Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Southwestern Series: Cave Painting


I am continuing with my southwestern series. As I find time, I will try to add more. You will find the other southwestern items here.

There are many wonderful examples of cave paintings - I've chosen a bison. These drawings were primitive, yet absolutely eloquent. Your results won't need to be perfect, they should be a bit on the primitive side.

This is a relatively easy tutorial, but to do it, I assume that you have a basic working knowledge of PSP.

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 a folder of your choice (I usually place mine outside of PSP).

You may download all of my materials here.

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

Step 1. Open a new image 350 x 250, white background. Open up your color chart and paste it as a new layer. Move it to the top of your canvas out of the way. When you need a color, just click on it with the eye dropper tool.

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

Open up the "01cavefill" you downloaded. Set your styles palette to pattern, and flood fill the selection.

Step 3. Add a new layer. Load selection 2. Flood fill with the 01cavefill pattern.

Step 4. Now you're going to add the shading to your bison. Select it (go to selections>select all>selections>float; or, you can choose your selection tool, draw all the way around your bison, and then click on it - it'll be floated and you'll see a marquee (marching ants) around it). You're doing this so the color you add will only go on your bison and not outside it.

Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to color #1 from the color chart. Choose your airbrush tool, and use the settings in the screenshot.

Spray on some color similar to mine. Keep selected.


Step 5. Add a new layer. Choose color #2 and spray some more color, similar to mine.

Step 6. Add a new layer. Choose color #3 and spray color similar to mine.

Step 7. This will add a subtle effect, but I think it helps make the drawing look more etched. Add a new layer. Your foreground color is still set to color #3. Choose your airbrush, same settings as before, except lower the brush size down to about 2 and the opacity to about 20. Draw some lines on your bison, to look like etched places in the cave wall. To show you where I've added them, I'm hiding all the layers so you can see.


Step 8. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to color #1. Choose your airbrush, same settings as in the original screenshot above in Step 4 except the brush size is 2. Draw some lines on the tail, similar to mine.

Step 9. Add a new layer. Choose your airbrush, but change the size to 2. Draw an eye and nose on your bison, similar to mine (screenshot enlarged).

Step 10. Add a new layer and place it underneath your bison. Choose your draw tool, freehand line, size 1, antialias checked. With color #1, draw a horn on your bison.

Add a new layer, but place this one on top of the bison. Draw another horn.

Step 11. Add a new layer and place it underneath your bison. Set your foreground color to color #3. Choose your airbush, size 1-2 and draw some furry bits on top of your bison.

Step 12. Select the foot (the selection you loaded in step 1 above). Add a new layer and spray on color similar to mine (I added color #1 and color #2).

Your bison is now done. If you want to tweak any of the shading, go back and do it now. When satisfied with your creation,delete the color chart, hide the background and merge visible layers. Save it in whatever format you wish (I use psp format).

You can leave it like this if you wish, but I wanted mine to appear that it was on a cave wall. You can create your own texture, or if you wish, you can use my fill. Just open it up (it's the "02cavefill" you downloaded). Flood fill your background layer.

And voila, all done! Feel free to change the colors, textures, etc. of your cave drawing, to give it an entirely different effect. I hope you've enjoyed this tut, and as always, feedback and comments are welcome!

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This tutorial was created on August 9, 2004.
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