PI8 Selection on Objects Halloween Pumpkin


Halloween pumpkinSomething PI users have wanted for a long time is the ability to make selections on objects. Now we can do it! This tutorial shows how to make selections to shade objects, like this Halloween pumpkin.

I've made a basic pumpkin object which you can download here. Open it up in the work space. You'll see that the pumpkin shape is made of 5 separate objects.

Immediately hit Ctrl+D to duplicate the base image and all of the objects. You'll be using one of these objects later to make selections on the pumpkin.

Return to your original image. Select one object with your Pick tool, then right click, Select All Objects. Right click again and choose Merge as Single Object. Hit enter to deselect the pumpkin object.

Choose the Standard Selection tool. In the Attributes toolbar, select Ellipse from the Shape dropdown list. Beginning slightly above the center top of the pumpkin, make a tall, narrow selection. You'll want it to completely encompass the middle "scallop" at the bottom of the pumpkin.

make ellipse selection

Right click and choose Soften. When the Soften dialog box opens, soften the edge by 5 pixels. Click OK to close the dialog box.

Choose the Pick tool. Don't worry, your selection will stay put. Tap on the pumpkin object to make it active. Select the Airbrush Paint tool with white paint, Size=50, Transparency=75, Soft edge=0. Airbrush lightly along the inside vertical edges of the selection. You'll have to go over the edges a few times to make the color show.

airbrush white inside

Hit Enter to deselect the object. Choose the Selection tool. Right click and Invert in the selection. With the Pick tool, click on the pumpkin object to make it active. Choose the Airbrush Paint tool. Edit the Size to 35 and the paint color to a very dark orange color (RGB=225, 68, 0). Airbrush on the opposite side of the white paint you just applied, creating shading.

airbrush dark orange

Hit Enter to deselect the pumpkin object. Choose the Selection tool. Right click on the selection and choose None. Choose the Pick tool. Click the blue title bar for the duplicate objects to make that image active. Click on the object shown with a marquee around it below. Hit Ctrl+C to copy this object into the Clipboard.

select object

Click on the blue title bar for the image that we're painting to make it active. Hit Ctrl+V to paste the Clipboard contents into the image. Drag the object onto the pumpkin so that it overlaps the corresponding area on the object. Select the Path Drawing tool. In the Attributes toolbar, choose Selection from the Mode dropdown list. This will turn the object into a selection.

selection mode

Right click and choose Soften. Soften the edges by 5 pixels. With the Pick tool, click on the pumpkin object to make it active. Select the Airbrush Paint tool, white paint, Size=50. Airbrush lightly along the right, vertical side of the selection.

airbrush white paint

Hit Enter to deselect the pumpkin object. Choose the Selection tool. Right click on the selection and choose Invert. With the Pick tool, click on the pumpkin object. Choose the Airbrush Paint tool. Change the paint color to dark orange again, Size=35. Airbrush lightly just opposite the white paint you just added, creating more contouring.

airbrush dark orange

Hit Enter to deselect the pumpkin object. Choose the Selection tool. Right click and choose Invert over the selection. Drag the selection over to the corresponding area on the left side of the pumpkin.

drag selection to left

Choose the Pick tool and click on the pumpkin object to make it active. Select the Airbrush paint tool with white paint, Size=50. Airbrush along the left side of the selection, creating a highlight.

airbrush white

Hit Enter to deselect the pumpkin object. Choose the Selection tool. Right click on the Selection and Invert. Use the Pick tool to select the pumpkin object. Select the Airbrush Paint tool, dark orange paint, Size=35. Airbrush lightly opposite the white paint you just applied. Hit Enter to deselect the object. Choose the Selection tool. Right click on the selection and choose None.

Select the Pick tool. Click on the pumpkin object to make it active. Select the Airbrush Paint tool, white paint. Airbrush lightly along the sides of the pumpkin.

airbrush white on edges

If you see hard edges between the white and dark orange airbrushing, you have two options: (1) While the pumpkin object is active, choose Effect, Blur & Sharpen, Blur. When the Blur dialog box opens, choose an appropriate thumbnail. Don't overblur, or you'll lose too much detail; or (2) Select the Blur Retouch tool, Size=10, and stroke lightly along hard lines to soften them. You don't have to blur, but you may need to if your lines are too harsh.

To make a face for your pumpkin, select the Path Drawing tool. In the Attributes toolbar, click Shape and select Ellipse. The Mode=2D, color=white. Make an ellipse for the eye and Duplicate it. Make a smaller ellipse in black, and duplicate it. Use these ellipses for the pumpkin's eyes. Select the Paintbrush tool, white paint, Size=5, Transparency=0, Soft edge=0. Click Mode in the Attributes toolbar to enter Paint as Object mode. Click 2X to make sparkles for the eyes, then deselect Mode.

add eyes

An extra step I like to take is to put a very narrow black line around each object, to help it stand out better. Choose the Paintbrush, Size=1, color=black, Soft edge=1, then select the Pick tool. Click on an object to select it, then hit Shift+P to Paint on Edges. This results in a thin black accent line around the object.

Use the Path Drawing tool to make an orange ellipse for the nose. Choose Object, Convert Object Type, From Text/Path to Image. You have to convert to an Image object before you can use a Paint tool on it. Airbrush white paint on the left side of the nose.

make a nose

To make a mouth, select the Path Drawing tool. In the Attributes toolbar select 2D Mode, black. Click Shape, Custom Shape. When the Custom Shape dialog box opens, select Circular 3 and click OK. Draw a shape like this one.

draw shape for mouth

Select the Transform tool. In the Attributes toolbar, rotate the object 45 degrees clockwise. Choose Object, Convert Object Type, From Text/Path to Image. Select the Object Paint Eraser. Erase the top part of the object. Click Trim to get rid of extra space taken up by the top part of theobject. Now you're left with a just smile.

Right click and Duplicate the mouth. Select the Transform tool, Resize option. Resize the mouth so that it will fit at the bottom of the original mouth. This will make the mouth a little bigger. Resize the mouth objects to suit your pumpkin.

duplicate and resize mouth object

To make highlights on the cheeks, select the Airbrush Paint tool. In the Attributes toolbar, Size=35, color=white, Transparency=75, Soft edge=0. Select Mode in the Attributes toolbar. Make two little circles just about the corners of the mouth, then click Mode to exit Paint as Object mode.

Make two little sparkles by selecting the Paintbrush. In the Attributes toolbar, select the Round Stroke 1 Preset. Edit the color to white. Click Mode in the Attributes toolbar,then click at the top corner of each side of the mouth. Click Mode to exit Paint as Object mode.

add sparkles

This would be a good time to right click, Select All Objects, then right click, Group. Doing so will keep all of your objects together, so nothing gets lost or rearranged in the wrong stacking order.

Now you just need a stem and some leaves. You can freehand these with the Paintbrush in Paint as Object mode, or use the Freehand Path Drawing tool in green, 2D. If you don't feel confident about your ability to draw leaves, use the Path Drawing tool, Custom Shape, Leaf 1 shape. It has an open line in the middle. Use the Paintbrush in Paint as Object mode to fill in the opening, then Shift+Click the leaf object and right click, Merge as Single Object. Shade the leaves and stem as desired. Add a skinny, twirly vine on each side, if you like. I used the Paintbrush, Size=1, color=black, Transparency=0, Soft edge=1, in Paint as Object mode.

When you're finished, right click and Select All Objects. Right click and Merge as Single Object. Now you can add a drop shadow to help your pumpkin pop out from the background.

This tutorial uploaded 10/18/02

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