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This tutorial written by Cathy on July 7, 2003.
I have used many screen shots in this tutorial, so please
be patient and give the pages time to load.

I wrote this tutorial using Paint Shop Pro, Version 8.01. 
Version 7 should work just as well and I've noted the settings for
both versions where they differ.

I have always loved Native American art and
blends of teal and brown have always appealed to me.
This tutorial was inspired by a painting I have by
Marjorie M. Anderson. 
I bought this painting years ago and have always loved it.

To learn more about Marjorie M. Anderson, you can visit her site:

Better yet, you can send her an email at:



For this tutorial you will need:

Paint Shop Pro, which you can get at the Jasc site.

My custom brushes.  Click here for the zip file containing two custom brushes - one each for PSP7 and PSP8. Unzip the brush you need (version 7 or 8) to the folder where your brushes are located.  Here are the paths to my brush folders:

PSP7: default directory/Paint Shop Pro 7/Brushes
(I did a custom install and my directory may differ from yours.)

PSP8: My Documents/My PSP8 Files/Brushes

Here are the icons for the tools we will be using for this tutorial:

New (image)

Save (probably the most important of all)

Airbrush (PSP7)

Airbrush (PSP8)

Add Raster Layer (PSP7)

Add Raster Layer (PSP8)

Paintbrush (PSP7)

Paintbrush (PSP8)

Retouch Tool (PSP7)

Smudge Brush (PSP8)

Soften Brush (PSP8)

Burn Brush (PSP8)

Dodge Brush (PSP8)


Eraser Tool (PSP7)

Eraser Tool (PSP8)

The best advice I can give you is to SAVE, SAVE, SAVE!!!  There's not much worse than losing all your hard work due to a program or computer lock up or melt down!!!  So...save your work often...I will be putting reminders throughout the tutorial:


As with any of my tutorials, please feel free to use any colors you like to create you own unique image.

I will be using guides as markers in this tutorial.  If you are not familiar with guides, I recommend you check out my PSP Guides Tutorial - it will be well worth your time!

For this tutorials, we will be placing colors on separate layers to create the "base" for our Indian Girl, then we will "paint" her, then tweak, tweak, tweak!!!

Okay, let's get started...




*** If you are comfortable with with "painting " tutorials, ***
*** you may wish to skip this part and go directly to the ***
***painting portion of this tutorial on Page 2.***
*** I found it easier to have a basic shape to work with. ***

1. Open a new image, 300w x 400h pixels, raster background, 16 million colors, transparent background.

2. Click on File/Save As and browse to a folder on your hard drive where you'd like to save this image. Save this file as "Indian girl.psp". Now you can save your file anytime you'd like by hitting the Save Icon.

3. Click on View and then click on Guides in the drop down menu to make your guides visible.

4. Add a new raster layer and name it "basic body".

5. Set your foreground color to #F6ECE4.

6. Set two guides on your canvas: vertical at 180 and horizontal at 115. The intersection of these guides will mark the location of the nose on our face.

7. Click on your Airbrush Tool and use the following settings:




Brush Type

Normal Normal


Round Round


20 20


50 50


25 25


100 100


100 N/A


0 N/A


80 80

Blend Mode

Normal N/A

8. Spray the basic shape of your face (the nose should divide the face: 2/3 above and 1/3 below:


9. Place a new horizontal guide at 300, for the approximate bottom of your arms/hands.

10. Using your airbrush, spray in your arms:

11. Change your foreground color to #EFD4C1 and spray for your legs (changing the size of your airbrush to 25):





 1. Add a new raster layer and name it "details1".

2. Change your foreground color to #DAA2A3.

3. Change the size of your Airbrush to 5; the density to 50 and spray your mouth area.

4. Change your foreground color to #CAA28A.

5. Spray the basic shape of your eyes.

6. Spray a basic outline of your chin:


7. Add a new raster layer and name it "details2".

8. Using your airbrush, spray some details for your fingers. (I found that my arms weren't long enough, so I added more of the basic arm color on my "basic Body" layer.)

9. Change your foreground color to #8F736A.

10. Spray some detail/shading to your legs:




   *** ADDING THE HAIR ***

1. Add a new raster layer and name it "hair".

2. Change your foreground color to #665659.

3. Change your Airbrush size to 20 and spray where your hair will be, starting in the center where your part will be and drawing down in front and behind the shoulder area:

(WOW - I can actually see this coming together!)




1. Add a new raster layer and name it "basket".

2. Change your foreground color to #9E8B6A.

3. Spray the area for your basket:

4. Drag this layer beneath your "basic body" layer.




1. Make your "hair" layer active.  Add a new raster layer and name it "headband".

2. Change your foreground color to #8FBAC3.

3. Change your Airbrush size to 20 and spray where your headband will be:





1. Add a new raster layer and name it "dress".

2. Change your foreground color to #C3B09E.

3. Change your Airbrush size to 30 and spray the area for your basket:





1. I tweaked my basic body layer.  I wanted my arms and legs a little more realistically proportioned, so I thickened the legs and lower arms:

2. If you think you need any other adjustments, make them now.


3. Duplicate your image and close the original.

4. Save your duplicate image as "Indian girl2.psp"

5. We will complete our "painting" using the duplicate and in case you get desperate you can start fresh from this point!

On to Page2...



All Art Work & Graphics Designed by Cathy
This tutorial originally posted on July 7, 2003
Copyright © 1999 - 2003 by Cathy.
All rights reserved.
Revised: April 06, 2008.