This is an easy little bear to make. I provide selections for you to work with, and screenshots to guide you along the way.
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.
My selections. Place these in your PSP selections folder (or another location of your choice, just remember where you place them).
My seamless fur fill tile.
You may download all of my materials here.
Something for him to hold. If you'd like to use the paper pad like mine, it's a tutorial, and you may find it here.
Step 1. Open a new image 300 x 400, background color of your choice.
Step 2. Add a new layer. Load the "head" selection (go to selections>load from disk, and then navigate to your selections folder). Food fill with black, contract by 2 (go to selections>modify>contract). Flood fill with the fur texture you downloaded in my materials (or feel free to use another texture or a solid color).
Step 3. Add a new layer. Place it underneath the head layer. Load the "ear" selection. Flood fill with black, contract by 2, floodfill with fur. Do the same thing to "ear2" selection.
Choose your retouch tool, smudge brush, using these settings: round, size 20, hardness 25, opacity 30, step 25, density 100). Soften the color out a bit.
Step 6. Add a new layer. With the selection tool (or preset shape tool) set to oval, draw a small black circle inside each eye.
Step 7. Add a new layer. Again, with your selection tool (or preset shape tool), draw a small oval for the nose.
Step 8. Add a new layer. Place this layer underneath the head. Load the "body" selection. Flood fill with black, contract by 2, flood fill with fur.
Step 9. Add a new layer. Place this layer on top of the body layer but underneath the head layer. Load "arm" selection, flood fill with black, contract by 2, fill with fur. Do the same procedure for the "arm2" selection.
Step 10. Erase the upper black part of the arms.
Step 12. Now you'll draw some lines on his hands and feet - you'll follow the same procedure for all.
Make a layer active. Set your foreground color to black and your background color to null. Choose your draw tool, freehand line, size 2. Draw some lines similar to mine.
Step 13. Next, draw the facial features. Add a new layer. Use the draw tool, freehand line, same settings as before, and draw a mouth and eyebrows.
Step 14. Add a new layer. Load "hat1"
selection, flood fill with black, contract by 2, flood fill with a
color of your choice (I used #9F3B3B).
Set your foreground color to black and your background color to null. Choose your draw tool, freehand line, size 10 - 20. Draw a circular scarf-shape around his neck. Select it, flood fill it with color or pattern of your choice. I used the same red as his hat. You can then decorate it as you wish. I just drew some stripes on mine (still using the freehand draw tool and the same blue as the hat).
Step 16. You do the same thing for the two vertical pieces of the scarf. Do each section on a separate layer and make sure the layers are both beneath the arm and underneath your horizontal scarf layer.
Step 17. Your bear is now basically done. You can embellish him as you wish. If you've created the paper pad as I've done, just copy it and paste it as a new layer onto your bear. Make sure it's underneath the arm layers.
When you are satisfied with your creation, hide your background layer and merge visible layers. And that's it, all done.
I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial. As always, please le me know if you have any problems, and I'd love to see your creations!
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This tutorial was posted on November 6, 2003.
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