final_shelf_elf

Shelf Elf



    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. The canvas was saved as a psp, so it should also work in verson 8. Remember to save often.

    I got the idea for this Shelf Elf from all my years of crafting. I actually made some Elves like this to sit on the edge of a shelf. The body is a real clay pot and the head is a wooden ball. Below is a picture of one of my little crafted elves.

orig_elf

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


    Unzip the shelf_elf_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. Included in the zip are the stripes and wood patterns that I used with my elf. The wood pattern should be in your patterns as it is from Jasc, but if you don't have it, you can now put it in your patterns. I made the stripe pattern, so it is safe to use. You may also put it in your patterns to use again on other images. Of course, as usual with my tutorials, these are only a suggestion - you may use whatever colors/patterns you want.

    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!) You will want to save if often so the unthinkable doesn't happen and your PSP crashes or freezes and you lose all of your work. I am better at reminding this, than acutally doing it!

    Step 1. Open the shelf_elf_canvas_ssg.psp in your PSP workspace, duplicate it and close the original. The eyes and the bell layers' have the visibility turned off - you will see a red X on those layers. We won't turn them on until we get to those layers. The colors I used are on their own layer and numbered. Feel free to use your own colors and pattern 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 shelf layer in the Layer Palette. Go to Selections/Load-Save Selections/Load from Alpha Channel. Load the shelf selection. Fill with Wood011. Use the Scale at 100 with an Angle 0. Selections/Float. Effects/3D Effects/Cutout. Use the following Cutout settings: V: 10; H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 30; Shadow color: #895d09. Deselect by going to Selections/Select none or by holding down the Ctrl key and clicking on the D key.

body_cutout

SAVE

    Step 3. Activate the shelf edge layer. Load the shelf edge. Fill with the same wood pattern. Deselect. Adjust/Brightness and Contrast/Brightness-Contrast. Use the following settings: Brightness: -40 (minus 40); Contrast: 0.

bright_contrast

    Step 4. Activate the legs layer. Load the legs. Fill with the red_white_stripes_ssg pattern. Angle: 90; Scale: 60. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 8; Shadow color: black. Deselect.

stripes_scale_settings

legs_cutout

    Step 5. Activate the feet layer. Load the feet. Fill with color # 5. Float. Use the following Cutout: V&H: 0; Opacity: 70; Blur: 15; Shadow color: black. Deselect.

feet_cutout

SAVE

    Step 6. Activate the pot layer. Load the pot. Fill with color #2. Float. Use the following Cutout: V&H: 4; Opacity: 70; Blur: 30; Shadow color: #022802. Reapply with the V&H at minus 4. Deselect.

pot_cutout

    This is how the image should look so far.

looks1

    Step 7. Activate the belt layer. Load the belt. Fill with color #5. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 5; Shadow color: black. Deselect.

belt_cutout

    Step 8. Activate the pot fur layer. Load the pot fur selection. Fill with white. Effects/Texture Effects/Fur.... Use the following settings: Blur: 25; Density: 90; Length: 11; Transparency: 44. Deselect.

texture_window       fur_texture

    Step 9. Use the following Inner Bevel settings: Bevel: 2; Width: 15; Smoothness: 40; Depth: 1; Ambience: 0; Shininess: 80; Color: white: Angle: 315; Intensity: 25; Elevation: 40. Effects/3D Effects/Drop Shadow. Add the following settings: V: 5; H: -1 (minus 1); Opacity: 60; Blur: 1; Color: black. This will make the pot appear to be on the shelf more, and the legs hanging down.

pot_fur_bevel

pot_fur_bevel

SAVE

    Step 10. Activate the buckle layer. Load the buckle. Fill with color #6. Deselect. Use the following Inner Bevel settings: Bevel: 2; Width: 6; Smoothness: 10; Depth: 5; Ambience: 38; Shininess: 52; Color: white: Angle: 18; Intensity: 35; Elevation: 51.

buckle_bevel

    Step 11. Activate the arms layer. Load the arms. Fill with color #5. Float. Use the following Cutout: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 15; Shadow color: black. Deselect.

arms_cutout

    Step 12. Activate the collars layer. Load the collars. Fill with color #2. Deselect.

    The following screen shot shows what the image should look like so far.

looks2

    Step 13. Activate the collar trims layer. Load the collar trims. Fill with white. Deselect. Use the following Inner Bevel: Bevel: 2; Width: 15; Smoothness: 40; Depth: 1; Ambience: 0; Shininess: 80; Color: white: Angle: 315; Intensity: 25; Elevation: 40.

pot_fur_bevel

SAVE

    Step 14. Activate the head layer. Load the head. Fill with color #1. Float. Use the following Cutout: V&H: 2; Opacity: 100; Blur: 20; Shadow color: #e1a661. Deselect.

head_cutout

    Step 15. Activate the eyes layer. Click on the red X in the Layer Palette. This will turn the visibility on to this layer.

    Step 16. Activate the nose layer. Load the nose selection. Fill with color # 3. Deselect. Use the following Inner Bevel: Bevel: 2; Width: 15; Smoothness: 40; Depth: 1; Ambience: 0; Shininess: 80; Color: white: Angle: 315; Intensity: 25; Elevation: 40. Since the nose is not showing up as well as I would like it, I added a small Drop Shadow. Effects/3D Effects/Drop Shadow: V&H: 0; Opacity: 60; Blur: 1; Color: black.

nose_bevel       nose_shadow

    Step 17. Activate the mouth layer. Load the mouth. Fill with color #4. Deselect.

    Step 18. Activate the cheeks layer. Load the cheeks. {This selection is at the bottom of the selections in the Alpha Channel because I missed making it a selection - sorry! : ( } Fill with color #7. Deselect.

SAVE

    Step 19. Activate the hat layer. Load the hat. Fill with color #5. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 20; Shadow color: black. {If you feel the hat looks too dark, change the Opacity to 70.} Deselect.

hat_cutout

    The following screen shot shows what the image should look like so far.

looks3

    Step 20. Activate the hat fur trim. Load the hat fur trim. Fill with color white. Deselect. Use the following Inner Bevel: Bevel: 2; Width: 15; Smoothness: 40; Depth: 1; Ambience: 0; Shininess: 80; Color: white: Angle: 315; Intensity: 25; Elevation: 40. This is the same bevel we used on the pot fur.

pot_fur_bevel

    Step 21. Activate the hat tail. Load the hat tail. Fill with color #2. Float. Use the following Cutout: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 20; Shadow color: black. Deselect.

hat_tail_cutout

    Step 22. Activate the bell layer. Turn the visibility on by clicking on the red X. An eye icon will appear where the red X was.

    Congratulations! Your Shelf Elf is finished! Now you can delete the colors layer, add any background you want, and do a final save.

final_shelf_elf

    Thank you for trying my Shelf Elf tutorial and I hope you enjoyed doing it.




      This tutorial was written December 8, 2009.

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