Harvest Corn


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This tutorial was created for some friends of mine who wanted to begin learning more about PSP.  It is intended for beginners to learn how to use animation.  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 XI, 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!

1.  Open up a photograph or image that has the color shading you would like in your harvest corn.  SHIFT+Duplicate to duplicate.  Close the original.

2.  Layers > Promote Background Layer.

3.  Effects > Distortion > Pixelate.  Block width & height = 10

4.  Effects >Textures > Tiles.  Tile shape = hexagon, tile angularity = 24, tile size  = 20, border size = 3 smoothness = 53, depth = 5, ambience = 24, shininess = 37, color = white, angle = 202, intensity = 62, elevation = 26

5.  Image > Canvas Size.  Set the Width & height so that it is at least 100 pixels MORE THAN the original dimensions.

6.  Effects > Geometry > Spherize.  Shape = Ellipse, Strength = 60

17.  Choose the selection tool and set it to ellipse selection.  Starting from the center of the image, draw out a tall, narrow elliptical selection (see below)

18.  Selections > Invert

19.  Press the delete key, to delete the extra image.  Selection > None.  Move the corn cob down.

20.  Change the background color to #c6cb87.  Foreground = NULL.

21.  Layers > New Raster Layer.

22.  Choose the pen tool, set it to freehand & connect segments.  UNCHECK create on vector.

23.  On one layer draw one side of the shuck.

24.  Effects > Textures > Textures.  Choose a linen-look texture.  I chose Corel_15_019.  It comes with the PSP XI program.   Set size = 75, 0, depth = 2, ambience =0, shininess = 0, angle = 315, intensity = 50, elevation = 30, color = white

25.  Layer > New Raster Layer

26.  With pen tool, draw the left side of the shuck now.

27.  Effect > Textures > Textures,  same as before.

28.  Layer > New Raster Layer

29.  with pen tool, draw the middle shuck piece now.

30.  Effect > Textures > Textures, same as before.  Drag this shuck below the other two shuck layers.

31.  Choose the lighten/darken tool from the menu (tool below the paintbrush)

32.  Set the tool:  round shape, size = 25-30, hardness = 80, step = 10, density = 100, thickness = 100, rotation = 0, opacity = 50 or 60

33.  Right-clicking (and dragging) will darken what you cover, left-clicking will highlight/lighten what you cover.  Darken the edge of one of the shuck layers.  I started with the middle shuck layer.

34.  Then add some dark spots where you want shading on the shuck (right-clicking) and some light spots where you want highlights (left-clicking)

35.  Choose the soften tool

36.  Set the tool:  round shape, size = 32, hardness = 50, step = 10, density = 100, thickness = 100, rotation = 0, opacity = 100.

37.  Selection > All, Selection > Float  (always float the layer before softening!).  Soften the shading, and highlights, by dragging the tool in the direction you want the shading to flow (which should be up and down\)


38.   In the layer palette, click on the next shuck layer.  Selection > All,  Selection > Float

39.  Choose the darken/lighten tool to shade & highlight that shuck, then choose the soften tool to blend in the shading & highlights.

40.  In the layer palette, switch to the third shuck layer.  Selection > All, Selection > Float.  With the darken/lighten tool, shade and highlight this shuck.  Then with the soften tool, blend in the shading.

41.  In the Layer Palette, HIDE the corn layer by clicking on the eye.  Right-click on the top shuck layer and choose Merge > Merge Visible.  UNHIDe the corn layer.

42.  With the soften tool, smooth out the edges for the shucks so that they blend into one piece.

43.  Right-click on the merged shuck layer.  Choose Duplicate.

44.  Image > Resize.  Resize to 85%, UNCHECK Resize all layers.

45.  Image > Mirror

46.  Layers > Arrange > Send to Bottom


47.  Layers > Merge > Merge Visible

48.  Save as a GIF:  File > Export > GIF Optimizer



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