PI6 Santa Holiday Greeting

 

This tutorial shows you a super easy way to make your own Santa Claus holiday image.

I've used it for my Christmas greeting to all of you, but it would also make a nice animated snowglobe, ornament or postcard. Along the way you'll learn some helpful tricks for making your own clip art, including using the Trace command to create your own shapes.  If you have trouble making the objects, you can download the Santamoon ZIP kit.

Start with a 300 X 300 new True Color image with a white canvas. The first thing we'll do is make the moon. Any tutorial that starts you off making celestial bodies has got to be fun, right? <g>

Select the Path Drawing tool. In the Attributes toolbar, click Shape and select Circle. Click in the Color box and select black. From the Mode dropdown list, select 2D. Draw a large circle that almost fills the base image.

big 2D black circle path object

Right click and Duplicate. In the Attributes toolbar, click in the Color box and select white. Now you have a white and a black circle. Position the white circle on top of the black one to create a half moon.

 

position white circle over black

Right click and Merge All. Choose Edit, Trace, Image. When the Trace dialog box opens, leave the default values and click OK.

Trace dialog box

In the Attributes toolbar, Horizontal Deform will be selected from the Mode dropdown list. Select 2D instead. Right click in the Color box and select Ulead Color Picker. Click the Yellow tab and select the first yellow on the left in the top row (RGB=255, 221, 120).

Hit the space bar to deactivate the moon object and select the base image. Look over at the Quick Color Controls on the right side of the work space. Make sure white is the background color (arrow).

make white the background color

Hit the Delete key to fill the base image with white. This will get rid of the black image underneath the moon object.

Right click in the Color box and select Ulead Color Picker. When the Color Picker opens, choose a dark, muted red (RGB=195, 0, 78). Click Shape and select Custom Shape. When the Custom Shape box opens, select 1/4 Circle and click OK. Choose the Transform tool. Click Rotate & Flip and select Flip Horizontally. Rotate clockwise by 10 degrees.

top of hat

Select the Path Drawing tool. Leave the red selected for the hat. We'll use the same color to make the legs and arms. Click Shape in the Attributes toolbar and choose Rounded Rectangle. Draw a rectangle like this one. In the Attributes toolbar, drag the Roundness slider to the right, up to 90, to make the shape rounder. Right click and Duplicate, so you have two of them. One will be Santa's arm, the other his dangling leg.

leg and arm shape

Click Shape and select Custom Shape. When the Custom Shape box opens, select Brush Tip 1. Draw a large shape for the body and leg that's resting on the moon. Select the Transform tool. In the Rotate by Degree section, rotate 95 degrees clockwise.

shape for other leg and body

Choose Object, Convert Object Type, From Path to Image. Select the Object Eraser tool. In the Attributes toolbar, click Lines and select Straight Lines. On the left side of the object, draw a vertical line to erase a neat slice of the end of the object. Click Lines and choose Freehand. Finish erasing the left end of the object. In the Attributes toolbar, click Trim.

erase left side of object

Select the Path Drawing tool. We'll use the same Brush Tip 1 Custom Shape, but click in the Color box and select white. Draw Santa's beard, like the one shown below.

Santa's beard

Select the Transform tool. In the Attributes toolbar's Freely transform section, select the Resize option. Drag the right side to the right, making the beard wider. Resize the width and height of the object so that it makes a gently curving beard. Don't worry that you can't see the beard very well against the white background. We'll fix that next.

resize beard

While the beard is active, choose Object, Convert Object Type, From Path to Image. Select the Airbrush Paint tool. In the Attributes toolbar, set the Size to 50 and the Transparency to 50. Click in the Color box and select a light gray, RGB=180, 180, 180. Make sure the beard object is active, then lightly airbrush around the outer edges of the beard. Don't overdo it, you just want to add enough gray shading to give some dimension to the beard.

airbrush light gray around edges

Select the Path Drawing tool. With the Brush Tip 1 Custom Shape still selected, draw a white shape for the left side of the moustache. Switch to the Transform tool. Rotate 90 degrees clockwise. Use the Resize option to make the left side of the moustache a bit taller. Convert this moustache Path object to an Image object. Just as you did for the beard, use the Airbrush Paint tool with the gray paint to airbrush around the outer edges of the object. Duplicate the moustache, flip it horizontally, and position it so the two moustache objects meet in the middle on top of the beard. You may need to rotate the right moustache a little.

moustache objects added

Select the Path Drawing tool to make Santa's face and nose. Click Shape and select Ellipse. Right click in the Color box and choose Windows Color Picker. When the Color Picker opens, mix a custom pale flesh color, RGB=239, 224, 209. Draw a rounded shape for Santa's head. Select the Pick tool and using the Order options, Send to Back. Position the face under the moustache and hat.

make Santa's face

While the face object is still active, choose Object, Convert Object Type, From Path to Image. To add cheek color, select the Airbrush Paint tool. In the Attributes toolbar, select Fat Stroke from the Preset dropdown list. Edit the Size to 50 and the Transparency to 50. Right click in the Color box and choose Ulead Color Picker. Click the Red tab and select a bright coral-pink color (RGB=255, 40, 104). 

