Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Little Bears: Bear 3

(Updated October, 2006)

I made some little bears and then I needed somewhere for them to rest, so I made a bed. This tutorial will show you how to make the third little bear (the girl bear at the top of the bed). If you'd like to make the other bears and the bed, you may find those tutorials here.

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.

October, 2006: I'm using this little bear in my Santa's Workshop tutorials, so be sure to check out that series of tuts. This tutorial was originally written in 2004 in PSP7. I've now updated it so users of later versions of PSP (8, 9, X) may also be able to do the tutorial.

For this tutorial, you will need the following:

Paint Shop Pro. You may download the latest version of PSP here. You should have no problems doing this tutorial in versions 7, 8, 9, or X.

My canvas with selections saved to alpha channel.

My pattern fill 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.

A few words about organizing your work. I always put everything on its own layer. Sometimes it makes for a lot of layers, but PSP can handle it! And when you have things on separate layers, it makes it so much easier to go back and change things, or to fix errors.

Also, I name each layer. When I'm working with selections, I name the layer the same thing as the selection is named. For example, the layer I add selection 1 on would be named 1, selection 2 would be on layer 2, etc. When you end up with tons of layers, it's really helpful to have taken the time to name them all, so you can easily find what you're looking for.

Step 1. Open up the canvas with alpha selections you downloaded. The selections that you'll need for this tutorial are all saved to alpha channel and are in the order that you will load them.

Step 2. 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 your way. When you need a color, just click on it with your dropper tool.

Step 3. Set foreground to color #2. Add a new layer. Load selection 1 from alpha channel (go to Selections>Load/Save Selection>Load Selection from Alpha Channel).

To choose a selection, just click on the box to the left (it's circled in red in the screenshot) and navigate to the selection you want. It'll show up in the preview window on the right. Then just click "Load."

Flood fill with the "bear3fill1" you downloaded. Keep selected.

Float the selection (go to selections>float>float all or, you can click "Ctrl+F" on your keyboard) You'll see the marquee ("marching ants") around the image [Note: You always need to float a selection before you can apply a cutout].

Apply a cutout (go to effects>3d effects>cutout), using the settings in the screenshot (the shadow color is #2 - click on the box and choose it from your list of recent colors).

Repeat the cutout, but change horizontal and vertical to -3 .


Step 4. Add a new layer. Load selection 2. Flood fill with "bear3fill2." Float the selection. Apply cutout, using the same settings as above, except change the shadow color to #1 on your color chart.

Step 5. Add a new layer. Load selection 3. Flood fill with bear3fill1. Float. Apply cutout.

Step 6. Repeat Step 5 for selection 4.

Step 7. Add a new layer. Load selection 5. Flood fill with the bear3fill2 pattern. Float, apply cutout (Color #1 is shadow color).

Step 8. Add a new layer. Load selection 6. Flood fill with the bear3fill1 pattern. Float, apply cutout (color #2 as shadow color).

Step 9. Add a new layer. Load selection 7. Flood fill with the bear3fill2 pattern. Float. Apply cutout.

Set foreground color to null, background to color #3. Choose your preset shapes tool>circle. Draw a small circle in the center of your bow.

This is what you should have so far.

Step 10. Now you'll do the face. Add a new layer. Set foreground color to null, background to black. Choose your preset shapes tool>ellipse. Draw two small shapes for the eyes.

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


Step 11. Add a new layer. Draw another circle for the nose. Apply same inner bevel.

Step 12. Add a new layer. Set foreground to color #4. Choose your pen tool>draw freehand (width 1). Draw a small shape for the mouth.

Step 13. Add a new layer. Choose your airbrush, using settings in the screenshot. Spray some of color #4 on the cheeks.

Choose your smudge brush, using settings in the screenshot.

Soften out the color.

Step 14. Add a new layer. Choose your airbrush again and spray some of colors #2 and 3 inside the ears. Soften with your smudge brush.

Step 15. Now take a look at your little bear and see if there's anything you want to change - now's the time to do that. I always save two (and sometimes more) versions of my images. The first copy I save is a PSP file with all the layers intact. I name it something like "nutcrackermaster." It's helpful if I want to go back later and make a different color or change something, I can easily do so with the layers intact.

Once I save the master file, I then save a transparent psp file. To do so, delete the color chart and background layers (you're done with both of those). Merge visible layers. Save as a PSP file (name it something different from your master file). This file is now really easy to use, since it's transparent. You just copy and paste it onto whatever you want.

Hope you enjoyed making this lil bear.

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This tutorial was created on June 11, 2004, updated on October 10, 2006.
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