PI5 Millennium Bear


Millennium BearThis tutorial shows how to use simple 3D Path objects to make a textured silver bear holding the key to the new millennium! 

As we make the parts of the bear, we'll Group them together so that when you save the bear to the EasyPalette, you'll be able to take it apart later and edit it to suit your needs, or you can download this UFO ZIP kit.

This bear would make a great snowglobe base or picture frame (see bottom of page).

Before we begin, you should note that we'll be using the same textured silver preset to make all of the parts of the bear. As long as you work through the tutorial in one session, the silver preset will remain active and you won't have to recreate it each time. However, if you have to stop working and come back to the tutorial another time, or if you just like this preset and want to use it again someday, click on the Material box's Add button to save it to the EasyPalette.

One more tip and we'll begin. While you're working, it's a good idea to periodically save your objects as a UFO file. I always save mine to my Desktop, where I can find and delete them easily later. Having a backup is a good idea, just in case -- in Florida we never know when the power is going to go out and you don't want to lose an hour's worth of work if you don't have to.

Start by creating a new True Color file 300 X 300 pixels. Select the Path Drawing Tool. In the Attributes toolbar, choose the Ellipse shape, 3D Round, to draw an elongated oval for the bear's head. Open the EasyPalette's Material Gallery, Plastic, and double click on Remove Material. The object will take on a dull gray finish.

shapes for bear's head

Click on the Material button in the Attributes toolbar to open the Material box. Enter the values shown below to make the textured silver preset:

Color/Texture tab: One Color (RGB=255, 255, 240)
Bevel tab: 3D Round
Shading tab: Metallic, Copper (Shininess=65, Strength=75)
Light tab: 2 lights, both Direct
Bump tab: PI 5.0 Material folder, brushhair.jpg

Click OK to apply the silver preset to the bear's head.

Select the Transform tool. In the Attributes toolbar, choose the Perspective option. Gently drag one of the bottom side control points toward the center of the object, making it slightly narrower at the bottom, for the bear's chin.

transform head shape

Click on the Transform tool. In the Attributes toolbar, Rotate the head 5 degrees counterclockwise.

Copy the head object into the Clipboard (either click on the Copy button or hit Ctrl+C), then Paste the copy back into the image (Paste button or hit Ctrl+V). So that I don't have to repeat myself throughout this tutorial, use either of these methods whenever it's necessary to copy and paste an object.

Still using the Transform tool, select the Resize option in the Attributes toolbar, and make a much smaller version of the object for the bear's muzzle. Be sure to hold down on the Shift key while resizing, to keep the width to height proportion constant. To darken the muzzle slightly, click on the Material button in the Attributes toolbar. When the Material box opens, click on the Light tab and change the second light to Spot.

For some of the objects, we'll add a faint black shadow to make them stand out better against other silver objects. While the muzzle is the active object, right click and choose Shadow. Enter the following values and click OK to add this shadow (and all others you'll add later):

shadow parameters

Position the muzzle on the bear's head, as shown below.

place muzzle on head

Return to the Path Draw Tool. In the Attributes toolbar, select the Circle shape.

bear's eye

Copy the eye to the Clipboard and paste it into the image. Use the selection tool to position the eyes on the bear's head.

add eyes to bear's head

Select the Path Drawing Tool. In the Attributes toolbar, choose the Ellipse shape. Draw a flattened ellipse shape for the bear's nose. Add a shadow to it. Select the Transform tool. In the Attributes toolbar, rotate the nose 5 degrees counterclockwise. Choose the selection tool to position the nose on the bear's muzzle.

add a nose

Select the Path Drawing Tool. In the Attributes toolbar, select the Circle shape, 3D Pipe Mode. Draw a circle for the bear's outer ear. Drag the Border slider in the Attributes toolbar to the left to make the pipe shape narrow, as shown below. Add a shadow.

making bear's outer ear

Copy the ear into the Clipboard and paste it back into the image. Use the selection tool to position the outer ears on each side of the head. Select the Pick tool. Click on each ear, then use the "Send to Back" option in the Attributes toolbar, so only the tops of the ears show.

position ears behind head

Return to the Path Drawing Tool, already set for the Circle shape, to make the inner ear. Draw a small circle. Drag the Border slider way down to the left, flattening the surface of the inner ear.

bear's inner ear

Copy the inner ear into the Clipboard and paste it back into the image. Use the selection tool to position the inner ears inside the outer ears. Select the Pick tool. Use the "Send to Back" option in the Attributes toolbar, so that only the tops of the inner ears show.

position inner ears

Click anywhere in the base image to deselect the ears. Next we'll add the bear's mouth. Select the Paint Brush tool. In the Attributes toolbar make the brush Round, Size=2, Soft edge=1, Transparency=0. Click in the color box and create a dark gray, RGB=102, 102, 98. Click on the Mode button in the Attributes toolbar to enter Paint as Object mode.

