scarecrow final

Scarecrow on Fence



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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. 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 Supplies.


    Unzip the Scarecrow Canvas 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. You can put the lite_denim_ssg.psp and the yellow_orange_plaid_ssg.psp in your patterns folder, or just minimize them on the PSP workspace. You can also use your own patterns and colors for this tutorial. I offer these and 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 scarecrow_fence_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 scarecrow with your choice of colors. You will also notice several layers X'ed out - the visibility is turned off. These are the fence and the face. We will not use them until we get to those layers in the Layer Palettte. You can use the fence and the face or not - you can also make or use your own. Both the fence and face 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. Click on the red x for the fence layer. This will turn the visibility on and you will see the fence in the image.

SAVE

    Step 3. Activate the back shoe layer in the Layer Palette. Go to Selections/Load-Save Selections/Load from Alpha Channel. Load the back shoe selection. Fill with color # 2. Go to Selections/Float. Go to Effects/3D Effects/Cutout. Use the following settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 15; Shadow color: #6f4425. Deselect by going to Selections/Select None or by holding down the Ctrl key and the D key on the keyboard.

shoes cutout

SAVE

    Step 4. Activate the back shoe laces layer. Load the back shoe laces selection. Fill with color # 3. Deselect.

    Step 5. Activate the back leg layer. Load the back leg selection. Fill with the lite_denim_ssg - Angle: 0; Scale: 30.

denim_settings

SAVE

    Step 6. Float. Apply the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 80; Blur: 15; Shadow color: #000080. Deselect.

leg_body_cutout

SAVE

    Step 7. Activate the L sleeve layer. Load the L sleeve selection. Fill with the yellow_orange_plaid with the same settings as before (Angle: 0; Scale: 30). Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 80; Blur: 15; Shadow color: #f2542c. Deselect.

shirt and sleeves cutout

    Step 8. Activate the shirt layer. Load the shirt selection. Fill with the yellow_orange_plaid with the same settings. Float. Use the same Cutout we just used on the L sleeve.

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    Step 9. Activate the body layer. Load the body selection. Fill with the denim with the same settings. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 80; Blur: 15; Shadow color: #000080. Deselect.

leg_body_cutout

    Step 11. Activate the front shoe layer. Load the front shoe selection. Fill with color # 2. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 15; Shadow color: #6f4425. Deselect.

shoes cutout

SAVE

    Step 11. Activate the front shoe laces layer. Load the front shoe laces selection. Fill with color # 3. Deselect.

    Step 12. Activate the front leg layer. Load the front leg selection. Fill with the denim -same settings. Float. Apply the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 80; Blur: 15; Shadow color: #000080. Deselect.

leg_body_cutout

SAVE

    Step 13. Activate the R mitt layer. Load the R mitt selection. Fill with color # 7. Float. Use the following Cutout selections: V&H: 0; Opacity: 80; Blur: 15; Shadow color: #be7d4e. Deselect.

mitts_head_cutout

    Step 14. Activate the L mitt layer. Load the L mitt selection. Fill with color # 7. Float. Use the same Cutout settings just used on the R mitt. Delselect.

    Step 15. Activate the R sleeve layer. Load the R sleeve selection. Fill with the yellow_orange_plaid with the same settings as before (Angle: 0; Scale: 30). Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 80; Blur: 15; Shadow color: #f2542c. Deselect.

shirt_sleeves_cutout

    Step 16. Activate the head layer. Load the head selection. Fill with color # 7. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 80; Blur: 15; Shadow color: #be7d4e. Deselect.

mitts_head_cutout

    Step 17. Time to put the face on the scarecrow. Click on the red X in the Layer Palette on the face layer. This will turn on the face. Or if you have your own face or want to draw your own face - do it now!

    Step 18. Activate the dark hair layer. Load the dark hair selection. Fill with color # 9. Deselect.

    Step 19. Activate the lite hair layer. Load the lite hair selection. Fill with color # 8. Deselect. Effects/3D Effects/Drop Shadow - use the following settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 80; Blur: 2.00; Color: Black.

hair drop shadow

    Step 20. Activate the hat crown layer. Load the hat crown selection. Fill with color # 2. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 15; Shadow color: #6f4425. Deselect.

hat_parts_cutout

    Step 21. Activate the hat brim layer. Load the hat brim selection. Fill with color # 2. Float. Use the same Cutout settings just used on the hat brim.

    Congratulations! Your Scarecrow on Fence is finished! You can now delete the colors layer, and do a final save. You can add a background and play with your image. I resized this one a bit.

scarecrow final

    For a little variation, I added a black bird on my fence and resized this one for display.

final scarecrow

    Thank you for trying my Scarecrow on Fence tutorial and I hope you enjoyed doing it.




      This tutorial was written September 6, 2009.

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