This canoe tutorial uses my selections and a little bit of drawing. I assume that you have a basic working knowledge of PSP and its tools in order to complete the tutorial; however, I also provide screenshots to guide you along the way. And, if you should run into difficulties, feel free to contact me.
My selection files. Place these in a folder of your choice (I usually place mine outside of PSP).
Optional: Eye Candy 4000>glass and my preset - place it in your Eye Candy glass folder. I used this filter to make the beads, but if you don't have it, you could use one of PSP's inner bevels instead.
You may download all of my materials here.
My color chart. Right click on this and save it to your computer.
Step 1. Open a new image 500 x 325, white background. Open up your color chart and paste it as a new layer. Move it to the top of your canvas out of the way. When you need a color, just click on it with the eye dropper tool.
Step 2. Add a new layer (name it "1"). Load selection 1 (go to selections>load from disk - then navigate to the location where you placed the selection files). Flood fill with color #1.
Step 3. Add a new layer (name it "2"). Load selection 2. Flood fill with color #2.
Apply an inner bevel (effects>3d effects>inner bevel), using the settings in the screenshot.
Add a new layer and apply a drop shadow (effects>3d effects>drop shadow), using settings in the screenshot.
Lower the opacity of this layer down to about 20-25. Note: I always put drop shadows on separate layers - makes it easier to change settings.
Step 4. Add a new layer (name it "3"). Load selection 3. Flood fill with color #3. Float the selection (Ctrl+F) on your keyboard. Apply a cutout (effects>3d effects>cutout), using settings in the screenshot (the shadow color is color #1 - right click on the box and it'll show up in your recent colors list - just click on it).
Step 5. Add a new layer (name it "4"). Load selection 4. Flood fill with color #2. Apply an inner bevel, using same settings as before.
Step 6. Add a new layer. Load selection 5. Flood fill with color #2. Apply inner bevel, same settings as before.
Step 7. Add a new layer. Place it on top of layers 1 and 2 and underneath 3 and 4.
Set your foreground color to #2 and your background to null. Choose your draw tool single line, width 8, antialias checked, everything else unchecked. Draw some lines inside your canoe, similar to mine.
Add a new layer and apply a drop shadow using the same settings as before. Lower the opacity to about 22.
Step 8. Add a new layer. Place it on top of layer 3 but underneath layer 4. Set your foreground color to #3 and background to null. Choose your draw tool again, same settings as before except change the style to freehand line and the width to 12.
You're going to draw some slats on the front of the canoe, and to make it easier, just do one side - then you can copy it instead of having to draw.
Draw some slightly curved lines, similar to mine (don't worry about them going outside of your canoe, we'll fix that in a minute).
Go to effects>texture effects>fine leather, and apply the settings in the screenshot. The color is color #4.
Copy (edit>copy) and paste as a new selection (edit>paste>as new selection). Mirror it (image>mirror), and place it on the other end of your canoe.
Now apply a drop shadow, using the same settings as before, except change the vertical to 0. Lower the opacity to about 30.
Add a new layer and apply another drop shadow, except change the horizontal to -1 (vertical is 0). Lower the opacity to about 10.
Hide all layers except your slats and the two drop shadow layers (layers>view none). Merge visible (layers>merge visible). Turn your other layers back on (layers>view all).
Now to get rid of that overlap. Make your canoe front layer active (layer "3"). Select it (selections>select all). You'll see the marquee (marching ants) around it.
Invert the selection (selections>invert). Now make your slats layer active. Hit the delete key. The overlap should be gone.
Step 9. Add a new layer. Place it on top of all the other layers. Set your foreground color to color #1 and your background to null.
Choose your draw tool, freehand line, same settings as before except change the width to 4. Draw some bindings all around the front rim of the canoe, and don't worry about them going over. Just use the same technique you used in step 8 above to remove the overlap (select the rim layer, i.e., layer "4").
Duplicate this line layer and place the duplicated layer on top of layer "2." Use your selection tool to cut off any overlap on the ends (or, if you really want to do extra work, you could draw these instead).
Finally, I decided to lower the opacity of these two layers down to about 60 (I thought it looked better, but you may like it full strength *grin*).
Step 10. Add a new layer and place it on top of all the other layers. Set your foreground color to color #1 and background to null. Choose your draw tool again, same settings as before, except change the line style to singe line and the width to 1.
Draw some stitching on the ends of your canoe, similar to mine.
Step 11. Now you can decorate your canoe as you wish. I've added some feathers and beads to mine. The feathers are done with one of my tutorials, and you'll find it here.
To do the beads, continue with step 12.
Step 12. Add a new layer. First, draw the strings for your beads. Set your foreground to color #5 and your background to null. Choose your draw tool, freehand line, width about 3. Draw 3 or 4 strings.
Add a new layer. Set your foreground and background colors to whatever color you want your bead to be (I'm giving you the colors I used for my beads - #'s 6, 7, 8, and 9). Choose your preset shapes tool, ellipse, and draw a small circle for your bead (hold the shift key down while drawing to make it perfectly circular).
Apply Eye Candy>glass, using the "pracken_bead" preset you downloaded. If you don't have Eye Candy, you can use one of PSP's inner bevels instead. Make as many beads as you like.
Now just copy your beads and paste as new layers to arrange on your strings.
Arrange the strands with your feathers, as you wish.
Step 13. Ok, almost done. Just need to make some oars. Add a new layer. Load selection 6. Flood fill with color #5. Apply inner bevel, same settings as before.
Add a new layer. Load selection 7. Flood fill with color #1. Apply inner bevel.
You can delete the color chart layer now. Turn off the background layer, and the two oars layers you just did. Merge visible layers. Turn your two oars layers back on and merge visible. Now turn everything back on. Duplicate your oar layer (you now have two oars, which is always helpful when rowing *grin*). Arrange the oars as you wish.
And that's it, you're all finished. I really enjoyed making this canoe, and hope you will too. Please let me know if you have any problems, and as always, I'd love to see your creations.
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This tutorial was created on January 1, 2005.
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