Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Easter Carriage

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I love Victorian graphics, so thought I'd do an Easter one - they always seem to have animals pulling other animals around, don't they?

This tutorial involves vectors (simple ones), a wee bit of drawing, shading, and some selections - something for everyone *grin.* In order to do this tutorial, I assume that you have a basic working knowledge of PSP and its tools.

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This tutorial was written for Paint Shop Pro versions 9.

For this tutorial, you will need the following:

Paint Shop Pro. I used version 9, 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 flower preset shape. Place this in your PSP preset shapes folder.

My selections. Place these in your PSP selections folder.

You may download all of my materials here.

My color chart. Right click on it and save to your computer. Or alternatively, you can click on it and drag it onto your canvas.


Step 1. Open up a new image 450 x 250, white background. Open up the color chart and paste as a new layer onto your canvas. Move to the top, out of the way. When you need a color, just click on it with the dropper tool.

Step 2. The first thing you're going to draw is an egg shape, and you'll be using vectors to do it (easy though).

Set your foreground and background colors to color #1. Choose your preset shapes tool, oval, and use the settings in the screenshot

[Note: When you draw using vectors, the images will automatically be placed on a new layer].

Draw a box at the bottom of your canvas, approximately 100 x170 (watch the numbers at the bottom of your screen). [Note: the screenshot below is smaller than your image will be].

 

Step 3. We need to reshape the egg just a teensy bit. To do that, you have to get it ready for editing. Click the pen tool. Right click on the egg>convert to path. It's now ready to edit. It'll look like this

To edit, click on the "edit mode"

Those 4 little boxes are nodes, and by moving them around you can change the shape of your egg. Place your cursor on the node at the top of the egg. It'll look like this.

Move the top up a bit, to make your egg longer.

Then click on the node at the bottom of the egg. Move it up a bit, like this.

Move the sides out just a wee bit. You can play with the egg shape until it looks like you want it to. When you're satisfied with the egg, right click on it and then choose "apply."

Now you can save your egg as a preset shape. Name the layer whatever you want your egg shape to be. Then go to file>export>shape. You'll now have an egg shape to use.

Step 4. Click on your egg layer, right click>convert to raster layer.

Step 5. . Choose your selection tool>rectangle. Draw out a shape on your egg approximately 55 x 75. Keep selected.

Add a new layer. Flood fill with a gold gradient of your choice (one comes with PSP) - set the angle to 0, repeats 0. Keep selected.

Contract by 3 (selections>modify>contract). Hit the delete key on your keyboard. Keep selected.

Go to your layers palette and make the egg layer active. Hit the delete key again on your keyboard. Keep selected.

Expand the selection by 3 (selections>modify>expand). Add a new layer and place it underneath your egg layer. Flood fill with color #2. Deselect.

This is what you should have.

Step 6. Set your foreground color to color #3. Select and float the egg (selections>select all>selections>float).

Apply a cutout, using the settings in the screenshot (the shadow color is #3 - right click on the shadow color box and choose it from the list of recent colors).

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

 

Step 7. Add a new layer. Set your foreground to the same gold gradient you used before, and background to null. Choose your preset shapes tool, circle. Use the same settings as before except change width to 4, and "create on vector" is unchecked.

Draw a small circle approximately 62 x 62. Move it to the rear of your carriage.

Step 8. Add a new layer and place it underneath the wheel you just drew. Set your foreground to the gold gradient, background to null. Choose your pen tool , draw lines and polylines, and use the settings in the screenshot.

Draw some spokes for the wheel. After each line you draw, right click and choose "apply."

Step 9. Choose your preset shapes tool and then navigate to the "pracken_purpleflower" preset you downloaded. Use the settings in the screenshot (be sure "retain style" is checked.

Add a new layer. Now you're just going to draw flowers on your wheel. I've drawn three versions:

  • One using the settings in the screenshot.
  • One using same settings, but change this: uncheck "retain style," set your foreground to color #4, background to color #5.
  • The final one is the same as the second one, except change the line width to 2.
  • Here's what the 3 variations look like:

Now all you need to do is draw the flowers as you wish on the wheel. Here's mine.

Step 10. Set foreground and background to the gold gradient. Choose your preset shapes tool, circle, and draw a small circle in the center of your flowers. I've applied an inner bevel to mine (effects>3d effects>inner bevel). Use these settings:

 

Step 11. Turn off all layers except your wheel pieces. Merge visible layers. Turn all layers back on.

Now duplicate the wheel and place it on the right side of the carriage. Duplicate twice more and place both of these layers behind the egg layer. Move the back wheels up and slightly to the right, similar to mine.

Step 9. Add a new layer and place it on top of th egg. Now add some flowers across the top similar to mine.

Add a new layer and place it underneath the egg. Draw a few more flowers on each side so they look as though they're going around the egg.

Step 10. Set your foreground and background colors to color #6. Choose your preset shapes tool, rectangle (use same settings as in Step 2 screenshot). Draw a rectangle that is the size of the window.

