Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Patriotic Eagle


I made a quick eagle for Independence Day, and decided to go ahead and write it up as a tutorial. The inspiration for this was a small piece of embroidery. The tutorial is really quick and easy to do (sort of a high beginner's tutorial). I'm providing screenshots to guide you, and of course, you can always email me if you run into any problems.

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 any location of your choice).

My seamless fill tiles.

You may download all of my materials here.

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


Step 1. Open a new image 350 x 300, white background. Open up the color chart you downloaded and copy/paste it onto your canvas as a new layer. Move it to the very top out of your 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 your selections). Flood fill with "01eaglefill". Float the selection (go to selections>float; or, you can hit the "ctrl+F" keys on your keyboard).

Set your background color to color #1. Apply a cutout using the settings in the screenshot. Use color #1 as your shadow color (right click on the shadow color box and pick it from your recent colors list). Repeat the cutout but change the horizontal and vertical to -3 (note: each time you apply a cutout, you'll apply it two times - once with the vertical and horizontal at +3 and once with them at -3).

01eagle   02eagle

Step 3. Add a new layer. Load selection 2. Flood fill with "02eaglefill." Float the selection. Set your background color to color #2. Apply a cutout using same settings as above, except change the shadow color to #2.


Step 4. Add a new layer. Load selection 3. Flood fill with "03eaglefill." Float the selection. Set your background color to color #3. Apply cutout same as above except use color #3 as your shadow color.


Step 5. Add a new layer. Place it on top of the head but underneath the beak and the eye layers. Set your foreground to pattern and use the "04eaglefill." Set your background to null. Choose your draw tool, and use the settings in the screenshot.


Draw some lines similar to mine. Don't worry about them going over the edges - we'll fix that in a minute.


Step 6. Make the layer with the white head on it active. Select and float it (go to selections>select all>selections>float; OR, choose your selection tool set to rectangle, draw all around the head, and then click inside on it it - you'll see marching ants, and your selection will be floating). It should look like the screenshot.


Step 7. Invert the selection (go to selections>invert). You should have this.


Step 8. Make your red stripes layer active. Hit the delete key. All the overlap should now be gone.


Step 9. Float the red stripes (go to selections>select all>selections>float). Set your background color to color #4. Apply a cutout, using the same settings as above except use color #4 as the shadow color.


Step 10. And your eagle is now done. Delete the color chart, hide the background layer, and merge visible layers. Save as a psp file.

If you'd like to make the backgrounds I made, then continue on. If not, you're all done!

Step 11. You should have two layers now - the background and the merged eagle. Make the eagle layer active and resize it by 80%. Sharpen.

Flood fill the background layer with the "05eaglefill" (set the scale to 90%).


Step 12. Go to selections>select all. Then contract the selection by 12 (go to selections>modify>contract). Add a new layer. Flood fill with "06eaglefill" (set the scale to 32%). Keep selected.


Step 13. Contract the selection by 12. Add a new layer and flood fill with white. Deselect.


Step 14. Set your foreground and background to the "05eaglefill" pattern. Add a new layer. Add text of your choice with a font of your choice (I've used book antiqua).

To draw the stars, set your foreground color to color #2 and your background to the "05eaglefill" pattern. Choose your preset shapes tool and navigate to a star (one comes with PSP). Add a new layer and draw stars where you wish them to be. I also drew some hearts around the text.

Finally, add a drop shadow to your eagle. Use these settings:horizontal 1, opacity 35, blur 2. I also added a drop shadow to my text.

And that's it, all finished! I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial. Please let me know if you experience any problems. And have a fantastic 4th of July!

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