Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Catching Snowflakes


Here's a little bear who just loves catching snowflakes (hope he gets some). This tutorial uses selections and a wee bit of shading, and most folks should be able to complete it without difficulty.

And here's some music for your listening pleasure. Just hit the stop button if you'd prefer silence ;o).

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.

My seamless fill tile

You may download my materials here.

My color chart. Right click on this and save it to your computer. [Another way to do this is just drag the color chart onto your canvas - just make sure it's on a new layer].


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

Step 2. Add a new layer. Load selection 1 (selections>load from disk - then navigate to the location where you placed the selection files). Flood fill with color #1.

Float the selection ("Ctrl+F" on your keyboard). You'll see the marquee ("marching ants") around your selection. Set your foreground color to color #2 (you're doing this so the color will show up in your list of recent colors).

Apply a cutout (effects>3d effects>cutout), using the settings in the screenshot (note: the shadow color is color #2. Right click on the recent colors list and choose it from the colors there).

Repeat the cutout but change the vertical and horizontal to -2 (note: each time you apply a cutout, you'll apply two: one with "+2" values and one with "-2".)


Step 3. Repeat Step 2 for selection 2.

Step 4. Repeat Step 2 for selection 3.

Step 5. Add a new layer. Load selection 4. Flood fill with color #3. Float. Apply cutout, same settings as before (change shadow color to black).

Step 6. Add a new layer. Add a new layer. Load selection 5. Flood fill with the "catchingfill" you downloaded (set scale to 30%, angle to339). Float. Apply cutout, using black as shadow color.

Step 7. Repeat Step 6 for selections 6, 7, and 8. You'll need to change the angle of the fill for each to the following:

selection 6: 342     selection 7: 0     selection 8: 337.

I also darkened the layer with selection 8 on it using the variations filter. If you don't have this filter, you can use PSP to do this (colors>adjust>brightness/contrast) - set the brightness to about -25 and contrast to 0.

Step 8. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to #5 and your background to null. Choose your draw tool, freehand line, size 1 (antialias checked, create as vector unchecked). Draw some lines on the feet, similar to mine. I lowered the opacity of this layer down to about 50.


Step 9. Now to do the face bits. Add a new layer. Draw a line similar to mine for the mouth (use color #5). Lower the opacity down to about 50.

Add a new layer. Set foreground and background colors to black. Choose your preset shapes tool, ellipse, and draw a small oval for the eye. Use your deformation tool to rotate it into place. Apply inner bevel (effects>3d effects>inner bevel), using the "round" preset.

Set your foreground color to black and background color to null and draw a small line over the eye for a lid, similar to mine (I didn't lower the opacity of this one).

Add a new layer and place it underneath the head. With foreground and background colors to black, use your preset shapes tool to draw a small circle for the nose. Apply inner bevel, "round" preset.

Step 10. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to #4. Choose your airbrush, using the settings in the screenshot. Spray some color on all the red pad bits (the ones you did in Step 5 above). [NOTE: In the screenshot, I'm only showing the bottom half of the body, but you will also spray the pads on his front legs as well).


Now choose your retouch tool>smudge brush, with settings in the screenshot. Soften the colors out a bit, similar to mine.


Step 11. Add a new layer. Choose your airbrush again, using color #3, and spray some color on his cheek and inside the ears (change your airbrush size down as you need to). Smudge using the same settings as before.

Step 12. Add a new layer. Load selection 9. Flood fill with color #6. Copy/paste this layer as many times as you wish - resize down as you wish.

Step 13. Now do any tweaking you need to do. When you're satisfied with your creation, delete the color chart and background layers. Merge visible layers and save as a psp file.

Your little bear is now ready to catch his fill of snowflakes!

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This tutorial was created on November 19, 2004.
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