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Christmas Stars: Santa

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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.

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 color #2 (note: you're doing this so it'll show up in your recent colors list when you apply a cutout).

.Apply a cutout (effects>3d effects>cutout) using the settings in the screenshot. The shadow color is color #3 (right click on the shadow color box and then choose it from the 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 black.

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

Step 5. Next, you'll do the face. Add a new layer. Set your foreground and background colors to color #4. Choose your preset shapes tool, ellipse, and draw a small circle at the top of your star. Don't worry about the top of the star above his head, you're going to put a hat on that in just a minute.

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

Add a new layer. Load selection 5. Flood fill with white. Float. Apply cutout with color #3 as shadow.

Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to color #1 and your background to null. Choose your draw tool, freehand line, size 1. Draw a small line for the mouth.

Change your foreground color to black and draw a couple of lines for the eyes.

Set your background to black. Choose your preset shapes tool, ellipse, and draw a teeny circle for the nose.

This is what you should have so far

Step 6. Add a new layer. Load selection 6. Flood fill with color #1. Float. Apply cutout, color #2 as shadow.

Add a new layer. Load selection 7. Flood fill with white. Float. Apply cutout, using color #3 as shadow color.

Step 7. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to black and your background to color #5. Choose your preset shapes tool, rectangle (retain style unchecked, antialias checked, create as vector unchecked, line width ). Draw a shape in the center for the belt.

Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to black and your background to null. With your preset shapes tool (same settings, except change the line width to 4), draw a small square in the center of the belt.

Step 8. Add a new layer and place it underneath the beard and belt layers. Set your foreground and background colors to white. With your preset shapes tool (set line size back to 1), draw a shape down the front, similar to mine. Float. Apply cutout using color #3 as shadow.

Add a new layer. Set foreground and background colors to black. With preset shapes tool, ellipse, draw some small shapes for buttons.

Apply an inner bevel, using settings in the screenshot.

 

Step 9. Delete the color chart and background layers. Merge visible layers and save as psp file. And that's it, all done.

Please share your creations with me and let me know how you like the tutorial. And of course, if you need assistance, just holler!



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This tutorial was created on December 15, 2004.
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