Beary Valentine


final beary


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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 tutorial uses Selections from the Alpha Channel. The canvas was saved as a psp, so should also work in version 8, although it was done in version 9 of PSP. It is a not a very long tutorial but if you save it frequently, you can always stop work on it and then go back to it at another time.

    To do this tutorial, you will need a basic knowledge of PSP. You will also need my Supplies and the mask I used from Essex Girl Mask. I used the mask called valentine-princess, but you can use any one you want, or not at all.

    Unzip the 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 beary_valentine_canvas_ssg.psp and the other images into your PSP workspace or leave them in your folder to open later. Minimize them if you opened them into your work space.

    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!) I later move the folder to within another folder that I keep all my tutorial folders and other PSP things in.

    1. Open the beary_valentine_canvas_ssg.psp and duplicate it (hold down the Shift key and click on the D key), closing the original image. This is the image we will be working on. The colors I used are on their own layer, but feel free to use your own imagination. Color #5 is the color used with the Cutouts, but in the screen shots for them, I have the actual numerical name.

SAVE

    2. Activate legs layer in the Layer Palette. Go to Selections/Load_Save Selections/Load Selection from Alpha Channel - load the legs selection. Fill with color #2. Go to Selections/Float. Go to Effects/3D Effects/Cutout. Apply the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 75; Blur: 15; Shadow color: #95773d. Deselect by going to Selections/Select None or by holding down the Ctrl key and clicking on the D key.

cutout 1

    3. Activate the feet layer. Load the feet selection. Fill with color #2. Float. Use the same Cutout settings just used. Deselect.

SAVE

    4. Activate the body layer. Load the body selection. Fill with color #2. Float. Apply the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 30; Shadow color: #95773d. Deselect.

cutout 2

    5. Activate the ears layer. Load the ears selection. Fill with color #2. Float. Apply the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 75; Blur: 15; Shadow color: #95773d. Deselect.

cutout 1

    This is how the image should look at this time.

looks 1

SAVE

    6. Activate the inner ears layer. Load the inner ears selection. Fill with color #3. Deselect.

    7. Activate the head layer. Load the head selection. Fill with color #2. Float. Apply the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 30; Shadow color: #95773d. Deselect.

cutout 2

SAVE

    This is how the image should look now.

looks 2

    8. Activate the lashes layer. Load the lashes selection. Fill with color black. Deselect.

SAVE

    9. Activate the eyes layer. Load the eyes selection. Fill with color black. Deselect. Go to Effects/3D Effects/Inner Bevel. Use the following settings (round preset): Bevel: 2; Width: 14; Smoothness: 15; Depth: 12; Ambience: 0; Shininess: 50; Color: white; Angle: 315; Intensity: 45; Elevation: 30.

round preset

    10. Activate the muzzle layer. Load the muzzle selection. Fill with color #4. Float. Apply the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 75; Blur: 15; Shadow color: #95773d. Deselect.

cutout 1

SAVE

    11. Activate the mouth layer. Load the mouth selection. Fill with color black. Deselect.

    12. Activate the cheeks layer. Load the cheeks selection. Fill with color #3. Deselect.

    This is how the image should look at this time.

looks 3

SAVE

    13. Activate the nose layer. Load the nose selection. Fill with color black. Deselect. Use the following Inner Bevel settings (round preset): Bevel: 2; Width: 14; Smoothness: 15; Depth: 12; Ambience: 0; Shininess: 50; Color: white; Angle: 315; Intensity: 45; Elevation: 30.

round preset

    14. Activate the arms layer. Load the arms selection. Fill with color #2. Float. Apply the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 75; Blur: 15; Shadow color: #95773d. Deselect.

cutout 1

SAVE

    15. Activate the feet shading layer. Load the feet shading selection. Fill with color #1. Deselect.

    This is how the image should look now.

looks 4

SAVE

    16. Activate the body shading layer. Load the body shading selection. Fill with color #1. Deselect.

    17. Activate the head shading layer. Load the head shading selection. Fill with color #1. Deselect.

    18. Activate the arm shading layer. Load the arm shading selection. Fill with color #1. Deselect.

SAVE

    19. Now for some fine tuning. Move the feet shading layer down over the feet layer. Then move the body shading down over the body layer. The head shading layer over the head. Move the arm shading layer over the arms layer.

    20. Activate the arms layer. Go to Effects/3D Effects/Drop Shadow. Apply the following settings: V: 1; H: 0; Opacity: 50; Blur: 5; Color: black. Do not tick or click the box for the Shadow on new layer unless you really want to. (LOL)

drop shadow

    21. Now to put your image together. We will start with the background layer. You can either use the heart pattern, or the image labeled my_background_ssg.psp. Of course, you are free to do your own background. I blurred the pattern some, but if you don't want it blurred, just use the heart pattern. Go to Edit/Copy for the pattern you are going to use. Activate the bear image and activate the bottom layer (Raster 1). Edit/Paste as New Layer. Rename the layer.

    22. Next open the mask image and copy and paste it on top of the background layer. This mask is a result of my using a mask from Essex Girl and coloring it the way I wanted. You can access her site for other masks or this original one at EssexGirl.

    23. Activate the nose layer. Open the sign_ssg.psp image. Copy it and Paste as a new layer. Rename the layer. Move into place with the Mover Tool.

    24. Activate the sign layer. Open the paint_brush_ssg.psp image. Copy and paste it as a new layer. Rename the layer. You will have to move this into place under the left arm.

    25. Activate the arm shading layer. Open the red_paintcan_ssg.psp and copy and paste it onto the image. Move it into place and rename the layer.

    26. Activate the arm shading layer. Open the black_paintcan_ssg.psp and copy and paste it onto the image. Move it into place and rename the layer.

    Congratulations! Your Beary Valentine is finished!

    Thank you for trying my Beary Valentine tutorial. I hope you enjoyed yourself!

final beary



      This tutorial was written January 8, 2011.

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