Just beneath the bear's nose, paint a "J" shape for one side of the mouth. Click on the Mode button again to get out of Paint as Object mode. You should see an animated broken line around the mouth. 

painting on mouth

Copy the mouth into the Clipboard and paste back into the image. Use the selection tool to position it on the other side of the bear's smile. Now we'll select all of the parts of the bear's head. To do this, click on any object, then hold down on the Shift key while clicking on the other objects. Doing so selects all of them at the same time. Right click and choose Group. Now the objects are all hooked together, and will move as one piece. However, they are still separate objects. Click in the base image to deactivate the head.

Select the Path Drawing Tool. In the Attributes toolbar, select the Ellipse shape. Draw an Ellipse the size shown here at left. 

Choose the Transform tool. In the Attributes toolbar, rotate the body 5 degrees clockwise. 

bear's body

Draw a small circle for the bear's eye. Click on the Material button. When the Material box opens, click on the Light tab and choose only 1 light, Direct. This darkens the eye and helps it stand out better. Add the same shadow that you used for the muzzle.

Use the selection tool to move the body under the bear's head.

Select the Pick tool. Use the "Send to Back" option in the Attributes toolbar to send the bear's body under the head, as shown below.

position body under head

Shift-click the bear's head, so that the body and head are both selected at the same time. Right click and Group. 

Return to the Path Drawing Tool to make the legs. In the Attributes toolbar, select the Ellipse shape. Drawn a short, wide oval. Choose the Transform tool. In the Attributes toolbar, select the Perspective option to narrow the bottom part of the shape. Use the Distort option to drop the upper right side slightly.

make upper legs

Use the Attributes toolbar to rotate the upper leg 10 degrees at a time clockwise, until it is in a good position to join with the body. Use the selection tool to position the leg over the body.

Copy the upper leg into the Clipboard and paste it back into the image. Flip it horizontally. Position the other leg on the other side of the bear's body.

place upper legs on body

Shift click to select the other leg and the rest of the bear. Right click and choose Group.

Select the Path Drawing Tool to make the bear's feet. In the Attributes toolbar, select the Ellipse shape. Draw an elongated oval. Drag the Border slider down to flatten the surface. 

Select the Transform tool. In the Attributes toolbar choose the Perspective option to make the bottom of the oval, the bear's heel, slightly narrower than the top. Rotate the foot 10 degrees clockwise. Use the selection tool to position the foot on the end of the right leg.

narrow bottom of foot

Copy the foot into the Clipboard and paste it back into the image. Flip the pasted foot horizontally. Use the selection tool to position it on the end of the left leg. Shift click the other foot and the rest of the bear. Right click and Group.

put feet on legs

Choose the Path Drawing Tool, and Ellipse from the Attributes toolbar's Shape options. For the bear's arm, draw a wide oval like the one shown below.

make bear's arm

Select the Transform tool. In the Attributes toolbar, choose the Resize option. Drag on the center bottom control point to lengthen the arm.

lengthening arm

In the Attributes toolbar, choose the Perspective option. Drag one of the lower control points slightly toward the middle, making it narrower at the bottom. The narrow bottom part will be the bear's hand, while the wider part at the top will be its shoulder.

narrow lower end

Rotate the arm 120 degrees clockwise and position it on the left side. Copy the arm into the Clipboard and paste it back into the image. Rotate the pasted copy 65 degrees counterclockwise. Position it on the right side of the body. Select the Pick tool and click on the left arm. In the Attributes toolbar, choose the "Send to Bottom" option to put it behind the bear's body.

positioning left arm

Notice that we haven't Shift-clicked and right click, Grouped the arms. That's because we're going to add a key to the image, and we'll need to be able to use the Pick tool to position the right arm over the top of the key.

Open the EasyPalette's Image Library. Drag the Key onto the bear image. It is quite large and will lie horizontally. Select the Transform tool. In the Attributes toolbar, choose the Resize option. Hold down on the Shift key while resizing the key to about half its original size. It's going to fit across the bear's body and look as though it's held in its arms. 

