Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Mardi Gras Mask


This is a mask I'd made for Mardi Gras but never got around to writing up the tutorial - figured I'd get it done now *grin.* This tutorial uses a selection for the mask, and then feathers that you make yourself using the airbrush and smudge tools.

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This tutorial was written for Paint Shop Pro versions 9 and 7.

For this tutorial, you will need the following:

Paint Shop Pro. I used version 9 and I've also included comments as appropriate for PSP 7 users. You may download the latest PSP version demo here.

My selection. Place this in your PSP selections folder. You may download it here.

Feathers. You'll find the tutorial for the feathers here.

Step 1. Open up a new image 400 x 400, white background.

Step 2. Add a new layer. Load selection 1 (selections>load/save selections>load selection from disk. Click on the box to the left and all the selections available will be displayed. Choose "01mask." [PSP 7 users: selections>load from disk].

Flood fill with a gold gradient of your choice (one comes with PSP). Set type to linear, angle 0, repeats 0.

Step 3. Add a new layer and place it underneath the mask. Set foreground to the gold gradient, background null. Choose your pen tool>draw freehand, and use the settings in the screenshot.

Draw two ribbons on your mask.

Step 4. Make the mask layer active. Choose your magic wand (feather 1, antialias checked), and click inside the eye. Hold your shift key down and click inside the other.

Selections>modify>expand by 7. Add a new layer. Flood fill with any color.

Selections>modify>contract by 7. Hit the delete key on your keyboard. Keep selected.

Choose your tube tool and use the "foil eggs" - set scale to 10. Paint all around both eyes. [PSP 7 users: this tube doesn't come with PSP 7, so you will need to dab on some color - just use your paint brush, size about 5 and paint on a variety of colors of your choice].

Adjust>add/remove noise>add noise, and use settings in the screenshot.


Adjust>brightness/contrast. Set brightness to -26, contrast to -19.

Step 5. Now you need to make some feathers for your mask. You'll find the tutorial for the feathers I've used here.

Make as many color variations as you wish (just use PSP's adjust>hue and saturation>hue/saturation/lightness function). Then just copy and past each feather on its own layer. Resize, rotate, and arrange them as you wish on your mask.

Step 6. You could leave the mask as if if you wish, but I decided to add a handle to mine (actually, there must be a name for that thingie but not sure what it is). To do that, add a new layer and place it underneath the mask. Set your foreground and background to gradient and choose one that matches the colors you've used for your feathers (or, you could use a solid color and then apply an inner bevel instead).

Choose your preset shapes tool>rectangle and draw a small rectangular shape down the side of the mask.

Step 7. If you wish, save a copy of the image as a master psp file, with all layers intact. That way, you can go back later and change colors if you wish.

Now delete the background layer. Merge visible layers. Save as a psp file.

Now you're ready for next year's Mardi Gras!

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This tutorial was created on May 3, 2005.
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