cow with guitar final       cow final


Cow Musician



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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 with the Alpha Channels is a .psp, so it should also open in Version 8. Remember to save often.

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


    Unzip the Cow 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.

    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 cow_canvas_ssg.psp, 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 cow with your choice of colors. You will also notice several layers X'ed out - the visibility is turned off. These are the eyes, L leg 2, L foot 2, L foot 2 line, the guitar strap and the guitar. We will not use them until we get to that layer in the Layer Palettte. The eyes, guitar strap and guitar are already there, just the visibility turned off. The L leg 2, L foot 2 and the L foot 2 line are Alpha Selections for you to use or not. The L leg 2 is raised. If you use it, you can have your cow do a little dance, either on his own, or while playing the guitar!

SAVE

    Step 2. Activate the tail layer in the Layer Palette. Go to Selections/Load-Save Selections/Load from Alpha Channel. Load the tail selection. Fill with color # 1. Go to Selections/Float. Go to Effects/3D Effects/Cutout and use the following settings: V: 2; H: minus 2; Opacity: 100; Blur 12; Shadow color: #6f3f17. Deselect by going to Selections/Select None or by holding down the Ctrl key and the D key on the keyboard.

tail cutout

SAVE

    Step 3. Activate the tail end layer. Load the tail end selection. Fill with color # 3. Float. Apply the following Cutout settings: V&H: 2; Opacity: 100; Blur 12; Shadow color: #2c190a. Reapply with V&H at minus 2. Deselect.

tailend cutout

    Step 4. Activate the tail end lines layer. Load the tail end lines selection. Fill with color # 5 or black, which ever you prefer. Deselect.

SAVE

    Step 5. Activate the R foot layer. Load the R foot selection. Fill with color # 4. Float. Apply the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 80; Blur 15; Shadow color: black. Deselect.

feet cutout

    Step 6. Activate the R foot line layer. This selection is not in order, you will find it near the bottom of the selections in the Alpha Channel window. Load the R foot line selection. Fill with black. Deselect.

SAVE

    Step 7. Activate the R leg layer. Load the R leg selection. Fill with color # 1. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur 12; Shadow color: #6f3f17. Deselect.

arm and leg cutout

    Step 8. Activate the L foot layer. Load the L foot selection. Fill with color # 4. Float. Apply the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 80; Blur 15; Shadow color: black. Deselect.

feet cutout

SAVE

    Step 9. Activate the L foot line layer. This is another selection out of order in the Alpha Selection screen - it is located near the bottom of the selections. Load the L foot line selection. Fill with black. Deselect.

    Step 10. Activate the L leg layer. Load the L leg selection. Fill with color # 1. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 12; Shadow color: #6f3f17. Deselect.

arm and leg cutout

SAVE

    If you want to do the L leg that is raised, now is the time to turn on the visibility to the three layers - L leg 2, L foot 2 and L foot 2 line - just click on the red X and the little eye icon will appear and so will your layers. You might want to turn off the visibility to the L leg, L foot and L foot line so as not to get confused. My advice is to do these three layers, even if you don't have a use for them now, as you might want to play with the image later - maybe make the cow dance! The following directions are for these three layers, if you don't want to do them, just skip to Step 14.

    Step 11. Activate the L foot 2 layer. Load the L foot 2 selection. Fill with color # 4. Float. Apply the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 80; Blur 15; Shadow color: black. Deselect.

feet cutout

    Step 12. Activate the L foot 2 line layer. Load the L foot 2 line selection. (This selection is also near the bottom of the selections screen.) Fill with black. Deselect.

SAVE

    Step 13. Activate the L leg 2 layer. Load the L leg 2 selection. Fill with color # 1. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 12; Shadow color: #6f3f17. Deselect.

arm and leg cutout

    Step 14. Activate the R arm layer. Load the R arm selection. Fill with color # 1. Float. Use the same Cutout settings we just used on the leg. Deselect.

SAVE

    Step 15. Activate the body. Load the body selection. Fill with color # 1. Float. Use the following Cutout settings. V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur 30; Shadow color: #6f3f17. Deselect.

body cutout

    Step 16. Activate the tummy layer. Load the tummy selection. Fill with color # 2. Float. Use the same Cutout settings we did on the body (just used).

SAVE

    Step 17. The next two layers are the guitar strap and the guitar. You can turn the visibility to these layers on now, or wait until you are finished with your image.

    Step 18. Activate the R fingers. Load the R fingers selection. Fill with color # 1. Float. Use the following Cutout settings. V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur 10; Shadow color: #6f3f17. Deselect.

fingers cutout

    Step 19. Activate the R finger lines layer. Load the R finger lines selection. Fill with color # 5. Deselect.

    Step 20. Activate the R thumb layer. Load the R thumb selection. Fill with color # 1. Float. Use the same Cutout we just used on the fingers. Deselect.

    Step 21. Activate the L arm layer. Load the L arm selection. Fill with color # 1. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur 12; Shadow color: #6f3f17. Deselect.

arm and leg cutout

    Step 22. Activate the L fingers layer. Load the L fingers selection. Fill with color # 1. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur 10; Shadow color: #6f3f17. Deselect.

fingers cutout

    Step 23. Activate the L finger lines layer. Load the L finger lines selection. Fill with color # 5. Deselect.

    Step 24. Activate the head layer. Load the head selection. Fill with color # 1. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur 30; Shadow color: #6f3f17. These are the same settings we used on the body and the tummy. Deselect.

body cutout

    Step 25. Activate the L inner ear layer. Load the L inner ear selection. Fill with color # 2. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur 10; Shadow color: #6f3f17. Deselect.

inner ears cutout

    Step 26. Activate the R inner ear layer. Load the R inner ear selection. Fill with color # 2. Float. Use the Cutout settings we just used on the other inner ear. Deselect.

    Step 27. Activate the L horn layer. Load the L horn selection. Fill with color # 4. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 60; Blur 14; Shadow color: black. Deselect.

horns cutout

    Step 28. Activate the R horn layer. Load the R horn selection. Fill with color # 4. Float. Apply the same Cutout settings we just used on the other horn. Deselect.

    Step 29. You can now turn on the visibility to the eyes layer.

    Step 30. Activate the muzzle layer. Load the muzzle selection. Fill with color # 2. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur 25; Shadow color: #6f3f17. Deselect.

muzzle cutout

    Step 31. Activate the mouth layer. Load the mouth selection. Fill with black. Deselect.

    Step 32. Activate the nostrils layer. Load the nostrils selection. Fill with color # 6. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V: 3; H: 0; Opacity: 50; Blur 10; Shadow color: black. Deselect.

nostrils cutout

    Congratulations! Your Cow Musician is finished! You can now delete the colors layer, and do a final save. You can add a background and play with your image. If you actually want your cow as a musician, you can now turn on the visibility to the guitar and guitar strap layers, if you haven't already. If you use the guitar layers, you will have to use the Raster Deform Tool to turn and move your R fingers into the proper position. Right click on the R finger lines and Merge/Merge Down before you use the Raster Deform Tool. (It is just easier to move them as one layer than two! You will also want to move the thumb up and maybe turn it some. I have posted the cow with the guitar below. I resized mine for the following images.

cow final       cow with guitar final

    Here is the other version with the one leg raised:

cow final 2

    Thank you for doing my Cow Musician tutorial. I hope you enjoyed it. Remember my directions are the way I did it, please use your own imagination and creativity to do your image!


      This tutorial was written June 16, 2009.

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