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Animated Pumpkin, Part 1: The Pumpkin
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Animated Pumpkin, Part 1: The Pumpkin
Created by: Doro Sensen

This tutorial shows how to create an animated pumpkin for Halloween from scratch. In this first part we'll make the pumpkin itself; in the second part we'll make the candlelight and animate it.
Open a new image:
– Width = 200
– Height = 200
– Background = transparent
– Image type = 16.7 Million Colors
Click on the Flood-Fill tool in your tool palette:
– Blend mode = Normal
– Match mode = None
– Tolerance = n/a
– Opacity = 100
– Sample merged = unchecked
Set your foreground style to "Pattern" (click on the little arrow in the Foreground Style box and choose the second icon from the right), then click right into the Foreground Style box:
– Pattern = Pine
– Scale = 100
– Angle = 90

Your textures should both be set to None.

Click into your image to fill it with the pattern, then go to Effects || Geometric Effects || Circle.
Click on the Deformation tool in your tool palette, take the center top handle with your mouse and drag it downwards, about a third of the image height. Now drag the center bottom handle upwards and the center left and right handles inwards a bit.
You can further deform the image by pressing the Shift or Ctrl key while dragging the center handles. When you're finished, click on the Apply button in the Tool Options palette.

Then go to Colors || Adjust || Brightness/Contrast:
– Brightness = 0
– Contrast = 60

Since we'll need the present form of the pumpkin as a selection for future steps, it would now be a good occasion to save it: Click on the Magic Wand tool in your tool palette:
– Match mode = All Opaque
– Feather = 0
– Tolerance = 0
– Sample merged = unchecked
Now click somewhere on your pumpkin, and your whole pumpkin is selected. Go to Selections || Save to Alpha Channel. In the dialog box, click OK, same in the following dialog box (since we need only one selection in alpha channel, we needn't name the selection). We now have this selection at hand whenever we need it. Deselect with Ctrl+D (Selections || Select None).
Click on the Selection tool in your tool palette:
– Selection type = Ellipse
– Feather = 0
– Antialias = unchecked
  Begin at the top center of your pumpkin and draw an ellipse, then make just one short click into your selection so that only the lower part of the ellipse (= the upper part of your pumpkin) is selected.
Now click on the Freehand Selection (Lasso) tool in your tool palette:
– Selection type = Point-to-Point
– Feather = 0
– Antialias = unchecked
– Sample merged = n/a

(We don't check the Antialias option because we're going to turn our pumpkin into an animated transparent gif in part 2.)

Press the Shift key to add to the selection you have, and then make some clicks from the ellipse upwards, a bit bent to the right and downwards again for the pumpkin stalk, end with a double-click.
Click on the Floodfill tool on your tool palette, change your foreground style to Solid Color (click on the little arrow in the Foreground Style box and choose the little brush icon on the left), then click into the Foreground Style box and choose a dark brown (I had Red = 96, Green = 0, Blue = 0, chosen from the image). Flood-fill your selection with this colour, don't yet deselect.
Go to Effects || 3D Effects || Inner Bevel, and select the "Round" preset from the Presets drop-down list. Change "Shininess" to about 20 and let other settings as are, click OK. Now deselect with Ctrl+D (Selections || Select None).
Now we'll give our pumpkin a face: Click on the Freehand Selection (Lasso) tool on your tool palette (Selection Type should still be Point-to-Point).
Draw a wide open mouth with zig-zag lines, close with a right-click, then hit the Delete key. If you don't like the mouth, click the Undo button, right-click on the selection to deselect and begin again.
For the eyes, click on the Selection tool in your tool palette and change the Selection Type to "Pentagon".
Now draw a little pentagon selection for one eye, hit the Delete key, do the same for the other eye. Deselect by right-clicking into the image.
To give it a 3D effect, first right-click on the layer in your layer palette and choose "Duplicate" from the context menu. Right-click on the bottom layer, choose "Rename" from the context menu and name it "Holes", then rename the top layer to "Pumpkin" the same way. Click on the "Holes" layer to make it the active layer.
Now click on the Deformation tool in your tool palette, keep the Shift key pressed and move the whole layer with the Arrow keys three pixels to the right and three pixels up (i.e. hit the Arrow-right key and the Arrow-up key three times each). Then click on the "Apply" button in your Tool Options palette.
Now go to Colors || Adjust || Brightness/Contrast:
– Brightness = 190
– Contrast = 35

Your pumpkin looks a bit blurry now around the outer right edge. Go to Selections || Load from Alpha Channel. The selection we saved in the beginning is shown, just click OK. Go to Selection || Invert, then to Selection || Modify || Expand, expand by 1 and hit the Delete key.

Go again to Selections || Invert.

Click on the "New Layer" icon in your layer palette to create a new layer, name it "Pumpkin back" and drag it to the bottom in your layer palette with the mouse.
Click on the Flood-Fill tool in your tool palette. Change your foreground style to "Pattern" again (click on the little arrow in your Foreground Style box and choose the second icon from the right), then click right into your Foreground Style box and choose "Stained Wood" from the Pattern drop-down box. Leave other settings as are and click into your selection to fill it with the pattern. Deselect with Ctrl+D (Selections || Select None).
Go to Colors || Adjust || Brightness/Contrast:
– Brightness = 100
– Contrast = 15

And here's your pumpkin! In part 2 of this tutorial we'll add the candlelight and the animation.