gingerbread santa final

Gingerbread Santa



    Please read my Terms of Use at the bottom of this tutorial. I hate having to state them, but in this day and age, it is necessary.

    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 Gingerbread Santa Supplies.


    Unzip the gingerbread_santa_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. Included in the zip are the following psp images: a red bow, a green bow, 2 sprigs of holly, a gingerbread tree and a gingerbread cookie. These were all made by me, 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 gingerbread_santa_canvas_ssg.psp in your PSP workspace, duplicate it and close the original. I only used two colors for this image. You are free to use other colors if you choose. You will also notice one layer X'ed out - the visibility is turned off. This is the face layer. We will not use it until we get to that layer in the Layer Palettte. You can use the face or not - you can also make or use your own. The face was made by me, so it is safe to use. My tutorials are only written the way I did them - and are suggestions for you. Use your imagination - get creative! : )

    Step 2. Activate the feet layer in the Layer Palette. Go to Selections/Load-Save Selections/Load from Alpha Channel. Load the feet selection. Fill with #ab6e1f. Deselect by going to Selections/Select none or by holding down the Ctrl key and clicking on the D key. Effects/3D Effects/Inner Bevel. Use the following Inner Bevel settings: Bevel: 2; Width: 31; Smoothness: 100; Depth: 5; Ambience: 0; Shininess: 25; Color: white; Angle: 15; Intensity: 50; Elevation: 30. (This is the same Inner Bevel that we will use on all the gingerbread parts. If you save it in your presets in the Inner Bevel, you can easily find it again. I labeled mine "gingerbread".)

gingerbread inner bevel

SAVE

    Step 3. Activate the body layer. Load the body. Fill with the same color and deselect. Use the same Inner Bevel.

    Step 4. Activate the R arm layer. Load the R arm. Fill with the same color and deselect. Use the same Inner Bevel. I added a slight Drop Shadow: V&H: 0; Opacity: 40; Blur: 3; Color: black. I also put the Shadow on a new layer.

drop shadow

    Step 5. Activate the L arm layer. Load the L arm. Fill with the same color and deselect. Use the same Inner Bevel. If you added the Drop Shadow, use it again here.

    This is how the image should look so far.

looks1

SAVE

    Step 6. Activate the L cloak layer. Load the L cloak. Fill with the same color and deselect. Use the same Inner Bevel.

    Step 7. Activate the L cloak trim layer. Load the L cloak trim. Fill with white. Deselect. Use the following Inner Bevel settings: Bevel: 2; Width: 14; Smoothness: 10; Depth: 5; Ambience: -62 (minus 62); Shininess: 25; Color: white; Angle: 20; Intensity: 65; Elevation: 65.

cloak trim bevel

    Step 8. Activate the R cloak layer. Load the R cloak selection. Fill with #ab6e1f. Deselect. Use the following Inner Bevel - gingerbread: Bevel: 2; Width: 31; Smoothness: 100; Depth: 5; Ambience: 0; Shininess: 25; Color: white; Angle: 15; Intensity: 50; Elevation: 30.

gingerbread inner bevel

SAVE

    Step 9. Activate the L cloak trim layer. Load the L cloak trim. Fill with white. Deselect. Use the following Inner Bevel settings: Bevel: 2; Width: 14; Smoothness: 10; Depth: 5; Ambience: -62 (minus 62); Shininess: 25; Color: white; Angle: 20; Intensity: 65; Elevation: 65.

cloak trim bevel

    Step 10. Activate the head layer. Load the head. Fill with color #ab6e1f; Deselect. Use the following Inner Bevel - gingerbread: Bevel: 2; Width: 31; Smoothness: 100; Depth: 5; Ambience: 0; Shininess: 25; Color: white; Angle: 15; Intensity: 50; Elevation: 30.

gingerbread inner bevel

    The following screen shot shows what the image should look like so far.

looks2

    Step 11. Turn the visibility on to the face layer by clicking on the red X.

    Step 12. Activate the hat layer. Load the hat. Fill with #ab6e1f; Deselect. Use the following Inner Bevel - gingerbread: Bevel: 2; Width: 31; Smoothness: 100; Depth: 5; Ambience: 0; Shininess: 25; Color: white; Angle: 15; Intensity: 50; Elevation: 30.

gingerbread inner bevel

    Step 13. Activate the hat fur layer. Load the hat fur. Fill with white. Deselect. Use the following Inner Bevel settings: Bevel: 2; Width: 8; Smoothness: 35; Depth: 4; Ambience: 2; Shininess: 37; Color: white; Angle: 315; Intensity: 30; Elevation: 53.

hat fur bevel

    Step 14. Activate the hat ball layer. Load the hat ball selection. Fill with white. Deselect. Use the same Inner Bevel we just used.

    Congratulations! Your Gingerbread Santa is finished! You can now do a final save. You can add a background, add embellishments and play with your image. Have fun with your Gingerbread Santa!

little turkey final

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

    Here is another one of my images with a bit of a variation on the embellishments.

little turkey final




      This tutorial was written October 12, 2009.

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    All the content on this Gingerbread Santa Tutorial site is protected by International Copyright laws. If photos or graphics were created by anyone other than Susie, it will be noted and the copyright will remain with the creator. Please respect these copyrights. Any similarity to any other tutorial is coincidental. You may download my tutorials for personal use. You may share them within a group, if you write and ask my permission first. The image you create from this tutorial is yours to do with as you please. I worked hard to create this image and to write the tutorial - it took many hours, so please respect my work.



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