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 ghost_writer_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. I made the images within the tutorial, including the items on the layers that have the visibility turned off, so they are safe to use. The wood pattern came with my PSP, but I am including it in case you don't have it. You can use another wood pattern if you would prefer.
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 ghost_writer_canvas_ssg.psp in your PSP workspace, duplicate it and close the original. My tutorials are only written the way I did them - and are suggestions for you. Use your imagination - get creative! : ) You can make your own face or use your own text if you prefer!
Step 2. Activate the box side layer in the Layer Palette. Go to Selections/Load-Save Selections/Load from Alpha Channel. Load the box side selection. Fill with the wood pattern I supplied in the supplies, or use your own. For my wood, I used the following settings: Angle: 90; Size: 50. Selections/Float. Effects/3D Effects/Cutout. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 20; Shadow color: #613011. Deselect by going to Selections/Select none or by holding down the Ctrl key and clicking on the D key.
Step 3. Activate the box front layer. Load the box front. Fill with the same wood pattern, same settings. Float. Use the same Cutout settings. Deselect.
Step 4. Activate the paint can layer. Click on the red X in the Layer Palette to turn the visibility to the layer on. Deselect.
Step 5. Activate the side box top layer. Load the side box top selection. Fill with color #9b4c1d. Float. Use the same Cutout settings. Deselect.
Step 6. Activate the box top layer. Load the box top. Fill with black. Selections/Modify/Contract by 2. Fill with color #9b4c1d. Selections/Modify/Expand by 2. Float. Use the same Cutout settings. Deselect.
This is how the image should look so far.
Step 7. Activate the sign layer. Click on the red X in the Layer Palette to turn the visibility on.
Step 8. Activate the parchment layer. Load the parchment selection. Fill with black. Selections/Modify/Contract by 2. Fill with color #ff9a35. Selections/Modify/Expand by 2. Float. Apply the same Cutout settings. Deselect.
Step 9. Activate the text 2 layer. Click on the red X to turn the visibility on.
Step 10. Activate the bat 1 layer. Load the bat 1 selection. Fill with black. Deselect.
Step 11. Activate the bat 2 layer. Load the bat 2 selection. Fill with black. Deselect.
Step 12. Activate the ghost layer. Load the ghost selection. Fill with color #f3efeb. Deselect.
Step 13. Activate the face layer. Load the face selection. Fill with black.
The following screen shot shows what the image should look like so far.
Step 14. Activate the paint brush layer. Click on the red X in the Layer Palette.
Step 15. Activate the L hand layer. Load the L hand selection. Fill with black. Selections/Modify/Contract by 1. Fill with color #f3efeb. Deselect.
Step 16. Activate the paint drops layer. Load the paint drops selection. Fill with black Deselect.
Your Ghost Writer is finished! Now is the time to do a final save and add any embellishments you want! Have fun! I resized my image for display here.
Thank you for trying my Ghost Writer tutorial and I hope you enjoyed doing it.
This tutorial was written October 9, 2010.
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