Beary Christmas Tutorial by QuickCreations

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Updated: 11/25/11
PSP X2, X1 & X
Original Tutorial Date 11/24/01 PSP 6
©QuickCreations

For this tutorial you'll need:

Paint Shop Pro: Screen Shots are PSP X2

Eye Candy: I'm using Eye Candy 5 Textures: Animal Fur
This is a purchased filter and the newest version, at this time is Eye Candy 6.
If you don't have this exact version of Eye Candy or this filter at all, you can use any type of filter that will make an animal fur. Just play with the settings for your filter or your version of Eye Candy until you come up with something you like for the fur.

Zip File: The zip contains the template for the hat and the Sign.png file to use.

Tutorial Skill Level: Intermediate (It's long but I included lots of screen shots to help) FYI- It's about 14 pages to print!

Let's get started:

1. Open a new image 500x500 with a transparent background.
NOTE: my screen shots are on a gray background to make it easier to see against the white. Refer to finished example as needed.

2. The Body:
In your Materials Palette, set your Foreground and Stroke Properties to Transparent, the Background and Fill Properties to White.
Select your Ellipse Tool, Mode: Draw Ellipse
Checkmarks by: Show Nodes, Create on Vector and Anti-alias.

Draw an oval for the body. Right click on the shape and in the drop down menu, choose Convert To Path. Change the Mode to Edit (located at the top of the toolbar). Or you can right-click on the shape again and choose Edit Mode.

Edit Mode

Edit the nodes as shown below until you have an egg shape.

Egg Shape

Right click on this layer in the layer palette and Convert to Raster Layer, double click on this layer and rename the layer "body".

Apply Eye Candy Animal Fur with these settings:

Animal Fur: HairsAnimal Fur: Lighting

This is how mine looks but remember, you can certainly change the settings or use any other type of filter to get similar results.

Fur Applied

Effects, 3D Effects, Drop Shadow with these settings:

Drop Shadow

3. The Legs:
Select your Ellipse Tool, Mode: Draw Ellipse. Draw an oval for his leg, right click on the shape and in the drop down menu, choose Convert To Path. Change the Mode to Edit. I did not add any nodes here, just moved the nodes around. Shape his leg as shown below. It doesn't have to be perfect because the fur will hide a lot of the detail anyway.

Leg Shape

When you're happy with the leg shape, click on the green checkmark on the top of the tool bar to apply your changes. Select the Ellipse Tool again, same settings change the color to a light gray Hex #c0c0c0; draw an oval on the bottom of the foot; use the Pick Tool to rotate into position.

Foot Shape 2

Right-click on this layer in the layer palette and Convert to Raster Layer when you're happy with the editing and remember to rename the layer "Leg 1". Apply the Eye Candy Animal Fur. I wanted the leg a little more fluffy so I applied the fur again. Now, resize it by going to IMAGE | RESIZE | by 85% make sure Resize all layers is UNchecked.

Resize options

The leg is a little darker than the body, so let's change that: ADJUST | BRIGHTNESS AND CONTRACT | BRIGHTNESS/CONTRAST settings are: Brightness: 18 Contrast: 0

Highlight the leg layer and move it under the body layer. Apply the same drop shadow we used for the body. Right click on the leg layer and duplicate. Select the duplicate layer; right-click and choose ARRANGE | Bring To Top. Rename this layer "Leg 2". Here's what you should have so far.

Leg PlacementLayers

4. The Head:
The head is another egg shape so, we'll make it easy and use the body layer. On the body layer in the Layer Palette, right-click and duplicate the layer. Resize this layer by 65% and drag the layer to the top of the Layer Palette.

 

Head Placement

5. The Muzzle: Select the Ellipse Tool, same settings as before, the color should be the same light gray we used last. Convert to Raster Layer and rename Muzzle.

Muzzle

Apply the Animal Fur filter but make the following changes in the "Hairs" tab only.

Animal Fur Settings

6. The Eyes:
Select your Ellipse Tool; Mode-Circle; color light gray Draw a circle for his eye. Convert to Raster Layer. SELECTIONS | SELECT ALL | SELECTIONS | FLOAT | SELECTIONS | MODIFY- contract by 4. Flood fill with black. Keep selected. Apply an Inner Bevel with these settings:

Inner Bevel

SELECTIONS | SELECT NONE.

Move this layer under the muzzle, rename the layer "Eye". Apply the drop shadow. Right click on the eye layer, DUPLICATE the layer. IMAGE | MIRROR. Place where desired.

7. The Nose:
Click on the muzzle layer, then select Rectangle Tool. Mode: Draw Rectangle. Horizontal Radius: 5.50; Vertical Radius:4.0; Background/fill color to #404040. Foreground/Stroke: Transparent. Draw a rounded rectangle for the nose. Convert to Raster Layer.
EFFECTS, TEXTURE EFFECTS, BLINDS with these settings:

Blinds Setting

Apply an Inner Bevel with these settings:

Inner Bevel

Apply the drop shadow and rename the layer "Nose".

8. The Mouth:
Click on the muzzle layer. Select the Pen Tool.

Pen Tool

Draw the mouth as shown, you can make any adjustments by going into the Edit Mode.

