Witchy on a BroomTutorial



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    I did 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 hope it is clear enough for anyone trying it. Remember to save often.

    Supplies: Witchy Alpha Selection Canvas and Glasses


    Download the Witchy Alpha Selection Canvas and Glasses and when unzipped, open it in PSP. Click on Shift D to duplicate it and close the original. The canvas image will look blank, but if you look at your layer palette, you will see several layers labeled. Place the "glasses.pspimage" on your workspace and minimize it for now.


    Highlight the bottom labeled layer - broom. Go to Selections/Load_Save Selection/Load Selection from Alpha Channel. Click on the little arrow at the side of the image and click on the broom selection - click Load.

alpha selection screen 1

alpha selection screen 2

    NOTE: You will see a box labeled glasses in the above screen shot, with a red X through it. I tried to do the glasses in a selection, too, but it was too involved, so I just deleted the layer and gave you the glasses in the zip.

    You will see the outline of a broom with marching ants. Foreground - #9d8158; Background - null. Use the Flood Fill tool and fill the selection.

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

broom cutout

    While still selected, activate the Lighten/Darken Brush with the following settings.

Lighten Darken brush settings

    Draw some lines on the bristle part of the brush to look like the bristles. They don't have to be straight or perfect. Then click in the little box at the end - the one labeled Swap mouse buttons. This will allow you to still use the left button on the mouse to "draw" in the dark lines. Draw several until you are satisfied. Here is what mine looks like in a close up. Feel free to increase the opacity of the brush to get the effect you want - these settings are more of a guide line than set in stone.

broom closeup 1

    Deselect by clicking on the Ctrl key and the D key. Activate the Pen Tool and either use the Bezier Curve or the Freehand and draw three lines across the top of the bristles to look like the "stitching". Example is in the following screen shot.

broom closeup 2

    NOTE: You can add a drop shadow now, or you can wait until you have all the layers. I applied mine after I was finished with all, and after applying it to one, I would just go to the next layer to have it added to, and go to Edit/Repeat Drop Shadow. It saves a lot of time to just click on that and as long as you don't do anything else, you can use this short cut to apply most things that you want to do the same thing to several layers. OR you can just leave the drop shadow off completely.

    The drop shadow I used: Effects/3D Effects/Drop Shadow) was V 3; H minus 3; Opacity 50; Blur 5; Color black.

~~SAVE~~

    Activate the next layer up - leg. Go to Selections and load the leg selection from the Alpha Channel.

    I will be giving colors in both purple and green - you can decide which colors you want to make your Witchy in. You can even use your own choice of colors. Just remember when you do the cutout, to use a darker shade of the same color, or you can use black.

    I will be using greens to make my Witchy with the purples in parentheses.

    Activate the Flood Fill tool and using Foreground - #cfe7d4, (purple - #efd9d9); Background - null, fill the leg. Go to Selections/Float. Apply the following cutout. Use the color #85a98c for the green and #cea8a8 for the purple as the shadow color in the cutout.

body parts cutout

    Deselect (Ctrl and D). Activate the shoe layer. Selections and load the shoe selection from the Alpha Channel. Activate the Flood Fill tool and using Foreground - #97e109. (purple - #cdb6d7), Background - null, fill the shoe.

    Selections/Float. Apply the same cutout that you did for the leg, but change the color to #6e971f (purple - #9c81a7)

~~SAVE~~

    Activate the next layer up - hand. Go to Selections and load the hand selection from the Alpha Channel.

    Activate the Flood Fill tool and using Foreground - #cfe7d4, (purple - #efd9d9); Background - null, fill the hand. Go to Selections/Float.

    Apply the same cutout as before, but change the color to #85a98c, (purple - #9c81a7). Deselect.

~~SAVE~~

    Activate the next layer up - dress. Go to Selections and load the dress selection from the Alpha Channel.

    Activate the Flood Fill tool and using Foreground - #6a990f, (purple - #9c109c); Background - null, fill the dress. Go to Selections/Float.

    Apply the same cutout as before, but change the color to #3d5509, (purple - #6d0c6c) and the blur to 25. Deselect.

~~SAVE~~

    Activate the next layer up - cape. Go to Selections and load the cape selection from the Alpha Channel.

    Activate the Flood Fill tool and using Foreground - #93db0b, (purple - #db76f4); Background - null, fill the cape. Go to Selections/Float.

