final irish lass

Irish Lass



    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 Supplies.


    Unzip the irish_lass_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. There is also a face_ssg.psp, bow_ssg.psp, basket_ssg.psp and shamrock_ssg.psp that you can put in your picture tubes, or just open them in your workspace and minimize for use later. I made all the images, so they are safe to use. Of course, you are free to use your own tubes or draw your own - it is up to you!

    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 irish_lass_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 shoes layer in the Layer Palette. Go to Selections/Load-Save Selections/Load from Alpha Channel. Load the shoes selection. Fill with color # 2. Go to Selections/Float. Go to Effects/3D Effects/Cutout. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 15; Shadow color: #402d14. Deselect by going to Selections/Select None or by holding down the Ctrl key and clicking on the D key.

shoe cutout

SAVE

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

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

    Step 5. Activate the dress layer. Load the dress selection. Fill with color # 1. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 30; Shadow color: #135d11. Deselect.

dress_cutout

SAVE

    Step 6. Activate the dress shading layer. Load the dress shading. Fill with black. Deselect.

    This is how the image should look so far. The screen shot has been resized 75%.

looks1

    Step 7. Activate the apron layer. Load the apron selection. Fill with white. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 25; Shadow color: #c0c0c0. Deselect.

apron_cutout

    Step 8. Activate the apron shading layer. Load the apron shading selection. Fill with black. Deselect. The Opacity in the Layer Palette should already be set to 50.

apron_shading

SAVE

    Step 9. Activate the bow layer. Load the bow selection. Open the bow_ssg.psp and Edit/Copy. Activate the image, Edit/Paste into Selection. Deselect.

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

looks2

    Step 10. Activate the hair layer. Load the hair selection. Fill with color # 6. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 25; Shadow color: #602018. Deselect.

hair cutout

    Step 11. Activate the hair highlights layer. Load the hair highlights selection. Fill with color # 7. Since the lines are so small, you will have to either zoom the image to about 200% for the Flood Fill tool to work, or you can activate the Paint Brush with size around 45 and just scrub across the selection until it is all filled. Deselect.

    Step 12. Activate the dress top layer. Load the dress top selection. Fill with color # 1. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 15; Shadow color: #135d11. Deselect.

dress_top_cutout

SAVE

    Step 13. Activate the apron top layer. Load the apron top selection. Fill with white. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 15; Shadow color: #c0c0c0. Deselect.

apron_top_cutout

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

looks3

    Step 14. Activate the head layer. Load the head selection. Fill with color # 5. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 25; Shadow color: #e9b06d. Deselect.

head cutout

    Step 15. Activate the face layer. Load the face selection. Open the face_ssg.psp and Edit/Copy. Activate the image, Edit/Paste into Selection. Deselect.

    Step 16. Activate the brows layer. Load the brows selection. Fill with color # 6. Deselect.

SAVE

    Step 17. Activate the basket layer. Load the basket selection. Open the basket_ssg.psp and Edit/Copy. Activate the image, Edit/Paste into Selection. Deselect.

    Step 18. Activate the L hand layer. Load the L hand selection. Fill with color # 4. Selections/Modify/Contract - 1. Fill with color # 5 on the same layer. Selections/Modify/Expand - 1. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 2; Opacity: 100; Blur: 10; Shadow color: #e9b06d. Reapply the Cutout with the V&H at -2 (minus 2). Deselect.

hands cutout

    Step 19. Activate the L sleeve layer. Load the L sleeve selection. Fill with color # 1. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 20; Shadow color: #135d11. Deselect.

sleeves cutout

    Step 20. Activate the shamrock layer. Load the shamrock selection. Open the shamrock_ssg.psp and Edit/Copy. Activate the image, Edit/Paste into Selection. Deselect.

    Step 21. Activate the R hand layer. Load the R hand selection. Fill with color # 4. Selections/Modify/Contract - 1. Fill with color # 5 on the same layer. Selections/Modify/Expand - 1. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 2; Opacity: 100; Blur: 10; Shadow color: #e9b06d. Reapply the Cutout with the V&H at -2 (minus 2). Deselect.

hands cutout

    Step 22. Activate the R sleeve layer. Load the R sleeve selection. Fill with color # 1. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 20; Shadow color: #135d11. Deselect.

sleeves cutout

    Your Irish Lass is finished! Now is the time to do a final save, delete the colors layer and add any embellishments you want! Have fun! I resized and cropped my image for display here.

final irish lass

    Thank you for trying my Irish Lass tutorial and I hope you enjoyed doing it.




      This tutorial was written February 28, 2010.

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    All the content on this Irish Lass 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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