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[ PSP X5 tutorial - written by @nn TDstudio - 2013 ]

Mr Owl


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This tutorial is written by Ann January, 2013 with a Dutch version of PSP X5
Any similarity to other tutorials is a coincidence







  • Translated into English by Jille, into German by Marion and  into French by Lorna

  • Whith special thanks to the people behind the scenes

  • TD-studio uses tubes by Kitty & Annelies regularly with their permission



  • MuRa's Meister - Copies
  • Alien Skin Eye Candy 5 - Impact - Gradient Glow
  • Alien Skin Eye Candy 5 - Textures - Weave
  • VanDerLee - Unplugged X
  • <I.C.NET Software> - Filters Unlimited 2.0 - Paper Textures


Open all files in PSP, duplicate and close the originals. NOTE: If you are using different colors you might need to colorize some of the files.

From PSP 14, 15 AND 16 there is no option for Image - Mirror & Image -  Flip There is a new option but this does not give the same result except when the tube/image covers the whole image from side to side There is a easy way to add the old Mirror and Flip options to the Image Menu I have written a tutorial you can find it HERE. From PSP 17 the option is back

NOTE: In this tutorial we are not using drop shadows because we will make a design, that doesn't need any depth

This is an informative tutorial. It is a challenge for you but also for me. It was my wish since long to prepare a tutorial like this one. So here it comes.



Open "@nn_120113_color-palette_MrOwl_tdstudio" you can select the colors using the Dropper Tool


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  1. File - New - New Image :
  2. Activate this file: @nn_050113_bg_owl_tdstudio.pspimage
  3. Edit - Copy
  4. Edit - Paste as new layer on your working area
  5. Effects - plugins - Mura's Meister - Copies:
  6. Effects - plugins - unlimited 2.0. - Paper Textures - Canvas Fine: standard settings
  7. Layers - New raster layer
  8. Activate dropper tool and choose the green color #2e4c36 groen = foreground color
  9. Activate Selection tool - Custom selection with these values:

  10. Activate Flood fill tool and fill the selection with the green color
  11. Selections - deselect all
  12. Activate tool Mesh warp with these settings:
    If the tool Mesh warp can't be find in your tool palette act as follows:
    View - Adjust - Choose TOOLS (left window) and choose Mesh warp (on the right) , drag the icon out of the window and into your tool palette (see also lesson: Wayona)
    Make a landscape like this one or any other to your choice:
  13. Click any other tool to deactivate
  14. Effects - plugins - EC5: Textures - Weave - choose my preset - tab SETTINGS/USER SETTINGS:
  15. Layers - Duplicate
  16. Shift + G (gamma correction) --> all on 0.70 (to darken)
  17. Move tool: move to the right and to the bottom :
  18. Layers - Duplicate and move to the left (see example - they should touch):
    9 10
  19. Layers - Merge - Merge down and repeat, the two colors of the grass are merged, and your layer palette looks like this:
  20. Background color on yellow= #f8d773 geel and close the foreground color
  21. Activate Preset shape tool and choose SUN 3 (or any other sun)
    Draw a sun:
  22. Layers - Convert to raster layer
  23. Layers - Duplicate !!!!!!!!!! -->>obligated !!!
  24. Effects - plugins - VanderLee - Unplugged X:
    Color: White
    Pay attention : You will have to fill in the right X and Y position yourself. The sunbeams have to be in the middle of the sun
  25. Layers - Arrange - Move down
  26. Layer palette: Activate top layer
  27. Layers - Merge - Merge down
  28. Layers - Arrange - move down
    Layer palette: looks like this
  29. Layer palette: activate top layer
  30. Layers - New raster layer
  31. Activate Picture tube and select @nn_120113_wolken_owl_tdstudio
    Stamp the clouds here:
  32. Foreground colour = White and background color to pattern - select this file
    @nn_120113_PATR_leaves_Owl_tdstudio.jpg :
    Material palette looks like this:
  33. Activate Preset shape and select: (altemus.pspshape) - AltemusBordersFour-4
  34. Draw a leave :(draw it anywhere - we will move it later on)
  35. Layers - Convert to raster layer
  36. Layers - Duplicate
  37. Image - mirror (use script if you work with X4 or X5 )
  38. Image - Resize with 75%
  39. Move tool - join together :
  40. Layers - Merge - Merge down and move:
  41. Layers - Duplicate
  42. Image - Resize:
  43. Again - mirror the leaves and move :
    Tip: you could give a texture-->> for example:
    Plugin - unlimited 2.0. - Paper Textures - Canvas Fine or any other EC5 Texture.
  44. Minimize your work
  45. We will make an owl (I made this owl with different Preset shapes and made 8 brushes from it to explain better)
    I used following Preset shapes: (= 8 brushes):

