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Easter Chick Part 2
Created by: Ladyoz

 
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If you wish to use the same font and sparkle tube as shown in this tutorial you may download them in the zip file above.

You must install the tube by opening it in PSP7, then clicking File || Export || Picture Tube.  Name the file SparkleOz7.tub.

To use the font, simply open the font file on your desktop and minimize it.  While it remains open, it will be available for use in your PSP fonts list.

 

In this tutorial you will finish creating the Easter chick and egg.  The font DiskusDMed and the sparkle tube SparkleOz7.tub can be used in this part of the tutorial.  Your last step in Part 1 of this tutorial was to create the pipe-cleaner squiggle for the Chick's wing. 

 

Load your saved file from Part 1

Load up your PSP file Saved from Part 1.
Use the Layer Palette to select the "Beak" layer.
Use the Magic Wand tool to select the beak.  To do so, click on the transparent background, then on the beak itself.

Save your work.

 




While selected, add a new raster layer and call it "Beak 3D"
Do Not Deselect.

While still selected, click Effects || 3D Effects || Cutout and apply the following settings:

  • Vertical Offset = 2
  • Horizontal Offset =  - 4 *
  • Opacity = 25
  • Blur = 15
  • Shadow Color = Black
* Note this is a negative figure, - 4.
 






Deselect - Use [Control+D].

Merge the "Beak" and "Beak 3D" layers - by making all other layers invisible - then click Layers || Merge || Merge Visible.
 

Add a new raster layer and call it "Egg".

Click the Selection tool and apply the following settings: 

  • Selection type = Ellipse
  • Feather = 0
  • Antialias = checked

Draw an egg shape.  Be sure that the egg shape will obscure the lower part of the chick's body (to disguise the fact that the chick has no feet!)

 

Set the Foreground Style to Gradients and select the Cyan-Magenta-Yellow gradient with the following settings:

  • Angle = 130
  • Repeats = 0
  • Style = Linear Gradient
  • Invert Gradient = unchecked
 

Flood Fill your egg shape with the gradient.  Flood settings should remain unchanged. Do Not Deselect.

While still selected, add a new layer and call it "Egg Shading Light".

 

While still selected, click Effects || 3D Effects || Cutout and apply these settings:

  • Vertical Offset = 10
  • Horizontal Offset = 10
  • Opacity = 100
  • Blur = 60
  • Shadow Color = White
  • Fill interior with color = unchecked
Do Not Deselect.

While still selected, add a new layer and call it "Egg Shading Dark".

While still selected, click Effects || 3D Effects || Cutout and apply these settings:

  • Vertical Offset =  - 5 *
  • Horizontal Offset =  - 10 *
  • Opacity = 60
  • Blur = 40
  • Shadow Color = Black
  • Fill interior with color = unchecked

* Note these are negative figures, - 5 and - 10.

Deselect - Use [Control+D].

Save Your Work.

Rename "Layer 1" and call it "Background".

 

Your "Foreground Style" should still be set to Gradients.  Choose the "Summer Field" gradient and change the angle to "0" and reselt opacity = "100".  Leave all other gradient settings the same.  Apply this gradient to the "Background" layer.

You have now completed the basic chick and egg image.  All that remains is to add some finishing touches and text.

 

Add a new raster layer above all the other layers, and call it "Sparkle".

Using the SparkleOz7.tub included in the zip file, or your favorite sparkle tube, add a sparkle to the egg on the upper left side.

Reduce the sparkle's scale to 40 on the Tool Options/Tube menu.

 

Use the Layer Palette to select the "Background" layer.  Apply sunshine by clicking Effects || Illumination Effects || Sunburst and applying the following settings:

  • Colour = 250/251/173
  • Ray Density = 15
  • Ray Brightness = 60
  • Light Spot Brightness = 70
  • Light Spot Horizontal = 10
  • Light Spot Vertical = 10
  • Circle Brightness = 90

Add a new raster layer above the "Background" layer and call it "Shadow".

 




Use the Selection Tool to draw an elliptical shape underneath the chick.

Click Selections || Modify || Feather and enter 15. Flood Fill it with black, at an opacity of 40 (other flood settings should remain unchanged).

Deselect - Use [Control+D].

Save Your Work.

 


Add a new raster layer above all the others, and call it "Grass".

Use the Grass Blades tube which comes with PSP7 to partially obscure the egg.  Set the Scale to 80.  Don't make the grass too thick.





If the grass is too tall use the Mover Tool to move the Grass layer down a little, until you are satisfied with the result.

 











    

Add a little refinement to the eye by selecting it on the "Eye" layer with the Magic Wand tool. To select it, click Selections || Select All, then click Selections || Invert.

While still selected add a new raster layer and call it "Eye detail".  Click Effects || 3D Effects || Cutout and apply as follows:

  • Vertical Offset = 2
  • Horizontal Offset = 2
  • Opacity = 60
  • Blur = 10
  • Shadow Color = White
  • Fill interior with color = unchecked

Deselect - Use [Control+D], and add a tiny sparkle to the eye.

 




Finally, add a layer and call it "Happy Easter".  Use any font you wish (I used DiskusDMed at size 52) to place the words "Happy Easter" across the top of the image.  If you wish to use DiskusDMed, be sure to unzip it and have it open on your Desktop.

Click the Text tool and type the words "Happy Easter".  Choose the DiskusDMed font from the font list, and apply the following settings:

  • Size = 52
  • Kerning and Leading = both 0
  • Auto Kern = checked
  • Style - Stroke = Null (circle with line through)
  • Style - Fill = any colour
  • Textures - Stroke and Fill = both Null
  • Create as = Floating
  • Antialias = checked
Do Not Deselect the text.
 

While still selected, Flood Fill the text with the same "Summer Field" gradient used for the background.

 

Add a drop shadow to the text by clicking Effects || 3D Effects || Drop Shadow -- enter the following settings:

  • Vertical Offset = 2
  • Horizontal Offset = 2
  • Opacity = 80
  • Blur = 6
  • Colour = black
  • Deselect [control+d]

Add a few small sparkles here and there on the text, but don't overdo it!  Make the scale of the sparkles 20 or 30.

 

Click Layers || Merge || Merge All (Flatten).

 

Resize the image by clicking Image || Resize and reducing it to 75% of the original.  Be sure that the box for Maintain aspect ratio is checked.

 

Click Effects || Sharpen || Sharpen once only, to sharpen the image.

 

Click File || Export || JPEG Optimizer to save the file as a .jpg, setting the Compression value to 5 or higher.

Save your work, and you're done!