Click a few times on each cheek to add color. This color must be visible just above the moustache. Keep in mind that not much of the face is going to show.

add cheek color

Select the Path Drawing tool with the same settings used for the face. Make a small rounded shape for the nose. Convert this Path object to an Image object, then Airbrush the coral-pink color on the nose. With the Pick or Selection tool, position the nose on top of the moustache. Rotate it 5-10 degrees clockwise if necessary.

add nose

Select the Path Drawing tool. In the Attributes toolbar, click Shape and select Circle. Click in the Color box and select black. Make a very small black circle for the eye. Right click, Duplicate. With the Pick tool, position the eyes just above the nose. They should be very small and close together, giving Santa a whimsical look. 

add eyes

While one eye is selected, Shift+Click the other eye and Santa's face, so all 3 are selected. Right click and Merge as Single Object. Whenever you merge like this, the newly merged object goes to the top of the stack. Right click and choose Arrange, Send to Back.

Next we'll make the sleeve and leg cuffs, which will be filled with this snowflake texture. Right click and save it to your hard drive.

snowflake texture

Select the Path Drawing tool. Click Shape and select Rounded Rectangle. Draw a "cuff" for the dangling arm and leg. Make the cuff slightly wider than the associated objects. Since the last object you made was black, the cuff will be black.

add cuff

Choose Object, Convert Object Type, From Path to Image. Choose Edit, Fill to open the Fill box. Click the Image tab. Select File and browse to the snowflake image you've saved to your hard drive. Click OK to fill the object with the snowflake texture.

fill cuff with snowflake texture

Select the Transform tool. Right click and Duplicate the cuff. Rotate it 20 degrees clockwise. Click on the dangling leg and rotate it 20 degrees clockwise. Drag the cuff over to the bottom of the dangling leg. Right click and Duplicate the cuff again for the other leg. Rotate the cuff 90 degrees counterclockwise and position it on the end of the outstretched leg.

As you can see in the image above, the Santa hat is not quite wide enough to cover the top of his face, and it needs a pointed end. To reshape the hat, while the Transform tool is still selected, click the Resize option in the Attributes toolbar. Drag the left control point slightly to the left so that the hat covers the top of the head. Switch to the Distort option. Drag the top right control point up and to the right slightly to create a pointy end.

make a pointy end for hat

Now we'll make a couple of freehand shapes for the hat brim, mittens, boots and a second arm. Select the Path Drawing tool. In the Attributes toolbar, click Shape and select the Spline tool. Starting just to the left of Santa's face, click, drag, and click to make a shape for the brim of the hat. Double click to close the path.

create spline tool hat brim

Convert the Path object to an Image object. Choose Edit, Fill and fill the object with the same snowflake texture used to fill the cuffs.

fill with snowflake texture

With the Path Drawing tool set to Spline, color=black, draw shapes for the boots. Remember to click, drag and click to get the shape you want. Double click to close each path. Duplicate the boot and rotate it as needed for the other leg. Position the boots at the ends of the feet. Use the Pick tool and the Order options to stack the boots under the leg cuffs.

boots added

With the Path Drawing tool set to Spline shape, click in the Color box and select the same red used on the hat, legs and arm. Click and drag an elongated oval for the arm that barely shows behind Santa's body. Right click and choose Arrange, Send to Back. Position it as shown below.

arm behind Santa

With the Path Drawing tool, Spline selected, click in the Color box and choose a very dark green (RGB=0, 121,0) for the mittens. Click and drag to create rounded mitten shapes for each arm.

Now that all of the objects have been drawn, let's add definition and contour to them. With the Pick tool, click on the hat brim to make it active. Select the Airbrush Paint tool. The same settings you used on the beard and moustache should still be in effect. Lightly airbrush gray around the edges of the hat brim. Repeat for the cuffs on the arm and legs, selecting each with the Pick tool, then Airbrushing around them.

airbrush gray on cuffs and hat brim

Select the Paintbrush tool. In the Attributes toolbar, select Fine Brush from the Preset dropdown list. Edit the Size to 1, and the Soft edge to 1. Now you'll add this fine black line around the edges of all of the objects, except for the moon. Select the Pick tool. Click on the red hat object to make it active, then hit Shift+P, which is the keyboard shortcut for Paint on Edges. Continue clicking on each object, then hitting Shift+P to paint on its edges, until all of the objects are outlined.

outlines added to all objects

There's a couple of little problems with the moon. First, it's not quite wide enough to support Santa's outstretched foot. Click on it with the Pick tool to select the moon, then switch to the Transform tool. Resize the moon so that it's big enough to cradle Santa.

The other problem with the moon is that the yellow color is not translating into GIF or PNG 256 Color format very well. There are little orange dots in it when saved as a GIF. If that doesn't bother you, then just paint on the edges of the moon and you're almost done. I don't like what's happening to this color, so I'm going to select a different yellow (RGB=255, 255, 206), somewhat lighter, to prevent the degradation of the color. I like this color moon better, even though the color isn't as rich. Then add Paint on Edges.

change color of moon

Now all we have to do is add some shading to the dark objects. Select the Pick tool, then click on the dangling leg object to make it active. Select the Burn Retouch tool. In the Attributes toolbar, select Wide Burn from the Preset dropdown list. While the leg object is active, position the Burn Retouch tool so that it is mostly off the object, and just barely touching the outer edges of the object. Lightly burn around the edges of the object, creating a contoured look.

use Burn Retouch tool to contour objects

Finally, add a small white circle path object with Paint on Edges to the top of the Santa hat. I selected all objects and Merged as Single Object, then added a white shadow at 15% Transparency. Add a sign and a freeform star. Fill the background (I've used the Fill Gallery's Navy), add an Edge frame (Edge 12 from the Edge Frame Gallery), and your Santa image is done!

This tutorial uploaded 12/15/00

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