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Caterpillars
Created by: Ramsey

 
In this tutorial, we'll use PSP's Cutout effect, create picture tubes and work with masks.
 
Open a new image 100 x 100, transparent background.
 
Next click on your Preset-Shapes tool, set it to:
Shape type = Ellipse
Retain style = unchecked
Antialias = checked
Create as vector = unchecked
Line width = 1
Line style = Default line
 
Set your foreground style to None (click on the little arrow in your Foreground-Style box and choose the icon on the right) and your background style to Solid Color (click on the little arrow in your Background-Style box and choose the icon on the left). Set both your textures to None. Now click into your Background-Style box to set your background color to a light green (I used R=81, G=225, B=101).
 
Press the Shift key, and with the right mouse button draw a round ball of about 60x60 in the center of your image, starting at the coordinates (50, 50), finishing at (80, 80). Watch the left side of your status bar for the coordinates.
 
With your Magic Wand select your ball:
Match Mode = RGB Value
Tolerance = 0
Feather = 0
 
Open a new layer and name this layer "Cutout 1".
 
Go to Effects || 3D Effects || Cutout and apply the following settings:
Vertical = 6
Horizontal = 10
Opacity = 85
Blur = 30
Shadow color = R=19, G=103, B=33
Fill interior = unchecked

Click OK, do not deselect.

 
With your image still selected open a new layer and name it "Cutout 2".
 
Again go to Effects || 3D Effects || Cutout and change the following settings:
Vertical = -6
Horizontal = -10

Everything else stays the same. Click OK, do not deselect.

 
Next open a new layer and name it "Highlight".
 
Select your Paint Brush tool and set to the following settings: Shape = Round
Size = 20
Hardness = 100
Opacity = 100
Step = 2
Density = 100
 
Set your foreground style to Solid Color and your foreground color to white.
 
Paint a round dot in the center of your green ball. Then go to Effects || Blur || Gaussian Blur and set to 8.

Click OK, do not deselect.

 
     

Next go to Layers || Merge || Merge Visible. Then go to Selections || Modify || Contract by 1, Selections || Modify || Feather by 1. Hit Ctrl+C (Edit || Copy) and then Ctrl+V (Edit || Paste || As New Image) to copy and paste your ball. This will help to smooth out the edges.
 
Then go to File || Export || Picture Tube, leave all settings as they are and name it whatever you want. Click OK. We will use this ball to make up our caterpillar. Close both images. You can save them if you wish, but do not have to.
 
Open a new image 300 x 300, background transparent.
 
Select your Picture Tube tool and find your caterpillar ball. Leave it set for a scale of 100.

Click once at the top of the image, left of center. This will be the head.

 
Create a new raster layer, drag it to the bottom in your layer palette and add a single caterpillar ball directly under the head with a slight overlap.
 
Click on the Deformation tool and squish the ball up towards the head slightly, into the shape you want. Then click the Apply button in your tool options palette.
 
Repeat the new layer, adding a single caterpillar ball directly under the previous one and deform, 2 more times so you will have 4 caterpillar balls vertically placed with some overlap.
 
Now add new layer, drag it to the bottom of the layer palette, and with the Picture Tube tool set for a scale of 70, click on the right hand side of the bottom body ball to add the first ball to the tail, with some overlap.

Click on the Deformation tool and squish the ball to the left towards the body slightly, into the shape you want.

Repeat the new layer, adding a single caterpillar ball directly to the right of the previous one and deform, 3 more times so you will have 4 caterpillar balls horizontally placed with some overlap.

 
Next we are going to blend each segment so they look like they are joined. For each segment of the caterpillar (i.e. for each layer in your layer palette) do the following:
 
Click on the head-ball layer (Layer1) in your layer palette to make it active, then go to Masks || New || From Image:
Source window = This Window
Create mask from = Source Luminance
Invert mask data = unchecked

Click OK. Repeat this step for each layer, clicking on the next layer in the layer palette going down the body and ending with the tail.

 
Now start with the tail, make this layer active if it is not already. Select your Airbrush tool with the following settings:
Shape = Round
Size = 5
Hardness = 100
Opacity = 50
Step = 10
Density = 50
 
Set both your styles to Solid Color, your foreground color to white and your background color to black.
 
Go to Masks || Edit. Make sure the Edit Mask is checked. Now with the left mouse button erase the mask on the tail. This will reveal that particular ball.
 
Make the next segment active and then go to Masks || Edit. With the left mouse button erase the mask on that segment as well.
 
Then with your right mouse button slowly erase part of the second segment so that the tail segment begins to show. Do this until you get a look that looks blended to you.
 
Do this for each segment until your entire caterpillar has each segment blended.

Note: If you should swap between layers to work on each segment, make sure you go to Masks || Edit as changing layers deactivates the Edit Mask function.

 
Next select the Drawing tool with these settings:
Type = Freehand
Width = 7
Line style = Default line
Antialias = checked
Create as vector = unchecked
Close path = unchecked
 
Set your foreground style to Solid Color if it is not, and your foreground color to a light green (I had R=76, G=226, B=93).
 
      Make a new layer and draw an antenna on top left side of your caterpillar's head. Move this layer down below the head layer in your layer palette so that the antenna is behind it.
 


Go to Effects || 3D Effects || Inner Bevel, settings:
Bevel = Round (see left)
Width = 7
Smoothness = 8
Depth = 5
Ambience = 4
Shininess = 15
Color = R: 77, G: 182, B: 93
Degrees: 315
Intensity = 50
Elevation = 30
 
Click on the Mover tool and move the antenna into a better placing on the left side of the head if need be. And if the antenna doesn't need to be moved, then click on the Mover tool anyway. ;)
 
Now go to the layer palette, click on the antenna layer and choose "Duplicate" to create the second antenna.
 
Click on Image || Mirror and with the Mover tool position the second antenna on the right side of the head. It too should be behind the head.
 
Now go to Layers || Merge || Merge Visible, if necessary crop excess background off. Go to File || Export || Picture Tube, leave all settings as they are and name your tube "Caterpillar". This way you have a template you can use for your caterpillars.

Now you can put on any face that you wish to. And you can dress up your caterpillar.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Play around and have fun with it!