Mouth

When you're done with the mouth. Convert to Raster Layer, apply the drop shadow. DUPLICATE the layer. IMAGE | MIRROR. Place where desired.

9. The Ears:
Select your Ellipse Tool, Mode: Draw Ellipse, color White. Right click on the shape and in the drop down menu, choose Convert To Path. Change the Mode to Edit. Here's what my ear shape looks like.

Ear Shape

Right-click on this layer in the layer palette and Convert to Raster Layer when you're happy with the editing. Apply the Eye Candy Animal Fur, using our last setting. SELECTIONS | SELECT ALL | SELECTIONS | FLOAT | SELECTIONS | MODIFY- contract by 8. Select the Burn Tool with these settings and make one pass through the selection.

Burn Tool Settings

Apply the drop shadow. The ear should be placed behind the head.

The face is done so let's merge all those parts. Hide the legs and body. Right click on one of the face layers and "Merge Visible". Rename this layer "Head".

10. The Hat:
Open the Hat Template jpg. Select the Pen Tool. Mode: Draw Freehand. Change your Background/Fill color to #C00000, Foreground/Stroke color to black, Stroke width= 3.
Trace around the outline of the hat shape. Switch to Edit Mode and make any adjustments you'd like. Right-click on this layer in the layer palette and Convert to Raster Layer when you're happy with the editing.

Select the Magic Wand and click on the red area of the hat. EFFECTS, TEXTURE EFFECTS, BLINDS with these settings:

Blinds Settings

Keep selected and add a new layer. EFFECTS | 3D EFFECTS | CUTOUT with these settings:

Cutout

SELECTIONS | SELECT NONE.

Let's draw the trim around the bottom of his hat. Select the Pen Tool again using the same settings we used for the hat except change the Background/Fill color to White and Foreground/Stroke color to Transparent.
Trace around the bottom of the hat. Click Apply (green checkmark). Select the Ellipse Tool; Mode: Draw Circle. Draw a circle for the pom pom at the bottom point of his hat. Right-click on this layer and Convert to Raster Layer. Select the Smudge Brush with these settings:

Smudge Settings

Go around the white trim of the hat and the pom pom with the smudge brush. Apply a drop shadow with these settings:

Drop Shadow

11. Time to merge some more layers. Hide the legs and body and Merge Visible the layers of the hat and the head. Rename the layer "head".

12. The Bow Tie:
Highlight the Body Layer. Select the Preset Shape Tool. Select an Arrow Shape.

Arrow Shape

Background/Fill color to #C00000, Foreground/Stroke color to black, Stroke width= 3 (these are the same settings as the santa hat). Draw an Ellipse. To get to Edit Mode; first click on the Pen Tool, then Edit Mode at the top of the screen. I just pushed the nodes on the straight edge closer together. Convert to Raster Layer when you're done with your shape. Duplicate the layer; then IMAGE | MIRROR. Push them close together so they meet in the middle. Hide all layers except for the two sides of the bow tie and MERGE VISIBLE. Leave the other layers hidden for the moment. Select the Magic Wand Tool and select the red areas of the bow tie. We are going to do the same effect we used on the Santa Hat. EFFECTS, TEXTURE EFFECTS, BLINDS with these settings:

Blinds Settings

Keep selected and add a new layer. EFFECTS | 3D EFFECTS | CUTOUT with these settings:

Cutout

SELECTIONS | SELECT NONE. Merge the Bow Tie layer with the cutout. Select the Rectangle Tool. Swap your background and foreground colors so that the Background/Fill is Black. Foreground/Stroke color is Transparent. Draw a rectangle in the center of the bow tie. Convert To Raster Layer. Apply an Inner Bevel with these settings:

Inner Bevel

Merge Visible both parts of the bow tie. Rename this layer "Bow Tie". Make all layers visible again and place the bow tie under his head.

13. The Arms:
Click on the Leg 2 layer. Select your Ellipse Tool, Mode: Draw Ellipse. Set the Foreground/Stroke Properties to Transparent, the Background/Fill Properties to White.Draw an oval for his arm, Convert To Path. Change the Mode to Edit. I did not add any nodes. Here's my shape for the arm. Convert To Raster Layer.

Arm Shape

Apply the original Animal Fur setting:

Animal Fur: Hairs

Apply the Drop Shadow we used last. Rename this layer "Arm". DUPLICATE the layer. IMAGE | MIRROR. Rename this layer "Arm 2" and place where desired.

Here's the order the layer palette should be in now.

Layer Palette

13. Decorations:
Click on the Bow Tie layer. Open the Beary Christmas Tutorial Sign. png file included in the zip. Copy and paste as a new layer. Use the Move Tool to move the sign where you'd like it to be. Click on the Arm Layer. SELECTIONS | SELECT ALL| | SELECTIONS | FLOAT. Now highlight the layer that has the Sign on it. Select the Eraser Tool with these settings.

Eraser Tool

Erase part of the sign poll here:

Area To Erase

That's it! You're done. I'm going to leave the rest up to you. Decorate the sign with your name for a signature tag or add something else for him to hold.....the choice is up to you. I hope you've enjoyed the tutorial. If you have any problems please email me and I'll be happy to help you.

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