Tiny Country Picture
Tutorial by Whisper

I saw a picture like this on someone's site a while ago and thought it was too cute and decided to make one myself.
Now I will pass on how I made it to you.

This tutorial was created and put on this site on April 3, 2003.
It is property of and 2001-2003 to Whisper's Web Works.
Please do not copy or place this tutorial or any of the graphics on any site,
email or elist without written permission directly from me. If you would like to share the url for this tutorial, you may do so without writing for permission, but I always welcome a "who, where" email.  Thank you.

For this tutorial you will need:
Paint Shop Pro  ~ download a trial version.

 

Open a new image:
200 x 100 pixels
Transparent
16.7 Million colors

Flood fill with a nice blue, I am using #ADCAFF.

Rename this first layer sky.

Add a new raster layer and name it hill1.

Set your foreground to a medium green, I am using #7BAB7B.  Set your background to null.

Set your draw tool to:
Freehand
Line width 2
Line style solid
Vector UNchecked
Antialias checked

Draw the top outline of the first hill like shown below.

Add a new raster layer and name it hill2.

Draw the top outline of the second hill like shown below.

Set your airbrush tool to:
Round
Size 10
Hardness 25
Opacity 100
Step 25
Density 100

On each layer fill in the hill area.

 

Lower the opacity of both hill layers down to 50 so you can easily see the edges.

Activate hill1 layer.

Selections > Select all.

Selections > Float.

Selections > Defloat.

Add a new raster layer and name it hill1 shadow.

Set your foreground to a dark green than you used for the hills, I am using #3B5B3B.

Set your airbrush tool to:
Round
Size 11
Hardness 25
Opacity 48
Step 25
Density 14

Brush along the exposed edge.  You want to be sure to follow the edge of hill2 that overlaps and make it a bit denser than the other edges.  I have zoomed in once to see it better.


(Click for larger view.)

Effects > Blur > Gaussian Blur > 5.5 > ok.

Selections > Select none.

Return the opacity of your hill layers to 100%.

Turn off all layers except the hill1 and hill1 shadow layers.

Layers > Merge > Merge Visible.

Rename this layer hill1.

Effects > Noise > Add > 5%, uniform > ok.

Turn all layers back on.

Activate hill2 layer.

Selections > Select all.

Selections > Float.

Selections > Defloat.

Add a new raster layer and name it hill2 shadow.

Using your airbrush tool trace around the outline of the hill.


(Click for larger view.)

Effects > Blur > Gaussian Blur > 5.5 > ok.

Selections > Select none.

Turn off all layers except the hill2 and hill2 shadow layers.

Layers > Merge > Merge Visible.

Rename this layer hill2.

Effects > Noise > Add > 5%, uniform > ok.

Turn all layers back on.

Add a new raster layer and name it flowers.

Set your foreground to a nice spring flower color, I am using #F8D8C8.

Set your paintbrush tool to:
Round
Size 1
Hardness 100
Opacity 100
Step 25
Density 100

Zoom in a couple of times and dot four times in a check pattern like shown below.

Edit > Copy.

Right click in the top of your image bar and "Paste as New Selection."  Drop off your flower wherever you like.  Continue to paste as new selections until you have as many flowers as you like.

Add a new layer and name it sun.

Set your foreground to a warm yellow, I am using #EDDF81.

Set your selection tool to:
Ellipse
Feather 0
Antialias checked

Draw out a nice circle for your sun.  It does not have to be perfectly round.

Fill the selection with the yellow.

Add a new raster layer and name it sun2.

Effects > 3D effects > Cutout > these settings:
Horizontal & Vertical 0
Opacity 100
Blur 23.8
Shadow color orange, I am using #EAAB24

Selections > Select none.

Turn off all layers except the sun and sun2 layers.

Layers > Merge > Merge Visible.

Rename this layer sun.

Effects > Noise > Add > 5%, uniform > ok.

Move the sun layer so it is above the sky layer but below the hill1 layer.

Using your mover tool position the sun in the crook of the hills.

With the dropper tool select the color at the very edge of the sun.  I got #E8C759.

Add a new raster layer and name it rays.

Set your draw tool to:
Freehand
Line width 2
Line style solid
Vector UNchecked
Antialias checked

Draw some rays coming out of your sun.

Effects > Blur > Gaussian Blur > 2.5 > ok.

Layers > Arrange > move down.

Activate your sky layer.

Add a new raster layer and name it clouds.

Set your paintbrush tool to:
Custom
Clouds
Size 23
Opacity 60
Step 25

Dot a few clouds in the sky.


(Click for larger view.)

Effects > Blur > Gaussian Blur > 2.5 > ok.

Turn off all layers except the clouds and sky layers.

Layers > Merge > Merge Visible.

Effects > Noise > Add > 5%, uniform > ok.

Turn all layers back on.

Activate your top layer.

Add a new layer and name it frame.

Set your foreground to a warm brown, I am using #B9A27D

Selections > Select all.

Selections > Modify > Contract > 7 > ok.

Selections > Invert.

Flood fill this selection with the brown.

Add a new raster layer and name it frame2.

Set your foreground to a darker brown, I am using #645236.

Zoom in a couple of times.

Using your airbrush tool with the same settings go around the outer edge of your frame.


(Click for larger view.)

Effects > Blur > Gaussian Blur > 1.5 > ok.

Turn off all layers except the frame and frame2 layers.

Layers > Merge > Merge Visible.

Effects > Noise > Add > 5%, uniform > ok.

Turn all layers back on.

Selections > Invert.

Add a new raster layer.

Effects > 3D Effects > Cutout > same settings as before, except change the orange to a dark brown, I am using #463E32.

Selections > Select none.

Image > Canvas size > these settings:
New width 200
New height 150
Center image horizontally checked
Center image vertically UNchecked
Top 50
Bottom 0

Add a new raster layer and name it hanger.

Set your foreground to black or a dark brown, I am using #3C2E18.

Set your draw tool to:
Single line
Line width 2
Line style solid
Vector UNchecked
Antialias checked

Start by placing your cursor at the top left corner of your frame and draw up and towards the center like shown below.
(My coordinates were 4,54 to 100,30.)


(Click for larger view.)

Right click on this layer and duplicate.

Image > Mirror.

Add a new raster layer and name it nail.

Set your foreground color to black.

With your draw tool draw a small line about 10 pix long and slanting a small bit to the side.

Set your paintbrush to:
Normal
Round
Size 4
Hardness 50
Opacity 100
Step 25
Density 100

Place one dot at the top end of the line to create the head of the nail.

Layers > Merge > Merge visible.

Image > Resize > 50% & all layers checked.

You may or may not want to sharpen your picture - your choice.

There is your tiny country picture!

Try adding some trees or animals to your scene.

Enjoy!

 

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