Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Southwestern Series:
Little Maiden

(Updated October, 2006)


I am continuing with my southwestern series. As I find time, I will try to add more. You will find the other southwestern items here.

To do this tutorial, I assume that you have a basic working knowledge of PSP 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.

October, 2006: I'm using this little maiden in my Santa's Workshop tutorials, so be sure to check out that series of tuts. This tutorial was originally written in 2004 in PSP7. I've now updated it so users of later versions of PSP (8, 9, X) may also be able to do the tutorial.

[NOTE: Harriet has graciously translated this tutorial into Dutch. Thanks Harriėt!!!! For the Dutch version of this tutorial, click here Note The Dutch tutorial is in PSP7 and has not been updated].


For this tutorial, you will need the following:

Paint Shop Pro. You may download the latest version of PSP here. You should have no problems doing this tutorial in versions 7, 8, 9, or X.

Alien Skin's Eye Candy plugin (you'll use the jiggle and fur filters). Eye Candy is a commercial filter, and you can download it here. Note: I'm using Eye Candy 4000 in this tut, which is no longer sold at the Alien Skin website. The filter has been updated and is now included in the "Impact" set of filters. You can do this tutorial without Eye Candy.

There is an earlier version of Eye Candy that is available for FREE, yes, free! It's Eye Candy 3 and you can download it here. I'm not sure if it has the fur and jiggle filters are included in it or not, but regardless, you should go download the filter - it's definitely worth having, and it's free!

My canvas with selections saved to alpha channel. You may download it here.

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


A few words about organizing your work. I always put everything on its own layer. Sometimes it makes for a lot of layers, but PSP can handle it! And when you have things on separate layers, it makes it so much easier to go back and change things, or to fix errors.

Also, I name each layer. When I'm working with selections, I name the layer the same thing as the selection is named. For example, the layer I add selection 1 on would be named 1, selection 2 would be on layer 2, etc. When you end up with tons of layers, it's really helpful to have taken the time to name them all, so you can easily find what you're looking for.

Step 1. Open up the canvas with alpha selections you downloaded. The selections that you'll need for this tutorial are all saved to alpha channel and are in the order that you will load them.

Step 2. Open up the color chart you downloaded. Copy and paste it as a new layer onto your canvas. Move it to the top, out of your way. When you need a color, just click on it with your dropper tool.

Step 3. Add a new layer. Load selection 1 from alpha channel (go to Selections>Load/Save Selection>Load Selection from Alpha Channel).

To choose a selection, just click on the box to the left (it's circled in red in the screenshot) and navigate to the selection you want. It'll show up in the preview window on the right. Then just click "Load."

Flood fill with color #1. Float the selection (go to selections>float>float all or, you can click "Ctrl+F" on your keyboard) You'll see the marquee ("marching ants") around the image [Note: You always need to float a selection before you can apply a cutout].

Apply a cutout (go to effects>3d effects>cutout), using the settings in the screenshot (the shadow color is #2 - click on the box and choose it from your list of recent colors).

Repeat the cutout, but change horizontal and vertical to -2 .

Step 4. Add a new layer. Now you're going to just draw a line on the shoes to define them a bit. Set your foreground color to #2. Choose your pen tool>draw freehand, using settings in the screenshot.

Draw some lines across the toes of the shoes.

Step 5. Add a new layer. Load selection 2. Flood fill with color #3. Float. Apply cutout, same settings as before, except change the shadow color to #1.

Step 6. Add a new layer. Load selection 3. Flood fill with color #4. Float, apply cutout, using color #1 as shadow.

Step 7. Add a new layer. Load selection 4. Flood fill with color #4. Keep selected.

If you're using Eye Candy 4000, go to Effects>Plugins>Eye Candy 4000>Fur, and apply the settings in the screenshot.

Float the selection (Ctrl+F) and apply a cutout, same settings as before.

I tried to get a similar effect in Eye Candy 5, but the settings in the screenshot below are as close as I could get. It's not the same as mine, but at least it's fur lol. Go to Effects>Plugins>ALien Skin Eye Candy 5>Textures>Animal Fur, and use the settings in the screenshot. Float and apply cutout.

After applied, the fur will cover the shoes a bit. If you want to, you can use the deformation tool to shorten the trim so you can see a bit of the shoes underneath.

If you don't have Eye Candy at all, you can try to get something similar using PSP's texture>fur filter. Or, if you have a fur texture, you can try flood filling the selection with that. Or, you can just flood fill the selection with a color of your choice and apply a cutout. Or, you can use your pen tool and draw in some lines to look like fur.

