floating otter

Floating Otter



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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. Remember to save often.

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


    Unzip the Floating Otter 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 floating_otter_canvas_ssg.pspimage into your PSP workspace.

    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 floating_otter_canvas_ssg.pspimage, 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 otter with your choice of colors. You will also notice two layers are X'ed out - the visibility is turned off. These are the background layer (bg) and the reflected image layer. We will not use these until the image is finished.

SAVE

    Step 2. Activate the tail tip layer in the Layer Palette. Go to Selections/Load-Save Selections/Load from Alpha Channel. Load the tail tip selection. Fill with color # 2. Selections/Float. Go to Effects/3D Effects/Cutout. Use the following settings. V 1; H minus 1; Opacity 70; Blur 9; Shadow color #3f3e3b (which is color #1). Deselect by going to Selections/Select None or by holding down the Ctrl key and the D key on the keyboard.

tail tip cutout

SAVE

    Step 3. Activate the tail layer. Load the tail selection. Fill with color # 2. Float. Use the following cutout settings. V 1; H minus 1; Opacity 70; Blur 20; Shadow color #3f3e3b. Deselect.

tail cutout

SAVE

    Step 4. Activate the back foot layer. Load the back foot selection. Fill with color # 2. Float. Use the following cutout settings. V 1; H minus 1; Opacity 70; Blur 6; Shadow color #3f3e3b. Deselect.

back foot cutout

SAVE

    Step 5. Activate the back foot shading layer. Load the back foot shading selection. Fill with black. Deselect.

SAVE

    Step 6. Activate the front foot layer. Load the front foot selection. Fill with color # 2. Float. Use the following cutout settings. V 1; H minus 1; Opacity 70; Blur 20; Shadow color #3f3e3b. Deselect.

front foot cutout

SAVE

    Step 7. Activate the front foot shading layer. Load the front foot shading selection. Fill with black. Deselect.

SAVE

    Step 8. Activate the back leg layer. Load the back leg selection. Fill with color # 2. Float. Use the following cutout settings. V 2; H minus 2; Opacity 70; Blur 20; Shadow color #3f3e3b. Deselect.

back leg cutout

SAVE

    Step 9. Activate the body layer. Load the body selection. Fill with color # 2. Float. Use the following cutout settings. V&H 6; Opacity 70; Blur 25; Shadow color #3f3e3b. Reapply the cutout, but change the V&H to minus 6. Deselect.

body cutout

SAVE

    Step 10. Activate the body layer. Load the body shading selection. Fill with black. Deselect.

SAVE

    Step 11. Activate the chin shading layer. Load the chin shading selection. Fill with black. Deselect.

SAVE

    Step 12. Activate the ear shading layer. Load the ear shading selection. Fill with black. Deselect.

SAVE

    Step 13. Activate the face shading layer. Load the face shading selection. Fill with black. Deselect.

SAVE

    Step 14. Activate the mouth layer. Load the mouth selection. Fill with black. Deselect.

SAVE

    Step 15. Activate the front leg layer. Load the front leg selection. Fill with color # 2. Float. Use the following cutout settings. V&H 6; Opacity 70; Blur 20; Shadow color #3f3e3b. Reapply the cutout, but change the V&H to minus 6. Deselect.

front leg cutout

    Step 16. Activate the mussel layer. Load the mussel selection. Fill with color # 3. Deselect. Effects/3D Effects/Inner Bevel. Use the following settings. Bevel # 2 (pie shaped); Width 31; Smoothness 73; Depth 5; Ambience 0; Shininess 12; Color white; Angle 315; Intensity 45; Elevation 30.

mussel bevel

SAVE

    Step 17. Activate the front paw layer. Load the front paw selection. Fill with color # 2. Float. Use the following cutout settings. V&H 4; Opacity 70; Blur 20; Shadow color #3f3e3b. Reapply the cutout, but change the V&H to minus 4. Deselect.

paw cutout

    Step 18. Activate the paw shading layer. Load the paw shading selection. Fill with black. Deselect.

SAVE

    Step 19. Activate the L eye layer. Load the L eye selection. Fill with black. Deselect. Apply the round preset Inner Bevel. Use these settings if you don't have the preset. Bevel # 2 (pie shaped); Width 14; Smoothness 15; Depth 12; Ambience 0; Shininess 50; Color white; Angle 315; Intensity 70; Elevation 30.

round preset

    Step 20. Activate the R eye layer. Load the R eye selection. Fill with black. Deselect. Apply the round preset Inner Bevel again.

SAVE

    Step 21. Activate the nose layer. Load the nose selection. Fill with black. Deselect. Apply the round preset Inner Bevel again.

    Step 22. Activate the whiskers layer. Load the whiskers selection. Fill with white.

SAVE

    Step 23. Turn the visibility on for the reflected image layer and the bg layer. Just click on the red X on the eye icon.

    Now you can delete the colors layer. Do a final save. Your floating otter is finished! Congratulations!! I resized mine for the image here.

floating otter



      This tutorial was written May 22, 2009.

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