Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Christmas Stars: Snowman

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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 color #3. Float. Apply cutout, using color #4 as shadow color.

Repeat for selections 03 and 03-2.

Step 4. Add a new layer. Load selection 4. Flood fill with black.

Repeat step 4 for selection 5.

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

Step 5. Add a new layer. Load selection 7. Flood fill with color #5. Float. Apply cutout, using color #6 as shadow.

Step 6. Add a new layer. Load selection 8. Flood fill with black.

Step 7. Now to do the face. Add a new layer. Load selection 9. Flood fill with color #7. Float. Apply cutout, using color #10 as shadow.

Add a new layer. Set your foreground and background colors to black. Choose your preset shapes tool, ellipse. Draw two small circles for eyes. Apply an inner bevel (effects>3d effects>inner bevel) using the "round" preset.

Add a new layer. With your preset shapes tool, draw some smaller circles for the mouth. Apply same inner bevel. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to #9. Choose your airbrush, using these settings: shape-round, size-10, hardness-100, opacity-30, step-25, density-20. Spray a little color on the cheeks.

Choose your retouch tool>smudge brush, and use these settings: shape-round, size-10, hardness-100, opacity-40, step-25, density-60. Smooth the color out a bit to make it soft.

Step 8. Add a new layer and place it underneath the scarf layers. Set foreground and background colors to black. Choose your preset shapes tool, ellipse, and draw some buttoms. Apply inner bevel using the round preset.

Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to color #3. Choose your draw tool, freehand line, size 1. Draw some fringe at the bottom of your scarf. Add a new layer and change the color to #5.

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

I hope you've enjoyed making this lil guy, and please let me know if you have any problems with the tutorial.



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This tutorial was created on December 15, 2004.
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