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 Supplies.
In the supplies is a canvas psp. There is also a jpg of a knit pattern that I used for the angel, and a psp of a red flower. I made both of these, so it is ok for you to use. If you have another knit pattern or other texture pattern you prefer, please use it. You are more than welcome to use the colors of your choice and anything you want for the Angel to hold. Be creative!
Unzip the Angel Canvas and the flower psp into a folder of your choice. Put the knit pattern into your textures to use. I usually make a folder with the name of the tutorial and put the supplies in there for easy access.
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!)
Step 1. Open the angel_canvas_13_ssg.psp in your PSP workspace, duplicate it and close the original. I will give directions for the colors I used, which are on their own layer in the canvas, but feel free to color the Angel parts with your choice of colors.
Step 2. Activate the wings layer in the Layer Palette (located at the bottom of the Layer Palette - we will be working up from the bottom of the palette). Go to Selections/Load-Save Selections/Load from Alpha Channel. Load the wings selection. Fill with color # 1 or the color of your choice. Go to Selections/Float. Go to Effects/3 D Effects/Cutout. Use the following settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 35; Blur: 20; Shadow color: #000040 (if you use a color or another pattern, adjust the shadow color). Deselect by going to Selections/Select None or by holding down the Ctrl key and the D key on the keyboard. After this step, the directions will just say Float and Deselect.
Step 3. Activate the neck layer. Load the neck selection. Fill with color # 4, or color of your choice. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 30; Blur: 12; Shadow color: #3c2e08. Deselect.
Step 4. Activate the gown layer. Load the gown selection. Fill with color # 2. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 30; Blur: 20; Shadow color: #0c0e62. Deselect.
Step 5. Activate the gown shading layer. Load the gown shading selection. Fill with color # 6b6daf. Sorry, forgot to add this to the colors layer on the canvas. You might have to click on filling this about 5 or 6 times to get it to show up as proper shading - use your own judgement. Deselect.
Step 7. Activate the inner sleeves layer. Load the inner sleeves selection. Fill with color # 3. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 50; Blur: 15; Shadow color: #400000. Deselect.
Step 8. Activate the sleeves layer. Load the sleeves selection. Fill with color # 2. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 30; Blur: 7; Shadow color: #000040. Deselect.
Step 9. Activate the head layer. Load the head selection. Fill the head with color # 4. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 50; Blur: 15; Shadow color: #3c2e08. (In looking at my final on the tutorial page, the angel looks like she has a beard - you can decrease the amount of Blur to 10 or even a bit lower, to make it suit what you want it to look like!) Deselect.
Step 10. Activate the face layer. In the Layer Palette, you will see a red X - this means the visibility is turned off. Click on the red X to turn the visibility on. Due to the smallness of the head, I only put eyes on. You can use the eyes, leave the visibility off, or make a full face. It is up to you.
Step 11. Activate the hair layer. Load the hair selection. Fill with color # 5. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 50; Blur: 7; Shadow color: #a77705. Delect.
Step 12. Activate the hat layer. Load the hat selection. Fill the hat with color # 1. Go to Effects/Texture/Texture. Use the following settings: Texture: knit_ssg; Size: 25%; Smoothness: 0; Depth: 1; Ambience: 0; Shininess: 0; Color: white; Angle: 315; Intensity: 50; Elevation: 30. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 50; Blur: 15; Shadow color: # 808080. Deselect.
Step 13. Activate the hat brim layer. Load the hat brim selection. Fill with color # 3. Deselect. Use the following Inner Bevel settings: Bevel: 2; Width: 25; Smoothness: 10; Depth: 5; Ambience: 0; Shininess: 5; Color: white; Angle: 45; Intensity: 30; Elevation: 60.
Step 14.Activate the hat flower layer. Click on the red X to turn the visibility on.
Step 15. Activate the main flower layer. Load the main flower selection. Open the "red_flower_ssg.psp" image. Go to Edit/Copy. Click on Copy. Activate the angel image again, and then click on Edit. Click on Paste/Paste into Selection. Your flower will appear on top of her sleeves. Deselect.
Congratulations! Your Angel 2013 is finished! You can now delete the colors layer, and do a final save. You can add a background and play with your image.
Thank you for trying my Angel 2013 tutorial and I hope you enjoyed doing it.
This tutorial was written December 22, 2013.
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