PI8 Fuzzy Chick Easter Greeting


This tutorial is an update of my PI5 tutorial by the same name! This was one of my most popular tuts ever and here it is almost Easter again, so I thought I'd update it.

fuzzy chick Easter greeting

You'll find that it's a lot easier to make a fuzzy chick and bunny in PI8 than it was in PI5. There are still a lot of steps in the tutorial, but much of it is doing the same thing over and over again. If you like you can just make the chick or the bunny and it will not take very long. A nice difference between this and the previous version is that the objects we'll be making can be used with different backgrounds.

This tut shows how to use a Creative Type effect to make a fuzzy chick and a little bunny surprise hatching from an egg next to her. It makes a cute Easter greeting card or stationery background.

Start with a new 400 X 400 pixel image with a black or medium colored or textured canvas. Why not a white background? Because it's really hard to see the fuzzy chick and bunny against white or other light backgrounds.

against white background

Once you're finished, you can fill the background with any color or texture that you like.

Select the Path Drawing tool. In the Attributes toolbar, click Shape and select the circle shape. Mode=2D and Color=yellow (RGB=255, 238, 89). Draw a round object for the chick's head. Draw a larger circle for the chick's body. Position them as shown below.

make 2 round objects

Hit Enter to make sure the objects are deactivated. In the Attributes toolbar, click Shape and select the Freehand option.

freehand path tool

Draw a wing like this one for the chick. Drag it away from the other two objects for now.

draw a wing object

Choose the Eyedropper tool. Click on one of the yellow chick objects to make this yellow color the Foreground color in the Tool Panel. Doing so will make this color available in the next step when you create the "fuzz."

Select the Pick tool. To make the objects fuzzy, click on the chick's head to make it active. Choose Effect, Creative,Type Effect. When the Type Effect dialog box opens, select the Neon thumbnail. In the Effect Parameters, right click in the Color box and choose Foreground Color. Edit the Width value to 25.

edit parameters

Click OK to apply the Type Effect. Don't worry when you see that the round head object has disappeared.

effect replaces object

Hit Ctrl+C to copy this object into the Clipboard. In the Attributes toolbar, click the Undo button, or choose Edit, Undo Before, Type Effect. Doing so will restore the round head object. Hit Ctrl+V to paste the fuzzy object back into the base image. Position it over the round head object. While the fuzzy object is active, Shift+Click the round head object so that both are selected at the same time. Right click, Merge as Single Object.

fuzzy object added to round object

Repeat the same steps to add fuzz around the large round body object and wing object. Simply apply the same Type Effect, copy into the Clipboard, Undo, then paste the fuzzy object back into the image. Drag it onto the original object, Shift+Click and merge the two objects as a single object. When you've done all three objects, drag the wing onto the chick's body.

position wing on body

While the wing object is active, right click and choose Select All Objects. Then right click and Merge as Single Object. The chick's main body is now complete. To make a beak, select the Path Drawing tool. In the Attributes toolbar, click Shape and select the Bezier/Polygon shape. Mode=2D, Color=orange. Draw a small right pointing triangle for the beak. Remember to double click to complete the path object.

make a beak

While the beak is active, choose Object, Convert Object Type, From Text/Path to Image. Select the Airbrush. In the Attributes toolbar, click in the Color box to select a dark red-orange color. Airbrush some shading onto the beak.

airbrush beak

Select the Path Drawing tool. The Bezier/Polygon shape and orange color should still be selected. Draw two legs for the chick. Convert them to Image objects, then Airbrush with the dark red-orange color to create shading on the legs. Right click on each leg and choose Arrange, Send to Back. Position them at the bottom of the chick.

make chick's legs

While the legs are active, right click and choose Select All Objects. Right click, Merge as Single Object.

With the Path Drawing tool still selected, click Shape in the Attributes toolbar and select the circle shape. Mode=2D, Color=black. Make a small circle object for the chick's eye, and drag it onto the head.

add eye object

Select the Paintbrush tool. In the Attributes toolbar, Size=4, Color=white, Soft edge=1, and click Mode to enter Paint as Object Mode. Click (do not drag) once to make a sparkle highlight for the eye. Click Mode to exit Paint as Object mode.

white highlight added

The chick is almost finished. We just need to make some fluff to cover the base of the beak, so is doesn't look pasted on. Select the Bristle Paint tool. In the Attributes toolbar, select the Grass Preset. Right click in the Color box and choose Eyedropper. When the Eyedropper dialog box opens, click on the chick to select yellow. Click Mode to enter Paint as Object mode. Make a tall rectangle by scribbling back and forth with the Bristle brush. Click Mode to exit Paint as Object mode.

bristle brush object

Select the Transform tool, Resize option. Resize the new Bristle brush object so that it is small enough to just cover the base of the chick's beak. If you need to, move the chick's eye and highlight. I moved my eye a little closer to the beak.

put fuzz on the beak

While the Bristle fuzz object is active, right click and Select All Objects. Right click and Merge as Single Object. The chick is finished.

chick completed

Next we'll make the bunny. Select the Path Drawing tool. In the Attributes toolbar, click Shape and select the ellipse. Mode=2D and Color=white. Draw an ellipse for the bunny's head.

bunny head object

While the bunny head object is active, choose Effect, Creative, Type Effect. Use the same Parameters you used to make fuzz on the chick, except click in the Color box and select white.

