final gray mouse

Gray Mouse



    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 Gray Mouse Supplies.


    Unzip the gray_mouse_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 have also included the eye I used and the bowtie (which colorizes well.) I made them so they are safe to use. You may put these items in your picture tubes, or just open in the Workspace, and minimize them until we are ready to use them. Feel free to use your own eye or bowtie or whatever! Make this little mouse your own! I offer the directions merely as a guide for you. Be creative and use your imagination.

    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 gray_mouse_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: 10; Shadow color: #4d4949. Deselect by going to Selections/Select none or by holding down the Ctrl key and clicking on the D key.

tail_feet_cutout

SAVE

    Step 3. Activate the feet layer. Load the feet. Fill with color # 1. Float. Use the same Cutout settings. Deselect.

    Step 4. Activate the back arm layer. Load the back arm. Fill with color # 1. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 15; Shadow color: #4d4949. Deselect.

arms_cutout

    Step 5. Activate the body layer. Load the body selection. Fill with color # 1. Float. Use the following settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 20; Shadow color: #4d4949. Deselect.

body_cutout

SAVE

    Step 6. Activate the tummy layer. Load the tummy. Fill with color # 3. Float. Use the following settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 20; Shadow color: #d1cfcf. Deselect.

tummy_cutout

    This is how the image should look so far.

looks1

    Step 7. Activate the back ear layer. Load the back ear selection. Fill with color # 1. Float. Use the following settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 10; Shadow color: #4d4949. Deselect.

ears_inner_ears_cutout

    Step 8. Activate the back inner ear layer. Load the back inner ear selection. Fill with color # 2. Float. Use the same Cutout just used. Deselect.

SAVE

    Step 9. Activate the head layer. Load the head selection. Fill with color # 1. Float. Use the following settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 20; Shadow color: #4d4949. Deselect.

head_cutout

    Step 10. Activate the bowtie layer. Load the bowtie selection. Open the bowtie_ssg.psp. Go to Edit/Copy. Activate the mouse image. Edit/Paste into Selection. Deselect.

    Step 11. Activate the top arm layer. Load the top arm selection. Fill with color # 1. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 15; Shadow color: #4d4949. Deselect.

arms_cutout

    Step 12. Activate the eye layer. Load the eye selection. Open the eye_ssg.psp. Go to Edit/Copy. Activate the mouse image. Edit/Paste into Selection. Deselect.

SAVE

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

looks2

    Step 13. Activate the nose layer. Load the nose selection. Fill with black. Deselect. Effects/3D Effects/Inner Bevel. Use the following settings if you don't already have it saved as a preset. Bevel: 2; Width: 14; Smoothness: 15; Depth: 12; Ambience: 0; Shininess: 50; Color: white; Angle: 315; Intensity: 70; Elevation: 30. (If you don't have it saved in your presets, save it as "round preset" before you click OK.

round_preset

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

    Step 15. Activate the front ear layer. Load the front ear selection. Fill with color # 1. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 10; Shadow color: #4d4949. Deselect.

ears_inner_ears_cutout

    Step 16. Activate the front inner ear layer. Load the front inner ear selection. Fill with color # 2. Float. Use the same Cutout settings we just used. Deselect.

    Congratulations! Your Gray Mouse 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 Gray Mouse! I cropped and resized my image for display.

final gray mouse

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




      This tutorial was written January 16, 2010.

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    All the content on this Gray Mouse 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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