Using Paint Shop Pro (Part 1)
I have often wondered how to re-create some of those effects seen in professional pics, so lets see if we can do that using Paint Shop Pro 6. As a reference lets take one of the dbz pics I have. On the left is the original picture of Cell, and on the right is one of my latest attempts to reproduce this image.
Here you can see a screen shot of PSP6 (click to enlarge). Most of the tools, such as "move", "crop" and "eraser" are self-explanatory; we need only to become familiar with the basic drawing and editing tools, which are the "dropper" tool, used for the color selection (for painting), the "retouch" tool (used for modifications like blurring, smoothing darkening and much more), and the "draw" tool, which can be used to draw lines or any shapes filled with any color of your choosing. Other tools have similar controls options. The tools you see to the left are not unique since you select what tools to display when you go to File/Preferences/Customize toolbar.
To the left is an example of the options one sees when the mouse is pointed on the "Tool options" bar (click to enlarge). The first three are the options for the retouch tool and the second set, for the draw tool. As can be seen, there are parameters (size, hardness, opacity...) to be varied that can drastically effect what you are trying to accomplish in your picture. I will try to explain what each option does as I describe how I drew the pic, but it's a good idea to play around with the tools first since there are not a lot of them in PSP6 (compared to photoshop) and get to know them by experimenting.
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