Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Christmas Stars: Raggedy

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This is one of a series of Christmas star tutorials. You'll find the other stars here. I had a lot of fun making these little guys, and hope you enjoy them too.


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.

My seamless fill tile.

You may download my materials here.

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


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

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

Float the selection (selections>float; or hit the "Ctrl+F" keys on your keyboard).

Set your foreground (or background) color to #2 (note: you're doing this so the color will show up in your recent colors list). Apply a cutout (effects>3d effects>cutout), using the settings in the screenshot - the shadow color is #2 (right click on the shadows color box and then choose it from the recent colors displayed there).

Repeat the cutout but change the vertical and horizontal to -2 (note: each time you apply a cutout, do this, i.e, you'll apply one with vertical/horizontal at +2 and one with -2).

 

Step 3. Add a new layer. Load selection 2. Flood fill with color #3. Float. Apply cutout, using color #4 as shadow color.

Step 4. Add a new layer. Load selection 3. Flood fill with color #5. Float. Apply cutout using black as shadow.

Step 5. Add a new layer. Load selection 4. Flood fill with white. Float. Apply cutout, using color #6 as shadow color

Step 6. Add a new layer. Load selection 5. Flood fill with the "pracken_raggedystarfill" tile you downloaded - set the scale to 50%. Float. Apply cutout using black as shadow color

Step 7. Add a new layer. Load selection 6. Flood fill with color #7. Float. Apply cutout using color #8 as shadow.

Repeat for selections 7 and 8.

Step 8. Now to do the face. Add a new layer. Load selection 9 (nose). Flood fill with color #2.

Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to color #3 and background to null. Choose your draw tool, freehand line, size 1. Draw some lines around the nose (to resemble stitching), similar to mine.

Add a new layer. Set foreground and background colors to black. Choose your preset shapes tool, ellipse, and draw two small circles for the eyes. Select them (selections>select all), and contract by 1 (selections>contract). Flood fill with color #9. Set your foreground color to white. Choose your paintbrush, size 1, and paint a couple of dots in the eyes, similar to mine. Add a new layer and place it underneath the eyes. With your draw tool, freehand line, size 1, draw some lines around the eyes, similar to mine.

Add a new layer. Set your foreground to black and background to null. Choose your draw tool, freehand line, size 1 - choose the #8 Dot lline style. Draw a line for the mouth.

Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to #10. Choose your airbrush, using settings in screenshot, and spray a couple of circles on the cheeks.

Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to #5 and background to null. Choose your draw tool, freehand line, size 2. Draw some squiggly lines for the hair. You should have something similar to this.

Step 9. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to #8 and background to #7. Choose your preset shapes tool, ellipse. Draw some small circles for buttons.

Step 10. When you're satisfied with your creation, delete the color chart and background layers. Merge visible layers and save as a psp file.

I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial, and as always, please let me know if you experience any problems.



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This tutorial was created on December 16, 2004.
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