Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Western Town Series: Horse


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This is my old western town series of tutorials. This tutorial will show you how to do the horse (see them there in front of the livery stable?) If you would like to make the other items in this series, you will find them here.


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 a folder of your choice (I usually place mine outside of PSP). You may download the selections here.

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


Step 1. Open a new image 350 x 350, white background. Open up your color chart and paste it as a new layer. Move it to the top of your canvas out of the way. When you need a color, just click on it with the 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 color #1.

Step 3. Add a new layer. Set your foreground and background colors to black. Choose your preset shapes tool, oval, and draw a small oval shape for the eye.

Add a new layer. Load selection 2. Flood fill with color #1. Apply a cutout (go to effects>3d effects>cutout), and use the settings in the screenshot.

 

Step 4. Add a new layer. Set your foreground and background colors to black. Choose your preset shapes tool, ellipse, and draw a small circle for his nose.

Step 5. Make your horse layer active. Select it (go to selections>select all>selections>float) - you'll see the marquee (marching ants) around the horse. You're doing this so your color won't go outside the lines. Note: You will keep the horse selected throughout the following steps, i.e, keep selected until I tell you to deselect it.

Add a new layer. Choose your airbrush, and use the settings in the screenshot (feel free to adjust the settings as you wish). Set your foreground color to color #2. Spray some color on the ears, and draw a shape for the mouth (you may need to resize your brush down a bit). Keep selected.

   

Step 6. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to black. Using you airbrush again, spray some color on the hooves.

Step 7. Add a new layer (your horse is still selected). Set your foreground color to #2. Spray some color around the edges of your horse. Then choose your retouch tool, smudge brush (use settings in the screenshot), and smooth the colors out just a bit (feel free to adjust the brush size up or down as you wish).

(Optional) - When I did the tail, I pulled a bit of the shading down to make it softer - to do this, just change your brush size down to about 4 and pull downward on the shading.

   

Step 8. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to #3 and spray some color in places similar to mine. When you do the feet and legs, change your brush size down to about 6. When you do the lines on the tail, change it to size 1.

Choose your retouch tool>smudge brush, and soften.

   

Step 9. Add a new layer. With color #2, spray on a mane. Smudge to soften. Change your color to #3 and your brush size down to about 2. Spray some lines of color down the mane. Soften if you wish. When done, you should have something similar to this.

Step 10. Add a new layer. Move this layer underneath the mane shading you did. Load selection 3. Flood fill with black.

[NOTE: If you are planning on making the buggy tutorial, you'll need the horse without the saddle, so you can save him now. Hide the background and color chart layers, and merge visible layers. Save as a psp file. Then, click edit>undo>merge layers. Turn your color chart and background layers back on and continue the tutorial.]

Add a new layer. Choose your selection tool, circle, and draw a small circle on the top of the bridle. Flood fill with a color of your choice (I've used the gold gradient that comes with PSP).

Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to the same gold gradient and your background color to null. Choose your preset shapes tool, ellipse (antialias checked, size 2). Draw another small circle at his mouth for the bit.

Step 11. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to #4 and your background to #2. Load selection 4 and flood fill with color #4.

Float the selection (go to selections>select all>selections>float). Apply a cutout (go to effects>3d effects>cutout) and use the settings in the screenshot. (The shadow color is #2. Right click on it and then choose #2 from the recent colors list).

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

 

Add a new layer. Load selection 5. Flood fill with color #5. Float the selection. Apply cutout as before.

Add a new layer. Load selection 6. Flood fill with black.

Add a new layer. Load selection 7. Flood fill with black.

   

Add a new layer. Load selection 8. Flood fill with color #4. Float. Apply cutout, using same settings as before.

Step 12. Add a new layer. Load selection 9. Flood fill with black.

Duplicate this layer and move it underneath the horse layer. Arrange it similarly to mine. Erase any overlapping bit.

Step 13. Now's the time to fine tune your graphic. If you need to add more shading or smudging, do so now. When you're satisfied with your creation, delete the color chart, hide your background layer and merge visible layers. Save as a psp file.

And that's it, all done! I hope you've enjoyed making this little guy!





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This tutorial was created on August 27, 2004.
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