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 "bear2fill" 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. Load selection2 from disk and repeat the above step.
Step 4. Add a new layer. Load selection 3 (hand). Repeat above steps.
Step 5. Add a new layer. Load selection 4 (head). Repeat above step.
Step 6. Add a new layer. Load selection 5 (pants). Flood fill with "bearfill2." Float and apply a cutout. Use same settings as before except change the shadow color to color #1.
Step 7. Add a new layer. Load selection 6 (shirt). Repeat step 6.
Step 8. Add a new layer. Load selection 7 (hand). Flood fill with fur, float, and apply cutout as before.
Step 9. Add a new layer. Load selection 8 (arm). Flood fill with the bear2fill, float, apply cutout as before.
Step 10. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to #3 and your background to color #4. Choose your airbrush and use the settings in the screenshot. Spray a little color on the ears, similar to mine.
Step 11. Choose your retouch tool, smudge brush, and use the settings in the screenshot. Soften the colors out a bit.
Step 12. 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.
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.
Step 13. This step is optional. I added a wee bit of shading to the clothes. Add a new layer. Setyour foreground color to #1 and your background color to #1. Spray on some color and smudge it out similar to mine (note: I sprayed darker color on the shirt and lighter color on the pants at the knees).
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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