Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Country Turkey

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I realized the other day that I don't have any Thanksgiving tutorials on my site, so decided to get a few up. This first one is a little country turkey that was inspired by a carving I saw recently at a yard sale.

The tutorial uses a couple of selections, and some drawing by you, but it isn't difficult. And of course, if you run into problems, 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 selection files. Place these in your PSP selections folder (or another location of your choice). You may download them here.

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

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Step 1. Open a new image 300 x 350, white background. Copy your color chart and paste it as a new layer onto your canvas. Move it to the top out of the way. When you need a color, just click on it with your eye dropper tool.

Step 2. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to black and your background to color #1. Load selection 1 (selections>load from disk - then navigate to the location where you placed the selection files).

Flood fill with black. Contract by 1 (selections>modify>contract). Flood fill with color #1.

color #1. Float the selections (selections>select all>selections>float).

Set your background color to color #2 (Note: You're doing this so the color will show up in your recent colors list when you apply a cutout). Apply a cutout (effects>3d effects>cutout), using settings in the screenshot (use color #2 as your shadow color - just right click on the shadow color box and choose it). Repeat the cutout, but change the horizontal and vertical to -3.

 

Step 3. Contract the selection by 8 (selections>modify>contract). Flood fill with black. Contract by 1. Flood fill with color #2. Float the selection. Apply cutout, using the same settings as above.

Step 4. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to black and background to null. Choose your draw tool, straight line, size 1 (antialias checked, create as vector unchecked, close path unchecked). Draw some lines on your feathers, similar to mine.

Step 5. Add a new layer. With your draw tool again, change the line style to the "#5 dashed (click on the line and choose it from the list). Draw some dashed lines on each side of the lines you just drew.

Step 6. Add a new layer. Set your background color to color #4. Load selection 2. Flood fill with black. Contract by 1. Flood fill with color #3. Float the selection. Apply a cutout, using the same settings as before, except use color #4 as the shadow color.

Step 7. Add a new layer. Load selection 3. Flood fill with black. Contract by 1. Flood fill with color #5. Float. Apply a cutout, using same settings as before except change the horizontal and vertical to 1, and use black as your shadow color). Repeat the cutout using -1 for horizontal and vertical.

Duplicate the heart and place it around the feathers as you wish (you'll need to rotate/mirror it).

Step 8. Add a new layer. Set foreground color to black and background to null. Choose your draw tool, single line, size 1, and draw some lines on your hearts, similar to mine.

Step 9.Add a new layer. Set your foreground to black and background to color #5. Choose your preset shapes tool, oval (antialias checked, retain style unchecked, create as vector unchecked, line width 1). Draw a circle for the cheek. Duplicate it and place on the other side of the face.

Add a new layer and place it underneath the cheeks. Draw some lines, similar to mine. [Note: I wanted my lines to be underneath, but if you prefer, you could also place this layer on top of the cheeks].

Step 10. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to black and background to color #6. Choose your preset shapes tool, triangle. Draw a small shape for the nose.

Add a new layer. Place it underneath the nose layer. Set your foreground to black and background to color #5. Choose your preset shapes tool, oval. Draw two oval shapes similar to mine.

Add a new layer. With your preset shapes tool (oval), draw two small circles for the eyes. Apply an inner bevel (effects>3d effects>inner bevel), and use the "round" preset.

Step 11. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to color #7 and background to null. Choose your draw tool, freehand line, size 2. Draw a bow for your turkey. For some of the loops and string bits, I changed my line size to 1.

Set your background color to color #6. Float the selection (selections>select all>selections>float). Apply a cutout using using same settings as before, except horizontal and vertical are 1 and shadow color is color #6.

Set your foreground color to #6 and background to #7. Choose your preset shapes tool, ellipse, and draw a small circle in the center of your bow.

Step 12. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to black and background to #6. Choose your preset shapes tool, ellipse. Draw some small circles on the outer ring of the feathers, similar to mine. [Note: to save space, the screenshot only shows a portion of the feathers - you will do the circles all the way around yours].

Step 13. When you're satisfied with your creation, delete the color chart and background layers. Merge visible layers and save as psp file.

And that's it, you're all finished. Now, please be kind to this little guy - he's not for eating!




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