    Preset shape Ellipse:

    Preset shape Sea star (for the legs)

    Preset shape AltemusBorderfour-9

    Preset shape AltemusBordersFour-T

    Preset shape AltemusBordersFour-X

    Activate this file:
    We will stamp the brushes on our example, like we do with a puzzle - give every brush a new layer
  46. Layers - New raster layer (you can consider to give each layer a name, beginning with the first: LEGS)
  47. Activate brush tool and choose the first brush: : @nn_120113_brush_Mr-Owl_001_tdstudio
    Settings are OK for all brushes .
    Choose a color in the color palette, I choose orange and stamp on the example:

  48. Layers - New raster layer
  49. Brush tool and choose my 2d brush: @nn_120113_brush_Mr-Owl_002_tdstudio, choose a color in the color palette.
    Stamp on the example:
  50. Layers - New raster layer
  51. Brush tool and choose my 3rd brush: @nn_120113_brush_Mr-Owl_003_tdstudio, choose a color in the color palette.
    Stamp upon the example:
    34 Layer palette: reduce the opacity to place the other brushes.
  52. Continue till you obtain this result (do not forget to restore the opacity to 100% when you are done)
    Tip: you can add some textures.
  53. Remove bottom layer (the example)
  54. Layers - Merge - Merge visible
  55. Layers - New raster layer
  56. Picture tube Tool - select the eyes: @nn_120113_Eyes_Owl_tdstudio (we saw them in the lesson: Lima)
  57. Stamp on the right place
  58. Layers - Merge - Merge visible
  59. Edit - Copy
  60. Edit - Paste as new layer on your working area (do not touch)
  61. Image - Resize with 55%, Resize all layers not checked
  62. Effects - Image Effects - Offset (obligated):

  63. Effects - plugins - Mura's Meister - copies:
  64. Effects - plugins - EC5 impact - Gradient Glow - choose my preset @nn_130113_Mr-Owl_EC5_GG_tdstudio.f1s - tab SETTINGS/USER
  65. We will continue to embellish our design: draw a dotted line
  66. Color Palette: choose a foreground color and close the background color
  67. Activate Pen Tool, line style to your choice, size 2, Vector checked
    Draw some lines at random:
  68. Layers - convert to raster layer
  69. Pen tool again - line style solid
    Draw a line (we will write the text on a vector line)
  70. Material palette: Switch your material: Foreground color = locked; background color = open with a color of your choice
  71. Activate Text tool with these settings and use a font of your choice
    Text tool: Put the text tool on the line(you will see the T with a little bow), write your text and click add
  72. Layer palette , we have to remove the line.
    Proceed as follows: click on the "+"
    Close the eye from the new path (=line), click on the "-"
  73. Layers - Convert to raster layer
    This is the result:
    INFO: you can replace the vector-line by a Circle, an ellipse, a rectangle.... and write your text upon it.
    vb1 vb2 vb3
  74. You are free to add birds and butterflies with the picture tube tool (standard picture tubes in the PSP program) but that is up to you, there is no obligation
  75. Are you satisfied with the result ?
  76. Image - Picture Frame - choose a frame, I took: corel_09_030.pspframe
  77. Save both your work as a jpg.
    I hope you enjoyed this lesson

    Hugs Ann

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