Rocky raccoon

Rocky Raccoon



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    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 Rocky Raccoon Canvas.


    Unzip the Rocky Raccoon Zip 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!)

    Step 1. Open the rocky_raccoon_canvas_ssg.pspimage, 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 raccoon with your choice of colors. There is also a pspimage of a silver fish - you can use this or whatever you want, or nothing, for your Rocky to "hold". Minimize it in your PSP workspace for later use.

SAVE

    Step 2. Activate the L leg layer in the Layer Palette. Go to Selections/Load-Save Selections/Load from Alpha Channel. Load the L leg selection. Fill with color # 3. Selections/Float. Go to Effects/3D Effects/Cutout. Use the following settings. V&H 2; Opacity 100; Blur 15; Shadow color #311c05. Reapply with V&H minus 2. Deselect by going to Selections/Select None or by holding down the Ctrl key and the D key on the keyboard.

leg cutout

SAVE

    Step 3. Activate the R leg layer. Load the R leg selection. Fill with color # 3. Float. Use the same cutout settings. Deselect.

SAVE

    Step 4. Activate the body layer. Load the body selection. Fill with color # 3. Float. Use the following cutout settings. V&H 3; Opacity 100; Blur 35; Shadow color #311c05. Reapply with V&H minus 3. Deselect.

body cutout

SAVE

    Step 5. Activate the L paw layer. Load the L paw selection. Fill with color # 2. Float. Use the following cutout settings: V&H 0; Opacity 100; Blur 8; Shadow color #311c05. Reapply. Deselect.

L paw cutout

SAVE

    Step 6. Activate the L paw shading layer. Load the L paw shading selection. Fill with black. Deselect.

SAVE

    Step 7. Activate the tail layer. Load the tail selection. Fill with color # 3. Float. Use the following cutout settings. V&H 3; Opacity 100; Blur 20; Shadow color #311c05. Reapply with V&H minus 3. Deselect.

tail cutout

SAVE

    Step 8. Activate the tail stripes layer. Load the tail stripes selection. Fill with black. Deselect.

SAVE

    Step 9. Activate the L arm layer. Load the L arm selection. Fill with color # 3. Float. Use the following cutout settings: V&H 2; Opacity 100; Blur 12; Shadow color #311c05. Reapply with V&H minus 2. Deselect.

arms cutout

SAVE

    Step 10. Activate the L fingers layer. Load the L fingers selection. Fill with black. Deselect.

SAVE

    Step 11. Activate the L arm shading layer. Load the L arm shading selection. Fill with black. Deselect.

SAVE

    Step 12. Activate the R arm layer. Load the R arm selection. Fill with color # 3. Float. Use the following cutout settings: V&H 2; Opacity 100; Blur 12; Shadow color #311c05. Reapply with V&H minus 2. Deselect.

arms cutout

SAVE

    Step 13. Activate the R fingers layer. Load the R fingers selection. Fill with black. Deselect.

    Step 14. Activate the R arm shading layer. Load the R arm shading selection. Fill with black. Deselect.

SAVE

    Step 15. Activate the head layer. Load the head selection. Fill with color # 3. Float. Use the following cutout settings: V&H 3; Opacity 100; Blur 25; Shadow color #311c05. Reapply with V&H minus 3. Deselect.

head cutout

    Step 16. Activate the inner ears layer. Load the inner ears selection. Fill with color # 1. Deselect.

SAVE

    Step 17. Activate the nose layer. Load the nose selection. Fill with black. Deselect. Go to Effects/3D Effects/Inner Bevel. Use the round preset - which is the following settings: Bevel # 2 (pie shaped); Width 14; Smoothness 15; Depth 12; Ambience 0; Shininess 50; Color white; Angle 315; Intensity 70; Elevation 30.

round preset

    Step 18. Activate the eye band layer. Load the eye band selection. Fill with color # 4. Deselect.

SAVE

    Step 19. Activate the eyes layer. Load the eyes selection. Fill with black. Deselect. Apply the round preset Inner Bevel.

    Step 20. Activate the Lighten/Darken Brush. Use the following settings: Shape round; Size 40; Hardness 30; Step18; Density 100; Thickness 100; Rotation 0; Opacity 60; Swap mouse buttons box unchecked - so the left mouse button will lighten.

lite dark brush

SAVE

    Step 21. Activate the body layer, and use the Lighten Brush on his "tummy". I made several applications with the last few concentrating on the center. Use the screen shot as your guide.

lighten body

    Step 22. Activate the head layer, and change the Size of the brush to 20. Go up the center of the head and around the top of the eye band. Use the screen shot as your guide. I also used the right mouse button (or check the Swap mouse button box) and applied the Darken Brush above where I lighten above the eye band, and a bit on the base of the ears. Use your imagination.

lighten darken head

SAVE

    Step 23. While still on the head layer, change the Size of the brush to 6, making sure you will be lightening, brush the areas of the ears around the inner ear. I zoomed my image to 200% to better see while I did this, as well as to make the screen shot easier to see.

lighten ears

    If you are going to give Rocky the fish, now is the time to do it. Activate the body layer in your image, then maximize the fish.pspimage. Go to Edit/Copy. Then activate your image and go to Edit/Paste as new layer. Rename your layer.

    Now you can delete the colors layer. Do a final save. Your Rocky Raccoon is finished! Congratulations!! I resized mine for the image here.

Rocky raccoon



      This tutorial was written May 26, 2009.

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