candy corn house final

Candy Corn House

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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. 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 Candy Corn Supplies.

    Unzip the candycornhouse_canvas_ssg.psp 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. You can put the little_ghost_ssg.psp and the tiny_flowers_ssg.psp in your tubes folder, or just minimize them on the PSP workspace. You should have the wood011 pattern in PSP patterns, but if you don't you can add this one to your patterns folder. The ghost and flowers were made by me so they are safe to use. You can also use your own ghosts, patterns and colors for this tutorial. I offer these and the directions merely as a guide for you. Be creative and use your imagination.

    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 candycornhouse_canvas_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 house and its parts with your choice of colors. You will also notice several layers X'ed out - the visibility is turned off. These are the three windows and the step. We will not use them until we get to those layers in the Layer Palettte. You can use the windows and step or not - you can also make or use your own. Both the windows and step were made by me, so they are safe to use. My tutorials are only written the way I did them - and are suggestions for you. Use your imagination - get creative! : )


    Step 2. Activate the chimney layer in the Layer Palette. Go to Selections/Load-Save Selections/Load from Alpha Channel. Load the chimney selection. Fill with color # 4. Deselect by going to Selections/Select None or by holding down the Ctrl key and the D key on the keyboard.


    Step 3. Activate the chimney stack layer in the Layer Palette. Load the chimney stack selection. Fill with color # 4. Deselect.


    Step 4. Activate the candy corn layer. Load the candy corn selection. Fill with color # 2. {Keep the candy corn selected until I tell you to deselect.} Add a new raster layer, naming it orange. Activate the Air Brush with the following settings: Shape: round; Size: 65; Hardness: 0; Step: 25; Density: 100; Thickness: 100; Rotation: 0; Opacity: 100; Blend mode: Normal.

air brush settings

    Step 5. Fill the bottom of the candy corn with the Air Brush with Stroke/Foreground: #ee7a08 (which is # 1 on the canvas); Fill/Background: null. Run the tip of the brush on the marching ants makes it easiest.

orange layer


    Step 6. Activate the Smudge Brush with the following settings: Shape: round; Size: 20; Hardness: 0; Step: 1; Density: 40; Thickness: 100; Rotation: 50; Opacity: 100.

smudge brush settings


    Step 7. Smudge across the top of the orange layer, pushing the smudging up towards the top (think about how a piece of candy corn looks with the orange blending into the yellow and then the white blending in from the top to the yellow) - you should get a similar look as the screen shot.

smudged orange

    Step 8. Add a new raster layer, naming it white. Change the Stroke color to white, and using the Air Brush with the same settings, apply it to the top of the candy corn, as in the screen shot.

white layer


    Step 9. Activate the Smudge Brush with the same settings and smudge the bottom of the white down as in the screen shot.

smudged white

    Step 10. Activate the white layer. Right click and Merge/Merge Down. While the orange layer is still active, again right click and Merge Down. The candy corn is now all one layer. Go to Adjust/Add or Remove Noise and add noise - Uniform; 10% and Monochrome. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 30; Shadow color: #301b04. NOW you can deselect.

candy corn cutout

    Step 11. Activate the door layer. Load the door selection. Fill with color # 4. Selections/Modify/Contract: 2. Fill while on the same layer with color # 1. Selections/Modify/Expand: 2. Float. Effects/3D Effects/Cutout. Use the following settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 20; Shadow Color: #653908. Deselect.


    Step 12. Activate the door knob layer. Load the door knob selection. Fill with color # 2. Deselect. Effects/3D Effects/Inner Bevel. Use the following settings: Bevel: 2 (pie shape); Width: 15; Smoothness: 40; Depth: 1; Ambience: 0; Shininess: 80; Color: white; Angle: 315; Intensity: 25; Elevation: 40.

shoes cutout


    Step 13. Turn on the visibility to the step and the three windows. Click on the red X in the Layer Palette to turn on the visibility.


    Step 14. Activate the window box layer. Load the window box selection. Fill with wood011.psp; Scale: 10; Angle: 0. Float. Use the following Cutout selections: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 20; Shadow color: #301b04. Deselect.

window box cutout

    Step 15. Activate the top window layer. Edit/Copy the tiny_flowers.psp, or use your own. Edit/Paste as new layer in the image and rename tiny flowers. Use the Mover Tool to get the flowers where you want them.

    Step 16. Activate the bush layer. Load the bush selection. Fill with color # 5. . Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 2; Opacity: 100; Blur: 20; Shadow color: #3c4f0f. Reapply with the V&H at minus 2. Deselect.

bush cutout

    Step 17. Open the little_ghost_ssg.psp. Copy. Activate the colors layer. Paste as a new layer. Rename it ghost 1 or upper ghost - whatever works for you. It will be under the candy corn, so use the Raster Deform tool to move it where you want it. Paste as a new layer again and name it ghost 2 or lower ghost and go to Image/Mirror. Again use the Raster Deform tool to move it into place. Once again, you can use these ghosts or use some of your own. You can also place where and how you want. This is the way I did it, but please use your imagination and create it as your own!

    Congratulations! Your Candy Corn House is finished! You can now delete the colors layer, and do a final save. You can add a background and play with your image. I resized this one a bit.

candy corn house final

    Thank you for trying my Candy Corn House tutorial and I hope you enjoyed doing it.

      This tutorial was written September 21, 2009.

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