Balls and Bubbles Ladybug

This is what we will be making


This tutorial was written using PSP 8, which you can get here: .

This idea came from J.P. Kabala. I did J.P.'s wonderful tutorial for painting Marigolds in PSP8. Her sample image had a Ladybug on one of the flowers, and she mentioned in passing that she had created it using the new Balls and Bubbles effect. She said she was planning to write a tutorial about that sometime in the future, but I was so intrigued by the idea, I decided to try it on my own. I was successful (at least I think so, LOL), so I wrote to J.P. and asked her if it would be all right for me to publish my own Balls and Bubbles Ladybug tut. J.P. very graciously said "Sure. Go for it.", and so I did.

If you want to learn how to paint lovely Marigolds to put your Ladybug on, see J.P.'s wonderful tut HERE. While you're there, check out her other great tutorials!

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Note: This tutorial uses the new Balls and bubbles Artistic effect. If you've never used it before, please see this tutorial for information changing settings on the various tabs.

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Let´s begin!

1. Create a new image 300px by 300px, transparent background.

2. We'll make the head first. Add a new raster layer. Choose your selection tool, ellipse shape. Hold down your shift key and draw a very small circle. Go to Effects>Artistic Effects>Balls and bubbles, and use these settings:

Begin with the Preset named "Gold Ball", then make the following changes:

a. Shapes tab: Leave the settings as is.
b. Surface tab: Click in the Materials box and change the color to Black, change the Shininess to 100 and the Gloss to 35.
c. Maps tab: Change the Opacity to 0 and click the drop down arrow to find and select the Hubcap.jpg.


d. Illumination tab: There are 3 lights in this preset:

Light 1:
Light 1

Light 2:
light 2

Light 3:
light 3

When you've finished with all the settings, click on the Floppy disk Icon floppy disk and save this preset as "Ladybug Head"

4. Select your Pen tool pen tool. Set the Width to 1.00, the style to Solid Line, and the Segment type to line segments:

line segments

Change your foreground color to Black and set your background to Null.


Draw a line on each side of the head for antenna.


5. Let's make the body now. Add a new layer, name it "Body". Grab your selection tool (still set to Ellipse). Beginning in the center of your image, hold down your Shift key and draw a new selection, about 5Xs larger than the Ladybug head.

body selection

6. Go back to the Balls and Bubbles effects and select the Ladybug Head preset that you saved in Step 3. Make the following alterations to the preset:

Shape tab: No change
Surface tab: Change the Material color to #C00000, the Shininess to 50, and the Gloss to 0.
Maps tab: No change
Illumination tab: For Light 1, change the Ambience Maximum to 100, and the Ambience Minimum to 45.
Leave everything else the same.

Save this preset as "Ladybug Body".

Do not de-select!

7. Go to Selections>Load/Save Selection>Save Selection to Alpha Channel. This dialog will appear:

Alpha selection

Type a name for the selection into the text area.

Now, de-select.

8. Create a new layer. Choose your Pen tool, same settings as before, but change the line width to 3. Draw a straight line down the center of the body like this:

Line for wings

Don't worry about trying to stay within the body edges, that's why we saved that selection in Step 4.

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This tutorial is my own creation, any similarity to any other tutorial on the Internet is unintentional. It is copyrighted by me, *~Nightshadow~*, on June 29, 2003, and is not to be copied or reproduced in any way under penalty of law. Graphics lists, please e-mail me for permission to post my tutorials, especially because I would love to see the results :O)

NOTE: Any image you make using this tutorial is completely your own property.

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