You'll have the rectangle on a vector layer. Move it underneath your egg and gold window layers. Now you need to edit it just a wee bit. First, just as before, you need to get it ready to edit.

Click the pen tool. Right click on the egg>convert to path. It's now ready to edit.

To edit, click on edit mode, just as you did in step 3 above.

Hover your mouse over the line at the bottom. Hold down the "Ctrl" key and click on the line. You've added a node. (It's hard to see in the screenshot, so I've circled it for you).

Now move this node up to the top (you're making curtains).

Click on the node at the left bottom. Hold down the shift key and click the one on the right (you've selected them both now). Right click>node type>symmetric. It should look like this:

Click on the node at the bottom left. You see a line with an arrow on one end and a little box on the other. You can change the shape of the node by moving either of these arms.

Click on either end of the arrow and move it inwards to shorten. Make sure your shape doesn't go outside the window frame (just move the mode to the right if you need to).

When you're satisfied with it, right click>apply.

Repeat this process to the node on the right side.

Right click on the layer>convert to raster layer.

Step 11. Now to draw the chicken. Set your foreground and background colors to #5. Choose your preset shapes tool, ellipse. Draw an oval shape (approximately 50 x 100. It'll be on a new vector layer.

Move this layer underneath the curtains.

Get it ready to edit. Click the pen tool. Right click on the egg>convert to path. Then choose edit mode (these are the same steps as you've done before).

Hold down the "Ctrl" key, and add two nodes, in the locations where I've done (they're circled in the screenshot).

Now click on the node below the two you added (it's circled in the screenshot).

Move the node up, similar to this.

Grab the arrow and turn it like this.

When you're satisfied with your chicken shape, right click>apply. Right click on the layer on your layers palette>convert to raster layer.

Step 12. Select and float your chicken (selections>select all>selections>float). Apply a cutout, same settings as before (except change the blur to 5 and use color #7 as shadow color). Repeat the cutout, changing horizontal and vertical to -2. Keep selected.

Step 13. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to #8. Choose your airbrush, and use the settings in the screenshot. Spray a little color on for the beak.

Choose your retouch tool>smudge brush, using settings in the screenshot. Soften the color. [Note: Feel free to change the settings on the airbrush and smudge brush as you wish]. Keep selected.

Step 14. Add a new layer. Now you'll add some shading to your chick. Choose your airbrush again, and spray colors #7, 2, 1, and 9.

Choose your retouch tool>smudge brush and soften the colors.

Step 15. Add a new layer. You're going to draw the eye. Use your paintbrush, size 1 and paint in the pixels as I've done (I've enlarged the screenshot so you can see where they go). Use colors #10 11, 12, 13, and 14.

Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to color #10, background null. Choose your pen tool>draw freehand, size 1. Draw a little line on the beak and one underneath the eye.

Whew! You still with me? Now we need to make the bunnies. Almost done!

Step 16. Add a new layer. Load selection 1 (load/save selection>load selection from disk. Then navigate to the 01easter selection. Flood fill with color 15.

Step 17. Repeat Step 16 for selections 2 and 3.

Step 18. Make the layer with selection 3 on it active. Select and float it (selections>select all>selections>float). Add a new layer. Spray some of colors #1 and #12 on your rabbit. Then use your smudge brush to soften the colors.

Make the layer with selection 1 (feet) on it active. Select and float. Add a new layer, spray colors 1, 12, and smudge.

Repeat for the layer with selection 2 (ear).

You should have something similar to this:

Step 19. Now you just need to add the face bits. For each, put them on a new layer.

For the whiskers, use color #14. Select the pen tool>draw freehand. Draw the whiskers.

Draw the mouth using the same color and the pen tool.

For the nose, use color #16 and spray on with your airbrush (set the size down to about 2). Smudge to soften.

For the eye, use colors #17, 18, 19, 20 (see enlarged screenshot).

And finally, draw a little line under the eye using your pen tool>freehand line and color #15.

 

Step 20. Add a new layer. Set your foreground to the gold gradient, background to null. Choose your pen tool>draw freehand, line width 7. Draw two lines for a harnass on your bunny.

Step 21. Hide all layers except you bunny layers. Merge visible layers.

Turn the other layers back on.

Duplicate the bunny and move the duplicate layer underneath.

Step 22. Add a new layer. Set foreground and background to the gold gradient. Choose your preset shapes tool>circle. Draw a small circle on the front of the egg. Duplicate the layer and place it behind the egg, similar to mine.

Step 23. Add a new layer. Set foreground to gold gradient, background null. Choose your pen tool>draw freehand, line width 2. Draw a line from the bunny to the little button you just drew. Repeat for the one in the back.

Step 23. Woohoo! You're still with me?? When you're satisfied with your creation, delete the color chart, hide the background layer, and merge visible layers.

You can decorate as you wish. I decided to add a little grass to mine (I used the grass tube that comes with PSP).

And you are done! I hope you've enjoyed the tutorial, and as always, please let me know if you experience any difficulties.




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