This tutorial will show you how to do the partridge. If you'd like to make the pears, you'll find that tutorial here.
My selection files. Place these in your PSP selections folder.
My gradient. Place this is your PSP gradients folder.
You may download my materials here.
Step 1. Open a new image 300 x 300, white background.
Step 2. Add a new layer. Load selection 1 (selections>load from disk - then navigate to the location where you placed the selection files). Set your foreground color to gradient and choose the "pracken_partridge" gradient you downloaded. Use these settings: style: linear; angle: 240, repeats: 0.
Float the selection (selections>float; or hit the "Ctrl+F" keys on your keyboard).
Apply a cutout (effects>3d effects>cutout) using the settings in the screenshot. The shadow color is #6C441C.
Step 3. Add a new layer. Load selection 2. Flood fill with a gold gradient (one comes with PSP - or choose one of your own). Contract the selection by 2 (selections>modify>contract). Flood fill with color #6C441C.
Step 4. Add a new layer. Load selection 3 and repeat Step 3 above.
Step 5. Add a new layer. Load selection 4 and flood fill with the "pracken_partridge" gradient (same settings as before except change the angle to 180. Float the selection. Apply cutout as before.
Step 6. Add a new layer. Load selection 5. Flood fill with your gold gradient. Contract by 2. Flood fill with color #6C441C.
Step 7. Add a new layer and place it underneath the head. Set your foreground and background colors to color #C16E0D. Choose your preset shapes tool, triangle, and draw a small shape for the beak. Use your deformation tool to rotate it into place.
Add a new layer and place it on top of the head. Set your foreground and background colors to black. Choose your preset shapes tool, ellipse, and draw an eye. Apply an inner bevel (effects>3d effects>inner bevel), using the "round" preset.
Step 8. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to your gold gradient and background color to null. Choose your draw tool, freehand line, size 2. Draw a couple of lines on the head, similar to mine.
Step 9. Add a new layer. Set your foreground and background colors to your gold gradient. Choose your draw tool, freehand line, size about 12-13 (antialias checked, create as vector unchecked, close path unchecked). Draw a line around the neck.
Select it (selections>select all>selections>float). Contract the selection by 1 and flood fill with color #6C441C.
Ok, now to get rid of the overlap. Make the layer with the body on it active (it's the one with selection #3 on it). Invert the selection (selections>invert). Now make the band you drew active. Hit the delete key on your keyboard. The overlap should be gone.
Repeat this process for both wings and the tail.
Step 10. Tweak anything you want now. Delete your background layer and merge visible layers. Save as a psp file.
I've added pears to mine, and if you'd like to make those, the tutorial is here.
Hope you enjoyed the tutorial, and as always, please let me know if you experience any difficulties.
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This tutorial was created on December 14, 2004.
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