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 Puppy Supplies.
Unzip the puppy_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 puppy_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 body layer in the Layer Palette. Go to Selections/Load-Save Selections/Load from Alpha Channel. Load the body selection. Fill with color # 1. Selections/Float. Effects/3D Effects/Cutout. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 30; Shadow color: #664a2e (which is color # 2 on the image). Deselect by going to Selections/Select none or by holding down the Ctrl key and clicking on the D key.
Step 3. Activate the feet layer. Load the feet. Fill with color # 1. Float. Use the same Cutout settings. Deselect.
Step 4. Activate the feet pads layer. Load the feet pads. Fill with color # 3. Deselect. Effects/3D Effects/Inner Bevel. Use the following settings: Bevel: 2; Width: 31; Smoothness: 40; Depth: 2; Ambience: 0; Shininess: 10; Color: white; Angle: 315; Intensity: 60; Elevation: 20.
Step 5. Activate the legs layer. Load the legs selection. Fill with color # 1. Float. Use the same Cutout we used before. Deselect.
Step 6. Activate the paw shading layer. Load the paw shading. Fill with black. Deselect.
This is how the image should look so far.
Step 7. Activate the leg shading layer. Load the leg shading selection. Fill with black. Deselect.
Step 8. Activate the head layer. Load the head selection. Fill with color #1. Float. Use the same Cutout we have been using. Deselect.
Step 9. Activate the eye shading layer. Load the eye shading selection. Fill with color # 2. Deselect.
Step 10. Activate the mouth layer. Load the mouth selection. Fill with color #2. Float. Use the following Cutout: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 10; Shadow color: black. Deselect.
Step 11. Activate the muzzle layer. Load the muzzle selection. Fill with color # 1. Float. Use the same Cutout we used on the rest of the body parts. V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 30; Shadow color: #664a2e. Deselect
Step 12. Activate the muzzle shading layer. Load the muzzle shading selection. Fill with black. Deselect.
The following screen shot shows what the image should look like so far.
Step 13. Activate the nose layer. Load the nose selection. Fill with black. Deselect. Use the Inner Bevel round preset. Bevel: 2; Width: 14; Smoothness: 15; Depth: 12; Ambience: 0; Shininess: 50; Color: white; Angle: 315; Intensity: 70; Elevation: 30.
Step 14. Activate the eyes layer. Load the eyes selection. Fill with black. Deselect. Use the same round preset in the Inner Bevel.
Step 15. Activate the ears layer. Load the ears selection. Fill with color # 1. Float. Use the same Cutout we last used. Deselect.
Your Puppy is finished! That is if you like him just as he is. If you would like to add fur to him, continue on!
To add fur, I have done it both with Eye Candy 3 (which is still a free version) and also with Eye Candy 4 (which is a paid for filter.) I will give settings for both versions.
Settings for the Eye Candy 3 (EC3): Wave: 19; Waviness: 8; Hair Length: 15; Shininess: 70; Smooth: unchecked.
Here are the settings for the Eye Candy 4 (EC4): Basic: Direction: 270; Density: 91; Curl Size: 14.40; Curliness: 60; Length: 14.40; Color Hairs Uniformly box: checked; Hair Color: #b67d34. Lighting: Light Direction: 180; Highlight Brightness: 100; Highlight Color: white.
Step 16. Apply the Eye Candy fur to each furry part of the puppy (body, feet, legs, head, muzzle and ears).
Now we are going to need to add some Drop Shadows so the various body parts stand out a bit. Here is what the image looks like after the EC3 is applied.
Here is what the image looks like with EC4 applied.
Step 17. Activate the legs layer. Effects/3D Effects/Drop Shadow. Use the following settings: V: 1; H: 3; Opacity: 50; Blur: 5; Color: black.
Step 18. Activate the head layer. Use the following Drop Shadow settings: V: 3; H: 1; Opacity: 50; Blur: 5; Color: black.
Step 19. Activate the muzzle layer. Use the same Drop Shadow.
Step 20. Activate the ears layer. Use the following Drop Shadow settings: V: 1; H: 0; Opacity: 30; Blur: 5; Color: black.
Congratulations! Your Puppy is finished! You can now do a final save. You can add a background, add embellishments and play with your image. Have fun with your Puppy! I cropped and resized my image for display.
Puppy finished with Eye Candy 3
Puppy finished with Eye Candy 4
Thank you for trying my Puppy tutorial and I hope you enjoyed doing it.
This tutorial was written January 4, 2010.
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