Spool Doll

©Doodles by LadyFox  03/29/04

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This tutorial was done with PSP8   
but could be done with other versions.

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   
 Face Off font - optional
 Eye Candy 3.1
Basic knowledge of vectors and layers

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


Drag the arrow to mark your place

Lets Begin

I saw some spool dolls in a craft book and 
thought they would be fun to make in PSP
There are Three Parts to this tutorial:
1. Make the spool
2. Make the beads
3. Assemble the doll

Part One The Spool

1.

 Make The Spool

New Image  150 x 150
File/Save As: Spool.pspimage

Foreground Color: #E8C394
Background Color: #F3DFC3

Set Background to Gradient
Select Foreground-background
Style: Linear
Angle: 90
Repeats: 1
Invert: NOT checked

New Vector Layer: spool

Preset Shape: Rectangle
Anti-alias: checked
Create as vector: checked
Line style: solid
Width: 1.00

Draw out a rectangle 60 x 70 [third set of numbers]

Object Selection Tool
Right click on the rectangle
Align Object/Center In Canvas

Draw out another rectangle 80 x 15 
Move it to the top of the first rectangle

Object Selection Tool
Right click on the rectangle
Align Object/Horz. Center In Canvas

Pen Tool
Simple Mode: checked
Mode: Edit

Add a new node where the new rectangle crosses the first rectangle

Click on one of the lower outside nodes and move it upwards

Note: You can either click and drag the node or click on the node you 
want to move and use the up arrow to move it. I moved mine 8 pixels

Repeat for the other corner

Object Selection Tool
Right click on the top rectangle/ Copy [Ctrl + C]

New Vector Layer
Right click on the image/ Paste New Vector Selection [Ctrl + G]
Image/Flip [Ctrl + I]

Note: If you paste it on the first vector layer then flip it everything will flip

Move the new rectangle into place at the bottom of the spool

Object Selection tool
Draw a rectangle around the entire spool
Right click/ Group

Layer Palette
Right click on Vector 1/ Delete
Double click on Group 1 
Rename it Spool

Optional Step
File/ Export /Shape to save as a preset shape

Layer Palette
Right click on the Group Spool/ Create Raster Selection [Ctrl + Shift + B]

Edit/ Paste/ Paste as New Image [Ctrl + V]
Click on the new image
File/ Export/ Picture Tube

Close the new image without saving

Save and close: Spool.pspimage

Part Two The Beads

2.

 The Large Bead

New Image 150 x 150

File Save As: lg-bead.pspimage

Foreground Color: Null
Background: #E8C394

Preset Shape: Ellipse
Anti-alias: checked
Create as vector: not checked

Place the cursor at 30,30
Hold down the Shift key and drag out a circle to 123,123

On the Script toolbar, 

click the dropdown arrow and scroll to find: CenterLayer
Click the arrow to run the script

PSP 7 users:
Select the object/ Cut
Edit/ Paste/ As New Layer [Ctrl + L]
This will paste the object in the exact center.

Selection Tool
Select the circle
Selections/ Invert [Ctrl + Shift + I]

Effects/ 3D Effects/ Drop Shadow

Offsets: 0
Opacity: 100
Blur: 62
Color: #F3DFC3

Selections/ select None [Ctrl + D]
Adjust/ Add/Remove Noise/ Add Noise
Noise: 3% Uniform
Monochrome: not checked

File/ Export/ Picture Tube
Save and close

 

3.

 The Small Beads

New Image 100 x 100

File Save As: sm-bead.pspimage

Foreground Color: Null
Background: #F3DFC3

Preset Shape: Ellipse
Anti-alias: checked
Create as vector: not checked

Place the cursor at 16,16
Hold down the Shift key and drag out a circle to 85,85
Run the CenterLayer script

Selection Tool
Select the circle
Selections/ Invert [Ctrl + Shift + I]

Effects/ 3D Effects/ Drop Shadow

Offsets: 0
Opacity: 100
Blur: 45
Color: #E8C394

Selections/ select None [Ctrl + D]
Adjust/ Add/Remove Noise/ Add Noise
Noise: 3% Uniform
Monochrome: not checked

New Raster  layer: hole

Foreground Color: Null
Background: #B38F68

Preset Shape: Ellipse
Anti-alias: checked
Create as vector: not checked

Place the cursor at 42,42
Hold down the Shift key and drag out a circle to 60,60
Run the CenterLayer script

Layers/ Duplicate
Turn off the visibility of the copy 

Make hole the active layer

Effects/ 3D Effects/ Cutout 
note: I did not select the circle

Offsets: 4
Opacity: 100
Blur: 8
Color: #B38F68

Make copy of hole the active layer
Turn the visibility back on

Effects/ 3D Effects/ Cutout 

Offsets: -1
Opacity: 45
Blur: 0
Color: #B38F68

Lower the layer opacity to 75

Turn off the visibility on Raster 1
Layers/ Merge/ Merge Visible

Turn the visibility back on

Image/ Canvas Size

Change width:200
Change left: 0

Make raster 1 the active layer
Right click/ Duplicate
Image/ Mirror [Ctrl + M]

Make merged the active layer
Right click/ Duplicate
Image/ Mirror [ Ctrl + M]

Mover Tool
Move the hole down and to the left

Image/ Canvas Size

Change width:300
Change left: 0

Make raster 1 the active layer
Right click/ Duplicate
Image/ Mirror [Ctrl + M]


Layers/ Merge/ Merge Visible

File/ Export/ Picture Tube
Make sure to change cells across to 3

Part Three Assembling The Doll

4.

