floating otter

Happy Raccoon



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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 Happy Raccoon.


    Unzip the Happy Raccoon 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 happy_raccoon_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 raccoon with your choice of colors. You will also notice a layer X'ed out - the visibility is turned off. This is the background layer (bg), filled with white. We will not use this until the image is finished.

SAVE

    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. Go to Effects/3D Effects/Cutout. Use the following settings. V&H 0; Opacity 100; Blur 22; Shadow color #a68064. Reapply it. Deselect by going to Selections/Select None or by holding down the Ctrl key and the D key on the keyboard. I know the screen shot says "R leg cutout", but it is the same one we will be using on several parts.

leg cutout

SAVE

    Step 3. Activate the tail stripes layer. Load the tail stripes selection. Fill with color # 3. Deselect.

SAVE

    Step 4. Activate the R foot layer. Load the R foot selection. Fill with color # 3. Deselect.

SAVE

    Step 5. Activate the R leg layer. Load the R leg selection. Fill with color # 1. Float. Use the same cutout settings we used on the tail. (V&H 0; Opacity 100; Blur 22; Shadow color #a68064.) Deselect.

SAVE

    Step 6. Activate the body layer. Load the body selection. Fill with color # 1. Float. Use the following cutout settings. V&H 0; Opacity 100; Blur 25; Shadow color #a68064. Deselect.

body cutout

SAVE

    Step 7. Activate the white body fur layer. Load the white body fur selection. Fill with color # 2. Float. Use the following cutout settings. V&H 0; Opacity 100; Blur 12; Shadow color #a68064. Deselect. The screen shot is labeled facial white fur, but it is the same cutout we use on all the "white fur parts".

white fur cutout

SAVE

    Step 8. Activate the L leg layer. Load the L leg selection. Fill with color # 2. Float. Use the following cutout settings. V&H 0; Opacity 100; Blur 22; Shadow color #a68064. Deselect.

leg cutout

SAVE

    Step 9. Activate the L foot layer. Load the L foot selection. Fill with color # 3. Deselect.

SAVE

    Step 10. Activate the L sole layer. Load the L sole selection. Fill with color # 5. Deselect.

SAVE

    Step 11. Activate the R upper paw layer. Load the R upper paw selection. Fill with color # 3. Deselect.

SAVE

    Step 12. Activate the R palm layer. Load the R palm selection. Fill with color # 5. Deselect.

SAVE

    Step 13. Activate the L arm layer. Load the L arm selection. Fill with color # 1. Float. Use the following cutout settings. V&H 0; Opacity 100; Blur 22; Shadow color #a68064. Deselect.

leg cutout

SAVE

    Step 14. Activate the L upper paw layer. Load the L upper paw selection. Fill with color # 3. Deselect.

SAVE

    Step 15. Activate the L palm layer. Load the L palm selection. Fill with color # 5. Deselect.

    Step 16. Activate the head layer. Load the head selection. Fill with color # 1. Float. Use the following cutout settings: V&H 0; Opacity 100; Blur 25; Shadow color #a68064. (Screen shot is labeled body cutout, but it is the same settings.) Deselect.

body cutout

    Step 17. Activate the facial white fur layer. Load the facial white fur selection. Fill with color # 2. Float. Use the following cutout settings: V&H 0; Opacity 100; Blur 12; Shadow color #a68064. Deselect.

SAVE

    Step 18. Activate the eye band layer. Load the eye band selection. Fill with color # 3. Deselect.

    Step 19. Activate the mouth layer. Load the mouth selection. Fill with black. Deselect.

SAVE

    Step 20. Activate the tongue layer. Load the tongue selection. Fill with color # 4. Deselect. Add a new raster layer, using the Pen Tool with a line width of 2, and the straight line - draw a short line down the center of the tongue. When it looks like you want it, you can right click on it, Merge/Merge down.

tongue line

    Step 21. Activate the muzzle layer. Load the muzzle selection. Fill with color # 2. Float. Use the following cutout settings: V&H 0; Opacity 100; Blur 8; Shadow color #a68064. Deselect.

SAVE

    Step 22. Activate the nose layer. Load the nose selection. Fill with color # 3. Deselect. Go to Effects/3D Effects/Inner Bevel. Apply the round 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 23. Activate the eyes layer. Load the eyes selection. Fill with black. Apply the round preset Inner Bevel again.

SAVE

    Step 24. Now for a little shading to make the ears a bit more defined. Activate the Lighten/Darken Brush and use the following settings: Shape round; Size 2; Hardness 30; Step 18; Density 100; Thickness 100; Rotation 0; Opacity 60; Swap mouse buttons checked.

lite dark brush

    Step 25. Following the arrows in the screen shot, make some small curves at the base of each ear - where it attaches to the head. You might want to go over it several times to make it as dark as you want it. I enlarged the image to not only do the darkening but also to show it better in the screen shot. I enlarged it to 150% - it helps - give it a try.

first darken ears

    Step 26. Change the Size to 6 on the L/D Brush and following what is shown in the screen shot, darken the inner aspect of each ear, to give them some dimension. I went over the area several times to get this level of darkness. Use your own imagination!

2nd darken ears

    Step 27. Turn the visibility on for the bg layer. Just click on the red X on the eye icon. You can use this white background, or make one of your own. Use your imagination - get creative! This is just a suggestion!

    Now you can delete the colors layer. Do a final save. Your Happy Raccoon is finished! Congratulations!!

floating otter



      This tutorial was written May 25, 2009.

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