PI6 Happy New Year Penguin

 

It's almost New Year's Day, so why not celebrate by making a New Year Penguin?

finished image

This fun and easy tutorial teaches you to make a cartoon penguin, convert from path to image objects, paint on edges, add features with paint as object mode, makes confetti from the Snow particle and jazz up your New Year's greeting text with the Wrap Gallery.

Start with a new image 30 X 300 pixels. Select the Path Drawing tool. In the Attributes toolbar, click Shape and select Ellipse. From the Mode dropdown list, select 2D. Click in the color box and select black. Draw a long, tall ellipse for the penguin's body.

ellipse for penguin's body

Select the Transform tool. In the Attributes toolbar, select the Distort option. Drag inward on a lower corner control point to narrow the bottom of the ellipse.

Transform with Distort

Select the Paintbrush Paint tool. In the Attributes toolbar, select a brush Size of 20. Click in the Color box and select white. Transparency=0 and Soft edge=30. Click Mode to enter Paint as Object mode. Paint a white shape to serve as the penguin's face and tummy. Don't worry if it's not perfect. When you're done painting, click Mode again to leave Paint as Object mode. Use the Object eraser, if necessary, to clean up and even out the shape. It should look pretty much like this one.

shape for face and tummy

Select the Path Drawing tool. The 2D, black, Ellipse settings should still be in effect. Draw a small oval for the eye. Switch to the Transform tool and Rotate the eye 10 degrees counterclockwise. Right click, Duplicate, then flip the duplicate eye horizontally. Position the eyes at the top of the face.

put eyes on face

Select the Path Drawing tool. In the Attributes toolbar, click Shape and select Custom Shape. When the Custom Shape box opens, select the Heart shape. Draw a heart for the nose. Choose Object, Convert Object Type, From Path to Image.

heart shape for nose

Select Edit, Fill to open the Fill box. Click the Gradient tab. Select a Two-Color Gradient fill beginning with a golden yellow (RGB=247, 188, 91) and ending with bright orange (RGB=255, 102, 0). Select the radial Fill type.

gradient fill

If you're wondering why I converted this heart to an image object, it's because this shape takes this radial gradient fill better when it's an image instead of a path object. If you try it both ways, you'll see what I mean.

Right click and Duplicate the heart. Choose Edit, Rotate & Flip, Flip Vertically. Right click and Duplicate the flipped heart. These two hearts are going to be the penguin's feet. Switch to the Transform tool. Rotate the right foot 30 degrees clockwise. Right click, Arrange, Send to Back. Rotate the left foot 30 degrees counterclockwise. Right click, Arrange, Send to Back. Position the feet at the bottom of the body.

add feet to penguin

Select the Paintbrush Paint tool. In the Attributes toolbar, select Fine Brush from the Preset dropdown list. Click Mode to enter Paint as Object mode. On the left upper side of the heart, paint a swirly line for the nostril. Click Mode to exit Paint as Object mode. Copy the swirly object into the Clipboard, Paste it back into the image. With the Pick tool,  position it on the other side of the nose.

add nostrils

Click on the heart nose to make it active. Select the Paintbrush Paint tool with the same settings used previously, but do not use Paint as Object mode this time. Paint a wide smile on the penguin's beak. In the Attributes toolbar, edit brush Size to 1, and Soft edge=1. Select the Pick tool. Hit Shift+P to Paint on Edges, making a narrow black outline around the beak.

add a smile

Click on each foot to select it, then hit Shift+P to add Paint on Edges to the feet. Click on the white face object and hit Shift+P to Paint on Edges. These fine lines help to make the objects stand out better. 

paint on edges on feet

Select the Path Drawing tool. Click Shape and select Custom Shape. When the Custom Shape box opens, select 1/4 Circle. Draw a black 2D shape for the right wing. 

draw shape for wing

Choose the Transform tool. Flip the object Vertically. Use the Resize option to reshape the object to make a wing. Right click and Duplicate, then flip the duplicate wing Horizontally. Position the wings on each side of the body. Rotate the left wing 10 degrees clockwise. Right click on each wing, Arrange, Send to Back. Let one wing stick out a little farther than the other, so it's not too symmetrical. Select one object, then right click, Select All Objects. Right click, Merge As Single Object. Now would be a good time to save the whole thing to your EasyPalette for future use. The penguin looks like this.

Hit the space bar to deactivate the penguin and select the base image. From the EasyPalette's Fill Gallery choose Gradient. Right click on Circle 11 and choose Modify Properties and Apply. When the Magic Gradient box opens, click in the blue part of the Hue Shift rainbow box. Doing so shifts the color from orange to blue. Click OK to close the box and apply the gradient. 

Magic Gradient box

Position the penguin in the middle of the center gradient circle.

Now we'll add some confetti -- it's really just colored snow! In the EasyPalette, select Particle Gallery, Show. Right click on Snow 2 and select Modify Properties and Apply. When the Particle box opens, leave the default values, but click in the Body Color box and select lavender, RGB=255, 200, 255. Click OK. The base image will be filled with lavender confetti.

Right click on Snow 2 and select Modify Properties and Apply again, only this time click in the Body Color box and select yellow, RGB=233, 244, 123. Click the Random button a couple of times to redistribute the snow. Click OK to apply. Repeat this sequence of steps two more times, adding bright blue (RGB=0, 0, 255) and lime green (RGB=0, 255, 0) snow. The base image will be filled with parti-colored confetti.

With the Pick or Selection tool, click the penguin to make it active. Right click and choose shadow. Add a slight black shadow with these attributes. Click OK to close the Shadow box.

add shadow to penguin

Now the penguin image looks like this.

penguin on confetti and gradient

From the EasyPalette's Image Library, select the Wineglass thumbnail, dragging it into an empty area in the work space. Select the Transform tool, Resize option. Hold down on the Shift key while resizing to make the wineglass very small, so it is in proportion to the penguin. Place it on the end of his right side wing.

Finally, let's add Happy New Year text. Select the Text tool. In the Attributes toolbar, select a Font and font Size that's big enough to stretch all the way across the image. The text will be curved, so it needs to be big. I've used Comic Sans, Size=30. I filled the 2D text with the same yellow to orange gradient that I used on the penguin's beak and feet.

Click in the image to open the Text Entry Box. Type in Happy New Year and click OK to close the box. In the EasyPalette's Wrap Gallery, Bend Text, double click on Bend 4 to curve the text. I duplicated the text and made the duplicate black, then positioned it under the gradient text to make a slightly raised appearance. Position the text so that it looks like the penguin is holding it up with his wings. If you want to, add text for 2001 at the top of the image. Now you can right click, Merge All, and crop.

finished image

This tutorial uploaded 12/29/00

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