Hollowed Eggs Tutorial

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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 7, but the steps used may also be done in Version 8.1.  You may download a free trial at Jasc.

Download this Egg Selection (PsP 7 version, so it works in PsP 8, too!)

I also used the Neu! filters.

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 300 x 300 New transparent image.

2.  In top menu, click Layers > Add new raster layer.  Call this layer Egg.

3.  In the top menu, click Selections > Load Selection > from Disk  and find the egg selection that you downloaded.

4.  Flood-fill the egg with your color choice.  I chose a red.

5.  In Layer Palette, right-click on egg layer and choose Duplicate.

6.  In the Layer Palette, hide the duplicate layer (copy of Egg) by clicking on the glasses.

7.  In the Layer Palette, click on the Egg layer to activate that layer.

8.  In the top menu, click on Effects > Plugins > Neu! > excentrico!

9.  Apply these settings:  Random = 218, random2= 86, zoom =44, spokes=9,Preserve = 0,absolute=0

Your egg will look like this:  and be black and white.

10.  Choose the Retouch tool from the tool menu.  In the Tool Options box, set the retouch tool to color to target, Round shape, Size=255, hardness=100, opacity=100, Step=100, density=100.

11.  Using the same color as before, color your egg with the color to target Retouch tool

12.  In the top layer, click Effects > Plugins > Eye Candy 4000 >Glass.  Apply these settings:  bevel width=300, smoothness = 48, edge darkening=13, gradient shaping = 28, reflection = 61, opacity = 20, tinting = 25, glass color = color you used before

13.  Right-click on the egg layer and choose New Raster Layer

14.  In top menu, click Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow.  Apply these settings:  Vertical & horizontal = 9, opacity = 60, blur = 40.7, color= a darker version of the color of your egg or black.

14.  In Layer Palette, click on top egg layer (copy of egg)

15.  In top menu, click Image > Resize.  Set to percent and resize to 60 %.  Be sure that Resize All Layers is UNChecked.

16.  In top menu, click Effects > 3D Effects > Inner Bevel.  Apply these settings:  width=9, smoothness=60, depth=5, ambience=8, shininess=50, angle=0, intensity=33, elevation =40.

17.  Open up the tubes that you want to use to decorate.  For each tube:  Click on the tube and then click in top menu:  Edit > Copy.  Then click on your egg image and click in top menu, Edit > paste > As New Layer.  With the mover tool, move your tubes into position.

18.  In the Layer Palette, click on the layer that contains the tube in the hollow of the egg.

19.  In the top menu, click Effects > Plugin > Eye Candy > Perspective.  Apply these settings:  Vanishing point = 32, vanishing fixed distance = 65, length = 60, opacity = 40, blur=61, shadow color = black, or a darker color of the hollow.

20.  In Layer Palette, click on the Egg hollow layer

21.  In top menu, click Selections > Select All.  then click Selections > Float  then click Selections > Defloat

22.  In top menu, click Selections > Contract.  Contract by 10 pixels

23.  In top menu, click Selections > Invert.

23.  In layer Palette, click on the layer that contains the tube in the hollow (in my case the rabbit)

24.  On keyboard, click delete.

25.  If you want a background, floodfill the bottom blank layer.  Otherwise,

26.  In top menu, click Layers > Merge > Merge Visible.

Save as a psp, then as a GIF.



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