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Shell with Pearl

Shell with Pearl

Ah, what woman wouldn't like to find a pearl inside a shell?  I've always been fascinated by pearls, so decided to draw this.  It's not a difficult tutorial, and I provide a lot of screenshots to help you through it.

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.

A pearl.  You can use one of your own or download mine.  It's in a transparent psp format.

You can download all of my materials here.

Step 1. Open a new image 250 x 250, background color of your choice (I've used white).

Step 2. Add a new layer. This will be a little patch of water.

If you'd like to draw it, just set your foreground and background colors to #A7D5D4 and choose your draw tool, freehand line, size 1. Draw a shape similar to mine.

Or, if you prefer, you can use my selection. Load selection 1 (go to selections>load from disk and then navigate to the location you placed the selection files). Flood fill with green #A7D5D4.


Step 3. Now you'll apply a cutout, but you'll need to float the selection in order to do that.

If you've drawn it, choose your magic wand, click on your drawing to select it first (then float it -see instructions below). If you've used the selection, you don't need to do that step, you just need to float it. To float the selection, use one of the following methods:

Go to Selections>float

Apply a cutout (go to effects>3d effects>cutout) and use the settings in the screen shot.  Repeat the cutout again, but change the horizontal and vertical settings to -2

02shell_pracken   03shell_pracken

(Note: in the following steps, when I tell you to apply cutouts, you'll apply two cutouts - one with vertical and horizontal at 2 and another with them at -2).

Step 4. Add a new layer. Now to do a bit of sand. You can draw it (choose color #CCC5BA for your foreground and background colors), or you can use my selection file. Load selection 2 from disk. Flood fill with brown #CCC5BA.

Add noise (go to noise>add), choose 10%, uniform. Apply 2 cutouts same as Step 3 above except change the shadow color to #7C6644.


Step 5. Add a new layer (name it "03"). Load selection 3. Flood fill with #EAE4E7. Add noise, same as Step 4. Float the selection. Apply cutouts, same as Step 3, except change the shadow color to #AE9EA6.


Step 6. Add a new layer (name it "04"). Load selection 4. Flood fill with white. Float the selection. Apply cutouts same as in Step 5.


Step 7. Add a new layer (name it "05"). Load selection 5. Flood fill with #D8C6C6. Float the selection. Apply cutout, same settings as in Step 5.


Step 8. Add a new layer (name it "06"). Set your foreground color to a darker brown #5A4040 and your background color to null. Choose your draw tool, freehand line, size 2 and draw some lines on your shell, similar to mine, then lower the opacity of this layer to about 10-15.


Step 9. Hide all layers (go to layers>view>none) except for 05 and 06, then merge visible layers (name this layer "shell bottom").


Step 10. Duplicate this layer. Flip it and rotate right 7. Move it up a bit.


Step 11. Duplicate layer 03. Flip it and rotate right 7. Arrange these top two layers similar to mine.


Step 12. Add a new layer. Place it on top of layer 04. Set your foreground color to black and your background color to null. Choose your draw tool, freehand line, size 2, Draw a line similar to mine. Lower opacity of this layer to about 25.

Step 13. Add a new layer. Open up the pearl psp file you downloaded and copy it. Now paste it as a new layer onto your shell. Move this layer on top of the last layer you did in Step 12 above.


Step 14. I added some rocks to mine, each on a separate layer (a rock tube comes with PSP), but this step is optional.

When you're satisfied with your creation, save as a master PSP file with all layers intact. And you're all done!

I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial, and as always, please let me know if you experience any difficulties. Feedback is always welcome!

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This tutorial was created on February 25, 2004.
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