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 Supplies.
Unzip the cute_kitten_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. I offer the directions merely as a guide for you. Be creative and use your imagination. There is also a butterfly_ssg.psp and whiskers_ssg.psp that you can put in your picture tubes, or just open them in your workspace and minimize for use later. I made both images, so they are safe to use.
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 cute_kitten_canvas_ssg.psp in your PSP workspace, duplicate it and close the original. The colors I used are on their own layer and numbered. Feel free to use your own colors instead of mine. My tutorials are only written the way I did them - and are suggestions for you. Use your imagination - get creative! : )
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. Selections/Float. Effects/3D Effects/Cutout. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 25; Shadow color: #808080 (which is color # 2 on the image). Deselect by going to Selections/Select none or by holding down the Ctrl key and clicking on the D key.
Step 3. Activate the back legs layer. Load the back legs. Fill with color # 1. Float. Use the same Cutout settings. Deselect.
Step 4. Activate the body layer. Load the body. Fill with color # 1. Float. Use the same Cutout settings. Deselect.
Step 5. Activate the front legs layer. Load the front legs selection. Fill with color # 1. Float. Use the same Cutout settings. Deselect.
Step 6. Activate the chest layer. Load the chest. Fill with white. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 25; Shadow color: #c0c0c0. Deselect.
This is how the image should look so far.
Step 7. Activate the head layer. Load the head selection. Fill with color # 1. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 25; Shadow color: #808080. Deselect.
Step 8. Activate the mouth layer. Load the mouth selection. Fill with black. Deselect.
Step 9. Activate the nose layer. Load the nose selection. Fill with color # 4. Deselect. Effects/3D Effects/Inner Bevel. Use the following Inner Bevel settings: Bevel: 2; Width: 31; Smoothness: 73; Depth: 5; Ambience:0; Shininess: 12; Color: white; Angle: 315; Intensity: 45; Elevation: 30.
Step 10. Activate the cheeks layer. Load the cheeks selection. Fill with color # 4. Deselect.
Step 11. Open or maximize the whiskers_ssg.psp. Edit/Copy. Activate the kitten image, Edit/Paste as New Layer. Using the Mover Tool, move it into place on the face. Rename the new layer.
Step 12. Activate the eyes layer. Load the eyes selection. Fill with black. Selections/Modify/Contract - 2 pixels. While on same layer, fill with white. Deselect.
Step 13. Activate the inner eyes layer. Load the inner eyes selection. Fill with color # 5. Deselect. Use the following Inner Bevel settings: Bevel: 2; Width: 14; Smoothness: 10; Depth: 5; Ambience: -62 (minus); Shininess: 25; Color: white; Angle: 20; Intensity: 59; Elevation: 62.
The following screen shot shows what the image should look like so far.
Step 14. Activate the inner ear layer. Load the inner ear selection. Fill with color # 3. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 10; Shadow color: #c0c0c0. Deselect.
Step 15. Activate the top layer, which should be the inner ears layer. Open the butterfly_ssg.psp. Edit/Copy. Activate the kitten image, paste as a new layer and move into place with the Mover Tool. You are free to use your own butterfly or something else entirely different!
Your Cute Kitten is finished! Now is the time to do a final save, delete the colors layer and add any embellishments you want! Have fun! I resized and cropped my image for display here.
Here are a couple of variations I did.
Thank you for trying my Cute Kitten tutorial and I hope you enjoyed doing it.
This tutorial was written January 10, 2010.
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