Pracken's bag Shop Pro Tutorials

Santa's Workshop Series:
Santa's Bag

This tutorial is part of my Santa's Workshop series. You'll find all of the tutorials in this series here.

You'll complete all of the items that go into the workshop and then will put all the items together.

This tutorial is for Santa's bag. It uses selections and some drawing.

For this tutorial, you will need the following:

Paint Shop Pro.This tutorial was written in version X, but if you're using earlier versions of PSP, you should still be able to complete the tut without problems. You may download the latest PSP version demo here.

My canvas with the bag alpha selections.

My seamless patterns.

You may download all of my materials here.

Step 1. Open up the canvas with the alpha selections you downloaded.

Step 2. Add a new layer. Load selection 1 from alpha channel (go to Selections>Load/Save Selection>Load Selection from Alpha Channel. Click on the box on the left and choose selection 1. Then hit "load."

Flood fill with color #ab1729.

Float the selection (hit "Ctrl+F" on your keyboard.

Apply a cutout (effects>3d effects>cutout), using settings in the screenshot.


Step 3. Add a new layer. Load selection 2. Flood fill with white. Float (Ctrl+F). Apply cutout, same settings as above.

Step 4. Add a new layer. Set your foreground fill to a gold gradient of your choice (one comes with PSP) - style: linear, angle: 180, repeats: 0.

Choose your pen tool>draw freehand, using settings in the screenshot.

Draw two strings on your bag similar to mine.

Step 5. Add a new layer. Choose your pen tool again, but change the width down to 1. Draw some little fringy bits on the ends of your strings.

Then choose your preset shapes tool>circle, using settings in the screenshot.

Set foreground color to null, background to the same gold gradient, but change the angle to 0. and draw two little circles at the top of your fringe .

Step 6. I decided to put some presents into my bag. You're going to draw your box as a vector and save these bits to alpha channel so you can use them again and again to make as many boxes as you want.

Choose your preset shapes tool again>rectangle (create on vector checked). Set your foreground color to null, background to any color (it doesn't matter what color). Draw a small shape for the bottom of your box.

Change the background color to a different color and draw another small rectangle for the top of your box.

To save, go to your layers palette. You'll notice that when you drew the boxes, they were automatically placed on a vector layer.

Right click on the bottom rectangle>create raster selection. You'll see the shape of your box appear.

Go to selections>load/save selection>save selection to alpha channel. Enter a name for your selection. Then click save.

Repeat this for the top piece of your box.

Step 7. Ok, now you're ready to create your presents.

Add a new layer. Load your box bottom selection from alpha channel (same way you loaded selections in Step 2 above). Flood fill it with the "03xmas" fill you downloaded (set scale to about 10).

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

Step 8. Add a new layer. Load your box top selection. Flood fill with color (#ab1729). Float the selection. Apply cutout.

Turn visibility of all layers off except for the box top and bottom. Merge visible layers. Turn all layers back on.

Step 8. Now just create as many boxes as you want, using the same procedure as in Step 7. I've included two more fill patterns for you to use, but feel free to use your own if you wish.

Step 9. Move all your presents underneath the white fur layer on your bag. Choose your deformation tool to rotate your boxes into position you like (grab the handle - it's circled in green in the screenshot) to rotate the box).

Lower the opacity of your fur layer down to about 75. Choose your eraser brush and (make sure you're working on the fur layer), and erase all the overlapping bits (you want the presents to look like they're coming out the top of the bag).


Repeat for all the presents.

Step 10. When your image looks the way you want, delete the background layer and merge visible layers. Save as a PSP file.

What to do next: Return to the Santa's Workshop Series tutorials. Work your way through them, and when finished go to the Assembly tutorial.

Enjoy the tuts!

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This tutorial was created on September 27, 2006.
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