Sunny Bear Tutorial



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    Supplies needed for this tutorial are in my supply zip here. Also you could use Eye Candy 3 or Eye Candy 4; however, if you don't have them, you can use the weave effect in the textures file in PSP.


    I did this tutorial in version 9, but it will also work in later versions.

    Download the supplies, unzip them into a folder of your choice. Open the supplied images in your PSP.

    Minimize all except the sunny_bear_canvas.pspimage. Click on Shift and D to duplicate the canvas image, and close the original. This image appears blank except for the color squares. All of the selections are in the alpha channel.

    Look at the layer palette and you will see raster 1 as the bottom layer - this you can flood fill with any color you want for a background. Rename it BG.

    The next layer is named colors and you will see these on the lower part of your image. They can be deleted once you are finished with the image.

    The rest of the layers are named for what goes on them - all have selections except the inner ears (R and L), cheeks, mouth and eyes. They are blank and you will use the images from the supplies for all but the cheeks and inner ears - this will be done with the air brush.

Let's get started!

    Start with the body layer near the bottom of the layer palette.

    Selections/Load/Save Selection/Load Selection from Alpha Channel. Click on 01_body. Flood fill with the medium brown (2).

    Selections/Float. Effects/3D Effects/Cutout. Use the settings in the screen shot.

shot 1

    Deselect (Ctrl and D).

    Activate the L arm layer. Load the 02_L arm selection; flood fill with the same medium brown.

    Selections/Float. Effects/3D Effects/Cutout. Use the same settings. Deselect.

    Repeat for the R arm layer, using the 03_R arm selection.

    Activate the sunsuit layer. Load the 04_sunsuit selection. Open the sunsuits.pspimage.

    Click on the pattern of your choice with the Mover Tool. Edit/Copy. Click on the canvas image, Edit/Paste Into Selection.

    Activate the L foot layer. Load the 05_L foot selection. Flood fill with the same medium brown. Selections/Float. Use the same cutout settings. Deselect.

    Activate the L foot pads layer. Load the 06_L foot pads selection. Flood fill with the light pink, number 4. Deselect.

    Effects/3D Effects/Inner Bevel. Use the settings in the screen shot.

shot 2

    Activate the R foot layer. Load the 07_R foot selection. Flood fill with the same medium brown. Selections/Float. Use the same cutout settings. Deselect.

    Activate the R foot pads layer. Load the 08_R foot pads selection. Flood fill with the light pink, number 4. Deselect.

    Use the same inner bevel on these foot pads.

    Activate the L ear layer. Load the 09_L ear selection. Flood fill with the same medium brown. Selections/Float. Use the same cutout settings. Deselect.

    The L inner ear layer is next - this can be skipped if you want, as it barely shows under the hat, but if you want to use a different hat, or even use the bear without the hat, you might want the inner ears on the bear.

    Activate the L inner ear layer. Activate the air brush. Use the light pink (number 4) in the foreground/stroke. Use the settings in the screen shot for the air brush and click it twice.

shot 3

    Adjust/Blur/Gaussian Blur - Radius: 4 to 5. Click OK.

    Activate the L ear layer. Load the 010_R ear selection. Flood fill with the same medium brown. Selections/Float. Use the same cutout settings. Deselect.

    Activate the R inner ear layer. Activate the air brush. Use the light pink (number 4) in the foreground/stroke. Use the settings in the screen shot for the air brush and click it twice. Adjust/Blur/Gaussian Blur - Radius: 4 to 5. Click OK.

    Activate the head layer. Load the 011_head selection. Flood fill with the same medium brown. Selections/Float. Use the same cutout settings - I changed the blur to 45, but you don't have to. Deselect.

    This is what you should have so far.

shot 4

    Activate the eyes layer. Open the flowers_face_parts.pspimage and click on the eyes. Edit/Copy. Activate the bear image, and Edit /Paste as New Layer. Use the Mover Tool to move them to just above the middle of the head. (Once we get the other face parts on, we will know better where to place them.)

    NOTE: When you paste as a new layer, it shows in your layer palette as a raster layer and a number. Right click on the new raster layer (like with the eyes on it) and then go to Merge/Merge Down. This will move the new layer onto the named layer.

    Activate the muzzle layer. Load the 012_muzzle selection. Fill with the light brown color - number 1.

    Selections/Float. Effects/3D Effects/Cutout - change the blur to 20, keeping the other settings the same. Deselect.

    Now using the Mover Tool, move the eyes to where you want them.

    Activate the mouth layer in the layer palette. Open the flowers and face parts image, click on the mouth. Edit/Copy. Activate the bear image. Edit/Paste as New Layer. (Using the Raster Deform Tool to move the mouth makes it easier to move with than the Move Tool.) Move into place on the muzzle. Do the Merge Down in the Layer Palette of the new layer with the mouth to the layer named mouth.

    Activate the nose layer. Load 013_nose selection. Fill with black. Deselect. Effects/3D Effects/Inner Bevel. Use the following settings and then you can save them in your presets as bear nose.

shot 5

    Activate the cheeks layer. Activate the air brush. Use the light pink (number 4) in the foreground/stroke. Use the same settings as before for the air brush and click it twice on each side of the muzzle. Adjust/Blur/Gaussian Blur - Radius: 4 to 5. Click OK.

    Activate the crown layer. Load the 014_crown selection. Fill the crown with the light yellow - number 6. Keeping it selected, go to Eye Candy 3 and use the settings in the screen shot. The second shot shows the results of the settings.


shot 6       shot 7

    If you have Eye Candy 4 and want to use it, here are the settings for it and then the results.

shot 8       shot 9

    If you don't have either of those filters, you can use Effects/Texture/Weave with the following settings. The second shot is the results.

shot 10       shot 11

    Once you have applied the weave you want - Selections/Float. Apply the same cutout as before - blur at 25. Deselect.

    Activate the brim layer. Load the 015_brim selection. Fill it with the light yellow - number 6. Keeping it selected, apply the same weave you did on the crown. Selections/Float. Apply the same cutout you did on the crown. Deselect.

    Activate the flower layer. Open the flowers and face parts image, select the flower you want by clicking on it. Edit/Copy. Activate the bear image, Edit/Paste as New Layer. Use the Mover Tool to move it where you want it on the hat.

    You are finished! Congratulations!! You can delete the colors layer, and add any other embellishments that you want.

    I hope you enjoyed making Miss Sunny Bear and I thank you for trying my tutorial.

    Below are some examples of some of the variations you can do with Sunny's coloring of her fur. Take note that with the lighter colors, you will need to change the blurs on the cutout to 20 or less.

my sunny      

my sunny 3       my sunny 4

sunny swining




      This tutorial was written June 7, 2008.


      Please feel free to contact me if you have any comments or questions. Send email to susie



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