #2, spray some color around the outer edges of your box. Use your smudge brush again to soften the colors.

Step 18. Make your ears layer active, select and float them (selections>select all>selections>float). Contract by 1. Use your airbrush to spray on some of color #5 around the outside edges. Smudge with your smudge brush.

Step 19. I always save my graphics as master psp files, will all layers intact - just makes it easier to go back and change things later. If you want to do that, then do so now (save it in psp format).

Now you can delete the vector layer. Hide the background and color charts and merge visible layers.

Step 20. I decided to add some eggs to the top of my box. To do that, we're going to use vectors again.

Set your foreground color to black, background to white. Choose your preset shapes tool>ellipse (use same settings as before for your preset shapes tool). Draw an ellipse approximately 30 x 50.

If you like, you can just leave your egg like this, but I wanted to edit mine just a wee bit. To do that, you have to get it ready for editing. Click the pen tool. Right click on the egg>convert to path. It's now ready to edit. It'll look like this

To edit, click on the "edit mode"

Those 4 little boxes are nodes, and by moving them around you can change the shape of your egg. Place your cursor on the node at the top of the egg. It'll look like this.

Move the top up a bit, to make your egg longer.

Then click on the node at the bottom of the egg. Move it up a bit, like this.

Move the sides out just a wee bit. You can play with the egg shape until it looks like you want it to. When you're satisfied with the egg, right click on it and then choose "apply."

Now you can save your egg as a preset shape. Name the layer whatever you want your egg shape to be. Then go to file>export>shape. You'll now have an egg shape to use.

Step 21. Click on your egg layer, right click>convert to raster layer. Select and float the egg (selections>select all>selections>float). Contract by 1 (selections>modify>contract). Flood fill with color 6. Keep selected.

Choose your paintbrush, size 2, and paint a random design on your egg (use white).

Effects>reflections effects>kaleidoscope. Use the settings in the screenshot.


[Note: Painting different designs will give you different effects. Make as many variations as you like of the egg (you can also play with the kaleidoscope settings).

Now you can just copy this egg and paste as a new layer, as many times as you want.

I also made some of my eggs purple. To do that, click Adjust>hue and saturation>hue/saturation/lightness. Use these settings: colorize checked, hue 247, saturation 52, lightness 11.

Now just arrange your eggs as you wish on top of the box. You can rotate them either by going to image>rotate or you can use the deformation tool to turn them (remember to sharpen afterwards).

Step 22. If you wish, add a new layer and add text of your choice.

Step 23. When you're satisfied with your creation, delete the color chart. Hide the background layer. Merge visible layers. I always save finished graphics in psp format.

And that's it, all done! Hope you've enjoyed it, and Happy Easter!

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