duckling final

Duckling



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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 Duckling Canvas.


    Unzip the Duckling Canvas 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 duckling_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 duckling with your choice of colors. You will also notice several layers X'ed out - the visibility is turned off. These are the eyes, the daisy chain and the bow. We will not use them until we get to those layers in the Layer Palettte. You can use the daisy chain and/or bow or not, the decision is yours. Both the daisy chain and the bow were made by me, so they are safe to use. However, feel free to use your own bows, or flowers. My tutorials are only written the way I did them - and are suggestions for you. Use your imagination - get creative! : )

SAVE

    Step 2. Activate the R wing layer in the Layer Palette. Go to Selections/Load-Save Selections/Load from Alpha Channel. Load the R wing selection. Fill with color # 1. Go to Selections/Float. Go to Effects/3D Effects/Cutout. Use the following settings: V&H: 3; Opacity: 100; Blur: 25; Shadow color: #d1a009. Reapply with V&H at minus 3. Deselect by going to Selections/Select None or by holding down the Ctrl key and the D key on the keyboard.

wing cutout

SAVE

    Step 3. Activate the body layer. Load the body selection. Fill with color # 1. Float and use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 5; Opacity: 100; Blur: 25; Shadow color: #d1a009. Reapply the Cutout, but change the V&H to minus 5. Deselect.

body cutout

SAVE

    Step 4. Activate the L foot layer. Load the L foot selection. Fill with color # 2. Float and use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 1; Opacity: 100; Blur: 7; Shadow color: #f95311. Reapply the Cutout, but change the V&H to minus 1. Deselect. Go to Effects/3D Effects/Inner Bevel. Use the following settings: Bevel: 2; Width: 8; Smoothness: 15; Depth: 2; Ambience: 0; Shininess: 0; Color: white; Angle: 295; Intensity: 45; Elevation: 35.

feet cutout

feet bevel

    Step 5. Activate the R foot layer. Load the R foot selection. Fill with color # 2. Float. Use the same Cutout settings. Remember to reapply with V&H at minus 1. Deselect. Apply the same Inner Bevel.

SAVE

    Step 6. Turn the visiblity on to the daisy chain layer. Click on the red X on the Layer Palette to turn the visibility on.

    Step7. Activate the L wing layer. Load the L wing selection. Fill with color # 1. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 3; Opacity: 100; Blur: 25; Shadow color: #d1a009. Reapply with V&H at minus 3. Deselect.

wing cutout

SAVE

    Step 8. Activate the head layer. Load the head selection. Fill with color # 1. Float and use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 5; Opacity: 100; Blur: 25; Shadow color: #d1a009. Reapply the Cutout, but change the V&H to minus 5. Deselect. This is the same Cutout we used on the body.

body cutout

    Step 9. Activate the lower beak layer. Load the lower beak selection. Fill with color # 2. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 1; Opacity: 100; Blur: 7; Shadow color: #f95311. Reapply with V&H at minus 1. Deselect. Inner Bevel settings: Bevel: 2; Width: 8; Smoothness: 15; Depth: 2; Ambience: 0; Shininess: 0; Color: white; Angle: 295; Intensity: 45; Elevation: 35. This is the same Inner Bevel used on the feet.

beak cutout

feet bevel

SAVE

    Step 10. Activate the upper beak layer. Load the upper beak selection. Fill with color # 2. Float. Apply the same Cutout and Inner Bevel settings we just used.

    Step 11. Activate the eyes layer. Turn the visibility on.

SAVE

    Step 12. Activate the bow layer. Turn the visibility on.

    Step 13. Activate the L wing layer. Activate the Lighten/Darken brush on the side tool bar of the workspace and use these settings: Shape: round; Size: 10; Hardness: 18; Step: 18; Density: 100; Thickness: 100; Rotation: 0; Opacity: 62; Swap mouse buttons box checked (to darken with the left mouse button.) Darken around the wing tips of the wing, lightly.

LD brush settings

darken results

SAVE

    Step 14. Activate the Air Brush, also on the side tool bar, with the following settings: Shape: round; Size: 30; Hardness: 35; Step: 22; Density: 45; Thickness: 100; Rotation: 0; Opacity: 44; Blend mode: normal; Rate: 5. Foreground/Stroke: #eeac06.

air brush settings

    Step 15. Activate the head layer, add a new raster layer, naming it eye shading. Go around the eye to make the shading look similar to the screen shot.

eye shading

    Step 16. Again activate the head layer, load the head selection from the Alpha Channel. In the Air Brush settings, change the Opacity to 36. Lightly go around the outer portion of the head similar to the screen shot. Deselect.

head shading

    Step 17. Activate the body layer, and load the body selection from the Alpha Channel. Using the same Air Brush settings we just used, lightly go around the outer portions of the body. Deselect.

body shading

    Congratulations! Your Duckling 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 mine for the following image.

duckling final

    Thank you for trying my Duckling tutorial and I hope you enjoyed doing it.




      This tutorial was written June 30, 2009.

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