Coloring an Outline

*The outline used in this tut and colored was made by Rose and used by her permission.  Check out her group for more.


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This tutorial is intended for beginners to learn how to create a Turkey Dinner.  If you have any questions, please feel free to Email  me.

To do this tutorial you will also need Paint Shop Pro.  I wrote this with  Paint Shop Pro X2, but the steps may also be done in any version.  You may download a free trial at Corel.

Remember to save as a psp file often!

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1.  Open the image from the zip file in PSP.

Sometimes, (though not this particular image)  the file will look like this when you open it:

If so, just flood-fill the selection with black.

The one in the zip file is already black outline:

2.  Image > Canvas Size.  Add a few pixels to the width and height.  width = 1355, height = 1390

3.  Choose the magic wand and select outside of the tube.

4.  Selections > Invert  Now the selection should surround the tube outline.

5.  Layers > New Raster Layer

6.  Flood-fill the selection on the new layer with a dark gray (don't use black or you won't be able to see your outline)

7.  Drag the solid layer to the bottom, below the outline.

8.  In the Layer Palette, click on the top layer to highlight it.

9.  Choose the magic wand, tolerance = 0, feather = 0.  Click inside an area that you want to color-- like Minnie's shoes.  Hold the SHIFT key down to select more than one area at a time.  (Don't do the entire picture.  You want to do parts in layers so that you can add any special effects or rearrange layers as necessary).

10.  Click on the layer below the outline layer.

11.  Layers > New Raster Layer

12.  Selection > Modify > Expand Selection by 1

13.  Flood-fill with the paint can, using the color of your choice.

14.  Selections > Float

15.  Effects > 3D Effects > Cutout  Apply these settings:  Vertical = 2, Horizontal = 2, Opacity = 75, Blur = 25, Shadow Color = black

16.  Selections > Defloat

17.  Adjust > Add/Remove Noise > Add Noise.  Gaussian, Noise = 8%, CHECK Monochrome.

When I did Minnie's coat, I changed the % to 25%.

18.  Now repeat the process by selecting a new area to color.  Repeat Steps 8 - 17 until you have colored all sections.  I saved the fur sections for last (all fur colored on the same layer)

19.  (Optional)  For special effects that I plan to use, I need to "trace" the eye lashes with the pen tool.  Choose the pen tool, set to bezier curve, size = 4 or 5, Check create as vector, foreground color = black, background color = NULL.

For each eye lash, click on one end, then click on the other end and simultaneously drag that one out to match the curve of the eyelash.  Do this for each eye lash.

20.  Right-click on the Vector layer and choose Convert to Raster Layer.  Drag this layer to the top.

21.  Click back on the fur layer that you colored.  Right-click on that layer and choose Duplicate.

22.  (Optional)  Effects > Plugins > Eye Candy 4000 > Jiggle.  Apply these settings:  Brownian Motion, Bubble size = 10, Warp amount = 6, Twist = 55, random seed = 342

23.  Drag this jiggle layer above the outline layer (but below the eye lash layer)

24.  Here's what my completed colored tube looks like:

25.  Click on the bottom background layer.  With the magic wand, click on the gray .

26.  Layers > New Raster Layer

27.  Choose the airbrush tool.  Size = 15 - 20, Hardness = 25, step = 1, density = 25, thickness = 100, opacity = 25, foreground color = white

28.  Draw white arcs on the tips of the ears to make "shine" marks.

29.  Adjust > Blur > Gaussian Blur.  Radius = 15

30.  Layer > New Raster Layer

31.  With the airbrush tool, brush white arcs on the noses of Mickey and Minnie

32.  Adjust > Blur > Gaussian Blur  Radius = 15.

33.  Slide the Opacity of the layer to about 63, or whatever you feel you need to do to make it look more natural.

34.  Right-click on the top layer and choose Merge > Merge Visible.

35.  Save this image as a pspimage to use it as a tube for later projects:  File > Save As, pspimage format.

36.  Save this as a GIF to share in emails:  File >  Export > GIF Optimizer.



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