Lighthouse by Deformation

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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 intermediates to learn how to use the deformation tool to make a lighthouse.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

To do this tutorial you will also need Paint Shop Pro.  I used Paint Shop Pro 9, but the steps used may also be done in Version 8.  You may download a free trial at Jasc.

Remember to save as a psp file often!

1.  Open a new, transparent image, size = 400 x 500

2.  With the Rectangular selection tool, draw out a tall rectangle that is about 200 pixels in height.  Flood-fill it with the color of your choice. 
 

3.  Choose the Deformation tool.    Move the cursor on top of one of the top corners, and hold down the CTRL button.  Drag inward. 

4.  Now grab the middle node on the top and drag that node upward to about 100 pixel mark.  This makes the base taller and skinnier.

5.  Click back on the magic wand tool and select the Red base.  In top menu, click on Selections > Float.

6.  In top menu, click Effects > 3D Effects > Cutout.  Apply these settings:  Vertical & Horizontal = 0, Opacity = 70, Blur = 40, Shadow Color = a darker version of the color you chose for your lighthouse.

7.  In top menu, click Selections > Defloat

8.  In the Layer Palette, Right-click on the color layer and choose New Raster Layer

9.  Choose the airbrush tool.  Set foreground color = white, size = 30, Opacity = 50, Hardness = 10, Density = 60

10.  With the airbrush tool, draw a line down the center of the base

11.  In top menu, click Adjust > Blur > Gaussian Blur.  Radius = 20

12.  Right-click on the top layer in the Layer Palette, and choose Merge > Merge Visible

13.  Right-click on the layer and choose Rename.  Rename the layer base.

14.  Right-click on the base layer and choose New Raster Layer.  Call it Window

15.  With the selection tool, draw a rectangle box on top of the base.  Flood-fill with white. 

16.  Right-click on box layer in  Layer Palette, and choose Duplicate.  Flood fill this duplicate layer with black.  Rename this layer bars (Right-click > Rename)

17  In top menu, click Selections > Modify > Contract.  Contract by 5 pixels.

18.  Press the delete key on the keyboard.  Now you have a black frame around the box.

19.  Choose the pen tool, set width = 5, and foreground = black.  UNCHECK Contiguous.  Draw two vertical bars down the picture.

20.  Click on the Window layer.  Change the selection tool to circle.  Draw a circle in the middle of the square.  Flood-fill that circle with black.

21.  Click on the bars layers.  Choose the magic wand tool.  Hold the SHIFT key down, and select the parts between the bars.

22.  In the Layer Palette, right-click on the window layer and choose New Raster Layer.  Call this layer GLASS.

23.  Set the foreground color to gradient.  Pick a pale gray or blue gradient.  Set the angle = 50, Repeats = 3.

24.  On the GLASS layer, flood fill the selected panes with the gradient.  Slide the opacity bar to 50%.

25.  In the Layer Palette, click on the BARS layer.

26.  In top menu, click Effects > 3D Effects > Cutout.  Apply these settings:  Vertical & Horizontal = 0, Opacity = 50, Blur = 15, Shadow Color = a dark blue

27.  In the Layer Palette, click on the eye of the bottom (base ) layer to HIDE that layer. 

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

29.  Right-click on the merged layer and Rename it to glass.

30.  Right-click on the glass layer and choose New Raster Layer.

31.  Use the Selection tool set to ellipse and draw out a long skinny ellipse.  Flood fill it with a darker color of the lighthouse base.  Selections > Deselect.  With the mover tool, move this trim into position (see next pic)

32.  Right-click on this layer and choose duplicate.  With the mover tool, raise this layer a little bit to start the top of the balcony (see next pic)

33.  With the pen tool, width = 3, and foreground color the same as your floodfill, draw the vertical bars for the balcony of the lighthouse.

34.  In the Layer Palette, HIDE the base and glass layers. 

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

36.  In top menu, click Effects > 3D Effects > Inner Bevel.  Choose the bead preset.

37.  Right-click on the top layer in the Layer Palette, and choose New Raster Layer

38.  With the Rectangle Selection tool and draw a rectangle on top of the window so that it fits across.  Floodfill this with your lighthouse color.

39.  Choose the deformation tool.  Hover the mouse over one of the top corners and press down the CTRL button.  Slide the corner inward a little bit.

40.  Right-click on the BALCONY layer and choose New Raster Layer

41.  With the selection tool set to circle, draw a circle that is as wide as the window, and just sticks out above the rectangle you just made.  Flood-fill this with the lighthouse color.

42.  Drag the circle and rectangle layers to the bottom of the Layer Palette.

43.  HIDE the BALCONY, Glass, and base layers. 

44. Right-click on the bottom layer and choose Merge > Merge Visible.

45.  With the magic wand click on the top of the lighthouse.  In the top menu, click Selections > Float.

46.  In top menu, click Effects > 3D Effects > Cutout.  Apply the same settings as before.

47.  In top menu click Selections > Defloat

48.  Right-click on this layer (bottom) and choose New Raster Layer

49.  Select the airbrush tool.  Change foreground color = white.  Draw a vertical line down the circle

50.  In top menu click Adjust > Blur > Gaussian Blur.  Radius = 10

51.  HIDE the Balcony and the Glass layers.  Right-click on the bottom layers and choose Merge > Merge Visible.  Selections > Deselect  Rename this layer roof

52.  Right-click on the Glass layer and choose Duplicate.  Duplicate once more.  You should now have 3 layers of the glass

53.  Choose a sparkle tube set to about Scale = 60.  In the layer palette, choose the top glass layer.  With the tube tool click  on the black circle in the glass.

54.  Set the sparkle tube size to about 40.  In the layer palette, choose the second glass layer.  With the tube tool click on the black circle in the glass.  Try to be in the same position.

55.  Set the sparkle tube size to about 20.  In the layer palette, choose the third glass layer.  With the tube tool click on the black circle in the glass in the same position as before.

56.  Right click on the roof layer and choose Duplicate.  Duplicate once more.

57.  Right-click on the base layer and choose Duplicate.  Duplicate once more.

58.  Arrange the layers in this order going DOWN.

Copy 2 of base, copy 2 of glass, copy 2 of roof, copy of base, copy of glass, copy of roof, base, glass, roof.

59.  HIDE all the layers EXCEPT the bottom three.  Right-click on the bottom and choose Merge > Merge Visible.

60.  HIDE the Merge layer on the bottom.  UNHIDE the next three layers.  Right-click on one of those layers and choose Merge > Merge Visible.

61.  HIDE this merged layer, and UNHIDE the top three layers.  Right-click on one of those layers and choose Merge > Merge Visible.

62.  Now UNHIDE all layers.  Save this image as .pspimage.


63.  Open your saved image in ANIMATION SHOP.

64.  In top menu, choose Edit > Select All

65.  Right-click on one of the frames.  Choose Frame Properties.  Set display time = 20.

66.  In top menu, choose Edit > Copy

67.  In top menu, choose Edit > Paste > After Current Image.

68.   Hold the CTRL key down, and click on the last 3 frames.

69.  In top menu, click  Animation > Reverse Frames.

70.  Now save your animation!  File > Save As


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