Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Little Ghost

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Here's another Halloween tutorial. This one uses selections to draw the basic bits, and then you'll draw the rest yourself. It's a bit labor intensive, but not difficult.


For this tutorial, you will need the following:

Paint Shop Pro. This tutorial was written for versions 10 (PSP X), 9 and 7.04; however, if you are familiar with PSP, you should be able to convert the tutorial for use with other versions without problems. You can download the latest PSP version demo here.

My canvas with alpha selections.

My preset bow shape. Place this in the folder with your other preset shapes. [PSP 7 users: This shape may not work for you since it was created in PSP X. Therefore, I'm including the bow in psp format for you].

You may download all of my materials here.

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

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Step 1. Open up the canvas with alpha selections you downloaded. The selections that you'll need for this tutorial are all saved to alpha channel and are in the order that you will load them. To load an item from alpha channel, go to Selections>Load/Save Selection>Load Selection from Alpha Channel . Make sure "Replace selection" is checked, and nothing else is checked. [Note: PSP 7 users: go to selections>load from alpha channel>.

To choose a selection, just click on the box to the left (it's circled in red in the screenshot) and navigate to the selection you want. It'll show up in the preview window on the right. Then just click "Load."

Step 2. Copy your color chart and paste it as a new layer onto yourcanvas. Move it to the top out of the way. When you need a color, just click on it with your eye dropper tool.

Step 3. Add a new layer. Load selection 01 from alpha channel. Flood fill with color #1. Contract by 1 (selections>modify>contract). Flood fill with white. Keep selected.

Float the selection (selections>float). Apply a cutout (effects>3d effects>cutout) using settings in the screenshot. Right click on the shadow color box and choose color #1 from the list of recent colors displayed there.

 

Step 4. Repeat Step 3 for selection 2 but change the horizontal and vertical settings on the cutout to 2. Repeat the cutout, changing horizontal and vertical settings to -2.

Step 5. Add a new layer. Load selection 3. Flood fill with color #1. Contract by 1. Flood fill with color #2.

Step 6. Add a new layer. Set foreground color to null, background to color #3. Choose your preset shapes tool>ellipse, using settings in the screenshot, and draw a small oval shape for the eye.

Choose your deformation tool and rotate the oval into place in the eye. Duplicate it and move to the other eye.

Add a new layer. Change your background color to black. Draw another two small circles for the center of the eyes.

Add a new layer. Load selection 4. Flood fill with color #1. contract by 1. Flood fill with color #2.

Step 7. Add a new layer. Set foreground to color #1, background to null. Choose your pen tool>draw freehand, using settings in the screenshot. [Note: PSP 7 users: choose your draw tool>freehand line].

Draw eyebrows, lines under eyes, and nose.

Change your foreground color to color #4 and draw the mouth.

Step 8.Add a new layer. Choose your airbrush, using settings in the screenshot. Spray a little color on the cheeks.

 

Choose your smudge brush, using settings in the screenshot, and soften out the color a bit.

 

Step 9.Add a new layer. Choose your preset shapes and navigate to the "pracken_bow2" shape you downloaded (check the "retain style" box). Draw a bow around his neck. [PSP 7 users: open up the psp bow you downloaded. Copy and paste it as a new layer onto your canvas.]

Choose your deformation tool and rotate the bow into place.

Step 10. Add a new layer and place it underneath the bow. Set your foreground to color #5, background null. Choose your pen tool, same settings as before, except change the width to 2. Draw some strings down from your bow.

Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to null, background to a color or gradient of your choice. Choose your preset shapes tool>ellipse, and draw some beads at the end of your strings.

Step 11. Set foreground color to null, background to color #6.

Choose your preset shapes tool>oval, using same settings as before, except check "Create on Vector." Draw a moon shape. Move the layer underneath all of your ghost layers.

Right click on the layer on your layers palette and choose convert to path. Your image will look like this.

Choose your pen tool and then double click on one of the little boxes (nodes) that you see. Your image will look like this.

Right click>edit>reverse path. Deselect (selections>select none).

Step 12. Now you're ready to add the text. Set foreground to color #6, background to color #7. Choose your text tool, using settings in the screenshot. Choose a font of your choice (I'm using Andorra).

Move your text tool over the inside of the circle you drew. You'll see an "A" with a semi circle underneath it - it looks like a little rocking horse A. When you see that, add your text. If it's not exactly in the place you want, undo and try again. Or, alternatively, use your deformation tool and turn it. Here's mine.

Step 13. Now you're ready to add whatever background and other decoration you want. I changed my background to black, added an outline around the edge, and then added some sparkles. Feel free to embellish yours as you wish.

Step 14. When you're satisfied with your creation, merge all layers and save in whatever format you prefer.

And that's it, all done. Please let me know if you experience any problems with this tutorial. And if you'd like to make a little mummy to go with your little ghost, you'll find a tutorial here.




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This tutorial was created on October 13, 2005.
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