New Year Mouse
I did the work for this tutorial in PSP version 9, but I am sure the technique would work in other versions as well. This is an Alpha Channel Selections tutorial, and I hope it is clear enough for anyone trying it. The canvas was saved as a psp, so it should also work in verson 8. Remember to save often.
To do this tutorial, you will need a basic knowledge of PSP and my New Year Mouse Supplies.
Unzip the NYmouse_canvas_ssg.psp into a folder of your choice. You can either add the bowtie_ssg.psp to your tubes or just have the image open and minimized on your workspace. I made the bowtie, so it is safe to use - it also colorizes well! I also have supplied the New Year text, as when I tried to do it in the selections, it didn't turn out right. I usually make a folder with the name of the tutorial and put the supplies in there for easy access. I offer the directions merely as a guide for you. Be creative and use your imagination. Of course, as usual with my tutorials, these are only a suggestion - you may use whatever color/pattern you want.
Remember to save often! You can save it as a pspimage in the folder of your choice. (This is another reason I have a folder with the name of the tutorial, so that I can also put my pspimages in it to save and "play" with later!) You will want to save it often so the unthinkable doesn't happen and your PSP crashes or freezes and you lose all of your work. I am better at reminding this, than acutally doing it!
Step 1. Open the NYmouse_canvas_ssg.psp in your PSP workspace, duplicate it and close the original. I will give the color numbers throughout the tutorial; however, feel free to use your own colors instead of mine. My tutorials are only written the way I did them - and are suggestions for you. Use your imagination - get creative!
Step 2. Activate the tail layer in the Layer Palette. Go to Selections/Load-Save Selections/Load from Alpha Channel. Load the tail selection. Fill with #808080. Selections/Float. Effects/3D Effects/Cutout. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 65; Blur: 10; Shadow color: black. Deselect by going to Selections/Select none or by holding down the Ctrl key and clicking on the D key.
Step 3. Activate the legs layer. Load the legs. Fill with #c0c0c0. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 20; Shadow color: #5c5a5a
Step 4. Activate the ears layer. Load the ears. Fill with #c0c0c0. Float. Use the same Cutout settings. Deselect.
Step 5. Activate the inner ears layer. Load the inner ears. Fill with color #f78fea. Deselect.
Step 6. Activate the body layer. Load the body. Fill with color #c0c0c0. Float. Use the following Cutout: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 25; Shadow color: #5c5a5a. Deselect.
Step 7. Activate the body layer. Activate the bowtie_ssg.psp. Edit/Copy. Activate the mouse image, paste as a new layer. Rename the layer "bowtie".
This is how the image should look so far.
Step 8. Activate the mouth layer. Load the mouth. Fill with #808080. Float. Use the following Cutout: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 20; Shadow color: black. Deselect.
Step 9. Activate the tongue layer. Load the tongue. Fill with #ca0c0c. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 3; Opacity: 100; Blur: 5; Shadow color: #890909. Deselect.
Step 10. Activate the teeth layer. Load the teeth selection. Fill with black. Selections/Modify/Contract 2 pixels. Fill with white. Deselect. Use the following Inner Bevel settings: Bevel: 2; Width: 15; Smoothness: 40; Depth: 1; Ambience: 0; Shininess: 80; Color: white: Angle: 315; Intensity: 25; Elevation: 40.
Step 11. Activate the nose layer. Load the nose. Fill with black. Deselect. Use the following Inner Bevel settings: Bevel: 2; Width: 14; Smoothness: 15; Depth: 12; Ambience: 0; Shininess: 50; Color: white: Angle: 315; Intensity: 70; Elevation: 30. (This is the round preset.)
This is how the image should look so far.
Step 12. Activate the whiskers layer. Load the whiskers. Fill with black. Deselect.
Step 13. Activate the year layer. Load the year. Fill with black. Selections/Modify/Contract - 2 pixels. Fill with #c0c000. Deselect. Use the following Inner Bevel settings: Bevel: 2; Width: 31; Smoothness: 40; Depth: 2; Ambience: 0; Shininess: 10; Color: white: Angle: 315; Intensity: 60; Elevation: 25.
Step 14. Activate the text layer. Load the text. Activate the text_ssg.psp. Edit/Copy. Activate the mouse image. Edit/Paste into selection. Deselect.
Congratulations! Your New Year Mouse is finished. Do a final save. Add any embellishments you want. I resized my image to post here.
Thank you for trying my New Year Mouse tutorial and I hope you enjoyed doing it.
This tutorial was written December 29, 2009.
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