For this tutorial you will need:
Paint Shop Pro, which you can get at
the Jasc site
My zip containing a gradient file (cc_lion.jgd)
which you can get
Download and unzip to your
Paint Shop Pro/Gradient folder
Some working knowledge of PSP is helpful, but I try to write all my
tutorials with the novice in mind and I offer a lot of screen shots to
help you along the way.
We will be using.....***vectors***.....to create our lion.
Before we start, I suggest you customize
your toolbar and add icons for the tools we will be using.
If you do not have your Effects Toolbar active, let's activate it
first and customize it for your personal use. It will save you
lots of keystrokes! Right click on any
of your toolbars and choose "Toolbars" from the fly out
menu. Your toolbars box will open. Click on the box
next to Effects Toolbar, then click on Customize:
When the Customize
Toolbar box opens you can add or remove icons for the effects you
use most. Think of the recent tutorials you've completed and
add the icons you remember using most often. This will save you
lots of time when creating images.
Here are the icons for the tools we will be using for
this tutorial. I will be
using these icons as shortcuts throughout the tutorial:
Add Vector Layer
Add Raster Layer
Select from Object
Alpha Save Selection
Alpha Load Selection
Undo (this button should be your "best
Save (probably the most important of all)
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
As with any of my tutorials, please feel
free to use any colors you like to create you own unique image.
We will be using vectors to create our
image. Throughout the tutorial we will be using the node
edit to shape our vector objects. The best thing about
vector objects is that they are very "forgiving" and easily
changed. Therefore; it is NOT IMPORTANT to be
EXACT during the creation of our various vector objects.
We will "fine tune" our image when we have all our shapes created;
and we are creating a "cartoon" image so we don't have
Okay, let's get started...