This tutorial is in two parts. This tutorial will show you how to make the scene you see above. You'll need to have completed the tutorial for the house first (in Part 1), and you'll find it here.
My seamless fill.
My black cat and sign (both are in psp format).
Eye Candy 4000. This is a commercial filter from Alien Skin. It used to be a stand alone program, but its filters have been divided and contained in other filters created by Alien Skin. As a result, they discontinued Eye Candy 4000. You'll find the newer filters on Alien Skin's website here. The gradient glow function can be found in the Eye Candy 5: Impact filter. You can download a fully functional evaluation copy (for 30 days) here.
My Eye Candy gradient glow preset. Place this in your Eye Candy 4000 (or Eye Candy 5: Impact) gradients folder. [Note: You can do this tutorial without this filter].
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 a new image 600 x 500, white background.
Right click on the color chart above and save it to your computer. Open it up and paste as a new layer onto your canvas. Move to the top out of your way.
Step 2. Open up the munster house you made from part 1 of this tutorial. Paste it as a new layer onto your canvas, and position it approximately in the center.
Step 3. Open up the munsterfill3 tile you downloaded. Set your foreground and background to the tile, angle 0, scale 70. Choose your preset shapes tool>rectangle, using settings in the screenshot
Draw a rectangular shape approximately 40 x 90 (watch the numbers at the bottom of your screen).
Apply an inner bevel, using settings in the screenshot.
Position the brick in approximately the same position as mine.
Step 4. Add a new layer and place it underneath the brick layer you just did. Set foreground to black, background to null. Choose your pen tool>draw lines and polylines [PSP 7 users: draw tool>draw single line]. Draw two horizontal lines from the brick to the edge of your canvas, similar to mine.
Turn your grid on (view>grid) so you can line up your fence pieces evenly. Add a new layer. Draw a vertical line close to the edge of your canvas.
Choose your preset shapes tool>rectangle, and draw a small rectangle on top of the line.
Hide all layers except for the vertical line and the rectangle you just drew. Merge visible layers. Apply an inner bevel, using same settings as before. Turn all layers back on.
Copy the merged fence piece and paste it as a new layer. Continue copying and pasting until you've got the pieces all the way across the fence to the brick. Line them up evenly, using the grid. When you're satisifed with it, turn the grid off (view>grid).
Hide all layers except for your fence pieces and the brick. Merge visible layers. Turn all layers back on.
Duplicate the merged fence layer. Mirror the duplicated layer (image>mirror). Move it to the other side of the house. You should have something similar to this.
Step 5. Make the background layer active. Flood fill with color #1.
Step 6. Add a new layer and place it on top of your background layer but underneath all the other layers. the other layers. Set your foreground and background colors to #2. Choose your preset shapes tool>rectangle, same settings as before.
Draw a rectangular shape approximately 1/4 of the height of your canvas - this will be the ground.
Step 7. Make your ground layer active. Choose your smudge brush, using the settings in the screenshot.
Soften out the ground where it meets the sky, on both sides of the canvas. (Screenshot below only shows one side so you can see the detail).
Step 8. Add a new layer and place it on top of the background layer, but underneath the house. Choose your tube tool and navigate to the clouds tube. Draw a cloud somewhere in your sky. Use the smudge brush (same settings as before) to soften the edges out. Lower the opacity to about 60.
Repeat this process until you have as many clouds as you'd like in your sky. Experiment with sizes, opacity, placement, etc. until you have something you like.
Step 9. Add a new layer and place it on top of all the other layers. Set background to color #3, foreground null. Choose your preset shapes tool>circle. Draw a moon.
Apply the Eye Candy gradient glow preset you downloaded("pracken_haunted"). To do so, go to Effects>Eye Candy 4000>Gradient Glow>Settings>pracken_haunted.
