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 valentine_bear_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. There is also a scattered_hearts_ssg.psp that you can put in your Patterns, or just open it in your workspace and minimize for use later. I made the pattern, so it is safe to use. I also included a rosebud_ssg.psp that you may use for your bear to hold as in the opening image, if you want. I made the rosebud, so it is safe to use.
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 valentine_bear_canvas_ssg.psp in your PSP workspace, duplicate it and close the original. Feel free to use your own 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 body layer in the Layer Palette. Go to Selections/Load-Save Selections/Load from Alpha Channel. Load the body selection. Fill withscattered_hearts pattern. Selections/Float. Effects/3D Effects/Cutout. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 70; Blur: 20; Shadow color: #e10f0f. Deselect by going to Selections/Select none or by holding down the Ctrl key and clicking on the D key.
Step 3. Activate the feet layer. Load the feet. Fill with the same hearts pattern. Float. Use the same Cutout settings. Deselect.
Step 4. Activate the pk pads layer. Load the pk pads. Fill with color #fcd8ca. Deselect. Effects/3D Effects/Inner Bevel. Use the following settings: Bevel: 2: Width: 1; Smoothness: 88; Depth: 1; Ambience: 0; Shininess: 50; Color: white; Angle: 341; Intensity: 50; Elevation: 28.
Step 5. Activate the L arm layer. Load the L arm selection. Fill with the hearts pattern. Float. Use the same Cutout settings we used on the body. Deselect. Since we haven't changed them, the settings should still be there.
Step 6. Activate the R arm layer. Load the R arm selection. Fill with the hearts pattern. Float. Use the same Cutout settings we just used. Deselect.
This is how the image should look so far.
Step 7. Activate the ears layer. Load the ears selection. Fill with the hearts pattern. Float. Use the same Cutout settings. Deselect.
Step 8. Activate the inner ears layer. Load the ears selection again to use on this layer too. Selections/Modify/Contract - by 10 pixels. Fill with #fcd8ca. Float. Use the same Cutout settings. Deselect.
Step 9. Activate the head layer. Load the head selection. Fill with the hearts pattern. Float. Use the same Cutout settings. Deselect.
Step 10. Activate the muzzle layer. Load the muzzle selection. Fill with white. Float. Use the same Cutout settings. Deselect.
Step 11. Activate the mouth layer. Load the mouth selection. Fill with black. Deselect.
Step 12. Activate the nose layer. Load the nose selection. Fill with black. Deselect. Use the following Inner Bevel (round preset): Bevel: 2; Width: 14; Smoothness: 15; Depth: 12; Ambience: 0; Shininess: 50; Color: white; Angle: 315; Intensity: 70; Elevation: 30.
Step 13. Activate the eyes layer. Load the eyes selection. Fill with black. Deselect. Use the same Inner Bevel settings (round preset).
Step 14. Activate the lashes layer. Load the lashes selection. Fill with black. Deselect.
Step 15. Activate the pk pads layer. Open the rosebud_ssg.psp. Edit/Copy. Activate the bear image, paste as a new layer and move into place with the Mover Tool. You are free to use your own flower or something else entirely different! I then added a Drop Shadow to set it off - V: 2; H: -2 (minus); Opacity: 35; Blur: 0; Color: black; Shadow on new layer box: checked.
Your Valentine Bear is finished! Now is the time to do a final save and add any other embellishments you want! Have fun! I resized and cropped my image for display here.
Here is a variation I did. I used a light brown for most of my bear parts, and added a heart for it to hold. I used the hearts pattern for the feet pads and the inner ears. I used the same bevels, and the same Cutout, just used a bit darker brown for the shadow color in the cutouts.
Thank you for trying my Valentine Bear tutorial and I hope you enjoyed doing it.
This tutorial was written January 31, 2010.
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