Step 8. Add a new layer. Load selection 5. Flood fill with color #1. Apply EC4000 fur, same settings as before.

In EC5, flood fill with color #4 and apply same fur settings as before. Float and apply cutout.

Step 9. Add a new layer. Load selection 6. Flood fill with color #7.

Step 10. Add a new layer. Load selection 7. Flood fill with color #8. Float and apply cutout.

Step 11. Add a new layer. Load selection 8. Flood fill with color #3. Float, apply cutout.

Step 12. Add a new layer. Load selection 9. Flood fill with color #5.

I applied Eye Candy 4000 jiggle filter to mine. Here are the settings I used.

   

I tried to find something similar in EC5, but there just isn't anything. If you don't have EC4000, you can either leave the hair as it is, or you can try choose your smudge brush and roughing up the outer edges a bit. (If anyone finds a filter or setting that approximates the jiggle results, please let me know so I can include it here in the tut for others).

Step 13. Add a new layer. Load selection 10. Flood fill with color #1. Float, apply cutout.

Step 14. Now we need to add the embellishments to the maiden, and we'll start at the top and work down.

Add a new layer on top of the headband. To draw the center diamond shape (the red and yellow one), set your foreground color to #6 and your background color to #7. Choose your preset shapes tool and navigate to your solid diamond shape (diamond #1) that comes with PSP. Draw a small diamond.

Click inside the diamond. Expand the selection by 1 (selections>modify>expand). Add a new layer and place it underneath the diamond. Flood fill with color #7.

Step 15. Add a new layer. To draw the little arrow shapes on the side, set your foreground color to #7 and your background color to null. Choose your pen tool, same settings as before, except change the mode to "draw lines and polylines" (the straight line), and the width to 3. Draw the arrow shape. Copy and paste it as a new selection, then mirror it and move to the other side of the headband.

Finally, Repeat this using color #8. You should have something similar to this.

Step 16. Add a new layer. Set foreground to color #6, background to null. Choose your pen tool again and draw two bands at the end of your ponytails.

Step 17. Add a new layer. Set foreground color to null, background to black. Choose your preset shapes tool>circle and draw two small circles for the eyes.

Apply an inner bevel (effects>3d effects>inner bevel), using settings in the screenshot.

 

Step 18. Add a new layer. Set foreground color to #2. Choose your pen tool>draw freehand, width 2. Draw a nose.

Add a new layer. Change your color to #6 and draw a mouth.

Step 19. Add a new layer. Choose your airbrush, using settings in the screenshot.

Spray some color on the cheeks.

Choose your smudge brush, using settings in the screenshot.

And soften out the color, like this.

Step 20. Add a new layer. Now you'll do the decoration on the dress. I made mine a necklace, but feel free to change things as you wish.

Add a new layer. To draw the necklace line, set your foreground color to color #6 and your background color to null. Choose your pen tool>draw freehand, width 1. I've chosen the #8dot" line style (click on the "custom" tab and navigate to it). If you wish, you could just use a solid line instead. Draw a small shape similar to mine.

Add a new layer and draw another diamond, just as you did in Step 13 above.

Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to #6 and your background color to #8. Choose your preset shapes tool>circle, and draw a small circle for your pendant.

Add a new layer.Set foreground color to null, background to color #6. Draw a small circle. Apply a cutout (change the horizontal and vertical down to 1 and don't do the -1 apply.

Add a new layer and draw another bead using color #8.

Now you just copy and paste as new selections these beads, as many times as you wish. I only did a couple. Here's what I have so far.

Finally, add a new layer and place it underneath the necklace items you just made.you made in step 14 above. Set your foreground color to color #3. Choose your pen tool>draw freehand, width 3, and draw some strings down the front. Float and apply a cutout.

Step 21. Add a new layer and place it underneath the dress layer, but on top of the shoes. Draw another diamond shape, just as you did in Step 14 above. Duplicate and move to the other shoe.

Step 22. Now take a look at your maiden and see if there's anything you want to change - now's the time to do that. I always save two (and sometimes more) versions of my images. The first copy I save is a PSP file with all the layers intact. I name it something like "maidenmaster." It's helpful if I want to go back later and make a different color or change something, I can easily do so with the layers intact.

Once I save the master file, I then save a transparent psp file. To do so, delete the color chart and background layers (you're done with both of those). Merge visible layers. Save as a PSP file (name it something different from your master file). This file is now really easy to use, since it's transparent. You just copy and paste it onto whatever you want.

I know there are a lot of selections in this tut, and that can get really boring. I hope you stayed awake to the end! Hope you enjoyed it.

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This tutorial was created on May 20, 2004, updated on October 10, 2006.
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