little turkey final

Little Turkey



    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 Little Turkey Canvas.


    Unzip the little_turkey_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 little_turkey_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 turkey and its parts with your choice of colors. You will also notice one layer X'ed out - the visibility is turned off. This is the eyes layer. We will not use them until we get to that layers in the Layer Palettte. You can use the eyes or not - you can also make or use your own. The eyes were made by me, so they are safe to use. 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 tail feathers layer in the Layer Palette. Go to Selections/Load-Save Selections/Load from Alpha Channel. Load the tail feathers selection. Fill with color # 2. Add a new raster layer. Activate the Air Brush - with the following settings: Shape: round; Size: 60; Hardness: 0; Step: 25; Density: 100; Thickness: 100; Rotation: 0; Opacity: 65; Blend mode: Normal; Rate: 5.

air brush settings

SAVE

    Step 3. Stroke/Foreground: #faa724 (color # 6). Place the cursor, so the little brush shows - on the edge of the marching ants - see the arrow in the screen shot - just slide it around the tops of the feathers going on the top edges along the marching ants - once you go over it once, just go back over it once - this will give you a stronger color.

air brush placement

    NOTE: I took the screen shots prior to adding color # 6 to the colors layer. So you won't see it in the screen shots.

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

looks now 1

SAVE

    Step 4. Right click on the raster layer with the orange on it and Merge/Merge Down. Go to Selections/Float. Go to Effects/3D Effects/Cutout. Use the following settings: V&H: 2; Opacity: 80; Blur: 12; Shadow color: #5b3b1b. Reapply the cutout with the V&H at minus 2. Deselect by going to Selections/Select None or by holding down the Ctrl key and the D key on the keyboard.

tail cutout

    Step 5. Activate the Lighten/Darken Brush. Use the following settings: Shape: square; Size:5; Hardness: 18; Step: 18; Density: 100; Thickness: 100; Rotation: 0; Opacity: 60; Swap mouse buttons box - checked (so you will darken with the left mouse button).

lite dark brush

SAVE

    Step 6. Place the cursor at the dip between the feathers and draw a line to show the edge of each feather as in the screen shot. The easiest way to do this is to click with the cursor in place where you want the darken line to start, then hold down the Shift key when you have the cursor where you want the line to end and click the mouse button again. This will make your line straight.

feathers darkened

SAVE

    Step 7. Activate the L foot layer. Load the L foot. Fill with color # 1. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 1; Opacity: 100; Blur: 12; Shadow color: #fd8a06. Reapply with the V&H at minus 1. Deselect.

feet cutout

    Step 8. Activate the L foot shading layer. Load the L foot shading. Fill with color # 5. Deselect. Go to Adjust/Blur/Gaussian Blur: 1.

SAVE

    Step 9. Activate the R foot layer. Load the R foot. Fill with color # 1. Float. Use the same Cutout settings just used on the L foot. Remember to reapply the V&H at minus 1. Deselect.

    Step 10. Activate the R foot shading layer. Load the R foot shading. Fill with color # 5. Deselect. Go to Adjust/Blur/Gaussian Blur: 1.

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

looks now 2

    Step 11. Activate the body layer. Load the body. Fill with color # 2. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 2; Opacity: 80; Blur: 25; Shadow color: #5b3b1b. Reapply with the V&H at minus 2. Deselect.

head and body cutout

    Step 12. Activate the wings layer. Load the wings. Fill with color # 2. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 1; Opacity: 80; Blur: 15; Shadow color: #5b3b1b. Reapply with the V&H at minus 1. Deselect.

wings cutout

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

looks now 3

    Step 13. Activate the head layer. Load the head. Fill with color # 2. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 2; Opacity: 80; Blur: 25; Shadow color: #5b3b1b. Reapply with the V&H at minus 2. Deselect.

head and body cutout

    Step 14. Activate the top knot layer. Load the top knot selection. Fill with color # 5. Deselect.

    Step 15. Activate the beak layer. Load the beak selection. Fill with color # 1. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 2; Opacity: 100; Blur: 15; Shadow color: #fc8a06. Reapply with the V&H at minus 2. Deselect.

head and body cutout

SAVE

    Step 16. Turn the visibility on for the nose mouth layer by clicking on the red X in the Layer Palette.

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

looks now 4

SAVE

    Step 17. Activate the wattle layer. Load the wattle selection. Fill with color # 3. Float. Use the following Cutout selections: V&H: 1; Opacity: 100; Blur: 10; Shadow color: #b00606. Reapply with the V&H at minus 1. Deselect.

wattle cutout

    Step 18. Turn the visibility to the eyes layer on by clicking on the red X.

    Congratulations! Your Little Turkey is finished! You can now delete the colors layer, and do a final save. You can add a background and play with your image. Have fun with your little turkey!

little turkey final

    Thank you for trying my Little Turkey tutorial and I hope you enjoyed doing it.




      This tutorial was written October 12, 2009.

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    All the content on this Little Turkey 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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