Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Little Mummy


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 channels.

My stylized line. Place this in your PSP stylized line folder.

You may download all of my materials here.

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


Step 1. Open up the canvas with alpha channels 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."

[Note: As you add layers, name them the same as the selections you load onto them. For example, layer 01 would contain selection 01, etc. This will help you keep things organized and follow the directions easier.]

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 (name it "01"). Load selection 01 from alpha channel. Flood fill with color #1. Contract by 1 (selections>modify>contract). Flood fill with color #2.

Repeat for selection 2.

Step 4. Add a new layer (name it "02"). Load selection 02. Flood fill with color #3. Contract by 1. Flood fill with color #4.

You can add whatever decoration you want to your bag. Here's what I did to mine. Set background to color #3, foreground null. Choose your preset shapes tool>rectangle, using settings in the screenshot. Add a new layer. Draw two small rectangles on your bag.

Set foreground to color #3, background null. Choose your pen tool>draw lines and polylines, using settings in the screenshot. [PSP 7 users: draw tool>single line]. Add a new layer. Draw some vertical lines on your bag. Lower the opacity down to about 60.

Add a new layer. Set background to black, foreground null. Choose your text tool and a font of your choice. Add text as you wish. My font is Salina, size 20.

Step 5. Add a new layer; name it 04. Load selection 4. Flood fill with color #1. Contract by 1. Flood fill with color #2.

Repeat for selections 5, 6, 7, and 8.

Step 6. Now it's time to add the bandages to your little mummy. Make your 01 layer active. Set your foreground to color #1, background to color #2. Choose your preset shapes tool>rectangle, using same settings as before.

(You may want to turn the bag layers off so you can see better). Add a new layer. Starting at the top of the leg, draw a rectangle across the leg (don't worry about it going outside, as we'll fix that in a minute.

Now you'll just continue this process all the way down the leg. Be sure to put each rectangle on its own layer. Here's mine so far.

Now you need to clean up the excess bits. Make your 01 layer (leg) active. Choose your selection tool>rectangle. Draw a rectangle all the way around the leg. Then click inside it. You'll see the leg selected, like this.

Contract the selection by 1 (selections>modify>contract). Invert the selection (selections>invert). You should have this.

Now make the first rectangle layer active and hit the "delete" key on your keyboard. Go to the next rectangle and do the same. Continue on with each rectangle you drew. When done, your image should look similar to this.

Choose your pen tool>draw lines and polylines, same settings as before, except change the line style to the "pracken_hunkdots" line you downloaded. Draw stitches on each of your rectangle layers.

Optional: I decided to add drop shadows to my bandages, but it's a personal choice. To do so, you'll need to add a shadow to each of the rectangle layers. Just make each one active and apply these settings.


Step 7. Repeat Step 6 for each of the remaining body layers (the other leg, arms, body, and head).

Step 8. Set foreground color to null, background to black. Choose your preset shapes tool>ellipse (use same settings as before). Add a new layer. Draw two shapes for the eyes. You'll need to move the layer underneath some of your bandages.

Step 9. Add a new layer. Set foreground to color #5, background to null. Choose your pen tool, same settings as before except change the mode to draw freehand and the width to about 2. Draw a handle for your bag. Erase any bits that overlap the hand.

Add a new layer and place it underneath the bag. Add some candy of your choice. I've used the candy corn tube that comes with PSP - set scale to about 10.

Step 10. When you're satisfied with your mummy, delete the color chart. Hide the background layer. Merge visible layers (layers>merge visible). Save in whatever format you choose.

And that's it, all done. This lil guy (or gal - who can tell? lol) is all ready for some serious trick or treatin'. Happy Halloweenie y'all!

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