Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Bunny Candle Holders

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As Easter is rapidly approaching, I thought I'd make some bunnies. Then I came across some cute bunny candle holders, and decided I'd try to make some of my own. This tutorial is the result.

To do this tutorial, you will need a basic working knowledge of PSP and its tools. It involves a little drawing and shading, but don't let that scare you! It's only a little bit, and I provide screenshots to help you along the way.


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.

Eye Candy 4000. This is a commercial filter and you can download it here. There is an earliler version of this product, Eye Candy 3, that you can download for free here. I don't know if it has the glass filter that you'll need for this tutorial or not, but even if it doesn't, it's still a great set of filters to have, and you can't beat free!

My Eye Candy preset. Place this in your Eye Candy 4000 glass folder.

My selection files. Place these in your PSP selections folder (or any location of your choice).

You may download all of my materials here.


Step 1. Open a new image 250 x 350, white background.

Step 2. Add a new layer. Load selection 1 (go to selections>load from disk - then navigate to the location where you placed your selections). Flood fill with green #B8CE90.

Float the selection (click "Ctrl+F on your keyboard). Apply a cutout using these settings: vertical 1, horizontal 1, opacity 20, blur 4. Use #779642 as your shadow color. Fill interior with color is unchecked.

Repeat the cutout but change the horizontal and vertical to -1. Keep selected (keep until I tell you to unselect).

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Step 3. Add some noise. Go to effects>noise>add. Choose 5%, uniform. (The effect is subtle - screenshot enlarged to show you).

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Step 4. Add a new layer. Now you'll do a little shading of your bunny. Set your foreground color to #779642 and your background color to #E5EDD7.

Choose your airbrush with the settings in the screenshot. Then spray some color similar to mine. When you spray the bit around the eye, change the size of your brush down to 1.

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Step 5. Now you'll do the smoothing out of the colors. Choose your retouch tool, smudge brush, with the settings in the screenshot. Blend the colors until you have something similar to mine (it won't be exact!). When you're doing the eye, change your brush size down to 2-4. Feel free to adjust the brush size up and down as you wish too, it's a bit of a personal preference. Larger sizes will give you a softer, bigger smudge, while smaller ones will be more localized and small.

What you're shooting for is just a little definition of the body parts so it looks like a bunny.

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Step 6. Deselect your bunny. Make your shading layer active. Choose your selection tool (any shape), draw all around the outside of the shading, then click inside to select it. You'll see marching ants around. Now apply cutout and noise same as above. Deselect.

Step 7. Now make your bunny layer active. With your selection tool, draw all around your bunny then click inside - will see marching ants. Apply Eye Candy glass using my bunny preset (under the glass preset, click "settings" and navigate to "pracken_bunny" on your list).

(Note: Just a checkin: you should have 3 layers in this order: a background layer, the bunny, and the bunny shading. )

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Deselect. Hide the background layer and merge visible layers. You can turn your bunny off for the moment. Turn your background layer back on.

Step 8. Add a new layer. Place this layer underneath the bunny layer. Load selection 2. Flood fill with the same green as your bunny #B8CE90. Apply cutout same as before. Apply noise same as before. Apply Eye Candy glass, same as before.

If you wish, you can draw little wicks for your candles. Just add a new layer and place it underneath the candle. Set your foreground color to #F5EEE7 and your background color to null. Choose your draw tool, freehand line, size 2, and just draw a little straight line at the top of the candle. Then merge this layer with your candle layer.

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Step 9. Now you're basically done. You can make your bunny and candle in as many colors as you wish. You can do this with PSP's colorize function. Just go to effects>colorize, and adjust the hue and saturation. Play with the settings to get lots of different effects.

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Step 10. Save a master psp file with all layers intact. That way you can go back later and make different colors for your bunny and candle if you wish. Then, hide your background layer and merge your bunny and candle layer together. Save as a psp file. And that's it, bunnies galore!

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5/27/04 Note: I have made a country cupboard tutorial, along with items to place on it. These candle holders are some of those items.

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All of the items on the cupboard can be found on page 5 of my tutorials here.

In addition to the bunny candle holders, I also made a bunch of candles for the cupboard, like this:

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To do that, all you need to do is make the candles as above. Make as many color variations of the candles as you wish (copy and paste each onto its own layer). When you have something you like, hide the background and merge visible layers. Then turn your background back on. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to #C7C0B1 and your background color to null. Choose your draw tool, freehand line, size about 2. Draw a string around your candles. Erase any overlapping bits. When done, hide the background again and merge visible layers. Save your bunch as a psp file.




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