To do this tutorial, I assme that you have a basic understanding of PSP and its tools. I also provide screenshots to guide you along the way, and if you run into trouble I'll be glad to help you out.
My selections. Place these in a folder of your choice (I usually keep my outside of PSP).
My seamless fill pattern tiles. You may download all of my materials here.
You'll also need this color chart. Right click on it and save it to your computer.
Step 1. Open a new image 250 x 350, white background.
Open up the color chart you downloaded. Copy and paste it as a new layer onto your canvas. Move it to the top out of the way. Now when you need a color, just choose it with your eyedropper tool.
Step 2. Add a new layer. Load selection 1 (foot) (go to selections>load from disk - then navigate to the location where you placed the selections. Flood fill with the "bear1fill" you downloaded. Keep selected.
Float the selection (click "Ctrl+F" on your keyboard). Apply a cutout, using the settings in the screenshot. Repeat the cutout but change the horizontal and vertical to -3.
Step 3. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to #74523E. Choose your airbrush, using the following settings. Spray some color on the bottom of the foot, similar to mine.
Step 4. Choose your retouch tool, smudge brush, using the settings in the screenshot. Soften out the color just a bit, similar to mine.
Step 5. Add a new layer. Load selection 2. Repeat the same process your did for the first foot.
Step 6. Add a new layer. Load selection 3 (pants). Flood fill with color #1. Apply a cutout, using same settings as before, except change the shadow color to color #2 on your color chart.
Step 7. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to color #3 on your color chart. Choose your airbrush (same settings as before) and spray a little color similar to mine.
Choose your retouch tool, smudge brush (same settings as before), and soften the colors out a bit.
Repeat to selection 5. You should have this.
Step 9. Add a new layer. Load selection 6 (shirt). Flood fill with color #1. Float. Apply cutout as before, using color #2 as your shadow color.
Step 10. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to #2 and your background to #3. Choose your airbrush (same settings as before) and spray on the two colors similar to mine.
Then choose your smudge brush and soften the colors out. You should have something similar to mine (feel free to adjust the size of your brush up if you need to).
Step 11. Add a new layer. Load selection 7 (head). Flood fill with fur. Apply cutout same as before.
Step 12. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to #4 and your background color to #5. Choose your airbrush (same settings) and spray some color for his ear.
Choose your smudge brush and soften it out a bit.
Step 13. Add a new layer. Set your foreground and background colors to black. Choose your preset shapes tool, ellipse, and draw two little circles for his eyes. Apply an inner bevel using the "round" preset.
Step 14. Add a new layer. Draw a circle for the nose. Apply the "round" inner bevel.
Set your foreground color to black and your background to null. Choose your draw tool, freehand line, size 1, antialias checked. Draw a little line for the mouth.
And that's it. I always save a master psp file with all layers intact so I can change things later if I wish. Once you're satisfied with your creation, delete the color layer, hide the background, and merge all visible layers. You can then save it in whatever format you wish (I usually save in psp format).
I hope you've enjoyed this tut, and please let me know if you experience any problems.
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This tutorial was created on June 11, 2004.
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