Cauldron Tutorial

Tools Required
PSP v7, or easily adapted to v6
Hoods Tubes – Redistributed here with permission of the creator.

Download the PSP zip files, unzip, open in PSP and export as tubes.
Hoods Gray Bubble
Hoods Smoke/Steam
Hoods Flames
Hoods Sparks

Cauldron Selections

Cauldron Selection Files

Screenshots are clickable for a better view and were resized to 60% of original.

Don’t forget to save often!

Step 1

Create a new image 400 x 400 | 72 dpi | Transparent | 16.7 mil colors

Selections | Load from disk | cauldron.sel

Foreground Color 89 | 85 | 85

Background Color 0 | 0 | 0

Set foreground style to Sunburst Gradient

Horizontal | 28

Vertical | 29

Repeats | 0

Fill the cauldron selection

Step 2

Effects | Texture Effects | Fine Leather | More Cracks | Color | Black

Angle | 210

Blur | 10

Number of furrows | 18

Length of furrows | 10

Transparency | 247

Deselect

Step 3

Create a new layer

Selections | Load from disk | top.sel

Fill with the same gradient, however, check inverse

Deselect

Add Drop Shadow

V and H | 2

Opacity | 100

Blur | 8.2

Step 4

Create a new layer

Selections | Load from disk | inner.sel

Foreground Color 0 | 192 | 0

Background Color 11 | 245 | 11

Set foreground style to Sunburst Gradient

Same settings as before

Fill selection

Step 5

Effects | Texture Effects | Fur

Blur | 48

Density | 100

Length | 19

Transparency | 91

Deselect

Step 6

Right Click on Layer 3 | Duplicate green layer

Effects | Geometric Effects | Ripple

Amplitude | 6

Wavelength | 28

Horizontal Center | 0

Vertical Center | 50

Step 7

Retouch tool set to Push

Size | 6

Hardness | 5

Opacity | 12

Step | 1

Density | 60

Push or pull a couple of drips over the side

Step 8

Create a new layer

With Hoods Gray Bubble Tube, size set from 10 – 20, create a layer of bubbles above the brew.

Colors | Colorize | Hue 60 | Saturation 120

Step 9

Create a new layer, drag to the bottom of your layer palette and fill with black so we can see our smoke.

Create a new layer at the top of your palette.

With Hood’s Smoke Tube set scale at 80, add some smoke, then lower the opacity of the smoke layer to around 50.

Effects | Geometric Effects | Wind

Strength | 6

From left or right

Hide your black background layer, then merge visible. Your bubbling, smoking cauldron is finished!

Next, we’ll add the firewood, sparks and flames.

Step 10

Create a new layer

Selection Tool | Rounded Rectangle | Antialias Checked

Create a selection to make a stick of firewood.

Set Foreground Style to Pattern | Drift Wood

Fill your selection

Colors | Adjust | Brightness/Contrast | Brightness -50 | Contrast 0

Deselect

Duplicate 4 or 5 times, then rotate, resize and place each piece of firewood under the cauldron. Refer to my finished image at the top of the page for placement ideas for the wood and for the flames in the next part. Place some behind the cauldron and give each piece of wood a drop shadow to give your image more depth.

Step 11

Create a new layer

Add some flames and sparks with Hood’s fire and sparks tubes, scale set from 20 to 30.

The cauldron below was created with Eye Candy Jiggle for the brew, Melt for the goo coming over the sides and Smoke for the well, smoke! Use your imagination and make even better effects!

Let me know if I can assist you in any way, thanks for taking the time to view and/or try my tutorial!