The  Head & Body

New Image 500 x 500
File/ Save As/ SpoolDoll.pspimage

New Raster Layer: head

Picture Tube Tool
Select the lg-bead

Place the cursor at 250,100
Click once

New Raster Layer: body

Picture Tube Tool
Select the spool

Place the cursor at 252,210
Click once
Use the Mover Tool to line it up if needed

5.

 The Arms

New Raster Layer: arms

Still using the spool tube
Change Scale: 60

Place one spool

Deform Tool
Rotate the spool and move it into place
Click Reset rectangle

Picture Tube Tool
Place another spool somewhere off to the side
We will use it shortly

Picture Tube Tool
Select the sm-bead
Scale: 50
Place one plain bead and one with a hole 

Selection tool
Select each part and move it into place
Arrange the spools and beads as desired

Use the Deform Tool to rotate the spools if needed.

The deform process probably promoted to layer at least once
Just turn off all but the layers for the arm
Layers/ Merge/ Merge Visible

Rename the layer: arm

If you want the other arm to be different 
just follow the above steps

If you want both arms the same
Layers/ Duplicate
Image/ Mirror

6.

 The Legs

New Raster Layer: leg

Picture Tube Tool
spool
Scale: 60

Repeat the above steps to make the legs

Note: I spaced my spools further apart so you can see how he is strung

7.

 Stringing The Doll

Foreground Color: #C0C0C0
Background Color: Null

Pen Tool
Simple Mode: checked
Mode: Draw
Segment type: Point to Point
Line style: + solid
Width: 4
Anti-alias: Checked

On the screen shot you can see where I clicked to place my first line

Note: I drew my line using #808080 so it would show up better on the screen shots


Because the holes on the hands are on the side you would see the ribbon on the other side
so I drew that too

Eraser
+Default
Shape: round
Size: 8
Hardness: 100
Step: 25
Density: 100
Thickness:100
Rotation: 0
Opacity: 50
Erase the parts of the line that would be inside the bead or spool

Adjust the eraser size and opacity as needed
Note: You may have to go over some parts more than once to get it all erased

I used the Freehand Selection Tool
Selection type: Point to point
Mode: Replace
Feather: 0
Smoothing: 0
Anti-alias: Not Checked

8.

 Add A Face

I just drew a simple face, but you could use a font called Face Off for this one

I used the letter "i" for the face

9.

 Add Some Hair

New Raster Layer: 
hair

Picture Tube Tool
Tube: Rope
Scale: 25
Step: 1
Placement mode: Continuous
Selection mode: Incremental

Draw some hair

I like to do my hair in several layers

Effects/ Plugins/ Eye Candy 3.1/ Jiggle

Bubble Size: 8
Warp Amount: 5
Twist: 75
Movement Type: Turbulence

Continue adding layers
Drawing some hair
Applying the jiggle

Don't forget to add at least one layer behind the head 

When I was finished I went back and applied the Jiggle to each hair layer again

Your basic doll is now finished.

10. Decoration Ideas
You can just colorize the different parts

Select the parts you want to colorize
Adjust/ Hue Saturation/ Colorize [Shift + L]
Play with the sliders until you find what you want

Hint: You can pick the color in the color palette then click on the box
The Materials Window will open up and you can write down the numbers for hue and saturation
Then open up the Colorize window and type them in the boxes

If the color isn't as dark as you want
Adjust/ Brightness and Contrast/ Brightness/Contrast [Shift + B]
use plain numbers to brighten, minus numbers to darken

Add a new Raster Layer: bow1

Pen Tool
use the same settings except change 
Segment Type to Freehand

Draw a bow to cover up the lines at the neck
Draw the loops of the bow

Add a new Raster Layer: bow2
Draw the tails of the bow
then move this layer below the loops

Add a new Raster Layer: bow
Draw the knot

Effects/ 3D Effects/ Drop Shadow
Offsets: 0
Opacity: 100
Blur: 1
Color a darker shade of the bow color

Effects/ 3D Effects/ Inner Bevel
I then applied the same drop shadow and bevel to the strings

 

Thanks to my Testers

Hélène

Babs

Sharon J.

©Doodles by LadyFox  03/29/04

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

 

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