Lit'l Cowboy


final cowboy


    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 tutorial uses Selections from the Alpha Channel. The canvas was saved as a psp, so should also work in version 8, although it was done in version 9 of PSP.

    To do this tutorial, you will need a basic knowledge of PSP and my Supplies. In the supplies are the canvas psp and several plaid jpgs which you can put into your patterns if you want and an eyes jpg, which you can put into your tubes if you want. These were all made by me so are safe to use!

    Unzip the 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.

    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!) I later move the folder to within another folder that I keep all my tutorial folders and other PSP things in.

    1. Open the cowboy_canvas_ssg.psp and duplicate it (hold down the Shift key and click on the D key), closing the original image. This is the image we will be working on. The colors I used are on their own layer, but feel free to use your own imagination. I have supplied several patterns that I made to use but you may use any patterns or colors you want. You will also notice that the first layer at the bottom has the visibility turned off. We won't be turning this on until we have the image of the little cowboy finished. If you want to use your own flower or whatever for him to give to his mother as a gift, just erase the rose bud and use your own!

SAVE

    2. Activate the shoes layer in the Layer Palette. Go to Selections/Load_Save Selections/Load Selection from Alpha Channel - load the shoes selection. Fill with the color# 1 (#7c564a) or a color of your choice. Go to Selections/Float. Go to Effects/3D Effects/Cutout. Use the following settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 35; Shadow color: #462e28. Deselect by going to Selections/Select None or by holding down the Ctrl key and clicking on the D key.

shoe cutout

    3. Activate the pants layer. Load the pants selection. Fill with the denim_ssg. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 45; Shadow color: #42495e. Deselect.

pants cutout

SAVE

    4. Activate the pants shading layer. Load the pants shading selection. Fill with #42495e. Deselect.

    This is how the image should look at this time.

look 1

    5. Activate the R arm layer. Load the R arm selection. Fill with the blue_plaid_ssg pattern. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 15; Shadow color: #42495e (#5 on the image). Deselect.

R arm cutout

    6. Activate the shirt layer. Load the shirt selection. Fill with the blue_plaid_ssg pattern. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 45; Shadow color: #42495e (#1 on the image). Deselect.

shirt cutout

SAVE

    7. Activate the shirt shading layer. Load the shirt shading selection {which apparently I forgot to name in the selections, so you will see it as #6 so load the #6 selection for the shirt shading}. Fill with color #42495e (#5 on the image). You might have to click on the fill a couple of times to get it to show up. Deselect.

    This is how the image should look now.

look 2

    8. Activate the inside hat layer. Load the inside hat selection. Fill with color #cdaa85 or #4 on the image. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 45; Shadow color: #7c564a (#1 on the image). Deselect. Go to Adjust/Brightness/Contrast/Brightness/Contrast and use the following settings: Brightness: -15 (minus); Contrast: 0.

inside hat cutout

SAVE

    9. Activate the neckerchief layer. Load the neckerchief selection. Fill with the pattern red_gingham_ssg. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 60; Blur: 20; Shadow color: #ff0000. Deselect.

neckerchief

SAVE

    10. Activate the ears layer. Load the ears selection. Fill with the color #fce1d6 or color #2 on the image. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 20; Shadow color: #e4b3a0 or color #3 on image. Deselect.

head ears

    This is how the image should look now.

look 2

    11. Activate the head layer. Load the head selection. Fill with the color #fce1d6 or color #2 on the image. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 30; Shadow color: #e4b3a0 or color #3 on image. Deselect.

head ears

SAVE

    12. Activate the nose & mouth layer. Load the nose & mouth selection. Fill with color #000000. Deselect.

    13. Activate the eyes layer. Load the eyes selection. Activate the eyes_ssg.psp image. Go to Edit/Copy. Activate the cowboy image. Edit/Paste into Selection. Deselect.

SAVE

    14. Activate the hat crown layer. Load the hat crown selection. Fill with color #cdaa85 or color #4. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 75; Blur: 30; Shadow color: #7b564d or color #1 on image. Deselect.

crown brim

    15. Activate the brim layer. Load the brim selection. Fill with color #cdaa85 or color #4. Float. Use the same Cutout settings we just used. Deselect.

    16. Now for some fine tuning! Activate the Lighten/Darken Brush. Use the following settings: Shape: round; Size:10; Hardness: 100; Step: 5; Density: 39; Opacity: 65; Swap mouse button: checked. Checking the Swap mouse button will allow you to use the left key on the mouse to darken - which is what we are going to do.

dark brush

    17. Starting with the pants layer, lightly apply the brush to the crotch area and then the outside edge of the left leg, as shown in the screen shot with red arrows. Next activate the shirt layer and apply around the outside edges. Activate the neckerchief and follow the red arrows. Activate the hat crown layer and do the same thing, as well as next activating the brim layer and following those areas. You can put it where you want, but I liked the effect on these areas.

darken areas

    Note 1: In the above screen shot, you will notice the rose bud is already showing. That is because when I first did the darkening, the image was almost complete and so I had already opened the rose bud and added a white background. Sorry if this confuses you.

    Note 2: When I finished with the darkening the way I wanted it, I unchecked the Swap mouse button, and used my left mouse key to add some highlights on the hat crown and hat brim layers, as shown in the screen shot with the black arrows.

lite areas

    18. Activate the rose bud layer. Click on the red X in the Layer Palette. This turns the visibility to the layer on. If you want something else for this little guy to offer to his mom, just erase this bud and paste in what you want. Use your imagination!

    Congratulations! Your Lit'l Cowboy is finished! Now you add any embellishments that you want. I resized mine to 252x301 pixels.

    Thank you for trying my Lit'l Cowboy tutorial. I hope you enjoyed yourself!

final cowboy



      This tutorial was written April 28, 2011.

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    All the content on this Lit'l Cowboy 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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