Paddy

Paddy, the Leprechaun



    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. Remember to save often.

    To do this tutorial, you will need a basic knowledge of PSP and my Paddy Supplies.


    Unzip the Paddy 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. Open the supplies into your PSP workspace. Click on Shift D to duplicate the paddy 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. Place the other pspimages on your workspace and minimize for now.

    Within the zip are a face and three buckles. All of these images have been made by me. You may use them however you want as in other tags, but please do not share them unless you give credit to me.

    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!)

    These are the colors I used to color Paddy. Right click and save them to your desktop or to a folder of your choice. If you have other colors you would prefer to use, please do.

paddy colors

    Step 1. Highlight the bottom labeled layer - Raster 1. Flood fill with a dark color of your choice to set off each layer to make it more visible, you can always change it later for your finished image.

SAVE

    Step 2. Activate the L shoe layer. Go to Selections/Load-Save Selections/Load Selection from Alpha Channel.

    Step 3. Fill with color #2, the Kelly green (#00ad00). Go to Selections/Float. Go to Effects/3D Effects/Cutout and use the following settings.

shoes cutout

SAVE

    Step 4. Deselect(either click on Ctrl and D at the same time, or go to Selections/Select None. Repeat step 3 for the R shoe.

SAVE

    Step 5. Activate L ear. Load the L ear from the Alpha Channel. Fill with color # 3 (#f7c9b7). Float. Go to Effects/3D Effects/Cutout and use the following settings.

ears cutout

    Step 6. Deselect. Repeat step 5 for the R ear, except change the cutout V&H settings to V 5 and H -9 (minus 9).

SAVE

    Step 7. Activate the head layer, and load from the Alpha Channel. Fill with number 3 ((#f7c9b7). Float and apply the following cutout. Reapply the cutout, changing the V&H to minus 3 (-3). Deselect.

head cutout

SAVE

    Step 8. Activate the hair layer, and load from the Alpha Channel. Fill with black. Deselect.

SAVE

    Step 9. Activate the shamrock layer and load from the Alpha Channel. Fill with color #2, the Kelly green (#00ad00). Go to Selections/Float. Go to Effects/3D Effects/Cutout and use the following settings. Then reapply the Cutout, changing the V&H to minus 7 (-7).

shamrock cutout

SAVE

    Step 10. Keeping the shamrock selected, go to Adjust/Add-Remove Noise/Add Noise - 20%.

shamrock noise

SAVE

    Step 11. Activate the L hand layer, and load it from the Alpha Channel. Fill with number 3 ((#f7c9b7). Float and apply the following cutout. Reapply the cutout, changing the V&H to minus 2 (-2). Deselect.

hands cutout

SAVE

    Step 12. Activate the L sleeve layer, and load it from the Alpha Channel. Fill with number 2 ((#00ad00) and Float. Apply the following cutout. Reapply the cutout, changing the V&H to minus 3 (-3). Deselect.

sleeves cutout

SAVE

    Step 13. Activate the R hand layer and load it from the Alpha Channel. Follow the same steps as in step 11.

SAVE

    Step 14. Activate the R sleeve layer, and load it from the Alpha Channel. Follow the same steps as in step 12.

SAVE

    Step 15. Activate the hat crown layer, and load it from the Alpha Channel. Fill with number 2 ((#00ad00) and Float. Apply the following cutout. Reapply the cutout, changing the V&H to minus 5 (-5). Deselect.

hat crown cutout

SAVE

    Step 16. Activate the hat band layer, and load it from the Alpha Channel. Fill it with black. Deselect.

SAVE

    Step 17. Activate the hat brim layer, and load it from the Alpha Channel. Fill with number 2 ((#00ad00) and Float. Apply the last cutout (from step 15), except change the blur to 15. Reapply the cutout, changing the V&H to minus 5 (-5). Deselect.

SAVE

    Step 18. Maximize your pspimages and move them to one side of your workspace. Activate the "L_buckle_ssg.pspimage".

    Step 19. Go to Edit/Copy. Activate Paddy image, then activate the "L shoe layer". Go to Edit/Paste as a new layer. Rename the layer, "L buckle". Use the Raster Deform Tool to move the buckle in the proper place. When the buckle first is pasted on the Paddy image, it will be under all the upper layers, so you will need to use the Raster Deform Tool to move it. I also used the Mover Tool for the final adjustment moving. Close the L buckle image.

SAVE

    Step 20. Activate the "R_buckle_ssg.pspimage". Edit/Copy. Activate Paddy image, and activate the "R shoe layer". Paste as new layer, and rename the layer "R buckle". Move into place and close the R buckle image.

SAVE

    Step 21. If you would like to make your own face, feel free to do so. If you want to use the face I have supplied, follow these directions. Activate the "face_ssg.pspimage". Edit/Copy. Activate the Paddy image, and activate the "head layer". Paste as a new layer and rename the layer "face". Move into place and close the face image.

SAVE

    Step 22. Activate the "hat_buckle_ssg.pspimage". Edit/Copy. Activate the "hat band layer". Paste as a new layer. Rename the layer "hat buckle". Move into place and close the hat buckle image.

SAVE

    If you like the looks of your "Paddy, the Leprechaun", you are finished. If you would like to add more details, here is what I did.

    Step 23. Activate the Lighten/Darken Brush with the following settings. By having the "Swap mouse buttons" box checked, you will have the darken on the left button of the mouse.

light and dark brush

SAVE

    Step 24. I started on L shoe layer, as it is the bottom-most layer and I was working my way up the Layer Palette. Use the following two screen shots to see where I used the darken brush and the second one shows the results. Some areas are darker because I applied the brush more than once to get the desired shading. Remember, you can always use the "Undo" key! Some of the shading is subtle.

shoe darken 1       shoe darken 2

SAVE

    Step 25. Follow the arrows for suggested shading on the shamrock.

shamrock dark 1       shamrock dark 2

SAVE

    Step 26. Follow the arrows for suggested shading on the sleeves and hands. I changed the size of the brush to 3-5 do do light lines between the fingers. I didn't show with an arrow, but I also did a light line at the wrist of the hand.

arms dark 1       arms dark 2

SAVE

    Step 27. Follow the arrows for suggested shading on the hat parts. I also did a bit of a jiggle with size 3 on each of the ears, but did not show arrows for it. I also switched the buttons on the brim, and used the lighten brush on the two sides.

hat dark 1       hat dark 2

SAVE

    Congratulations! You are finished.

    Here is the finished Paddy, as well as a variation of what he is holding.

paddy       paddy with gold pot

    I did the tutorial myself, following my directions to hopefully make sure I didn't have any mistakes in my writings. This is the image I made, but I varied it a bit. I duplicated his hair and cut one side and repasted as a new layer, then moved them so that he now has a full head of hair showing! In moving his hat down, I merged all sections of it together and then used the Raster Deform Tool to enlarge it to fit beneath his arms.

paddy holding hat



      This tutorial was written January 13, 2009.

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    All the content on this Paddy, the Leprechaun 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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