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Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Patriotic Buttterfly

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I made an eagle for Independence Day, and decided to add a butterfly to go with him. If you want to do the eagle, you may find him here. The tutorial is really quick and easy to do (sort of a high beginner's tutorial). I'm providing screenshots to guide you, and of course, you can always email me if you run into any problems.


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.

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

My seamless fill tiles.

You may download all of my materials here.

My color chart. Right click on it and save it to your computer.

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Step 1. Open a new image 350 x 250, white background. Open up the color chart you downloaded and copy/paste it onto your canvas as a new layer. Move it to the very top out of your way. When you need a color, just click on it with your eye dropper tool.

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 black. Contract the selection by 1 (go to selections>modify>contract). Flood fill with color #1. Deselect.

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Float the selection (go to selections>select all>selections>float) - you'll see marching ants around it.

Set your background color to color #2 from your color chart (note: the reason you're doing this is so this color will show up in your recent colors list when you do the cutout).

Now apply a cutout (go to effects>3d effects>cutout), using the settings in the screenshot. The shadow color is #2 from your color chart - right click on the shadow color box and you'll see it in your recent colors list.

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

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Step 3. Repeat step 2 above for selection #2.

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Step 4. Add a new layer. Load selection 3. Flood fill with white. Apply an inner bevel (go to effects>3d effects>inner bevel), and use the settings in the screenshot.

Step 5. Repeat Step 4 for selection 4.

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Step 6. Add a new layer. Load selection 5. Flood fill with black. Contract the selection by 1. Keep selected.

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Step 7. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to #3 and your background color to null. Choose your draw tool, freehand line, using the settings in the screenshot. Draw some lines similar to mine. Don't worry about them going over the edges - we'll fix that in a minute.

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Now to get rid of that overlap. Invert the selection (go to selections>invert). You should have this:

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Now just hit the delete key on your keyboard and the overlap is gone.

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Step 8. Make your red stripes layer active. Apply an inner bevel, using the same settings as before.

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Step 9. Hide all layers except for the wing and the stripes. Merge visible layers. Duplicate the layer. Mirror it. Turn your other layers back on and move the wing into position on the left side of the body.

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Step 10. Add a new layer. Load selection 6. Flood fill with black. Contract by 1. Flood fill with a gold gradient (one comes with psp) - set style to linear, angle to 90, repeat 0.

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Step 11. Add a new layer and place it underneath all the other layers except your background. Set your foreground color to black and your background to null. Choose your draw tool, freehand line, size 2 and draw a couple of antennae for your butterfly.

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Step 13. Set your foreground and background colors to black. Add a new layer and place it on top of the body layer. Choose your preset shapes tool, ellipse, and draw a couple of circles for the eyes.

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Step 14. Your butterfly is basically done. I decided to add some additional stars to the wings. To do this, set your foreground and background colors to white. Add a new layer. Choose your preset shapes tool, set to the star shape (one comes with psp). Draw some stars similar to mine. Apply an inner bevel using the same settings as in step 8 above.

Duplicate this layer. Mirror it and move into place on the other side of your butterfly.

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Set your foreground and background colors to blue. Repeat the above step for the rest of the wing. When done, you should have something similar to this:

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And that's it, all done. Delete your color chart, hide your background layer and merge visible layers. Save as a psp file. Note: You can make another variation like mine above by simply changing the wing color to white v. black.

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I hope you've enjoyed the tutorial, and have a fantastic Independence Day!



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This tutorial was created on July 1, 2004.
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