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 gradient. Place this in your PSP gradients file.
You can download all of my materials here.
Step 1. Open up a new image 600 x 400, white background.
Step 2. Set your styles palette foreground color to gradient and navigate to the "pracken_cannonrust" gradient you downloaded.
Add a new layer. Load selection 1 from disk (go to selections>load from disk, and then navigate to the location you placed the selection files). Contract by 2 (go to selections>modify>contract). Flood fill with blue #657887.
Step 3. Deselect (go to selections>select none, or just right click with your magic wand tool). Apply an inner bevel (go to effects>3d effects>inner bevel), and use the settings in the screenshot.
Step 4. Add a new layer. Place this underneath the first layer. Choose your draw tool, set to single line, size 9, with antialias checked. Set your foreground and background colors to the same blue you used before #657887). Draw some spokes for your wheel.
Apply an inner bevel same as before but change the width to 14, smoothness to 15, depth to 3, and shinniness to 50.
Step 5. Add a new layer and put it on top of the last layer. Choose your selections tool, set to circle (feather 1, antialias checked), and draw a small circle approximately 46 x 46 (watch the numbers at the bottom left of your screen). Flood fill with your gradient. Contract by 2. Flood fill with the same blue as before (#657887).
Step 6. Add a new layer. With your selection tool set to circle, draw a small circle approximately 15 x 15 (watch the numbers in the bottom left of your screen). Flood fill with the gradient (change the repeats to about 7, angle 0). Apply an inner bevel, same settings as original screenshot (step 3), except change the depth to 3.
Step 7. Turn off all layers except the wheel pieces. Merge visible (go to layers>merge visible). Name this layer 1. Duplicate this layer and name it 2. Place layer 2 on top of 1, similar to mine.
Step 8. Add a new layer (name it "3"). Place it on top of layer 1 but underneath layer 2. Load selection 2. Flood fill with the same gradient as before. Contract by 2. Flood fill with blue.
Step 9. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to the gradient and your background color to blue. Choose your preset tool, rectangle (line size 1). Draw a couple of shapes similar to mine. Apply an inner bevel as in Step 3.
Step10. Add a new layer. Choose your draw tool, set to single line, size 3. Draw a straight horizontal line. Apply an inner bevel as in Step 3.
Step11. Add a new layer. Choose your selection tool set to circle. Draw a small circle approximately 12 x 12. Flood fill with gradient. Apply inner bevel. Duplicate this layer. Move them into position, similar to mine.
Step12. Add a new layer. Choose your selection tool and draw a small circle approximately 20 x 20. Flood fill with your gradient. Contract by 4. Hit "delete" on your keyboard. Apply inner bevel.
Step 13. Add a new layer (name it "barrel"). Place this on top of layer 3. Load selection 3. Flood fill with brown #412203.
Step 14. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to the gradient (repeats 2, angle 110) and your background color to null. Choose your draw tool, single line, size 3. Draw some lines on the barrel, similar to mine. For the large piece on the end, just change your line size to about 20.
Don't worry if you have overlapping bits - here's how you can get rid of them. Make the barrel layer active. Go to selections>select all>float. Invert the selection (go to selections>invert). Then make the lines layer active. Hit "delete" on your keyboard. Voila, gone.
Apply an inner bevel, same settings as before.
Step 15. Add a new layer. Place it underneath your barrel layer. Choose your selection tool (ellipse) and draw a small oval at the end of your barrel. Flood fill with your gradient (same angle as in last step, but change repeats to about 20). Apply an inner bevel, same as before.
Step 16. Add a new layer. Place it underneath the barrel layer. Choose your airbrush with the settings in the screenshot. Spray on colors similar to mine, for your fire. The colors I used are red #954B33 and orange #B87B44.
Step 17. Choose your retouch tool, smudge brush and use the settings in the screenshot. Smudge the colors around until you have something similar to mine.
Step18. Add a new layer. Place it underneath the last layer (fire). With your airbrush, spray on some color for the smoke. I chose #FFF7DC and #BEB698. Smudge, same as before.
Step 19. Add a new layer. You can use one of PSP's preset shapes for the heart, or you can use my selection. If you want to use mine, load selection 4. Flood fill with red #A43621. Apply an inner bevel, as before. Place this layer underneath the last layer you worked on (the smoke layer).
Step 20. Optional - I duplicated this heart a couple of times, resized it smaller and arranged. I also made some red exploding bits using Eye Candy jiggle. If you want to do that, just duplicate one of the hearts and apply eye candy jiggle with the following settings. If you don't have eye candy, you can use your paint brush and dab on some specks of color, or you can just not add the red bits.
And that's it, all done. Save a master PSP file of all layers intact - that way you can go back later and change things if you wish. Then, hide the background layer and merge visible layers. Save as a PSP file. For my finished graphic, I added a drop shadow (horizontal 4, vertical 4, blur 4, opacity about 30).
I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial. Please let me know if you have any problems.
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This tutorial was created on January 14, 2004.
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