frog final

Hanging Frog



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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 Supplies.


    Unzip the Hanging Frog 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. Open and minimize the poles_ssg.psp on the 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 hanging_frog_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 frog with your choice of colors. You will also notice several layers X'ed out - the visibility is turned off. These are the several "spots" layers and the face. We will not use them until we get to those layers in the Layer Palette. You can use the spots and the face or not - you can also make or use your own. The face was made by me, so it is safe to use.use. I also made the poles, so it is also safe to 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 L leg layer in the Layer Palette. Go to Selections/Load-Save Selections/Load from Alpha Channel. Load the L leg selection. Fill with color # 2. Go to Selections/Float. Go to Effects/3D Effects/Cutout. Use the following settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 80; Blur: 25; Shadow color: #4a5949 (color # 5). Deselect by going to Selections/Select None or by holding down the Ctrl key and the D key on the keyboard.

leg cutout

SAVE

    Step 3. Activate the L leg shading layer. Load the L leg shading selection. Fill with color # 3. Deselect.

SAVE

    Step 4. Activate the spots layer. Click on the red X in the Layer Palette and turn the visibility on to the spots.

    Step 5. Activate the L leg shading 2 layer. Load the L leg shading 2 selection. Fill with color # 6. Deselect.

SAVE

    Step 6. Activate the body layer. Load the body selection. Fill with color # 2. Float. Apply the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 35; Shadow color: #4a5949. Deselect.

body_cutout

SAVE

    Step 7. Activate the spots layer. Click on the red X in the Layer Palette and turn the visibility on to the spots.

    Step 8. Activate the tummy layer. Load the tummy selection. Fill with color # 3. Float. Use the following Cutout settings. V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 35; Shadow color: #6b5c27. Deselect.

tummy cutout

SAVE

    Step 9. Activate the R leg layer. Load the R leg selection. Fill with color # 2. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 80; Blur: 25; Shadow color: #4a5949. Deselect.

leg cutout

    Step 11. Activate the R leg shading layer. Load the R leg shading selection. Fill with color # 3. Deselect.

SAVE

    Step 11. Activate the spots layer. Click on the red X in the Layer Palette and turn the visibility on to the spots.

    Step 12. Activate the L arm layer. Load the L arm selection. Fill with color # 2. Float. Apply the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 80; Blur: 20; Shadow color: #4a5949. Deselect.

arm_cutout

SAVE

    Step 13. Activate the L arm shading layer. Load the L arm shading selection. Fill with color # 3. Deselect.

    Step 14. Activate the spots layer. Click on the red X in the Layer Palette and turn the visibility on to the spots.

    Step 15. Activate the head layer. Load the head selection. Fill with color # 2. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 3; Opacity: 100; Blur: 35; Shadow color: #4a5949. Reapply with the V&H at minus 3. Deselect.

head cutout

    Step 16. Activate the spots layer. Click on the red X in the Layer Palette and turn the visibility on to the spots.

    Step 17. Activate the chin layer. Load the chin selection. Fill with color # 3. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 2; Opacity: 100; Blur: 15; Shadow color: #6b5c27. Reapply with the V&H at minus 2. Deselect.

chin cutout

    Step 18. Activate the chin shading layer. Load the chin shading selection. Fill with color # 4. Deselect.

    Step 19. Activate the R arm layer. Load the R arm selection. Fill with color # 2. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 80; Blur: 20; Shadow color: #4a5949. Deselect.

arm cutout

    Step 20. Activate the R arm shading layer. Load the R arm shading selection. Fill with color # 3. Deselect.

    Step 21. Activate the spots layer. Click on the red X in the Layer Palette and turn the visibility on to the spots.

    Step 22. Activate the R arm shading 2 layer. Load the R arm shading selection. Fill with color # 6. Deselect.

    Do a final save! Congratulations - your Hanging Frog is finished! My best advice at this point is to now make a duplicate (hold down the Shift key down on the keyboard and click on the D key) so you can merge some of the layers to make it easier to transfer him on to the poles he is going to hang from, or what ever you are going to have him hang from!

    Step 23. On the duplicated image, right click on the R arm shading 2 and Merge/Merge Down. Right click on the spots layer, Merge Down. Right click on the R arm shading, Merge Down. The R arm is now all one layer.

    Step 24. On the same image, right click on the chin shading, Merge Down. Right click on the chin, Merge down. Move the face layer below the R arm layer. Right click on the face layer, Merge down. Right click on the spots layer, Merge down - the head is now all one layer.

    Step 25. Right click on the next spots layer, Merge down. Right click on the L arm shading layer, Merge down.

    Step 26. Click on the eye icon in the colors layers to turn off the visibility.

    Step 27. Open or maximize the poles_ssg.psp image. Activate the raster 1 layer. Go to the frog image, turn off the visibility to the head, and both arms layers. Activate any other layer. Go to Edit/Copy Merged. Activate the poles image and activate the raster 1 layer. Edit/Paste as a new layer. In the frog image, highlight or activate the L arm layer. Edit/Copy. Activate the poles image and activate the poles layer. Edit/Paste as a new layer. Next do the head the same way, and then do the R arm the same way! The arms and the head go above the poles, and the body with the legs go below the poles. Be sure to rename your layers.

    Step 27. You will have to move each of the frog parts into place with the Mover Tool. It should look similar to the screen shot.

frog final no background

    I used the following Drop Shadow on each part of my hanging frog. V: 1; H: 6; Opacity: 50; Blur: 9; Color: black. You can add a Drop Shadow or not, or even use your own settings for a Drop Shadow.

    Do another final save and add a background if you want. Your Hanging Frog is now completely finished! Congratulations!

    I resized my image to use online.

frog final

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




      This tutorial was written September 23, 2009.

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