PI5 Easter Greeting


Spring is finally here -- the earth renews itself and fuzzy little babies of all kinds start appearing. If you're looking for a different kind of Easter greeting for your home page or postcard site, you'll probably have fun with this one. Click to view full size.

Easter Chick and Bunny image

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This tutorial shows how to put simple, 2D path shapes together to make a fluffy chick with a little surprise hatching out of the egg next to her! The Bristle Paint tool and the Blur command softens edges, then use Mask Mode to make a broken Easter egg for the bunny to peep out of.

This tutorial shows how to put simple, 2D path shapes together to make a fluffy chick with a little surprise hatching out of the egg next to her! The Bristle Paint tool and the Blur command softens edges, then use Mask Mode to make a broken Easter egg for the bunny to peep out of.

Start by creating a new, True Color image 400 pixels wide by 300 pixels high. Make the canvas color black. Select the Path Drawing tool. In the Attributes toolbar, click Shape and select the Circle. Click the Color box and select bright yellow (RGB=255, 255, 0). From the Mode dropdown list, choose 2D. Draw a circle for the chick's head.

chick's head

Click Shape in the Attributes toolbar and select the Ellipse. Draw an elongated oval object like this one to serve as the top of the chick's body. Select the Transform tool. In the Attributes toolbar, rotate the ellipse 30 degrees counterclockwise.

top part of chick's body

Copy the ellipse into the Clipboard and paste it back into the image. Rotate it 15 degrees counterclockwise. From the Attributes toolbar select the Resize option. Drag on the center side control point to make the ellipse wider. Use the Pick tool to position the 3 objects as shown on the left side of the image. Click in the base image to deactivate the objects.

bottom part of chick's body

bezier/polygon toolSelect the Path Drawing tool. In the Attributes toolbar click Shapes and select the Bezier/Polygon tool, with which you may draw freehand path shapes. Click in the Color box and select a yellow-orange color (RGB=247, 188, 91).

We're going to draw the chick's left leg first. To use the Bezier/Polygon, click, drag, click and repeat to create the shape. Each time you click, you'll see a square control point along the path's bounding area. Double click to close the path shape. Draw one like the one shown below.

path shape for left leg of chick

After double clicking to close the path, the left leg should look like this one.

path shape for leg

Click in the base image to deactivate the leg. Now make the right leg so that the two legs together look like the ones shown at left. Use the Pick tool with it's Attributes toolbar's Order options to Send Backward the right leg of the chick.

right leg added

Open the EasyPalette's Layer Manager. Click on the first thumbnail, then hold down on the Shift key while clicking the other thumbnails. When all are selected, right click anywhere in the Layer Manager and choose Group. Now all of the objects making up the chick can move together as a group.

Still using the Path Drawing tool set to a Circle shape, click in the Color box and select white. Draw a small circle for the bunny's head. Drag it over to the right side of the base image.

shape for bunny's head

Click in the base image to deactivate the circle object. In the Attributes toolbar, click Shape and select Ellipse. Make a short ellipse for the left ear. Select the Transform tool. In the Attributes toolbar, rotate the ear 15 degrees counterclockwise. Position at top of head. Copy the ellipse into the Clipboard and paste it back into the image. Rotate the duplicate ear object 45 degrees counterclockwise and position it over the other object, so that it looks like the ear is bent. Click in the base image to deactivate.

left ear, bent

Select the Path Drawing tool. Draw the right ear by creating a tall ellipse. This ear will stick straight up. Position it on the right side of the head. Select the Transform tool. In the Attributes toolbar, rotate the right ear 15 degrees clockwise. Click in the base image to deactivate the right ear.

right ear added

Select the Path Drawing tool. In the Attributes toolbar, click in the Color box and select a pale lavender pink, RGB=255, 200, 255. Draw a tall, narrow ellipse for the right inner ear. Switch to the Transform tool and rotate the inner ear 15 degrees clockwise. Position it on top of the right ear.

pink inner ear added to right ear

Copy the pink inner ear into the Clipboard and paste it back into the image. In the Attributes toolbar, click Rotate & Flip, Flip Horizontally. Position it over the left ear. Don't worry about the pink extending too far.

pink inner ear on left ear

While the pink left inner ear is still active, choose Edit, Mask Mode. Doing so covers the image with a transparent red mask. Choose the Paintbrush tool. Using black paint, paint out the top part of the left pink inner ear.

paint out in mask mode

Choose Edit and deselect Mask Mode. You will be left with only the bottom half of the pink inner ear on the left side. It should look like the bent part flops over and hides the rest of the inner ear.

top of pink inner ear painted out

Select the Path Drawing tool. Click in the base image to deactivate objects. In the Attributes toolbar click Shape, Custom Shape. When the Custom Shape box opens, select  Round Edges 3. Draw a small shape for the bunny's nose. Position it on the bunny's face.

add a nose

Open the EasyPalette's Layer Manager. Click on the first bunny object thumbnail, then hold down on the Shift key while clicking the other thumbnails for the bunny objects. When all are selected, right click anywhere in the Layer Manager and choose Group. Now all of the objects making up the bunny can move together as a group.

