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Reindeer

I had a lot of fun creating this little reindeer.  It's not Rudolph, but I decided to give it a red nose just the same.  And I drew its horns a bit different, so they're probably not really reindeer horns, but I wanted em this way lol. Also, I couldn't decide whether to make it a he or a she, so you can decide which yours will be.

This tutorial uses selections, and I've also done a bit of shading, which is optional.

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 selections files. Place these in your PSP selections folder or a location of your choice. You may download them here.

Optional: Wreath. Download it here.

Optional (for the wreath): Super Blade Pro and my SBP silver sparkle preset. You may download the preset here.

To make it easier to keep things straight, I've  numbered the selections in the order that you'll load them.

Step 1. Open up a new image 400 x 500, background color of your choice.

Step 2. Add a new layer.  Load selection 1.  Flood fill with black.  Repeat this for selections 2, 3, and 4.

Step 3. Load selections 5, 6, 7, and 8 (put each on a new layer).  For each, flood fill with black, contract by 2, and then flood fill with brown #836D55, EXCEPT, on  selection 6, flood fill with a darker brown, #574B3F.

        

Step 4. Add a new layer.  Load selection 9.  Flood fill with black, contract by 2.  Flood fill with white.

Step 5. Add a new layer.  Load selection 10.  Flood fill with black.  Contract by 2.  Flood fill with  brown #836D55.

Step 6. Add a new layer.  Load selection 11.  Flood fill with black, contract by 2. Flood fill with #836D55.

Step 7. Add a new layer.  Load selection 12.  Flood fill with black.  Contract by 2.  Flood fill with the darker brown, #574B3F.

Step 8. Add a new layer.  Load selection 13.  Flood fill with black.  Contract by 2.  Flood fill with  the darker brown #574B3F.

Step 9. Add a new layer.  With your selection tool set on circle, draw a small circle for the eye.  Flood fill with black, contract by 2.  Flood fill with white.

Step 10. Add a new layer.  With your selection tool again, draw a smaller circle to go inside the eye.  Flood fill with black, contract by 2.  Flood fill with whatever color you want the eye to be.  I chose a blue, #108ED6.  Arrange the blue eye in whatever position you want.

Step 11. Add a new layer. With your selection tool set to circle, draw a small circle for the nose.  Flood fill with black.  Contract by 2.  Flood fill with color of your choice. I chose red.

Step 12. Add a new layer.  With your draw tool set to freehand line (line width 1, foreground color black, background color null, antialias checked), add some defining lines.   I added lines on the ears, tail,  and hind leg.  I also drew some eyelashes.

Step 13. Make one of the horn layers active.  With your selection tool (any shape), draw all around the horn and then click gently on the horn to select it.  Contract the selection by 2 (you're doing this so you won't affect the black outline).  Apply the blinds filter (go to effects>texture effects>blinds), and use these settings: width 4, opacity 21, horizontal checked, light from left/top checked, color #99826B.  Repeat to the other horn.

Step 14. If you want to add shading to your graphic, do it now. This step is optional, but I think it adds a bit of depth and texture (which I like).  If you don't want to add shading, then skip to step #16.

I will do the shading on one area (the body) to show you how I do it.  You'll use the exact same procedure for each area you wish to shade.   Shading isn't an exact science and it isn't easy to explain exactly how to do it.  A lot of it is trial and error and getting a "feel" for your own preferences.  Experiment!

The basic shading technique I use is 2 colors - a darker one on the outside and in areas where a shadow would normally be, and a lighter color inside and where highlights would be.    For the darker color, I've used #413529.  For the lighter color, I've used #E0D9D2. (Hint:  set one for your foreground and one for your background and it's easier to switch back and forth between the two).

I use the airbrush to apply the shading.  The following settings are general guidelines.  You can adjust the size and opacity up/down as you wish:  Shape-round, size-30, hardness-50, opacity-40, density-40.

  • Ok, make the body layer active.  With your selection tool, draw around it, then click on the body to select it (you'll see marching ants).
  • Add a new layer.  You can do the shading on the body layer itself if you prefer, but I find it's easier (and you get different effects) to do it on a separate layer.  Your choice though.
  • With your airbrush, spray the darker color around the edges, and the lighter color inside.  Here's a screenshot of how mine looks after doing this.
  • Now you just smudge the colors around  a bit.  Use the  retouch tool/smudge, with these settings:  Shape-round, size-20, hardness-25, step-25, density-100.  These are just guidelines.  Adjust the settings as you wish.  Here's the result I got after smudging the body layer
  • I shaded the body, both legs, both ears, and the mouth.  When doing the body and ears, be careful to not spray inside the defining lines you drew earlier.  Here's my result after shading all the body parts.

Step 15. Now you can spray some white inside  the areas that you drew earlier.  Choose the layer you drew them on and with your selection tool, draw all the way around - then click on the lines your drew to select them (you'll see marching ants).  Add a new layer.  With your airbrush (set to size about 5), spray white inside the line areas.

Step 16. I added an inner bevel to the horns, mouth, feet, eye and nose.  If you skipped the shading step above and want some extra depth to your reindeer, you could also apply an inner bevel to the other body parts.

I used the following settings for the horns and mouth:

Step 17. For the feet, just change the depth to 9.  For the eye and nose, change the depth to 2.

Step 18. This next step is optional.  I added a wreath around the reindeer's neck.  If you want to do this step, then open up the transparent psp wreath file you downloaded.  Copy it and paste as a new layer onto your reindeer.  Resize by about 70%, and sharpen.

Step 19. With your selection tool (any shape), draw all around the outside of your wreath, then click inside on it.  You'll see marching ants.  Apply SBP silversparkle filter (open SBP, navigate the the filter, click ok).

Step 20. Erase bits from the front of the wreath so it appears to be going around the reindeer's neck.

And that's it.  All done!  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and I'd love to see what you create with it.  As always, please let me know if you experience any problems.





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