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Bertram Butterfly


I'd like to introduce you to Bertram Butterfly!  Why name a butterfly Bertram?  Well, I like this little guy so much I just had to give him a name, and Bertram seemed as good a name as anything. <g>

This is a selection tutorial, and it involves a little freehand drawing and decorating. I provide screenshots to guide you along the way too.

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 selections. Place these in your PSP selections folder (or another location of your choice, just remember where you place them). You may download them here.

You'll notice that Bertram is outlined in black.  The procedure for the selections is basically the same.  You'll load the selection, flood fill it with black, contract by 2, and then flood fill with the color.  If you would prefer not to have your butterfly outlined in black, simply skip that step and just flood fill the selections with a color of your choice.

Step 1. Open a new image 300 x 350, background color of your choice.

Step 2. Add a new layer.   Load the "head" selection (you do this by clicking selections/load from disk.  Then navigate to the folder where you placed your selections).  Flood fill the selection with black.  (go to selections>modify>contract 2.  Flood Fill with a color of your choice.  I used  #528B57.

Step 3. Add a new layer.  Load the "eyewhite" selection.  Flood fill with black, contract by 2, fill with white.

Step 4. Add a new layer.  With your selection tool, draw a small circle inside the eye. Flood fill with black.

Step 5. Add a new layer.  Load the  "body" selection.  Flood fill with black, contract by 2, flood fill with #528B57.

Step 6. Choose your draw tool, freehand line, size about 2. Draw some lines on his face similar to mine.

Step 7. Add a new layer.  Load the selection "antennae."  Flood fill with black.

Step 8. Next, we'll do the wings.  There are 2 rows of wings.  The wing selections 1-6 are the inner row and 7-10 are the outer row (bottom).  I've colored the inner wings red (#B1212B) and the outer wings blue (#0000FF).  Feel free to use different colors.  For each wing selection, the procedure is the same:

  • Add a new layer (make sure the layers are underneath your body and head).

  • Flood fill with black.

  • Contract by 2.

  • Flood fill with color.

First, load all the top selections (1-6).  Once you're done, it should look similar to this

Step 9. Now do the same thing with the bottom wing selections (#'s 7-10).  When done, you should have something similar to this:

Step 10. Make the body layer active. With your selection tool (any shape), draw all the way around it, then click inside it to select. Contract by 2.  Set your foreground color to yellow #EEC85B. Choose your draw tool, freehand line, size 9. Draw some lines on his body similar to mine. Deselect.

Apply an inner bevel using these settings:
pillow shape, width 8, smoothness 40, depth 1, ambience 21, shinniness 10, color white, angle 315, intensity 57, elevation 20.

Step 11. Apply an inner bevel (using the same settings) to each of the following layers: the green sections of the body, the head, the eye, and the antennae.

Step 12. Your basic butterfly is now done. If you like him like this, you're all done! I decided to add a little decoration to his wings. To do that, just add a new layer for each bit you want to add. Use your imagination and make him anyway you like.

If you'd like to know what I did to decorate him, here you go:

For the white bit around the edges of the blue wings, I just used my airbrush to spray on some color (set the size to about 3, opacity to 40, and density to about 20-25).

I then added some yellow circles to the red wings (set foreground color to yellow and background color to black) and use your preset shapes tool set to ellipse to draw some small circles.

I also added a few dots on the edges of the wings and some black lines at the end (use your draw tool, freehand line to draw).

Finally, I added some shading to the red wings. Select each one individually and spray on a color of your choice with the airbrush, then use your retouch tool, smudge brush to soften it out a bit.

When you have something you like, save as a master .psp file with all layers intact - that way you can go back later and change things around if you wish.

Bertram was a lot of fun to make - I hope you've enjoyed doing him as much as I liked making him!

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This tutorial was posted on November 4, 2003.
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