Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Santa's Workshop Series: Elf 1

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 the first little elf. It uses selections and a little bit of shading and 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 alpha selections. You may download it here.

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

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

Step 4. For each of the next selections, add a new layer, load the selection, float it (Ctrl+F), and flood fill with the colors given below. Apply a cutout to each, using same settings as above.

  • Selection 2 - color #2
  • Selection 3 - color #1
  • Selection 4 - color #3
  • Selection 5 - white
  • Selection 6 - color #1
  • Selection 7 - color #1
  • Selection 8 - color #3
  • Selection 9 - white
  • Selection 10 - color #3
  • Selection 11 - color #3
  • Selection 12 - color #4
  • Selection 13 - color #2
  • Selection 14 - white
  • Selection 15 - color #3
  • Selection 16 - fill with color 5. Contract selection by 1 (selections>modify>contract). Flood fill with white.
  • Selection 17 - color #6
  • Selection 18 - black
  • Selection 19 - color #7
  • Selection 20 - black
Step 5. Make the layer with the black bits of the eyes active. Apply an inner bevel, using settings in the screenshot.

Step 6. Make the layer with the black bit of the hammer active. Apply same inner bevel.

Step 7. Add a new layer. Set foreground color to null, background to white. Choose your preset shapes tool>circle, using settings in the screenshot.

Draw a little circle on the end of the hat. Float (Ctrl+F). Apply cutout, same settings as before.

Copy the circle and paste it as a new layer. Move into position on the tip of the shoe.

Step 8. Add a new layer. Set foreground color to #1. Choose your pen tool>draw freehand, using settings in the screenshot.

Draw a little nose and mouth.

Step 9. Add a new layer. Choose your airbrush, using settings in the screenshot.

Spray color #1 on the cheeks.

Choose your smudge brush, using settings in the screenshot.

Soften the color out a wee bit.

Step 10. Add a new layer. Choose your pen tool again and draw some finger lines on the hand on his knees (use color #8).

Step 11. Add a new layer and make sure it's on top of the hammer layer. Now draw some finger lines on the other hand (the one holding the hammer). The hammer is in his hand so you want the fingers coming around it like mine.

Make your hammer layer active (the brown part). You need to erase the bits that overlap the fingers you just drew, like this:

Step 12. Make the ear on top active. Choose your smudge brush again and soften out the bottom bit.

Step 13. Delete your color chart and background layers. 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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