final artist bunny

Artist Bunny with Egg



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    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. Remember to save often.

    This tutorial contains Alpha Selections to do both the egg and the bunny. The selections are on two separate canvases. We will do the egg first.

    To do this tutorial, you will need a basic knowledge of PSP and my Artist Bunny Supplies.


    Unzip the Artist Bunny Supplies into a folder of your choice. I usually make a folder with the name of the tutorial and put the supplies in there for easy access. Open the supplies into your PSP workspace.

    You can make the egg from the Selections offered here, or you can make your own egg and use it.

    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 egg_canvas, 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 decorate your egg with your choice of colors.

SAVE

    Step 2. In the Layer Palette, activate the egg layer. Go to Selections/Load-Save Selections/Load from Alpha Channel. Load the egg selection. Fill the egg shape with color # 2. Selections/Modify/Contract 1. On the same layer, fill with color # 1. Deselect by going to Selections/Select none or by hitting Ctrl and D at the same time.

SAVE

    Step 3. Activate the lower stripe layer. Load the lower stripe selection and fill with color # 2.

SAVE

    Step 4. Activate the upper stripe layer. Load the upper strip selection and fill with color # 2.

SAVE

    Step 5. Activate the dots 1 layer and load the dots 1 selection. Fill with color # 3.

SAVE

    Step 6. Activate the dots 2 layer and load the dots 2 selection. Fill with color # 4.

SAVE

    Step 7. Activate the dots 3 layer and load the dots 3 selection. Fill with color # 5.

SAVE

    Step 8. Activate the dots 4 layer and load the dots 4 selection. Fill with color # 4.

SAVE

    Step 9. Go to the Layer Palette and delete the colors layer as we don't need it any more. Right click on any of the layers - Merge/Merge Visible. Selections/Select All. Selections/Float. Go to Effects/3D Effects/Cutout - and use the following settings. V&H 10; Opacity 100; Blur 30; Shadow Color #693175. Reapply it, but change the V&H to minus 10. Deselect.

egg cutout

SAVE

    Your egg is finished! Minimize it in your workspace.

final egg

    Now we will do the Artist Bunny!

    Step 10. Open the artist_bunny_canvas_ssg.pspimage. Duplicate it and close the original. This canvas looks a bit different as it is a bright blue with numbered colors at the side. The blue is a temporary background to help the image show up better as you do the selections.

SAVE

    Step 11. Activate the L leg layer. Go to Selections/Load-Save Selections/Load from Alpha Channel and load the L leg selection. Flood fill with color # 2. Selections/Modify/Contract 1. Flood fill the same layer with color # 1. Selections/Modify/Expand 1. Selections/Float.

    Step 12. Go to Effects/3D Effects/Cutout and apply the following settings: V&H 0; Opacity 100; Blur 25; Color #989696. Deselect, by going to Selections/Select None OR by holding the Ctrl key down and clicking on the D key.

SAVE

L leg cutout

    Step 13. Activate the back paw lines layer. Load the back paws selection. Fill with color # 5 - to really make it show up, fill it about 7-10 times. Deselect. Adjust/Gaussian Blur 1.

SAVE

    Step 14. Activate the tail layer. Load the tail selection. Fill with white. Float. Apply the following cutout: V&H 4; Opacity 50; Blur 15; Shadow color: #3b3737. Reapply the cutout, but change the V&H to minus 4.

cutout tail

SAVE

    Step 15. Activate the tummy layer. Load the tummy selection. Flood fill with white. Float. Apply the same cutout as on the tail, but change the blur to 25. Reapply the cutout with the V&H at minus 4. Deselect.

    Step 16. Activate the gray body layer. Load the gray body selection. Fill with color #2. Selections/Modify/Contract 1. Fill on the same layer with color # 1. Selections/Modify/Expand 1. Float. Apply the following cutout. V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 25; Shadow color: #989696. Deselect.

cutout body

SAVE

    Step 17. Activate the lower paw lines layer and load that selection. Fill with color # 5 (again 7-10 times). Deselect. Gaussian blur 1.

    Step 18. Activate the upper paw lines layer and load that selection. Fill with color # 5 (again 7-10 times). Deselect. Gaussian blur 1.

SAVE

    Step 19. Activate the lower L ear layer. Load the lower L ear selection. Fill with color #2. Selections/Modify/Contract 1. Fill on the same layer with color # 1. Selections/Modify/Expand 1. Float. Apply the same cutout you just used on the body, but change the blur to 15. V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 15; Shadow color: #989696. Deselect.

