Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Southwestern Series: Howling at the Moon


I am continuing with my southwestern series. As I find time, I will try to add more. You will find the other southwestern items here

I've always been fascinated by the images of wolves, so I thought I'd made one to go in the southwestern series. Poor lil guy - wonder what he's howling about? *bg*

This is a relatively easy tutorial, but to do it, I assume that you have a basic working knowledge of PSP.

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 file. Place this in a folder of your choice (I usually place mine outside of PSP).

My gradients. Place these in your PSP gradients folder.

Eye Candy Glass 4000 (optional - you can do the tutorial without this), and my Eye Candy glass presets. Place these in your EC glass folder.

You may download all of my materials here.

Step 1. Open a new image 300 x 300, white background.

Step 2. Add a new layer. Set your styles fill to gradient and navigate to the "pracken_howl1" gradient you downloaded. Use the settings in the screenshot.

Choose your selection tool, circle, feather 0, antialias checked. Draw a circle on your canvas approximately 235 x 235 (watch the numbers in the lower left of your screen).

Flood fill with the gradient. (Note: the screenshot size is reduced, your moon will be larger).

Apply Eye Candy Glass, using the "pracken_howl" preset you downloaded (just click on the "settings" tab and you'll see it in the list). Note: If you don't have Eye Candy, you could use an inner bevel of your choice instead.


Step 3. Add a new layer. Load selection 1 (go to selections>load from disk - then navigate to the location where you placed the selection file).

Flood fill with the "pracken_howl2" gradient - use the linear style, angle 90, repeats 0.

Apply Eye Candy glass, using the "pracken_howl2" preset.

Step 4. Set your foreground color to black and your background to null. Choose your draw tool, freehand line, size 1 (antialias checked, create as vector unchecked).

Draw some definining lines on your coyote, similar to mine.

Lower the opacity of this layer down to about 40.

If you wish, you can add a drop shadow (go to effects>3d effects>drop shadow) to the coyote and the moon (use these settings: horizontal 3, vertical 3, opacity 40, blur 3).

And that's it, it's all finished!

When satisfied with your creation, hide the background and merge visible layers. Save as a psp file.

I hope you've enjoyed the tut, and please let me know if you experience any problems.


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This tutorial was created on July 30, 2004.
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