Select the Pick tool. Position the chick on the left and the bunny on the right side of the base image.  Leave enough room between them for the broken Easter egg. Right click and Merge All. It's not very impressive yet, but should look something like this:

image so far

Bristle Paint toolSelect the Bristle Paint tool. In the Attributes toolbar, select the Grass preset. Click in the Color box and choose bright yellow (RGB=255, 255, 0).

Carefully drag slightly outward and then back in, in a zig zag motion, around the edges of the chick and the bunny, to create the fluffy feathers and fur sticking out. (Use white paint to drag around the bunny) You'll have to go over the edges several times to avoid a line between the body and the fluffy part. Just be patient and go slowly. If the bunny's pink inner ears get white on them, you can paint with pink paint and the Paintbrush tool to get rid of any white paint that gets on them.

Now to soften the fuzzy edges, choose Effect, Blur & Sharpen, Blur. When the Blur dialog box opens, leave the center thumbnail selected and click OK to apply.

blur edges

Select the Path Drawing tool again. In the Attributes toolbar, click Shape, Custom Shape. When the Custom Shape box opens, select Triangle and click OK. Click the Color box and choose the same orange-yellow color you used for the chick's legs. Draw a small triangle for the chick's beak. 

Select the Transform tool. In the Attributes toolbar, rotate the beak 90 degrees clockwise. Position it on the right side of the check's head. Right click and Merge All. Select the Bristle Paint tool again, yellow paint, and drag a few little stray fluff onto the side of the beak, as shown above.

add beak

With the Path Drawing tool selected, click Shape in the Attributes toolbar and select Circle. Click in the Color box and select black. Make a small black circle for the chick's eye. Drag it onto the head and right click Merge All. 

Select the Smudge Retouch tool. Leave the defaults set in the Attributes toolbar, and starting in the center of the eye, lightly smudge in a small circle. Change the brush size to 5 and Smudge lightly along the edges of the beak to soften the line a tiny bit. Select the Paintbrush tool, brush size=4, Soft edge=2, Transparency=0, color=white. Click once in the upper part of the black eye to create a highlight.

add eye and highlight

Select the Path Drawing tool, still set to Circle shape. Click in the Attributes toolbar's Color box and select bright blue (RGB=0, 0, 255). Make a small circle for the bunny's eye. Right click and Duplicate. Position the two eyes on the bunny's face. Right click, Merge All. Select the Smudge Retouch tool. Leave the defaults set in the Attributes toolbar, and light smudge the eyes. Use the same white paint you used to make the highlight on the chick's eye to highlight both of the bunny's eyes.

add eyes to bunny

The last step is to make and break the Easter egg. Select the Path Drawing tool. In the Attributes toolbar, click Shape and choose Ellipse to draw the egg. Select 3D Round from the Mode dropdown list. Draw an egg about 3 inches tall. From the EasyPalette's Material Gallery, choose Color and double click on Rainbow Gradient 3.

add Easter egg

 
While the egg is the active object in the image, select Edit, Mask Mode. The image will be covered with a transparent red mask. Choose the Paintbrush tool. In the Attributes toolbar, select black paint, brush size=5, Soft edge=2. Click Options and select Straight lines. You want to paint a zig-zag line across the middle of the egg, so that it looks like it's broken in half. Click to start a line, drag, then click again. Make a series of connected lines across the egg.

crack the Easter egg in Mask Mode

Choose Edit and deselect Mask Mode. Copy the cracked egg into the Clipboard and choose Edit, Paste, As A New Image. The duplicate will open in its own window in the work space. Click on the blue title bar for the chick and bunny image to make it active. Choose Edit, Mask Mode again. Select the Paintbrush tool, same settings as before, but make the brush size=20, and click Options and select Freehand. Carefully paint out the top of the egg. Choose Edit and deselect Mask Mode. Position the bottom half of the egg so t he bunny is "hatching" from it.

Click on the blue title bar for the duplicate cracked egg. Choose Edit, Mask Mode. Select the Paintbrush tool again. Carefully paint out the bottom of the egg. Choose Edit and deselect Mask Mode. Choose Edit, Rotate & Flip, Flip Vertically. Use the Pick tool to drag the top half of the egg over to the chick and bunny image. Select the Transform tool and in the Attributes toolbar, rotate the bottom half of the egg 25 degrees clockwise. Right click and Merge All. If you need some more space around the image, choose Edit, Expand and Expand a black canvas about 5-10 pixels around all edges. Add a slight shadow with the airbrush for the bent ear, some Happy Easter text if you wish and a couple of whiskers on the bunny. And now you're done!

finished image

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