SAVE

    Step 20. Activate the L inner ear layer. Load the L inner ear selection. Fill with color # 3. Float. Apply the same cutout, but change the blur to 10. Deselect.

    Step 21. Activate the top L ear layer. Load the top L ear selection. Fill with color #2. Selections/Modify/Contract 1. Fill on the same layer with color # 1. Selections/Modify/Expand 1. Float. Apply the same cutout you just used on the inner ear.

SAVE

    Step 22. Activate the head layer. Load the head selection. Fill with color #2. Selections/Modify/Contract 1. Fill on the same layer with color # 1. Selections/Modify/Expand 1. Float. Apply the same cutout you just used but change the blur to 25.

    Step 23. Activate the eyes layer. Load the eyes selection. Fill with black. Deselect. Effects/3D Effects/Inner Bevel. Apply the round preset. Bevel: 2 (pie shaped); Width: 14; Smoothness: 15; Depth: 12; Ambience: 0; Shininess: 50; Color white; Angle: 315; Intensity: 70; Elevation: 30.

round preset inner bevel

SAVE

    Step 24. Activate the cheeks layer. Load the cheeks selection. Fill with color #2. Selections/Modify/Contract 1. Fill on the same layer with color # 1. Selections/Modify/Expand 1. Float. Apply the same cutout we last used.

    Step 25. Activate the muzzle layer. Load the muzzle selection. Fill with white. Float. Apply the following cutout. V&H 3; Opacity 100; Blur 15; Shadow color #989696. Reapply it with changing the V&H to minus 3. Deselect.

muzzle cutout

SAVE

    Step 26. Activate the muzzle shading layer and load that selection. Fill with color # 5 (again 7-10 times). Deselect. Gaussian blur 1.

    Step 27. Activate the mouth layer and load that selection. Fill with black. Deselect.

SAVE

    Step 28. Activate the nose layer. Load the nose selection. Fill with color # 3. Deselect. Apply an Inner Bevel. I used Bevel 2 (pie shaped); Width 15; Smoothness 40; Depth 1; Ambience 0; Shininess 80; Color white; Angle 315; Intensity 25; Elevation 50.

nose inner bevel

    Step 29. Activate the whiskers layer. Load the whiskers selection. Fill with black. Deselect.

SAVE

    Step 30. Activate the R ear layer. Load the R ear selection. Fill with color #2. Selections/Modify/Contract 1. Fill on the same layer with color # 1. Selections/Modify/Expand 1. Float. Apply the following cutout: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 25; Shadow color: #989696. Deselect.

    Step 31. Activate the R inner ear layer. Load the R inner ear selection. Fill with color # 3. Float. Apply the same cutout, but change the blur to 15. Deselect.

SAVE

    Your bunny is finished! Congratulations!!

final bunny

    Now onto the steps to have the bunny painting on the egg.

    Step 32. Open the paintbrush_ssg.pspimage and the paint_cans_ssg.pspimage. Minimize both images on your workspace. Open a new image, 300x300 transparent image. Copy and paste the egg you made as a new layer on the new image. Using the Mover Tool, move it to the left of the canvas.

    This little bunny can hold a variety of objects - paint brush, flower, basket, egg - just to name a few. When I want to use him to hold something for an image, I make a duplicate of the first bunny I made, then close the original so I have it to use for other tags. For this one, I would suggest you do the same.

    Step 32. On your duplicated bunny image, activate the tummy layer. Maximize the paintbrush.pspimage. Edit/Copy. Activate the bunny image. Edit/Paste as new layer. Use the Raster Deform Tool to move the paint brush under the bunny's paw.

    Step 33. Edit/Copy Merged. Activate the egg image, and Edit/Paste as new layer. Move the bunny to the right of the egg. Maximize the paintcans_ssg.pspimage. Each can is on its own layer, so Edit/Copy one of the paint cans and Paste as a new layer on the egg image. Move into place where you want it, and do the same for the rest of the paint cans.

    Step 34. I added a light Drop Shadow to each of the layers in the new image - V&H 0; Opacity 50; Color black. This gives a bit of depth, as well as separating each of the items. You can use what ever settings you want, or not use any at all! LOL Make the image your own!


final artist bunny       giving bunny      



      This tutorial was written April 4, 2009.

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