Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Devilish Duckie

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I'm continuing my Halloween tutorials. The other day, one of my friends brought her child over and in her toys was a little duck similar to this. I thought the idea was sooooooo cute, that I had to draw one of my own, and this is the result. I really like this little guy and hope you will too. The tutorial is easy, and most beginners should be able to do it without problem.


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 (or another location of your choice). You may download them here.

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

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Step 1. Open a new image 200 x 200, 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 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). Flood fill with black.

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

 

Step 3. Add a new layer. Load selection 2. Flood fill with color #1.

Float the selection (selections>float; or hit the "Ctrl+F" keys on your keyboard). You'll see marching ants around the selection.

Set your foreground color to color #2 (this way, it'll appear in your list of recent colors when you apply the cutout next). Now apply a cutout (effects>3d effects>cutout), using the settings in the screenshot (right click on the shadow color box and navigate to color #2).

Repeat the cutout, but change the horizontal and vertical to -3 (do this each time I tell you to apply a cutout in the following steps).

   

Step 4. Add a new layer. Load selection 3. Flood fill with color #3. Float. Set foreground (or background) color to #4. Apply a cutout, using same settings as before (change the shadow color to #4).

Step 5. Add a new layer. Load selection 4. Flood fill with black. Apply inner bevel, same settings as before.

Step 6. Add a new layer. Load selection 5. Flood fill with black. Contract by 1 (selections>modify>contract). Flood fill with white.

Set your foreground and background colors to black. Choose your preset shapes tool, ellipse, anitalias checked, create as vector unchecked, line width 1). Draw a small circle for the center of the eye. Apply an inner bevel using same settings as before.

Step 7. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to black and background to null. Choose your draw tool, single line, size 2 (antialias checked, create as vector unchecked, close path unchecked). Draw the first part of the eyebrow (the part that goes down toward the beak). Then change the line size to 1 and draw the other side (the part that slopes down toward the tail).

Step 8. Add a new layer. Load selection 6. Flood fill with black. Apply inner bevel, same settings as before.

Step 9.Make the layer with the red body on it active (click on it in your layers palette). Choose your selections tool, any shape, and draw all around the body, then click inside on it - you'll see marching ants around it. (Note: you're doing this so you can add some shading and it won't go outside the lines of the body).

Set your foreground color to color #2. Add a new layer. Choose your airbrush, and use the settings in the screenshot. Spray a little color around the neck.

 

Step 10. Choose your retouch tool>smudge brush, using the settings in the screenshot. Soften the color a bit until it look something similar to mine.

Deselect (just right click anywhere).

 

Step 11. Now to draw the wing. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to #2 and your background to #6 (that way you can just switch back and forth between them if you need to).

Choose your airbrush again, same settings as before, except change the size down to about 5. Draw a wing shape, similar to mine.

Spray some of color #6 inside the wing, similar to mine.

Choose your retouch tool/smudge brush (same settings as before) and soften the colors out a bit.

Apply an inner bevel, using the same settings as before. It should look similar to this.

Step 12. And your lil duckie is all done. When you're satisfied with your creation, delete the color chart and background layers. Then merge visible layers. Save as psp file or tube it if you wish.

Step 13. If you'd like to make the little yellow duck, just follow the same steps above, but change the colors you use as follows:

  • body: color #3; body cutout shadow: color #4

  • neck: color #4.

  • wing and wing shading: colors #4 & 5, respectively

  • beak and tail: color #7.

  • beak and tail cutout shadow color: #8
  • Of course, you can make the duckie any colors you wish - the variations are endless.

    I loved making these lil guys and hope you have too. I'd love to see what y'all do with him, and please do let me know if you experience any difficulties.




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