White Puppy

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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. 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 White Puppy Supplies.

    Unzip the wht_puppy_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. I have also included a fur pattern in the supplies that you may use if you want. If you do use it, put the Angle at 130 and the scale at 50. I won't be giving directions for using the fur, just use it instead of filling the various parts that I say to use color # 1. I made the fur pattern, so it is safe to use and you may put it in your patterns if 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!)

    I will give the basic directions first and you may stop when they are finished, or you can continue on to add fur with Eye Candy 3 or Eye Candy 4, or using just Adding Noise and using Motion Blur. Of course, you can always just use your own fur settings or fur pattern if you want.

    Step 1. Open the wht_puppy_canvas_ssg.psp in your PSP workspace, duplicate it and close the original. The colors I used are on their own layer and numbered. Feel free to use your own colors 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 tail layer in the Layer Palette. Go to Selections/Load-Save Selections/Load from Alpha Channel. Load the tail selection. Fill with color # 1. Selections/Float. Effects/3D Effects/Cutout. Use the following Cutout settings: V: 1; H: -1 (minus 1); Opacity: 100; Blur: 10; Shadow color: #808080. Deselect by going to Selections/Select none or by holding down the Ctrl key and clicking on the D key.



    Step 3. Activate the body layer. Load the body. Fill with color # 1. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 30; Shadow color: #808080. Deselect.


    Step 4. Activate the paw lines layer. Load the paw lines. Fill with color black. Deselect.

    Step 5. Activate the L leg layer. Load the L leg selection. Fill with color # 1. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 20; Shadow color: #808080. Deselect.



    Step 6. Activate the L leg paw lines layer. Load the L leg paw lines. Fill with black. Deselect.

    This is how the image should look so far.


    Step 7. Activate the ears layer. Load the ears selection. Fill with color # 1. Float. Use the following Cutout settings: V: 1; H: -1 (minus 1); Opacity: 100; Blur: 10; Shadow color: #808080. Deselect.


    Step 8. Activate the inner ears layer. Load the inner ears selection. Fill with color # 2. Float. Use the same Cutout we just used. Deselect.


    Step 9. Activate the head layer. Load the head selection. Fill with color # 1. Float. Use the following Cutout: V&H: 0; Opacity: 100; Blur: 30; Shadow color: #808080. Deselect.


    Step 10. Activate the eyes shadow layer. Load the eyes shadow selection. Fill with black. Deselect.

    Step 11. Activate the muzzle shadow layer. Load the muzzle shadow selection. Fill with color black. Deselect

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



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


    Step 13. Activate the nose layer. Load the nose selection. Fill with black. Deselect. Use the Inner Bevel round preset.

    Your Puppy is finished! That is if you like him just as he is. If you would like to add fur to him, continue on!


    To add fur, I have done it both with Eye Candy 3 (which is still a free version) and also with Eye Candy 4 (which is a paid for filter.) I will give settings for both versions.

    Settings for the Eye Candy 3 (EC3): Wave: 999; Waviness: 100; Hair Length: 23; Shininess: 123; Smooth: checked.


    Here are the settings for the Eye Candy 4 (EC4): Basic: Direction: 270; Density: 50; Curl Size: 30.65; Curliness: 100; Length: 22.20; Color Hairs Uniformly box: checked; Hair Color: #f5efef. Lighting: Light Direction: 180; Highlight Brightness: 100; Highlight Color: white.

EC4_basic_fur       EC4_lighting_fur

    If you want to make your own fur using Noise and the Motion Blur, here are the settings: Noise: Gaussian: checked; Monochrome: checked; Noise: 30. Motion Blur: Angle: 355; Strength: 10. You must select each part you are applying these to and then defloat them.

noise       motion_blur

    Step 14. Apply the Eye Candy fur to each furry part of the puppy (tail, body, leg, head, and ears). Remember if you want to apply the Noise and Motion Blur - you must select the part, float and defloat it before applying them.

    Step 15. Now we are going to need to add some Drop Shadows so the various body parts stand out a bit after applying any of the furs. Here is the Drop Shadow I used: V&H: 0; Opacity: 30: Blur: 3; Color: black.


    Congratulations! Your White Puppy is finished! You can now do a final save. You can add a background, add embellishments and play with your image. Have fun with your White Puppy! I cropped and resized my images for display.

EC3 puppy final       EC4 puppy final

Puppy finished with Eye Candy 3             Puppy finished with Eye Candy 4

final_furry_puppy_noise_motionblur       final_fur_pattern_puppy

Puppy finished with Noise and Motion Blur             Puppy done with the fur pattern

    Thank you for trying my White Puppy tutorial and I hope you enjoyed doing it.

      This tutorial was written January 6, 2010.

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