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Halloween 2006: Witch's Cauldron

Since I'm always running out of time around holidays, I decided to get started on my tuts early this year, beginning with Halloween. Here' the first of the 2006 holiday tuts, a witch's cauldron. The tutorial uses a few selections, and a bit of drawing and shading.


For this tutorial, you will need the following:

Paint Shop Pro.This tutorial was written for versions 10 (PSP X), 9 and 7.04. You may download the latest PSP version demo here.

My canvas with alpha selections. You may download it here.

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


Step 1. Open up the canvas with alpha selections you downloaded. The selections that you'll need for this tutorial are all saved to alpha channel and are in the order that you will load them.

Step 2. 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 tool.

Step 3. Add a new layer. Load selection 01 from alpha channel (go to Selections>Load/Save Selection>Load Selection from Alpha Channel. Make sure "Replace selection" is checked, and nothing else is checked. [Note: PSP 7 users: go to selections>load from alpha channel].

To choose a selection, just click on the box to the left (it's circled in red in the screenshot) and navigate to the selection you want. It'll show up in the preview window on the right. Then just click "Load."

Flood fill with color #1.

Apply an inner bevel (effects>3d effects>inner bevel), using settings in the screenshot.

 

Step 4. Add a new layer. Load selection 02 from alpha channel. Flood fill with color #2. Apply inner bevel, same settings as before.

Step 5. Set foreground color to #3, background to null. Choose your pen tool>draw freehand, using settings in the screenshot. [Note: PSP 7 users: go to your draw tool>draw freehand].

Draw a ring at the top, like this (we'll cover those ends in just a minute).

Step 6. Add a new layer. Load selection 03. Flood fill with color #2. Apply inner bevel, same settings as before.

Step 7. Add a new layer. Load selection 04. Flood fill with color #4. Set your background to color #5 (note: you're doing this so you can choose this color as a cutout below).

Float the selection (selections>select all>selections>float). You'll see the marquee ("marching ants") around the selection.

Apply a cutout (effects>3d effects>cutout), using settings in the screenshot. The shadow color is color #5 (click on the shadow color box and choose color #5 from your list of recent colors.

Repeat the cutout but change the vertical and horizontal to -2.

Step 8. Add a new layer. Choose your paint brush, size about 2, and paint color #5 onto your leather pieces, like this.

Step 9. Add a new layer. Set foreground to color #4, background to null. Choose your pen tool again, same settings as before. Draw a handle at the top of your pot, similar to mine.

Float the selection (selections>select all>selection>float), and apply a cutout, using same settings as before.

Step 10. Add a new layer and place it on top of the layer with selection 02 but underneath the other layers.

Set foreground to color #6, background null. Choose your pen tool again, and draw some goo in your pot similar to mine.

Float the selection and apply cutout using color #7 as the shadow color.

Step 11. Add a new layer.Set foreground to white, background to null. Choose your paintbrush and draw in some bubbles onto your goo.

Change the opacity of your paintbrush down to about 50 and draw in some little bits of steam.

Step 12. Add a new layer. Set foreground to color #8, background null. Choose your pen tool again and draw a rock shape (another way to do this is to use your preset shapes tool to draw a circle and then use your deformation tool to shape it into a rock).texture effects>texture, and use the settings in the screenshot.

Step 13. Repeat Step 12 for as many rocks as you want under your pot. I varied the colors (use colors #8, 9, 10,11) too. If you wish, you can apply a cutout to the rocks as well. Here's how my finished rocks look.

Step 14. Add a new layer and place it underneath all the rocks, but on top of the cauldron. Choose your picture tube tool and navigate to the fire tube. Set the scale to about 25 and draw some fire. Since the fire was a bit too bright, I lowered the opacity of the layer down to about 30.

Step 15. When you like your results, delete the color chart and background layers. Merge visible layers. Save in whatever format you prefer (I always save in PSP format).

And that's it, all done!

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This tutorial was created on August 2, 2006.
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