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10-27-2009, 05:16 PM
I had so much fun with the virtual pumpkin carving that I decided to share the fun and provide you with a tutorial. If you want to carve a pumpkin, feel free to download this one. Just click the thumbnail to be taken to the full size version, right click and choose "save picture as..."

http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u270/veelana/tutorials/th_Veelana_FreePumpkin_PU_only.png (http://s170.photobucket.com/albums/u270/veelana/tutorials/?action=view&current=Veelana_FreePumpkin_PU_only.png)

I also use some of bsilva's fantastic brushes - you can use anything you want, though :-) you can always click on the pictures to view the full size picture if you need it. click on the thumbnails if you want to see the whole picture!

So, here it is:

Virtual Pumpkin Carving 101 in photoshop

Step one: Preparing the pumpkin

Open your pumpkin in photoshop - I'm sure it will work VERY similar if you use a different program :-)

http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u270/veelana/tutorials/th_01.jpg (http://s170.photobucket.com/albums/u270/veelana/tutorials/?action=view&current=01.jpg)

On your "Layers" tab, choose "duplicate Layer". Name it anything you want to, it doesn't matter at all :-)

http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u270/veelana/tutorials/th_02.jpg (http://s170.photobucket.com/albums/u270/veelana/tutorials/?action=view&current=02.jpg)

Make the lower of the layers invisible by clicking the little eye and make a new layer on top of the two lpumpkin layers.

http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u270/veelana/tutorials/th_03.jpg (http://s170.photobucket.com/albums/u270/veelana/tutorials/?action=view&current=03.jpg)

Step two: the pattern

Draw the pattern you want to cut out of your pumpkin on the new layer. anything you color in now will be "cut" from your pumpkin later. Go wild! But try to stay away from designs that are too fiddly, they are going to give you a hard time later :-)

Here are some examples:

<-- Bats, fairly easy, I'm going to stick with this design for the tutorial.

http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u270/veelana/tutorials/th_04.jpg (http://s170.photobucket.com/albums/u270/veelana/tutorials/?action=view&current=04.jpg) http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u270/veelana/tutorials/th_05.jpg (http://s170.photobucket.com/albums/u270/veelana/tutorials/?action=view&current=05.jpg) http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u270/veelana/tutorials/th_06.jpg (http://s170.photobucket.com/albums/u270/veelana/tutorials/?action=view&current=06.jpg)

Step three: Carving the Pumpkin

ctrl + Click the layer you just drew on in your layers palette. You should see "marching ants" around your design to show that it has been selected.

http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u270/veelana/tutorials/th_07.jpg (http://s170.photobucket.com/albums/u270/veelana/tutorials/?action=view&current=07.jpg)

select the VISIBLE pumpkin layer and press delete on your keyboard. This will delete the selcted part from your pumpkin. Make the "drawing"- layer invisible (click the little eye) to view your pumpkin.

http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u270/veelana/tutorials/th_08.jpg (http://s170.photobucket.com/albums/u270/veelana/tutorials/?action=view&current=08.jpg)

If you are happy with your result, copy the layer again

http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u270/veelana/tutorials/th_09.jpg (http://s170.photobucket.com/albums/u270/veelana/tutorials/?action=view&current=09.jpg)

10-27-2009, 05:16 PM
Step four: Putting things into perspective

Click the "image... " tab, go to "Adjustments" and select "Hue/Saturation"

http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u270/veelana/tutorials/th_10.jpg (http://s170.photobucket.com/albums/u270/veelana/tutorials/?action=view&current=10.jpg)

use the "saturation" and "Lightness" sliders to chnge the pumpkins color until it looks like a pumpkin in the dark,

http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u270/veelana/tutorials/th_11.jpg (http://s170.photobucket.com/albums/u270/veelana/tutorials/?action=view&current=11.jpg)

Move the lower Pumpkin a little bit up and to one side to give the whole thing the feel of a little bit of perspective. Use the polygonal lasso tool to get rid of the parts that are peeking out uinder the top pumpkin.

http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u270/veelana/tutorials/th_12.jpg (http://s170.photobucket.com/albums/u270/veelana/tutorials/?action=view&current=12.jpg)

Use "Hue/Saturation" to lighten the lower pumpkin a bit.

http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u270/veelana/tutorials/th_13.jpg (http://s170.photobucket.com/albums/u270/veelana/tutorials/?action=view&current=13.jpg)

Now you have a couple of places where you get "holes" like this. Use a brush to make it look like this. If your drawing is frilly, thats a lot of work...

http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u270/veelana/tutorials/th_14.jpg (http://s170.photobucket.com/albums/u270/veelana/tutorials/?action=view&current=14.jpg) http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u270/veelana/tutorials/th_15.jpg (http://s170.photobucket.com/albums/u270/veelana/tutorials/?action=view&current=15.jpg)

Step five: Illuminating the pumpkin

turn on the lowest pumpkin level again. double clck its thumbnail in the layers palette and select "color overlay" Turn the color to a bright yellow

http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u270/veelana/tutorials/th_17.jpg (http://s170.photobucket.com/albums/u270/veelana/tutorials/?action=view&current=17.jpg) http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u270/veelana/tutorials/th_18.jpg (http://s170.photobucket.com/albums/u270/veelana/tutorials/?action=view&current=18.jpg)

turn your drawing layer back on and double click it.

http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u270/veelana/tutorials/th_19.jpg (http://s170.photobucket.com/albums/u270/veelana/tutorials/?action=view&current=19.jpg)

Reduce the "fill opacity" to zero

http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u270/veelana/tutorials/th_20.jpg (http://s170.photobucket.com/albums/u270/veelana/tutorials/?action=view&current=20.jpg)

And add an "outer glow". Play around until you like the effect, this are the settings that worked for me :-)

http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u270/veelana/tutorials/th_21.jpg (http://s170.photobucket.com/albums/u270/veelana/tutorials/?action=view&current=21.jpg)

You're done! congrats! My finished pumpkin looks like this - I would love to see the pumpkins you come up with!


Now you can head over to my blog to get three finished pumpkins as freebies, if you want them!

Ambowife Designs
10-27-2009, 05:20 PM
Cool tut Vee!! Thanks Hun :)

10-27-2009, 05:35 PM
thank you!

10-27-2009, 06:57 PM
cool! vee! thanks. I will have to try it!!!

10-28-2009, 11:47 AM
thanks for the tips. will have to try later, sure the kids will want to take a go too

10-28-2009, 01:29 PM
Awesome! Can't wait to play.... searching for some time here, anyone have any to spare? :l

10-28-2009, 08:49 PM
Here's my go at it, thanks for the tutorial.;)