Let’s Build a Scarecrow!

 

This tutorial was written for PSP v7, but should be easily adapted to v6, and assumes you have a working knowledge of the tools and effects.

The selection files are available as a zip file, or there are instructions for making your own selections. 

Right click and save the color palette, open in PSP and use your dropper to select the numbered colors when called for.Some of the screenshots are clickable thumbnails, most have been reduced to 75% of the original size.  Some are zoomed in by 1 to view the details more clearly.

Don’t forget to save often!

Begin with a 400 x 400 transparent canvas. With your ellipse selection tool, antialias checked, make a head shape toward the top of your canvas, or load head.sel from your scarecrow selection files. Fill with Color #1 from the color palette.Selections | FloatEffects | 3D Effects | Cutout
V | -1
H | -10
Opacity | 40
Blur | 20
Shadow Color | #9 from the color paletteDeselect
 
Create a new layer and name it bandana.  With your ellipse selection tool, make a saucer shaped selection under the head, or load the bandana.sel from the scarecrow selection files.Fill with #7 from the color paletteSelections | FloatEffects | 3D Effects | Cutout
Same settings, but change the shadow color to Black or #10 on the color paletteDeselectEffects | Geometric Effects | Wave
Horizontal Displacement
0 | 50
Vertical Displacement
12 | 50Effects | 3D Effects | Drop Shadow
V | 1
H | 1
Opacity | 50
Blur | 7
 
Create a new layer, name it shirt.  With your point to point lasso tool, antialias checked, draw the outline of a shirt, or load the shirt.sel file. Fill with #3Selections | FloatEffects | 3D Effects | Cutout
Same settings, but change the shadow color to #5DeselectEffects | 3D Effects | Drop Shadow
Same settingsEffects | Noise | Add
10% | UniformMove the shirt below the bandana layer on your layer palette
 
Create a new layer, name it overalls.  Move below the bandana layer on your layer palette.  With your lasso tool, point to point, antialias checked, draw the outline of the overalls, or load the overall.sel file.Fill with #5 Selections | FloatEffects | 3D Effects | Cutout
Same settings, change shadow color to black or #10
Repeat, change the V | 1 and the H |10DeselectEffects | 3D Effects | Drop Shadow
Same settingsEffects | Noise | Add
Same settings
 
Hide the head layer and merge visible, rename the merged layer to body and move to the bottom of your layer palette. Don’t forget to save!
 
Create a new layer above the head layer, name it eyes, then zoom in by 1 to make it easier to see.With your circle selection tool, antialias checked, make a circle for an eye. Fill with #9DeselectDuplicate the eye layer and use your mover tool to move the duplicate eye into place.
 
Create a new layer and name it nose.  With your triangle selection tool, antialias checked, start at the bottom right side of the nose, pull up and left to make the nose. Fill with #8 DeselectEffects | 3D Effects | Drop Shadow
Same settingsUse your mover tool to move the nose into place on the face.
 
Create a new layer, name it mouth. Set your foreground color to #7
Background color to No Fill or Null  Use your Draw Tool | Freehand | Width 1| Antialias Checked OnlyRefer to the screenshot for ideas.Effects | 3D Effects | Drop Shadow
Same settings
 
Create a new layer, name it cheek. With your circle selection tool, antialias checked, make a circle for his cheek. Fill with #6DeselectEffects | Blur | Gaussian Blur | 3Lower the opacity to 60Duplicate the cheek layer, then move into place on the other side of the face
 
Hide the head and the body layers, merge visible and rename the merged layer to face.  You should have three layers at this point.  Don’t forget to save!
 
Create a new layer, name it hat.  With your ellipse selection, create the brim of the hat, change to the rounded rectangle selection, hold the shift key and create the crown of the hat, or load the hat.sel from the selection files. Fill with #2Selections | FloatEffects | 3D Effects | Cutout
Same settings, change the shadow color to #9
Repeat, change the V | -1 and the H | -10DeselectEffects | Geometric Effects | Wave
Change the Vertical Amplitude to 4Effects | 3D Effects | Drop Shadow
Same settingsIf you hid a part of the face, either move the hat or the face into place.
 
Create a new layer, name it straw, then move the straw layer to the bottom of your layer palette.  You can zoom in to make this next step easier.Foreground color set to #2. Background color set to #1.  Use your draw tool, same settings as before to make the straw stuffing for the hands and feet.  Draw several lines in varying positions and angles.Effects | Artistic Effects | Black Pencil
Detail | 100
Opacity | 20Dulplicate the straw layer 3 times and move into place to represent the feet and hands.  Use the deformation tool to rotate and or resize.  Always sharpen when you rotate or resize.View normal.
 
Duplicate the original straw layer again, then move on your layer palette just below the head layer and above the body layer.  We want a little straw above the bandana, but below the face.
 
Create a new layer just under the hat layer and rename hair.  Zoom in by 1 to make this step easier.  Use your draw tool, same settings, same colors and give the fellow some hair. Effects | Artistic Effects | Black Pencil
Same settings Effects | 3D Effects | Drop Shadow
V | 1
H | 1
Opacity | 50
Blur | 1View normally.Add the same drop shadow to each of the straw layers, then merge visible.  Your scarecrow is complete as is, or do as I did and embellish the overalls or any other ideas you might have to personalize him.If you want to reuse your scarecrow, save as a psp file, or export as a tube.

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