Since the color of the key clashes with our silver scheme, we need to edit its color. Choose Format, Hue & Saturation. When the Hue & Saturation box opens, take the Saturation level down to -30, so it looks silver. Click OK to apply.

changing key's hue & saturation

Reducing the size of the key resulted in some blurring and loss of detail. To restore sharpness, choose Format, Focus. When the Focus box opens, select the option shown below and click OK to apply.

sharpening focus to bring up detail

To brighten the key up just a bit more, go to the Quick Color Controls on the right side of the work space. Click on the sun key's plus (+) sign 2X.

quick color control brightening

Select the Transform tool, and rotate the key 30 degrees clockwise, as shown at left.

To move the right arm on top of the key, select the Pick tool and click on the right arm to make it active. In the Attributes toolbar, choose the "Bring to Top" option.

rotate key and position

To make the fingertips on the left arm, choose the Path Drawing Tool, Ellipse shape. Draw a tiny, flattened ellipse. Switch to the Transform tool and rotate the fingers 40 degrees counterclockwise. Use the selection tool to position the fingers on the top of the key, as shown here.

position arm on top of key

While the fingers are still active, Shift-click the key, both arms and the rest of the bear, so that all of the objects in the image are selected. Right click and choose Group. Move the whole bear to make sure that you've selected every object and that they're all Grouped.

Click on the Text tool. Select a font with a broad surface area. I've used Arial Black, size 18, 3D Round. The silver preset should still be active, and it will be applied to the text. Click in the base image. When the Text Entry box opens, type "2000." Click OK to close the Text Entry box. Use the selection tool to move the text down to the top of the key. Click on the Transform tool and rotate the text as necessary, so that it goes across the top of the key, just under the little hole. While the text is active, Shift-click the rest of the bear. Right click and Group.

diamond for keyTo put the finishing touch on the key, add a diamond. Making a diamond is a whole tutorial in itself, so you can download this UFO diamond ZIP file, or use one of your own jewels. 

Use the selection tool to position the diamond in the little hole at the top of the key.

insert diamond into keyhole

If you want to make a girl millennium bear, download this UFO silver bow ZIP file, which was part of Dawn Reber's "Trim A Tree" UFO objects (sorry these are no longer available).

add a silver bow

Use the selection tool to position the bow on top of the bear's head.

add bow to bear's head

Now we're ready to group all of the objects. While the last added object is active, Shift-click all of the other objects, including the bow, diamond and the rest of the bear. While all of the objects are selected, right click and choose Group. Whatever you do, don't select "Combine as Single Object!" If you do, you won't be able to take the bear apart and edit the objects separately later. 

While the Grouped objects making up the bear are active, add them to your EasyPalette. That way you'll be able to drag the bear from its thumbnail right into the work space any time you want to use it again.

Drag the bear over to the EasyPalette, or choose Object, Copy to Object Library. When the Add to EasyPalette box opens, give the object a name (e.g., "silverbear") and use the dropdown menus to select a Gallery and Tab group to save to. Click OK. 

add grouped objects to EasyPalette

Before you close the image (and all your hard work disappears!) go to the designated Gallery and Tab group to make sure that the thumbnail for the bear is there. If it isn't, repeat the process until you're sure it's been saved to the EasyPalette, then close out your image.

From now on you'll be able to edit the bear in an almost unlimited number of ways. Drag the thumbnail out into the work space. Right click and Ungroup as many times as you need to to separate all of the objects. For example, you can Ungroup 2X and delete the key, 2000 text and diamond to use the bear for something else. Click on an arm to make it active, then rotate it in a different direction with the Transform tool. 

Click on each object individually with the Path Drawing Tool and apply a different Metallic finish from the EasyPalette's Material Gallery, recolor the eyes blue, give the bear a pink nose, or whatever color scheme suits you. That's what I did to make this copper teddy bear picture frame, which would be a charming way to feature a child's or grandchild's photo.

teddy bear picture frame

If you want to resize the bear smaller, Shift click all of the objects you want to include, then right click and Combine as Single Object. Doing so permanently hooks all of the objects together. Select the Transform tool, Resize option, to make the bear smaller.

You can copy the resized bear and paste it back into the image to make a snowglobe or sparkle globe base. That's what I did here, moving the bears' arms around a bit and adding a baseball and bat, then a drop shadow. 

teddy bear snowglobe base

You'll probably find dozens of other uses for your Millennium Bear.

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