Singing Parrot

Singing Parrot



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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 Singing Parrot Canvas.


    Unzip the Singing Parrot 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. The canvas is a psp, so that it is compatible with version 8 of PSP, as well as the later versions.

    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 singing_parrot_canvas_ssg.psp, 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 parrot with your choice of colors. You will notice that the guitar layer's visibility is turned off - a red X in the Layer Palette. We will turn this on when we get to that layer. There are several shading layers - I found that on some I needed to fill the selections a couple of times to get it to show up - use your own judgement and eye on this. I also included color labeled # 6 on the colors layer. I have no idea what I used it on or where, so just ignore it, please! : )

SAVE

    Step 2. Activate the L foot layer in the Layer Palette. Go to Selections/Load-Save Selections/Load from Alpha Channel. Load the L foot 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 #bc5204. 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.

feet cutout

SAVE

    Step 3. Activate the L foot shading layer. Load the L foot shading selection. Fill with color # 7. Deselect.

SAVE

    Step 4. Activate the R foot layer. Load the R foot selection. Fill with color # 3. Float. Use the same Cutout settings. Remember to reapply with V&H at minus 2. Deselect.

SAVE

    Step 5. Activate the R foot shading layer. Load the R foot selection. Fill with color # 7. Deselect.

SAVE

    Step 6. Activate the legs layer. Load the legs selection. Fill with color # 2. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 2; Opacity: 100; Blur: 15; Shadow color: #044c43. Reapply with V&H at minus 2. Deselect.

legs & hands cutout

SAVE

    Step 7. Activate the shirt layer. Load the shirt selection. Fill with color # 4. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 2; Opacity: 100; Blur: 20; Shadow color: #c80554. Reapply with V&H at minus 2. Deselect.

shirt cutout

SAVE

    Step 8. Activate the shirt shading layer. Load the shirt shading selection. Fill with color # 9. Deselect.

SAVE

    Step 9. Activate the R sleeve layer. Load the R sleeve selection. Fill with color # 4. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 2; Opacity: 100; Blur: 15; Shadow color: #c80554. Reapply with V&H at minus 2. Deselect.

sleeve cutout

SAVE

    Step 10. Activate the R sleeve shading layer. Load the R sleeve shading selection. Fill with color # 9. Deselect.

SAVE

    Step 11. Activate the guitar layer. It is time to turn the visibility on. Click on the red X in the Layer Palette. This will turn the visibility on. Load the guitar selection. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 3; Opacity: 100; Blur: 20; Shadow color: #4a0400. Reapply with V&H at minus 3. Deselect. (Note: I did this layer this way, as I couldn't figure out how to have you fill the guitar selection to get the proper shading to show the thickness of the guitar! LOL)

guitar cutout

SAVE

    Step 12. Activate the guitar neck layer. Load the guitar neck selection. Fill with color # 8. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 2; Opacity: 100; Blur: 20; Shadow color: #7c3604. Reapply with V&H at minus 2. Deselect.

guitar neck & head cutout

SAVE

    Step 13. Activate the bar layer. Load the bar selection. Fill with color # 8. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V: 1; H: -1 (minus 1); Opacity: 100; Blur: 4; Shadow color: black. Deselect.

bar cutout

    Step 14. Activate the guitar head layer. Load the guitar head selection. Fill with color # 8. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 2; Opacity: 100; Blur: 20; Shadow color: #7c3604. Reapply with V&H at minus 2. Deselect.

guitar neck & head cutout

SAVE

    Step 15. Activate the guitar keys layer. Load the guitar keys selection. Fill with color # 808080. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 80; Blur: 10; Shadow color: black. Deselect.

keys cutout

    Step 16. Activate the strings layer. Load the strings selection. Fill with black. Deselect.

SAVE

    Step 17. Activate the frets layer. Load the frets selection. Fill with color #10. Deselect. Pull the frets layer below the strings layer in the Layer Palette.

    Step 18. Activate the R hand layer. Load the R hand selection. Fill with color # 2. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 2; Opacity: 100; Blur: 15; Shadow color: #044c43. Reapply with V&H at minus 2. Deselect.

legs & hands cutout

SAVE

    Step 19. Activate the R hand shading layer. Load the R hand shading selection. Fill with color # 1. Deselect.

    Step 20. Activate the L hand layer. Load the L hand selection. Fill with color # 2. Float. Use the same Cutout settings last used.

SAVE

    Step 21. Activate the L hand shading layer. Load the L hand shading selection. Fill with color # 1. Deselect.

    Step 22. Activate the head layer. Load the head selection. Fill with color # 2. Float. Use the following Cutout selections: V&H: 2; Opacity: 100; Blur: 20; Shadow color: #044c43. Reapply with V&H at minus 2. Deselect.

head cutout

SAVE

    Step 23. Activate the head shading layer. Load the head shading selection. Fill with color # 1. Deselect.

    Step 24. Activate the R eye layer. Load the R eye selection. Fill with black. Selections/Modify/Contract 2. Fill on the same layer, with white. Deselect.

    Step 25. Activate the R inner eye layer. Load the R inner eye selection. Fill with black. Deselect. Effects/3D Effects/Inner Bevel. Use the round preset (Bevel: 2; Width: 14; Smoothness: 15; Depth: 12; Ambience: 0; Shininess: 50; Color: white; Angle: 315; Intensity: 70; Elevation: 30).

round preset

    Step 26. Activate the L eye layer. Load the L eye selection. Fill with black. Selections/Modify/Contract 2. Fill on the same layer, with white. Deselect.

    Step 27. Activate the L inner eye layer. Load the L inner eye selection. Fill with black. Deselect. Apply the same round preset Inner Bevel.

    Step 28. Activate the inner beak layer. Load the inner beak selection. Fill with black. Deselect.

    Step 29. Activate the tongue layer. Load the tongue selection. Fill with color # 5. Float. Use the following Cutout selections: V&H: 1; Opacity: 100; Blur: 10; Shadow color: #b10505. Reapply with V&H at minus 1. Deselect.

tongue cutout

    Step 30. Activate the tongue line layer. Load the tongue line selection. Fill with black. Deselect.

    Step 31. Activate the beak layer. Load the beak selection. Fill with color # 3. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 2; Opacity: 100; Blur: 15; Shadow color: #a74a05. Reapply with V&H at minus 2. Deselect.

beak cutout

    Step 32. Activate the L sleeve layer. Load the L sleeve selection. Fill with color # 4. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 2; Opacity: 100; Blur: 15; Shadow color: #c80554. Reapply with V&H at minus 2. Deselect.

sleeve cutout

    Step 33. Activate the L sleeve shading layer. Load the L sleeve shading selection. Fill with color # 9. Deselect.

    Now you can delete the colors layer. Do a final save. Your Singing Parrot is finished! Congratulations!! I didn't resize mine for the image here, but it does resize well.

Singing Parrot



      This tutorial was written July 14, 2009.

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