Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Lil Bug

Lil Bug

Why did I draw a bug? I have no idea. I just saw one similar to this and thought he was a cutie patootie, so decided to draw him. I have provided selections for you to use.

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 another location of your choice). You may download them here.

Step 1. Open a new image 300 x 300, background color of your choice.

Step 2. Add a new layer.  Load "body" selection.  Flood fill with #343530.

Step 3. For each of the following pieces, follow these steps:

  • Add a new layer
  • Load the selection
  • Flood fill with color.

The pieces to load, are:

  • bughead 2 (flood fill with F94C44)
  • bughead 1 (flood fill with F94C44)
  • bugbody 2 (flood fill with A2985B)


Step 4. Move the "body" layer to the top.

Step 5. Do the legs and antennae. For selection, add a new layer, placing each of these underneath the body and head layers. There are 6 legs and 2 antennae to load.  Flood fill each with 343530.

Step 6. Add a new layer. Move it on top of the body layer. Load "redlines" selection. Flood fill with #F94C44.

Step 7. Add a new layer (on top of the last layer).  Load "bluelines" from disk and flood fill with #5FACE0.

Step 8. Add a new layer. Move it on top of the head. Load "headlines" from disk. Flood fill with #343530.

Step 9. Add a new layer.  With the selection tool, draw a small circle, flood fill with #343530 for the eye.  Make another one.

Step 10. Now the bug is basically done.  You can leave it like this if you wish.

I decided to add an inner bevel to mine (all the pieces). If you want to do that, use these settings: the pillow bevel, width 3, smoothness 0, depth 1, ambience 0, color white, angle 315, intensity 50. 

I also added some shading on the body (just spray some color with your airbrush and smooth it out with your smudge brush).

Finally, I lowered the opacity on the stripes layers just a bit. And that's it. When satisfied with your bug, hide the background and merge visible layers.

Hope this tutorial didn't make ya "buggy." lol (and groan).

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This tutorial was posted on November 8, 2003.
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