Baby Angel Tutorial
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I did 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.
Supplies: Baby Angel Canvas and Supplies
Download the Baby Angel Alpha Selection Canvas and the other supplies. When unzipped, open in PSP. Click on Shift D to duplicate the canvas and close the original. The canvas image will look blank, but if you look at your layer palette, you will see several layers labeled. Place the other pspimages on your workspace and minimize for now.
Step 1. Highlight the bottom labeled layer - BG. Flood fill with black (or another dark color of your choice) to set off each layer to make it more visible, you can always change it later for your finished image.
Step 2. Highlight the next labeled layer - R wing. Go to Selections/Load_Save Selection/Load Selection from Alpha Channel. Click on the R wing selection - click Load.
You will see the outline of the R wing with marching ants. Go to the Materials Palette, Left click on the Foreground box, then click on Pattern. Make sure you are looking on All of the Patterns and find the fill you want to use for the wings - the pspimages minimized on your workspace will show up in the Patterns. I used the redmums.pspimage for the opening image of the tutorial, but am using the "purple_blur.pspimage" for this image with the directions. Scale the pattern to 50. Background - null. Use the Flood Fill tool and fill the selection.
Selections/Select none, or Ctrl & D keys to deselect. Go to Effects/3D Effects/Inner Bevel. Use the settings in the screen shot.
Step 3. Add a new raster layer, naming it R wing stitches. Activate the Pen Tool/Bezier Curve (or the Freehand if you are more comfortable with it). Click on the little arrow next to the Line Style to change the line from solid to dot. Line width 2. Foreground: #4D4D4D. Do not check the Vector setting, draw it on the raster layer. If you prefer to use the nodes of a vector line, then use a vector layer. Remember to convert it to a raster layer when you have your lines drawn. Use the screen shot as a guide to draw two lines on the right wing.
Step 4. Highlight the next labeled layer - L wing. Go to the Alpha Selections again, and click on the little arrow at the side of the image and click on the L wing selection - click Load.
Fill with the same pattern used on the R wing. Deselect. Use the same Inner Bevel - since it was just used it should have the same settings.
Step 5. Add a new raster layer, naming it L wing stitches. Draw the same two lines on this wing. I then merged the stitches layers down onto the wings. (Right click on the stitch layer, Merge/Merge down.)
Step 6. Highlight the next labeled layer - gown. Load the gown from the Alpha Selections. Flood fill with #EDE1D5. Deselect. Use the same Inner Bevel used on the wings, but change the Angle to 0.
Step 7. Highlight the next labeled layer - neck. Load the neck from the Alpha Selections. Flood fill with #F3E3E3. Deselect.
Step 8. Highlight the next labeled layer - star. Load the star from the Alpha Selections. Flood fill with the same pattern used on the wings, with the scale still at 50. Deselect. Edit/3D Effects/Inner Bevel. Use the settings in the screen shot. Apply it twice.
Step 9. Highlight the next labeled layer - bow. Load the bow from the Alpha Selections. Fill with #EFDD89. Click on the fill twice. Deselect. Effects/3D Effects/Drop Shadow. Use the settings in the screen shot.
Step 10. Highlight the next layer - L hand. Load the L hand selection. Fill with #F3E3E3. Deselect. Apply Inner Bevel as in the screen shot.
Step 11. Highlight the next layer - R hand. Load the R hand selection. Fill with #F3E3E3. Deselect. Apply the same Inner Bevel just used on the right hand.
Step 12. Highlight the next layer - L sleeve. Load the L sleeve selection. Fill with #EDE1D5. Deselect. Apply the same Inner Bevel just used on the hands.
Step 13. Highlight the next layer - R sleeve. Load the R sleeve selection. Fill with #EDE1D5. Deselect. Apply the same Inner Bevel just used on the L sleeve and the hands.
Step 14. Highlight the next layer - lace collar. Load the lace collar selection. Fill with #EFDD89. Fill it twice. Deselect.
Step 15. Highlight the next layer - halo. Load the halo selection. Fill with #EFDD89. To get it to show up properly, I clicked 4-5 times on the fill. Deselect. Apply the Inner Bevel in the screen shot.
Step 16. Highlight the next layer - head. Load the head selection. Fill with #F3E3E3. Deselect. Apply the Inner Bevel in the screen shot.
Step 17. Maximize the "face.pspimage". Edit/Copy. Activate the angel image, making sure the head layer is highlighted. Edit/Paste as new layer. Use the Raster Deform Tool to move the face into place. I also used the Mover Tool for finer placement. Rename the layer as "face".
CONGRATULATIONS, you are finished. Save as a pspimage in a folder of your choice, or delete the background layer and merge the other layers visible to export as a tube.
Thank you for trying this Baby Angel tutorial. I hope you enjoyed it.
This tutorial was written November 2, 2008.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any comments or questions. Send email to susie