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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 preset shapes and to shade.  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 8, but the steps used may also be done in Version 7.04.  You may download a free trial at Jasc.

I used the Bubbles and Ball feature of PSP 8 and Eye Candy 4000.  You will also need a mermaid tube.

Remember to save as a psp file often!

Before we begin, you might want to study the PSP tool bars.  I have labeled the tools on another page.  Click on the link and it will open a new page.  You may want to keep this page open while you work on the tutorial, to refer to the names now and then.  PSP Tools

Now that you have studied the tools, let's begin!

1.  Open a New transparent image, size 400 x 400.

2.  Choose the selection tool from the tool menu.  In the tool Options, change the selection to Circle shape.  Start your cursor at the center of the image and drag a circle selection out.

3.  Flood-fill the selection with a light blue color or gradient.

Note:  It is important that you keep the circle selection throughout the tutorial.

4.  In top menu, click Layers > New Raster Layer.

5.  In top menu, click on Effects > Artistic Effects > Balls and Bubbles.

It should open with the first tab (Shape) chosen.  Set the Preset to Water drops.

6.  In top menu, click Layers > New Raster Layer.

7.  In top menu, click on Effects > Artistic Effects > Balls and Bubbles.

It should open with the first tab (Shape) chosen.  Set the Preset to Space Bubbles. 

8.  and then set to Single ball or bubble.  CHECK Maximum possible size (not shown in pic).

9.  Then click on Maps Tab and check Environment Map.  Then choose Turbulence from the drop-down menu.

10.  Then click on Lumination Tab  Set color to #008080.

11.  Choose the Selection tool, and set to rectangle.  Draw a rectangle around the bottom half of the sphere.

12.  With the mouse, click on the sphere that is inside the selection box.  Now the selection moves around the bottom half of the sphere.

13.  In top menu, click on Selections > Promote Selection to Layer.

14.  In top menu, click on Effects > Plugins > Eye Candy 4000 > Water Drops.  Click on Settings and choose the large drops setting.

15.  Choose the eraser tool, and erase some of the drops at the top to make the edge ragged.  See pic.

16.  In the Layer Palette, click on the 3rd layer down to activate.  This is the layer you used the Bubbles and Balls plugin to make clear waterdrops.

17.  Open up your mermaid tube.  In top menu click Edit > Copy.

18.  Click back on your bubble image.  In top menu click Edit > Paste as New Layer.  Resize if necessary, but make sure Resize All Layers is UNchecked.

19.  Right-click on this mermaid layer, and choose Duplicate.

20.  In top menu, choose Image > Mirror.  With the mover tool, move the two mermaids into place.

21.  In top menu, choose Layers > Merge > Merge Visible.

22.  In top menu, click on Edit > Copy.

23.  Open up Animation Shop.

24.  In AS, Click Edit > Paste > As New Animation.

25.  Right-click on Frame and choose Insert Image Effect.

26.  Set Effect to Underwater.  Set Effect length = 2.0 sec & Frames per second = 3 fps.  Then click on Customize button under the drop-down menu.

27.  In the Waves image you will see a dot.  With your mouse, click on the dot and hold left mouse button down.  Then drag out a line at any angle.  Make 2 or 3 of these segments at different angles.  Set to Apply sunlight dappling, Sunlight Intensity = 20, Liquid properties-Water Depth = 25. 

28.  After this effect is added, click on the first frame, and press delete.

29.  In top menu, click Edit > Select All.

30.  Right-click on one of the frames and choose Frame Properties.  Set display time to 20.


31.  In top menu, click File > Save As and follow prompts to save. 



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