Mexico Painting

©Doodles by LadyFox  04/20/07

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This tutorial was done with PSP9   
but could be done with version 8 or higher.

All of my tutorials are written following the steps I used to make my graphic.   
It is my hope that you will take what I provide 
and do your own thing with it. 

 

YOU WILL NEED

Paint Shop Pro -  Download a trial version 
Eye Candy 4000 30 day trial  
      OR      
Eye Candy 3.1 Free  
      I have included settings for both
      Eye Candy 3.1 instructions will be blue

 

Basic knowledge of vectors and layers  

Remember to SaveOften
STEPS - These are the steps I used

I got the idea for this painting when I was on the
freeway in El Paso, Texas.  From the freeway you
can see Juárez, Mexico.  This is the scene I saw.


Drag the arrow to mark your place

All layers are Raster Layers

1.

Lets Begin

New Image  500x400
File/Save As: mexico.pspimage

2.

Sky 

  New Layer: sky

Foreground Color: #5f97bb
Background Color: #bfd6dd
Background Style: Gradient
Gradient: Foreground-background
Style: Linear
Angle: 0
Repeats: 0
Invert: Checked
OK

Selection Tool
Selection type: Rectangle
Mode: Replace
Feather: 0
Anti-alias: NOT Checked

Select the top third of the image
Flood Fill [F] with the gradient

Keep Selected

Warp Brush
Warp Mode: Noise

Size: 150
Hardness: 50
Strength: 80
Step: 50
Noise: 100
Lock parameters: NOT Checked
Edge mode: Fixed
Draft quality: High
Final apply: Best quality: Checked

Move the brush in circles to form the clouds

Selections/ Select None [Ctrl+D]
3. Dirt
  Magic Wand
Mode Replace
Match Mode: RGB Value
Tolerance: 20
Sample Merged: NOT Checked
Contiguous: Checked
Feather: 0
Anti-alias: NOT Checked

Click on any blank space

New Layer: dirt

Foreground Color: #9b8155
Background Color: #4b5537

Paint Brush [B]
Brush Tip: +Round 25
Size: 25
Hardness: 60
Step: 1
Density: 100
Thickness: 25
Rotation: 0
Opacity: 100
Blend Mode: Normal

Brush Variance Palette [F11]
Color Blend: 25
Size: 31
Rotation: 5
Position Jitter: 54

Fill in the selection
4. Mountain
  New Layer: mountain

Foreground Style: Null
Background Color: #626066

Pen Tool
Mode: Freehand
Tracking: 10
Connect Segments: NOT Checked
Create On Vector: NOT Checked
Show Nodes: Checked
Anti-alias: Checked

Sketch in some mountains

Switch Mode to Edit and adjust the
nodes if desired

Selections/ Select None [Ctrl+D]
 
You can edit the nodes as  long as the image is selected
Once  you deselect you can no longer edit them

New Raster Layer: shading

Foreground Color: #595a6c
Background Color: #82767a

Airbrush Tool
Brush Tip: +Round 25
Size: +25
Hardness: 25
Step: 25
Density:25
Thickness: 100
Rotation: 0
Opacity: 100
Blend Mode: Normal
Rate: 1

Scribble on some of each color
Making sure to go over the edges

Adjust/ Add and Remove Noise/ Add
Noise
Gaussian
Noise: 30%
Monochrome: Checked
OK

Effects/ Plugins/ Eye Candy 4000/
Jiggle
Movement Type: Brownian Motion
Bubble size: 3.00
Warp Amount: 36.88
Twist: 99
Seamless Tile: NOT Checked
Random Seed: 1
OK

Effects/ Plugins/ Eye Candy 3/
Jiggle
Bubble size: 5
Warp Amount: 39
Twist: 90
Movement Type: Brownian Motion
OK


Active Layer: mountain

Magic Wand Tool
Mode: Replace
Match Mode: RGB Value
Tolerance: 25
Contiguous: Checked
Feather: 0
Anti-alias: NOT Checked

Click on the mountain
Selections/ Invert [Ctrl+Shift+I]

Active Layer: shading
Tap the Del Key

Selections/ Invert [Ctrl+Shift+I]
Adjust/ Blur/ Gaussian Blur
Radius: 3.00
OK

Selections/ Select None [Ctrl+D]

5. Train
  New Layer: train

Foreground Color: #262920
Background Color: #393c36

Selection Tool [S]
Selection type: Rectangle
Mode: Replace
Feather: 0
Anti-alias: NOT Checked
Make a small thin selection near the
base of the mountain for the train
The mountain is way off in the distance so the train is pretty small

Paint Brush [B]
Brush Tip: +Square 50
Size: 150
Hardness: 90
Step: 100
Density: 100
Thickness: 25
Rotation: 0
Opacity: 100
Blend Mode: Normal

Brush Variance Palette [F11]
Color Blend: 100

Start at one end of the selection and
paint to the other end

6. Tracks
  New Layer: tracks

Foreground Color: #565755
Background Style: Null

Pen Tool
Mode: draw Lines and Polylines
Connect Segments: NOT Checked
Create On Vector: NOT Checked
Show Nodes: checked
Line style: +Solid
Width: 1.00
Anti-alias: Checked

Draw a line just below the train for
the tracks

Active Layer: mountain
Selection Tool [S]

Make a long thin selection from the
tracks to a little bit above the train

Adjust/ Brightness and Contrast/
Brightness/Contrast [Shift+B]
Brightness: -10
Contrast: 0
OK
I did my darkening on the mountain layer.  However if you don't get the desired results, try it on the shading layer

7. Houses
  Active Layer: tracks
New Layer: houses

Foreground Color: #543f2e
Background Color: #9a8e4e

Paint Brush [B]
Brush Tip: +Square 10
Size: 10-20
Hardness: 94
Step: 200
Density: 100
Thickness: 100
Rotation: 0
Opacity: 100
Blend Mode: Normal

Brush Variance Palette [F11]
Color Blend: 100
Hue: 25
Saturation: 100
Position Jitter: 150

Starting at the base of the mountain using a Size 10 Brush
paint a line or two of houses
This part of Juárez is very crowded and from the freeway
it looks almost like a solid mass of houses

Continue adding houses, increasing the size of the brush as you move forward

Adjust/ Hue and Saturation/
Hue/Saturation/Lightness [Shift+H]
Edit/ Reds
Hue: 23
OK

8. Finishing
  Sign your painting and add a frame  and you are done
 

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial

 

©Doodles by LadyFox  04/20/07

If you have any questions or need help,  feel free to email me LadyFox

 

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