Ocean Sunset Painting

©Doodles by LadyFox  05/19/07

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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. 



Paint Shop Pro -  Download a trial version 
Basic knowledge of layers and brushes  

Remember to SaveOften
STEPS - These are the steps I used.

Drag the arrow to mark your place


Lets Begin

New Image  400x400
File/Save As: ocean.pspimage


 Make A Gradient

  First we are going to make a gradient

Foreground Color: #f4bda8
Background Color: #9cb5bd
Background Style: Gradient

Click the property box

The Material Properties window will open
Select the Gradient tab

Use the Gradient that comes up for now
Angle: 0
Repeats: 0
Invert: NOT Checked
Style: Linear

Click the Edit button below the gradient selection box
The Gradient Editor will open
Click New
Name your Gradient - I used LF_ForegroundBackground
I always put LF_ before anything I create. This forces all my creations to be grouped together

Click on the left bottle [1]

Click the Fore: box under Gradient
Click on the right bottle [2]
Click the Back: box under Gradient
Click the center diamond [3]
Change Location to: 30
Answer Yes
Your gradient is now ready to use

This is a foreground background Gradient so if you change the foreground or background color the gradient will change. The settings will remain the same
3. Sky
  New Layer: sky

Selection Tool [S]
Selection Type: Rectangle
Mode: Replace: Feather: 0
Anti-alias: NOT Checked

Select the top third of the image

Flood Fill Tool [F]
Match Mode: None
Sample Merged: NOT Checked
Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 100


Foreground Color: #a8caad
Background Color: #60908f
Background Style: Gradient
4. Water
  New Layer: water

Selection Tool [S]
Select three fourths of the remaining space

Foreground Color: #d4b680
Background Color: #e3cd99
Background Style: Gradient
5. Sand
  New Layer: sand

Selection Tool [S]
Select the remaining space

Adjust/ Add/Remove Noise/ Add Noise
Noise: 5%
Monochrome: checked

Repeat 2 more times
6. Warp The Water
  Active Layer: water
Layers/ Duplicate
Layers/ Arrange/ Bring to Top

Warp Brush
Warp Mode: Expand
Size: 100
Hardness: 0
Strength: 100
Step: 25
Noise: grayed out
Lock parameters: NOT Checked
Edge mode: Background
Draft Quality: Medium
Final apply: Best quality: Checked

Warp the water up over the sand
7. Warp The Sky
  Active Layer: sky
Layers/ Duplicate

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

Warp some of the orange up into the blue

Smudge Brush
Size: 55
Hardness: 50
Step: 10
Density: 25
Thickness: 100
Rotation: 0
Opacity: 25
Sample merged: NOT Checked

Smudge any rough edges
8. Waves
  Active Layer: Copy of water
New Layer: waves

Starting Colors
Foreground Color: #476f6f
Background Color: #5e8263

Mid Colors
Foreground Color: #5e8c8b
Background Color:#7aa07f

Ending Colors
Foreground Color: #bfddc3
Background Color: #e0f0e2

Paint Brush [B]
Size: 5-25
Hardness: 80
Step: 34
Density: 35
Thickness: 100
Rotation: 0
Opacity: 100
Blend Mode: Normal
Continuous: NOT Checked
Wet look paint: NOT Checked

Brush Variance Palette [F11]
Color Blend: 100
Size: Oscillating Fade
Thickness: Oscillating Fade
Fade Rate: 373
Position Jitter: 200

Starting with the dark colors and the smallest brush paint in some waves. Increasing the brush size as you work inward and switching to the lighter colors
Alt+C increases the brush size and Alt+X decreases the size. Hold down the Ctrl Key while running the mouse over a color to change to that color

Paint on some waves

Smudge Brush
Size: 32
Hardness: 50
Step: 25
Density: 50
Thickness: 100
Rotation: 0
Opacity: 75
Sample Merged: NOT Checked

Smudge the waves
I smudges crosswise first then up and down

New Layer: waves 2
Paint on some whitecaps


Foreground Color: #ffd878

9. Sun
  New Layer: sun

Brush Tip: +Round 50
Size: 50
Hardness: 25
Step: 10
Density: 100
Thickness: 100
Rotation: 0
Opacity: 75
Blend Mode: Normal

Place the mouse where you want the sun to be
Click once

Move the layer below the water layer

Active Layer: waves 2
New Layer: sun rays

Paint Brush [B]
Density to: 50
Opacity to: 25

Place the brush on the sun
Click Once
Move the cursor downward and to the left a little
Hold down the Shift Key
Click Once

Smudge Brush
Size to: 55

Smudge the rays
10. Finish
  Sign your painting and add a frame

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial



©Doodles by LadyFox  05/19/07

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


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