final lion

Lion



    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 lion_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.

    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 lion_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: 2; Opacity: 100; Blur: 5; Shadow color: #84581e (which is color # 3 on the image). Reapply with the V&H at minus 2. Deselect by going to Selections/Select none or by holding down the Ctrl key and clicking on the D key.

tail cutout

SAVE

    Step 3. Activate the tail end 1 layer. Load the tail end 1. Fill with color # 3. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 2; Opacity: 100; Blur: 8; Shadow color: #4e3314 Reapply with the V&H at minus 2. Deselect.

tail end 1 cutout

    Step 4. Activate the tail end 2 layer. Load the tail end 2. Fill with color # 1. Float. Use the same Cutout settings just used. Remembering to reapply with the V&H at minus 2. Deselect.

    Step 5. Activate the tail end 3 layer. Load the tail end 3 selection. Fill with color # 3. Deselect.

SAVE

    Step 6. Activate the back legs layer. Load the back legs. Fill with color # 1. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 18; Shadow color: #84581e. Deselect.

legs_paws_cutout

    This is how the image should look so far.

looks1

    Step 7. Activate the back paws layer. Load the back paws selection. Fill with color # 1. Float. Use the same Cutout settings just used. Deselect.

    Step 8. Activate the back paw lines layer. Load the back paw lines selection. Fill with black. Deselect.

SAVE

    Step 9. Activate the body layer. Load the body selection. Fill with color # 1. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 30; Shadow color: #84581e. Deselect.

body_cutout

    Step 10. Activate the front legs layer. Load the front legs selection. Fill with color # 1. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 18; Shadow color: #84581e. Deselect.

legs_paws_cutout

    Step 11. Activate the front paws layer. Load the front paws selection. Fill with color # 1. Float. Use the same Cutout settings just used. Deselect.

    Step 12. Activate the front paw lines layer. Load the front paw lines selection. Fill with black. Deselect.

    Step 13. Activate the mane 1 layer. Load the mane 1 selection. Fill with color # 3. Deselect.

SAVE

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

looks2

    Step 14. Activate the mane 2 layer. Load the mane 2 selection. Fill with color # 1. Deselect.

    Step 15. Activate the mane 3 layer. Load the mane 3 selection. Fill with color # 2. 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: 30; Shadow color: #84581e. Deselect.

body_cutout

    Step 17. Activate the eyes layer. Load the eyes selection. Fill with black. Deselect. Edit/3D Effects/Inner Bevel. Use the round preset: Bevel: 2; Width: 14; Smoothness: 15; Depth: 12; Ambience: 0; Shininess: 50; Color: white; Angle: 315; Intensity: 70; Elevation: 30.

inner_bevel

    Step 18. Activate the muzzle layer. Load the muzzle selection. Fill with color # 1. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 30; Shadow color: #84581e. Deselect.

body_cutout

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

    Step 20. Activate the whiskers & dots layer. Load the whiskers & dots selection. Fill with black. Deselect.

    Step 21. Activate the nose layer. Load the nose selection. Fill with black. Deselect. Use the round preset in Inner Bevel.

    Step 22. Activate the upper nose layer. Load the upper nose selection. Fill with color # 2. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 18; Shadow color: #84581e. Deselect.

legs_paws_cutout

    Step 23. Activate the ears layer. Load the ears selection. Fill with color # 1. Float. Use the same Cutout settings just used. Deselect.

    Your Lion 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 lion

    Thank you for trying my Lion tutorial and I hope you enjoyed doing it. If you leave the 3 mane layers off, you will have a lioness, but you will have to move the ears down a pixel or two.




      This tutorial was written February 14, 2010.

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    All the content on this Lion 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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