Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Baby Stuff: Stork


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I am continuing to add items to my baby stuff series. This is a really easy tutorial, but I do assume that you have a basic working knowledge of Paint Shop Pro and its tools. However, I also provide screenshots to guide you along the way. And of course, if you run into difficulty, just let me know.


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. Place these in a folder of your choice.

My seamless fill tiles.

You may download the selections and seamless tiles here.

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

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Step 1. Open a new layer 300 x 300, white background.

Open up your color chart. An easy way to use it is to paste it as a new layer onto your canvas. Move it to the top, out of the way. Then, when you need a color, just use your dropper tool to click on the color block you need. When you're done with the tutorial, you can just delete the color chart layer.

Step 2. Add a new layer. Load selection 1 (blanket) (go to selections>load from disk - then navigate to the location where you placed the selection files). Flood fill with "02 storkfill."

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Step 3. Float the selection (hit "Ctrl+F" on your keyboard). Apply a cutout (go to effects>3d effects>cutout), using the settings in the screenshot (the shadow color is color #5 on your colorchart).

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Step 4. Add a new layer, and place it underneath the blanket you just did above. Set your foreground and background colors to #4. Choose your preset shapes tool, ellipse, and draw a small oval shape for your baby's head.

Select and float it (go to selections>select all>float). Apply a cutout, same settings as above except change the shadow color to #2.

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Step 5. Load selection 2 (beek). Flood fill with color #1. Float (hit "Ctrl+F on your keyboard). Apply cutout, same as before, and use color #2 as shadow color.

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Set your foreground color to color #2 and your background color to null. Choose your airbrush, using the settings in the screenshot. Draw a small line down the beek, like mine.

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Step 6. Add a new layer. Load selection 3 (foot). Flood fill with color #1. Float. Apply cutout as before, using color #2 as the shadow color.

Repeat step 6 above to selection 4.

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Step 7. Add a new layer. Load selection 5 (body). Flood fill with color #3. Float. Apply cutout as before, using color #4 as the shadow.

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Step 8. Add a new layer. Load selection 6 (vest). Flood fill with "01storkfill" - set the scale to 10% and the angle to about 66. Float the selection. Apply cutout as before, using color #5 as the shadow color.

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Step 9. Add a new layer. Load selection 7 (wing). Flood fill with color #3. Float. Apply cutout using color #4 as the shadow color.

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Step 10. Add a new layer. Load selection 8 (hat). Flood fill with "01storkfill" (set scale to 10%, angle to 90. Float. Apply cutout using sames settings as before, but use color #5 as the shadow color.

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Set your foreground color to color #5 and your background color to null. Choose your airbrush, same settings as before, and draw a line on the hat similar to mine.

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Step 11. Add a new layer. Set your foreground and background colors to black. Choose your preset shapes tool, ellipse, and draw a small circle for the eye. Apply an inner bevel (go to effects>3d effects>inner bevel and use the "round" preset).

Add a new layer. Place it underneath the eye. Keep the foreground color black but change the background color to null. Choose your draw tool, freehand line, size 1. Draw a few eyelashes.

Add a new layer. Change your foreground and background colors to #6. Draw a small circle for the cheek. Float. Apply cutout as before, using color #7 as the shadow color.

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Step 12. This step is optional, but I added a little string to the blanket. To do that, just set your foreground color to #5 and your background color to null. Choose your draw tool, freehand line, size 1 and draw the string, similar to mine.

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Step 12. You're now done with your stork.

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This part is totally optional - if you want to make a cardlike graphic like mine above, here's all you need to do. Make your background layer active. Select it (go to selections>select all>selections>modify>contract by 15. Then go to selections>invert and flood fill with the "02storkfill" at 100% scale.

Then go to selections>invert, and flood fill with "01storkfill" at 10% scale, angle 90.

To add the stars, add a new layer. Set your foreground color to color #5 and your backgroud color to "01storkfill" (same settings as before). Then choose your preset shapes tool and choose a star. Draw them where you wish.

Finally, just add text of your choice and that's it!

Save as a master psp file with all layers intact - that way you can go back later and change things as you wish. Then, delete the color chart layer, hide the background, and merge visible layers. Save in whatever format you wish (I always save as psp). And that's it, all done!

I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial, and please let me know if you have any feedback, questions, or comments.




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