Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Southwestern Series:
Bear Fetish


I am continuing with my southwestern series. You will find the other southwestern items here.

Fetishes are items that are said to have magical and spiritual powers. They are made of various materials such as stone, wood, shell, or bone, and can be carved in the shape of various animals. The bear fetish represents strength and can be both a protective and healing energy for its bearer.

Because fetishes are believed to contain a living power, they should always be treated with respect, and kept in a special place. The feathers, beads, and gems on the bear fetish here are offerings (feel free to make your own offerings). The line on this bear fetish represents the breath pathway (from mouth to heart), and symbolizes inner strength.

Oh, and one last thing about fetishes. They apparently love cornbread, so be sure to keep a supply and feed him often.

This is a relatively easy tutorial. You'll use one selection and then your imagination to decorate your fetish.

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. Place it in your PSP selections folder.

My seamless fill.

Items to decorate your bear. I'm including some turquoise (in psp format) and a bead (in tube format - place it in your PSP tubes folder). The feather I've used is one of my tutorials, and if you'd like to create and use it, you'll find that tutorial here.

All of my materials are zipped, and you may download them here.

Optional: Eye Candy 4000>Glass filter - place it in your Eye Candy>glass folder. If you don't have Eye Candy, you can still do the tutorial by using one of PSP's inner bevels (or just leaving the bear plain).

Step 1. Open a new image 350 x 250, white background.

Step 2. Add a new layer. Load selection 1 (selections>load from disk - then navigate to the location where you placed the selection files). Open up the "fetishfill" tile you downloaded (set the scale to 40%, angle 0), and flood fill the selection.

Apply Eye Candy>glass, using the settings in the screenshot (Bevel Profile=subtle button).

Repeat EC Glass but under the "Lighting" tab, change the direction to 25 and inclination to 29.

[Note: If you don't have Eye Candy 4000, you can leave the bear as is, or experiment with one of PSP's inner bevel settings).


Step 3. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to #B69888 (or a color of your choice) and your background to null. Choose your draw tool, freehand line, width 10, antialias checked, create as vector unchecked, close path unchecked. Draw a line around the center of your bear.

[Note: If you draw your line outside the outline of your bear, it's easy to delete it. Just make the bear layer active. Select it (selections>select all) and invert it (selections>invert). Then make the layer with your line on it active and hit your delete key. The overlap will be gone).

Step 4. Add a new layer and place it underneath the last layer you just did. Choose your picture tube tool and navigate to the "30 patternedbead" tube you downloaded (or any bead of your choice). Set the scale to 10, step -50, placement mode- continuous, selection mode-randon. Draw a line similar to mine.

Step 5. Now decorate your bear as you wish. I've added feathers, stones, and turquoise to mine.

The feathers are a tutorial of mine, and you will find it here. The stones are a tube that comes with PSP (they're called "river rocks"). The bead is my tube (it's included in the materials you downloaded). Just resize both of these tubes down as you wish.

The turquoise pieces are transparent psp files and are included in the materials you downloaded. Just copy and paste each as a new layer onto your bear. Duplicate/resize as you need to, and arrange into something that pleases you.

Step 6. Add a new layer. Use the bead tube to draw an eye (scale 18, step 50).

Step 7. And that's all there is to it. When you're satisfied with your bear, hide the background layer and merge visible layers. Save in whatever format you wish (I always save in psp format).

I hope you've enjoyed the tut, and as always, please let me know if you experience any problems.

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