Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Frog in Love


This little froggie wants to give his heart away - maybe to you? I made this little guy from scratch, but am providing selections for you to use in this tutorial.

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.

VM Distortion Origami Radial Folder filter. This is a shareware filter, and you can download it here. Place this filter in whatever location you have your other PSP plugin filters.

My selection files. Place these in your PSP selections folder (or any location of your choice - just remember where you place them).

My fill tile for the heart.

You can download all of my materials in a zip file here.

Step 1. Open a new image 350 x 350, background color of your choice.

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).

[Note: I wanted a black outline around my frog, but if you don't want that, then you can skip the part of these instructions where I tell you to flood fill the selections with black].

Flood fill the selection with black. Contract by 2 (go to selections>modify>contract). Flood fill with green #619052. Deselect (you can either use your magic wand and just right click, or you can go to selections>select none).

You'll need to reselect (and float it) for the next step (the cutout), but you have to deselect it now so you can get the black part included.


Step 3. To reselect it, you can go to selections>select all>float. Or, you can choose your selection tool, draw an outline around it, and click inside. You'll see marching ants around your selection. Both of these methods will give you a floating selection, which you need in order to apply a cutout. If you don't have this, the cutout will appear clear.

Once you have your selection ready, apply a cutout (go to effects>3d effects>cutout), using the settings in the screenshot. Apply another cutout with the same settings except change the vertical and horizontal to -3.

02frog 01frog

Step 4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 above for each of the following selections: 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.

03frog 04frog

05frog 06frog 07frog

Step 5. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to black and your background color to white. Choose your preset shape tool, oval, size 1, antialias checked. Draw an oval about 30 x 40 (watch the numbers in the lower left of your screen). Duplicate this layer. These are his eyes, so move them into position on top of his head, similar to mine.


Step 6. Add a new layer. Set your foreground and background colors to black. Choose your preset shape tool again, oval, and draw a small black circle for the center of his eye. Duplicate this layer. Place them in position, similar to mine.


Step 7. Add a new layer. Choose your draw tool, freehand line, size 1. Draw a mouth similar to mine. To draw the lines on the side of his mouth, make your background null.


Step 8. Set background color to null, leave foreground black. Add a new layer - place it underneath the eyes. Draw some eyelashes.


Step 9. Add a new layer. Set your foreground and background colors to pink - I used #E1586B. Choose your preset shape tool, oval, and draw a small circle. Duplicate this layer. Place these circles on his cheeks. If you wish, you can apply a cutout to these (I chose not to).


Step 10. Make one of the arm layers active. With your eraser, erase the bits at the top. Repeat this for the other arm. When done, it should look similar to this.


Step 11. Add a new layer. Load selection 7. Flood fill with black. Contract by 2. Flood fill with the pattern you downloaded. Deselect. Select again (go to selections>selection all>float). Apply a cutout with same settings as before.


Step 12. You want the frog to hold the heart, so move this layer in between the arms, i.e., the heart should be on top of one of the arms and underneath the other.


Step 13. Now you'll add a few spots to his legs (you can skip this step if you'd like him to be spotless ). To add spots, set your foreground color to black. Choose your airbrush and use the settings the screenshot. Add a new layer. Spray on a few spots.

16frog    15frog

Step 14. Choose your retouch tool, smudge brush, using the settings in the screenshot below. Smudge the spots around just a bit.

17frog    18frog

Step 15. This step is optional. (I wanted his eyes to have sort of a love-gazed look to them, but if you like them just plain black, then skip this step).

Make one of black eye layers active. Select it (go to selections>select all>float). Flood fill with a color of your choice. I chose blue #197BFF.


Step 16. Apply VM Distortiion Origami Radial Folder filter, using the settings in the screenshot below. Repeat this step for the other eye.


Step 17. Choose your preset shape tool, oval. Set your foreground and background colors to black. Add a new layer. Draw a small circle in the center of the eye. Duplicate this layer.


And that's it, all finished. Save as a master PSP file with all layers intact - that way you can go back later and change things if you wish

I hope you've enjoyed the tutorial. Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions or problems, and of course, I'd love to see any creations you make with the tut.

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This tutorial was created on January 30, 2004.
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