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Created by:Flowerfancy58

For some of us the weather is cold and frosty and for some it's pool time. No matter what the temperature, create an adorable snowman and bring everyone into the winter spirit. So, let's get started!
Color Palette - Active Styles and Textures boxes Set the styles and colors:
Foreground Style = Solid Color
Foreground Color = white
Background Style = Solid Color
Background Color = a medium greyish blue
(I had Red = 174, Green = 180, Blue = 206, #AEB4CE)
Textures = Null
Lock = checked

Standard Toolbar - New (image) button

Create a new image:
Dimensions = 400 x 400 pixels
Resolution = 72 pixels/inch
Background color = Transparent
Image type = 16.7 million colors (24bit)

This will allow plenty of room to work.

Layer Palette - Create layer button

Making the Lower Body

Create a new layer: Go to Layers || New Raster Layer. Name the new layer "lower body".

Tool Palette - Preset Shapes tool

Activate the Preset-Shapes tool and set as follows:
Shape = Ellipse
Retain style = unchecked
Antialias = checked
Create as vector = unchecked
Line width = 1
Line style = default line

Holding down the left mouse button, drag out an ellipse (but not a perfect one) to form the lower body of the snowman.

Tool Palette - Magic Wand tool

Activate the Magic Wand tool and set as follows:
Match mode = All Opaque
Tolerance = n/a
Feather = 2

Click inside the ellipse to select it.

Tool Palette - Airbrush tool

Activate the Airbrush tool and set as follows:
Shape = Round
Size = 20
Hardness = 24
Opacity = 25
Step = 1
Density = 15

Spray randomly all over, and more heavily in the center two-thirds of the ellipse.

Now change the background color to a light blue (I had Red = 220, Green = 224, Blue = 238, #DCE0EE).

With your right mouse button, spray sparsely over the outer edges.

Deselect (Ctrl+D or Selections || Select None) when finished.

Tool Palette - Retouch tool

Blending The Lower Body Colors

Activate the Retouch tool and set as follows:
Retouch Mode = Smudge (set this first!)
Shape = Vertical
Size = 13
Hardness = 20
Opacity = 22
Step = 2
Density = 22

Standard Toolbar - Copy button

Standard Toolbar - Save (image) button

Now blend the colors, working the white into the blues. Using a circular motion, work from the inner circle to the edges. Be sure to push the pixels somewhat outside of the "lines".

When it looks good to you, copy (Ctrl+C or Edit || Copy) it and paste it as a new layer (Ctrl+L or Edit || Paste || As a New Layer). Do that twice so you have a total of 3 layers with ellipses for the head, body and bottom.

Right-click on "Layer2" in your Layer palette and rename it "middle body", then right-click on "Layer3" and rename it "head".

Now would be a good time to save your work in .PSP format.

Tool Palette - Deformation tool

Resizing the Middle Body and the Head

Activate the "middle body" layer in your Layer palette, then click on the Deformation tool and use it to size the middle body proportionately to the lower body.

To quit deformation mode, double-click somewhere on your image or click on the "Apply" button in your Tool Options palette.

Then click on the "head" layer in your Layer palette and use the Deformation tool again to size it down in proportion to the body.

Rotate the head about 15 degrees while in deformation mode so it looks a little different from the other "body parts".

Tool Palette - Preset Shapes tool

Standard Toolbar - Save (image) button

Let's Add a Hat!

Activate the Preset-Shapes tool and set as follows:
Shape = Tophat
Retain style = checked
Antialias = n/a
Create as vector = checked

Left-click and hold the mouse button down to drag out the size of the tophat you'd like for your snowman. Use the rotation node while it's still in vector mode to give it a tilt.

Right-click on the new vector layer in your Layer palette and convert it to raster layer when finished.

Note: Save your work in .psp format so you are able to add more details to the layers later on.

That's it!!

Decorate, add a background and detail whatever you like.

Tip: If you keep an image of the snowman like it is now and work on duplicates (Shift+D or Window || Duplicate) for the details and background you can create different snowmen in various surroundings. :-)

To give you an idea of what I did here:

  • The hat: I used the Magic Wand to select the center portion of the top of the "top hat" and filled it with a silver gradient. This gives it the appearance of a reflection or snow blown across the top. ;o)
    In the center of the front of the hat I sprayed it with an olive green and then highlighted it once, with a dot or two of white, with the Paintbrush tool.
    Then I used the Retouch tool and smudged everything together.
  • Scarf (including fringe) and Twig Arms: I used the Drawing tool in Freehand mode.
  • The Eyes: I used the "Crescent" shape in the Preset-Shapes tool for the eyes, rotated it to turn it over and smudged to soften the hard edges.
  • The Broom Bristles: I used the "Rope" tube.
  • The Nose: I used the carrot that I found inside the "Garden Vegetables" tube and erased unwanted parts with the Eraser tool.

When you're all finished on your creation merge all layers: Go to Layers || Merge || Merge All (Flatten).

If needed resize or crop around the snowman and save as a .jpg file: go to File || Export || JPG Optimizer (compression around 5-40). This step does two things: It allows you to save your PSP work image and then save a smaller file size for use on a web page.

I'd love to see what you come up with!