white fuzz parameters

Click OK to apply. Just as you did for the chick, hit Ctrl+C to copy this fuzzy white object into the Clipboard. Then click the Undo button (or choose Edit, Undo Before, Type Effect). Hit Ctrl+V to paste the fuzzy white object back into the base image. Position it on top of the bunny head object. While the fuzz is active, Shift+Click the white bunny head object so that both are selected at the same time. Right click, Merge as Single Object.

add fuzz to head

Next, make an ear. Using the Path Drawing tool, draw a tall ellipse for an ear. Switch to the Transform tool. Use the Attribute toolbar's Rotate option to rotate the ear 30 degrees counterclockwise. Switch to the Pick tool. Add the white fuzz Type Effect to the ear. While the fuzz is active, Shift+Click the ear object so that the ear and its fuzz are selected at the same time. Right click, Merge as Single Object. Position on the left side of the head.

fuzzy ear added

Right click on the ear and Duplicate. Choose Edit, Rotate & Flip, Flip Horizontally. Drag the duplicate ear over to the other side of the head as shown below.

duplicate ear

Right click and Duplicate. Choose Edit, Rotate & Flip, Flip Horizontally. Position it as shown below. This ear is going to bend down.

While this last object is active, select the Object Paint Eraser. Erase the top part of the object only.

erase part of ear

While this ear object is active, Shift+Click the other bunny objects so that they are all selected at the same time. Right click, Merge as Single Object.

Select the Path Drawing tool. In the Attributes toolbar, click Shape and select the circle shape. Mode=2D and Color=dark blue. Make an eye object, then right click and Duplicate it. Position the eyes on the bunny's head. Select the Paintbrush. Use the same white paint and other attributes used to make the sparkle highlight for the chick's eye. When you exit Paint as Object mode, Shift+Click the eyes and the bunny object so they're all selected at the same time. Right click, Merge as Single Object.

add eyes

Select the Path Drawing tool. In the Attributes toolbar, click Shape, Custom Shape. When the Custom Shape dialog box opens, select the Round Edges 3 shape and click OK. Mode=2D, Color=pink. Draw a nose object. While the nose object is active, choose Object, Convert Object Type, From Text/Path to Image. Select the Airbrush, dark red-orange color, and airbrush some shading lightly on the nose.

add nose

Select the Paintbrush tool. In the Attributes toolbar, click in the Color box and select a medium gray. Size=1, Soft edge=1. Click Lines and select Straight Lines. Click Mode to enter Paint as Object mode. Make a straight line coming down from the center of the nose. Click Lines in the Attributes toolbar and select Freehand. Draw two wiggly whiskers on each side of the nose.

add whiskers

Use the Path Drawing tool to make a small gray oval 2D mouth object.

add mouth

While the mouth object is active, use the Pick tool to Shift+Click all of the bunny objects, then right click, Merge as Single Object. If you have difficulty selecting the objects, use the Layer Manager to select them.

We have to add some pink to the bunny's inner ears. Select the Airbrush Paint tool. In the Attributes toolbar, click in the Color box and select a medium pink color, Transparency=75%. Click Mode to enter Paint as Object mode. Paint lightly over the left ear and part of the right ear, as shown below. Click Mode to exit Paint as Object mode.

airbrush inner ear

While the painted inner ear object is still active, select the Eraser tool. Erase on the right side to create a clearly defined line where the top of the ear folds over.

erase part of pink inner ear

While the pink inner ear is still active, Shift+Click the rest of the bunny. Right click, Merge as Single Object.

With the bunny object active, select the Airbrush tool again. Edit the color to very pale gray, Transparency=75%. Lightly paint a slightly curved gray line to emphasize the fold of the ear. Hit Enter to deactivate the bunny object.

To make the Easter Egg for the bunny, select the Path Drawing tool. In the Attributes toolbar, click Shape and select ellipse. Draw an egg shape, either 2D or 3D. I've drawn a 2D egg filled it with a pink and white dot background tile I made (if you use it, convert it to RGB True Color to use as a fill).

make egg object

Choose Object, Convert Object Type, From Text/Path to Image. Select the Eraser Paint Tool. In the Attributes toolbar, edit the Size to 10 and the Soft edge to 3. Click Lines and select Straight Lines. Make a series of zig zag cuts to divide the egg in half.

erase egg  in half

Hit Ctrl+C to copy the egg into the Clipboard, then Ctrl+V to paste it back into the base image. With the Eraser tool still selected, click Lines in the Attributes toolbar and select Freehand. Edit the Size to 20 and the Soft edge to 50. Erase the top of one egg and the bottom of the other egg. Select the Transform tool. Click the top half of the egg and flip it Vertically. While the object is active, right click, Arrange, Bring to Top. Rotate the top egg a bit. I used Hue & Saturation to edit half of the egg to a pale blue color.

edit hue

I've shaded the egg halves using a nifty little trick I learned from my friend Elenyte. Select an egg object, then choose Effect, Illumination, Lights. When the Lights dialog box opens, leave the center thumbnail selected and click Options to open a secondary dialog box. Leave all settings as they are, but edit the Light color to white and click OK.

Doing so will create a 3D effect with light in the center of the egg object, and the edges will be darker, creating a round look. I added a Shadow to the blue egg object, then right click, Split Shadow, and moved the shadow so that it only sticks out a little bit from behind the egg object.

Finally, add some Happy Easter text in the font and color of your choice. Happy Easter!

This tutorial uploaded 4/8/03

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