Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Pumpkin Kids: Girl

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I've made a couple of pumpkin kids. As I find time, I may add more. For now, there's a boy and girl - this tutorial is for the little girl. If you'd like to do the boy, you'll find that turorial here.


For this tutorial, you will need the following:

Paint Shop Pro. I used version 7.04 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 selection files. Place these in your PSP selections folder (or another location of your choice). You may download them here.

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

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Step 1. Open a new image 350 x 350, white background. Copy your color chart and paste it as a new layer onto your canvas. Move it to the top out of the way. When you need a color, just click on it with your eye dropper tool.

Step 2. Add a new layer. Load selection 1 (go to selections>load from disk - then navigate to the location where you placed the selection files. Flood fill with color #1.

Float the selection (go to selections>float; OR, hit the "Ctrl+F" keys on your keyboard). Appy a cutout using the settings in the screenshot. Then repeat the cutout but change the horizontal and vertical to -3.

   

Step 2. Add a new layer. Load selection 2. Flood fill with color #2. Contract by 2 (selections>modify>contract). Flood fill with color #3.

Step 3. Add a new layer. Load selection 3 (shirt). Flood fill with color 3. Contract by 2. Flood fill with color #2.

Step 4. Add a new layer. Load selection 4. Flood fill with color #3. Contract by 2. Flood fill with color #4.

Choose your draw tool, freehand line, size 1 Draw a small line in the center of the collar.

Step 5. Add a new layer. Load selection 5 (head). Flood fill with color #1. Float the selection (selections>float; OR, hit the "Ctrl+F" keys on your keyboard. Apply cutout, using the same settings as in step 2 above.

Step 6. Choose your magic wand and click inside the eyes, nose, and mouth. Expand the selection by 6 (go to selections>modify>expand). Add a new layer and place it underneath the head. Flood fill the eyes and nose with color #4. Flood fill the mouth with black.

Step 7. Add a new layer and place it underneath the head layer but on top of the yellow/black layer you just did. Set your foreground color to white and background to null. Choose your draw tool, single line, size 9. Draw some teeth as you like.

Step 8.Add a new layer, and place it on top of the head layer. Set your foreground color to black, background to null. Choose your airbrush, using settings in the screenshot. Draw some lines down your face similar to mine.

   

Step 9. Add a new layer. Load selection 6. Flood fill with color #5. Float. Apply a cutout, using same settings as before (shadow color is #2D4733).

Choose your airbrush, same settings as before, and draw some lines on your leaf similar to mine.

Step 10. Add a new layer and place it underneath the head layer. Load selection 7. Flood fill with color #6. Float. Apply cutout, same settings as before, except shadow color is #7D462B.

Step 11. Make the skirt layer active, and float it (selections>select all>selections>float). You'll see marching ants around it - the reason you're doing this is so the color you spray won't go outside the lines of the skirt. Add a new layer.

Set your foreground color to black and your background to #2 (that way you can easily switch between them). Choose your airbrush, same settings as before except change the size to 10 and the opacity to about 30. Spray on some lines of color similar to mine.

Step 12. Now choose your retouch tool (it's the hand), smudge brush, and use the settings in the screenshot. Smudge in an up/down direction to soften the colors a bit. When done, you should have something similar to mine.

   

Step 13. And that's it. When you're satisfied with your creation, delete the color chart and background layers, then merge visible layers. Save as a psp file.

Hope you had fun making this little one, and of course, please let me know if you experience any problems.




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This tutorial was created on September 17, 2004.
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