    Apply the same cutout as before, but change the color to #78b00d, (purple - #b638d6) and the blur to 30. Deselect.

    Activate the Lighten/Darken Brush, using the same settings as before but change the size to 10 and the Density and Opacity to 45. Draw some shaping lines similar to the screen shot.

cape close up

~~SAVE~~

    Activate the next layer up - head. Go to Selections and load the head selection from the Alpha Channel.

    Activate the Flood Fill tool and using Foreground - #cfe7d4, (purple - #efd9d9); Background - null, fill the head. Go to Selections/Float.

    Apply the same cutout as before, but change the color to #85a98c, (purple - #cea8a8) and the blur to 20. Deselect.

~~SAVE~~

    Activate the next layer up - mouth. Go to Selections and load the mouth selection from the Alpha Channel.

    Activate the Flood Fill tool and using Foreground - black, (purple - black); Background - null, fill the mouth.

~~SAVE~~

    Activate the next layer up - nose. Go to Selections and load the nose selection from the Alpha Channel.

    Activate the Flood Fill tool and using Foreground - #cfe7d4, (purple - #efd9d9); Background - null, fill the nose. Go to Selections/Float.

    Apply the same cutout as before, but change the color to #85a98c, (purple - #cea8a8) and the blur to 10. Deselect.

~~SAVE~~

    Activate the next layer up - eyes. Go to Selections and load the eyes selection from the Alpha Channel.

    Activate the Flood Fill tool and using Foreground - black, (purple - black); Background - null, fill the eyes.

    Go to Effects/3D Effects/Inner Bevel. Use the round preset. If you don't have the round preset, use the following settings and before clicking OK, save it as a preset, naming it round.

eyes inner bevel

~~SAVE~~

    Activate the next layer up - hair. Go to Selections and load the hair selection from the Alpha Channel.

    Activate the Flood Fill tool and using Foreground - #befa2e, (purple - #6200bc); Background - null, fill the hair. Go to Selections/Float.

    Apply the same cutout as before, but change the color to #5c7f07, (purple - #5500a2) and the blur to 20. Deselect.

    Activate the Lighten/Darken Brush again, use the same settings, but change the size to 5 and the Density and the Opacity to 45. Have the Swap mouse button checked and add some dimentions to the hair, similar to the screen shot.

hair close up

~~SAVE~~

    Activate the next layer up - hat. Go to Selections and load the hat selection from the Alpha Channel.

    Activate the Flood Fill tool and using Foreground - #6a990f, (purple - #9c109c); Background - null, fill the hat. Go to Selections/Float.

    Apply the same cutout as before, but change the color to #3d5509, (purple - #6d0c6c) and the blur to 20. Apply twice. Deselect.

    Activate the Lighten/Darken Brush again, use the same settings, but change the size to 10 and the Density and the Opacity to 45. Have the Swap mouse button checked and add some dimentions to the hat, similar to the screen shot.

hat close up

    Activate the Pen Tool and using either the Bezier Curve, or the Freehand, we are going to define the front edge of the hat. Line width - 3.00, Foreground - black; Background - null

    I zoom my image to 150-200% to make it easier to see just where I want my line to start and end.

    The following screen shots show how I did the line, using the Bezier Curve. In the first one, I place the first "dot". In the second one, I place the second "dot", but don't release the mouse button - slowly pull it out to the right until your line covers where you want the line to be - this is shown in the third shot.

hat line 1 close up       hat line 2 close up

hat line 3 close up

    Activate the head layer in the Materials Palette. Add a new raster layer and name it cheeks. Activate the Air Brush and use the following settings with the color #f6b8b8 in the Foreground. Spray twice on each cheek.

air brush settings

    Go to Adjust/Blur/Gaussian Blur and use a radius of 1.50. Click OK.

~~SAVE~~

    Activate the eyes layer in the Materials Palette. Add a new raster layer and name it glasses. Open the glasses.pspimage. Go to Edit/Copy. Then activate the witchy image and go to Edit/Paste as New Layer. Right click on the new layer, and go to Merge/Merge Down. Use the Mover Tool to move the glasses into place - similar to the screen shot.

glasses placement

    You are now finished! Congratulations! You can add a background, or you can use Witchy in a tag with other things, or even animate her and have her flying across the night sky! Use your imagination!


purple witchy       green witchy

flying witchy

    Thank you for trying this little Witchy on a broom tutorial. I hope you enjoyed it.





      This tutorial was written September 3, 2008.


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



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