Lit'l Scarecrow Tutorial
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I did 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.
Supplies: Lit'l Scarecrow Canvas etc.
Download the Lit'l Scarecrow Alpha Selection Canvas etc. and when unzipped, open it in PSP. Click on Shift and D to duplicate the canvas and close the original. The canvas image will look blank, but if you look at your layer palette, you will see several layers labeled. Minimize the pspimages to bottom of your workspace for use later.
1. In the Layers Palette, activate the bottom layer that is named stake. Go to Selections/Load_Save Selections/Load Selection from Alpha Channel. Click on the Selection 1 selection and click OK. (Sorry, I forgot to name this one!)
In the Materials Palette, go to Pattern/All. Select the old_wood_ssg. Angle 0; Scale 30. Use the Flood Fill tool to fill the stake selection on the image.
Selections/Float. Effects/3D Effects/Cutout. Use the settings in the following screen shot for the cutout. Once applied, apply it again, but change the V&H to minus 5.
Deselect by clicking on the Ctrl and the D keys.
We will follow the same process for each of the layers, but I am not going to write each little step. There will be screen shots for the various cutouts and drop shadows though.
2. Activate the next layer - straw, load it from the Alpha Channel and flood fill with #F6CD5E. Use the settings in the screen shot for a drop shadow. Deselect.
3. Activate the shirt layer. Load the shirt layer and flood fill with color or plaid of your choice - I have included several plaids you may use if you want. Selections/Float and apply the cutout settings in the screen shot.
4. Activate the buttons layer. Load the buttons layer from the Alpha Channel and flood fill with color of your choice. I used #FD5521 for a bright color - this works well on oranges and reds. Float and apply the following cutout. Then apply the drop shadow to make the buttons stand out a bit more.
5. Activate the head layer. Load the head layer from the Alpha Channel and flood fill with #FEE2CA. Float and use the following cutout settings.
6. Activate the neck straw and load that selection from the Alpha Channel. Flood fill it with #F6CD5E. Add the drop shadow you did to the other straw. (V&H 1; Opacity 50; and Blur 10. Color black.) Deselect.
7. Activate the eyes layer and load the eyes selection from the Apha Channel. Flood fill them with #582C0B. Go to Effects/3D Effects/Inner Bevel. Use the round preset as in the screen shot. This is varied from the usual round preset - I call it the altered round 3.
8. Activate the nose layer and load the nose selection from the Apha Channel. Flood fill it with #582C0B. Go to Effects/3D Effects/Inner Bevel/altered round 3 preset (the same one used on the eyes).
9. Activate the mouth layer and load the mouth selection from the Apha Channel. Flood fill it with #582C0B. Deselect. On a couple of my variations, I left the mouth off. Whether you put a mouth on the scarecrow or not, is up to you.
10. Activate the hair straw layer and load the hair straw selection from the Apha Channel. Flood fill it with #F6CD5E. Add the drop shadow you did to the other straw. (V&H 1; Opacity 50; and Blur 10. Color black.) Deselect.
11. Activate the hat layer and load the hat selection from the Apha Channel. Flood fill it with #A28864. Effects/Texture/Weave. Use the following settings on the weave, then go to Selections and Float and use the following cutout settings. Deselect.
12. Activate the brim layer and load the brim selection from the Apha Channel. Flood fill it with #A28864. Effects/Texture/Weave. Use the same settings you used on the hat. Deselect.
13. Now for a few details! Activate the shirt layer, and open the patches pspimage from your supplies. Select a patch you want to use - Edit/Copy, then click on the scarecrow image and Paste as a New Layer. Do this for as many patches as you want to add, and place the patches where you want. You could also make your own patches with your own colors or plaids. Name your layers patches 1 etc., according to how many patches you add. You can right click on the top patch you added as a new raster layer and go to Merge/Merge Down. Do this for each of the patches you added until you merge down onto the last patches layer.
Activate the shirt layer and add a new raster layer. Using the Pen Tool (freehand or bezier curve - whichever you are most comfortable with) and draw some curved lines on the sleeves as in the screen shot. Foreground - black; Background null - line width 2.00.
Adjust/Blur/Gaussian Blur - radius 2. You can either name the layer details or merge it down onto the shirt layer by right clicking on the details layer, then going to Merge/Merge Down.
14. Activate the shirt layer again in the Layers Palette. Activate the Lighten/Darken Brush and use the following settings to add darker areas to the shirt as in the second screen shot.
You can also use the Lighten/Darken brush with the same settings to add some darkened areas to the brim and the hat. This is up to you.
Congratulations - you are finished! Now you can save the image as a pspimage so you can work with him again - to change colors or whatever; or you can tube him - it is all up to you!
Here are some variations using other plaids and even some solid colors.
Thank you for trying this Lit'l Scarecrow tutorial. I hope you enjoyed it.
This tutorial was written September 20, 2008.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any comments or questions. Send email to susie