Step 10. Now to draw the trees. Add a new layer and place it behind the house. Set foreground to black, background to #4. Choose your pen tool>draw freehand, using the settings in the screenshot. [PSP 7 users: draw tool>freehand]. Start drawing at the bottom and draw upwards. As you move up the trunk, change the size of your draw tool, down in increments of about 5. By the time I reached the top of the tree, mine was at 2. It doesn't have to be perfect!
Duplicate the tree as many times as you want. Paste each one on a new layer and arrange them around your house as it pleases you. I placed some of my layers underneath the cloud layers, and I lowered the opacity on some of my trees to about 30. I also resized some of them down a bit. Experiment until your trees please you. [Note: I've turned the house layer off in the screenshot so you can see the trees better].
Step 11. Add a new layer. Choose your tube tool and navigate to the bats tube - set scale to about 50. Apply bats where you wish. I placed some around the moon, in the clouds, and one on the roof of the house.
Step 12. Open up the black cat you downloaded. Copy and paste it as a new layer onto the canvas, placing it where you wish. I put mine on top of the fence.
Step 13. Open up the sign you downloaded. Copy and paste it as a new layer onto your canvas. Move it to the location you'd like it to be. Select it (selections>select all). You'll see the marquee ("marching ants") around it. Contract the selection by 2 (selections>modify>contract). Flood fill with black. Contract by 2 again. Flood fill with color #5.
Set foreground to null, background to black. Choose your text tool and navigate to a font of your choice (I've used arial, size about 14). Type the text you wish on your sign.
Apply a drop shadow (effects>3d effects>drop shadow), using settings in the screenshot.
Apply another drop shadow but change the horizontal and vertical to -1 and the color to white. You should have something similar to this.
Step 14. Now to draw a spiderweb. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to black and your background to null. Choose your pen tool>draw lines and polylines, width 1 [PSP 7 users:draw tool>single line]. Draw a shape similar to this.
Change to freehand line, and draw some connecting lines, similar to this.
Copy your web (edit>copy) and paste as a new selection (edit>paste as new selection). Mirror it (image>mirror) and line the piece up. Deselect.
Now move your spider web to whatever location you wish. Copy and paste new layers if you wish more than one web.
Step 15. I decided to add some bushes at the front of my fence. I used my scrub brush tutorial (from my western town series), and just adapted its size and colors for this tut. You'll find the scrub brush tutorial here. Instead of the colors in that tut, use colors #1, 2, 4, and 6 (or any colors of your choice). Also, draw your bush larger so it'll cover a good bit of the fence area.
If you wish, duplicate this layer and put it on the other side of the fence.
Step 16. Finally, I added some shadows to my image, to give it a creepier look. Since the moon is on the left side of my image, I wanted my shadows to fall to the right. Adjust yours depending on the location of your moon, i.e., if your moon is on the right side, then your shadows will fall to the left.
I've applied shadows to the trees, fence, and bushes. Adding the shadows isn't an exact science. You'll just need to play with it until you have something you like.
I'll give you an example of how I applied mine - feel free to alter this and use your own methods. I've chosen a tree to use in this example. Apply a drop shadow, using settings in the screenshot.
You need to make the shadow look as though it's falling on the ground v. beside the tree. So make the shadow layer active and rotate it (image>free rotate right 180).
Choose your deformation tool . Rotate and move the shadow until it's in a position you like. I've also lowered the opacity of the layer down to about 60.
Just repeat this process for any items you wish to apply shadows to. If you need to, use your smudge brush to soften out any shadows that may be too large or small. Make sure the shadows fall in front of the house too (so put those layers on top of the house layer).
Step 17. When you're satisfied with your image, save it as a psp file with all layers intact. That way, it's easy to go back later and change things around if you wish to do so.
Then, merge all layers and save your final image in whatever format you wish (I usually save in jpg or gif).
And that's it, you're all done! Ready for a spooktacular Halloween. I hope you've enjoyed the tutorial, and please let me know if you experience any problems.
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This tutorial was created on September 28, 2005.
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