Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Leprechaun

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As St. Patrick's Day is approaching, I thought I'd do a little leprechaun. This is a selection tutorial, and most folks should not have any problems completing it. I do assume, however, that you have a basic working knowledge of PSP and its tools.


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 canvas with alpha selections and color chart. 've tested it in PSP7, and it works fine for me, but please let me know if you experience any problems. You may download the canvas here. Unzip it and open it up in PSP.


Step 1. Open up the canvas you downloaded. This canvas has a background layer, a color chart layer, and layers for you to put the selections. The layers are in order, starting at the bottom, so just work your way upwards.

The color chart is the top layer and you'll notice that it's at the top of your canvas, out of the way. When you need a color, just click on it with your dropper tool.

Step 2. Make layer 1 active (just click on it on your layers palette). Load selection 01 from alpha channel. You do this by clicking selections>Load/save selections>load selection from alpha channel. Choose "01" and then Load. (See the box I've circled in the screenshot? Click on it and you'll see all the selections, that's how you choose one).

Flood fill with color #1.

 

Step 3. Make layer 2 active. Load selection 02. Flood fill with color #2. Keep selected.

Now you'll apply a cutout. Set your foreground (or background) color to color #3. Note: you're doing this so it'll show up in your list of recent colors.

Float the selection (Ctrl+F on your keyboard). Effects>3d effects>cutout, using the settings in the screenshot. Note: the shadow color is color #3. Right click on the box and then choose it from the list of recent colors.

Repeat the cutout, but change the horizontal and vertical to -3 (note: in the rest of the tut, you'll apply two cutouts, one with +3 for horizontal and vertical, and another with -3 for horizontal and vertical).

 

Step 4. Make layer 3 active. Load selection 03 from alpha channel. Flood fill with color #4. Float (Ctrl+F). Apply cutout using color #5 as the shadow color.

Step 5. Make layer 4 active. Load selection 04. Flood fill with white. Note: I've kept it selected so you can see it against my white background. You don't need to apply a cutout to this.

Step 6. Make layer 5 active. Load selection 05. Flood fill with color #6. Float. Apply cutout using color #7 as shadow color.

Step 7. Make layer 6 active. Load selection 06. Flood fill with color #2. Float. Apply cutout using color #3 as shadow color.

Step 8. Make layer 7 active. Load selection 07. Flood fill with color #8. Float. Apply cutout, using color #9 as shadow color.

Step 9.Make layer 8 active. Load selection 08. Flood fill with color #1. Float. Apply cutout, using color #3 as shadow.

Step 10. Make layer 9 active. Load selection 09. Flood fill with color #8. Float. Apply cutout, using color #9 as shadow color.

Step 11. Make layer 10 active. Load selection 10. Flood fill with color #8. Float. Apply cuout, using color #9 as shadow color.

Step 12. Make layer 11 active. Load selection 11. Flood fill with color #10. Float. Apply cutout, using color #11 as shadow color.

Step 13. Make layer 12 active. Load selection 12. Flood fill with color #2. Float. Apply cutout using color #3 as shadow color.

Step 14. Make layer 13 active. Load selection 13. Flood fill with color #6. Float. Apply cutout using color #7 as shadow color.

Step 15. Make layer 14 active. Load selection 14. Flood fill with color #7. Contract the selection by 1 (selections>modify>contract). Flood fill with white.

Step 16. Add a new layer. Set your foreground and background colors to #2. Choose your preset shapes tool, circle, using the settings in the screenshot. Draw a small circle in each eye.

Add a new layer. Change your foreground and background colors to black and draw another small circle inside each eye.

  

Step 17. Add a new layer. Load selection 14 again from alpha channel and flood fill with color #9.

Choose your selection tool, rectangle . Start at the bottom of the shape and draw up about 2/3 of the way (you're making an eyelid). Then hit the delete key on your keyboard.

Float the selection (selections>select all>selections>float). Apply a cutout using black as the shadow color. Change horizontal, vertical, and blur to 1. Repeat the cutout, changing horizontal and vertical to -1.

Step 18. Set your foreground color to #12 and background to null. Choose your pen tool , and use the settings in the screenshot (PSP7 users, choose your draw tool, freehand line).

Draw a line for the mouth. For the two bits on the side of the mouth, change the line size down to 1.

 

Step 19. Add a new layer. Set foreground color to #11, background null. Choose your preset shapes tool, circle (same settings as before). Draw a small circle for the nose.

Choose your airbrush , using settings in the screenshot, and spray a little color inside the circle you just drew.

Then choose your smudge brush , using the settings in the screenshot, and soften it out a bit.

 

Step 20. I drew some eyelashes for my lil guy, but this is optional. To do so, add a new layer and place it underneath your eyes. Set foreground to color #11, background to null. Choose your pen tool>same settings as before (line width 1) and draw some lashes.

Step 21. Make your face layer active (it's layer 9). Select/float it (selections>select all>selections>float). Note: You're going to be spraying on some color for the cheeks and you're doing this selecting so the color won't go outside the area).

Now add a new layer and place it underneath the beard. Set your foreground to color #12. Choose your airbrush, same settings as before, except change the brush size to 20. Spray some color on the cheeks.

Choose your smudge brush (same settings as before except change the size to about 20). Soften the color.

Step 22. Add a new layer and place it underneath the hands (layer 7). Load selection 15. Flood fill with color #2. Float. Apply a cutout, same settings as before except change the shadow color to color #13.

Now duplicate this layer as many times as you wish and arrange in his arms.

Step 23. When you're satisfied with your creation, delete the color chart, hide the background layer. Then merge visible layers. And that's all there is to it!

I hope you've enjoyed making this little guy, and have a greate St. Patrick's Day! ;o)




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