Santa Stuck in the Fireplace
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 tutorial is a combination of Alpha Channels and then Copy and Paste the various other objects to make the final image. Originally, I was just going to do the Santa in the Alpha Channels, but I realized when searching my own files that I didn't have a fireplace that would work, probably most others didn't either! So the selections are for the fireplace, and then the other images you can copy and paste or even use some of your own tubes if you want. 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 Stuck Santa Supplies.
Unzip the stuck_santa_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 MulticolorBricks; CreamCityBrick - both made by me in Genevica Patterns so they are safe to use. Also a fireplace front; gifts 1,2 and 3, santa and logs. All of which were made by me, so they are safe to use. You may put the brick patterns in your patterns to use again on other images. You may also put the gifts in your tubes folder. Of course, as usual with my tutorials, these are only a suggestion - you may use whatever other tubes 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 stuck_santa_canvas_ssg.psp in the PSP workspace, duplicate it and close the original. You can use this canvas to make a fireplace for other images if you want.
Step 2. Activate the Raster 1 layer, add a new raster layer, naming it "bricks". Use the multicolor_bricks.jpg to fill the layer. Have the Angle: 90; Scale: 60.
Step 3. Activate the cement layer. Selections/Load_Save Selections/Load from Alpha Channel. Load the cement selection. Fill with #918160. Deselect by going to Selections/Select None or by holding down the Ctrl key and clicking on the D key. Effects/3D Effects/Inner Bevel. Use the following Inner Bevel settings: Bevel: 7; Width: 31; Smoothness: 73; Depth: 5; Ambience: 0; Shininess: 12; Color: white; Angle: 315; Intensity: 45; Elevation: 30.
Step 4. Activate the fireplace background layer. Load the fireplace background selection. Fill with black. Deselect.
Step 5. Activate the base layer. Load the base selection. Fill with CreamCityBrick.jpg. Angle: 0; Scale: 30. Deselect.
Step 6. Activate the frame layer. Load the frame selection. Fill with black. 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.
Step 7. Now for a bit of fine tuning. Activate the base layer. Adjust/Brightness and Contrast/Brightness-Contrast. Brightness: -35; Contrast: 15.
Step 8. Activate the Lighten/Darken Brush. Use the following settings: Shape: square; Size: 60; Hardness: 18; Step: 18; Density: 84; Thickness: 100; Rotation: 0; Opacity: 80; Swap mouse buttons: box checked (so we can darken with the left mouse button.) Go around the back edge of the base several times, then bring the brush down in some areas. Remember fires have burned here, so it is darkened in a lot of areas by the heat, smoke and soot. Yours doesn't have to look exactly like mine - but try for similar. You might have to go over some areas several times. Just play with the brush! I resized the image for the screen shot.
Step 9. Using the same settings with the Lighten/Darken Brush, activate the bricks layer and darken it similar to the screen shot. Again, go over some of the areas several times.
Step 10. Open the fireplace_front_ssg.psp. Edit/Copy. Activate the fireplace image, the bricks layer. Edit/Paste as New Layer. Using the Mover Tool, move it all the way to the bottom of the image. Rename the new layer "fireplace front".
Step 11. Open the logs_ssg.psp. Edit/Copy. Activate the fireplace image, the base layer. Edit/Paste as New Layer. Using the Mover Tool, move it down until it barely starts to show below the frame - then move it back up slightly. Rename the new layer "logs".
Step 12. Open santa_ssg.psp. Edit/Copy. Activate the fireplace image, the logs layer. Edit/Paste as New Layer. You shouldn't need to move it any, but do as you please. Rename the new layer "santa".
Step 13. Open the gift1_ssg.psp. Edit/Copy. Activate the fireplace image, the frame layer. Edt/Paste as New Layer. Use the Move Tool to move it into place - either as in my screen shot, or where you want it!
Step 14. Open the gift2_ssg.psp. Edit/Copy. Activate the fireplace image, the frame layer. Edt/Paste as New Layer. Use the Move Tool to move it into place - either as in my screen shot, or where you want it!
Step 15. Open the gift3_ssg.psp. Edit/Copy. Activate the fireplace image, the frame layer. Edt/Paste as New Layer. Use the Move Tool to move it into place - either as in my screen shot, or where you want it!
Congratulations! Your Stuck Santa is finished! Now you can do a final save. Feel free to add any embellishments you want. I cropped and resized my image for display here.
Thank you for trying my Stuck Santa tutorial and I hope you enjoyed doing it.
This tutorial was written December 14, 2009.
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