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Valentine's Day Bear

introduction
Hello and welcome to the Valentine's Day Bear tutorial. As you may imagine, it took me a little more than a good 2 hours to completely make this bear look like it does in the image above. Therefore, in the interest of time, I will not fully explain every single part of every single thing I did to make this Bear. However, before I begin, I will explain how to do a few things that I did throughout the making of the Valentine's Day Bear that will be helpful to you as you read this tutorial (I will make reference to these terms throughout the tutorial).

Make a circle (Fixed Size/Fixed Aspect Ratio: x by x) (and fill it with the color x) - This means, get out your Elliptical Marquee Tool, and, depending on what the context you find it in specifies, use settings like this. Note: The red arrows point to areas you need to pay attention to. Make sure you have it on: New selection; a 0px Feather; Anti-aliased checked; (if a set width of x width and x height are given in context:) a Fixed Size of x by x OR a Fixed Aspect Ratio of x by x OR (if no set width is given:) Normal. Finally, if I say to “Fill it with a color,” click on your foreground color (like this) to select a new one. To fill it, hold ALT and press Backspace (to fill the circle selection with the new foreground color).

Give (the circle/shape) a shine (dimensions x by x) (x% layer opacity) - To do this, start by CTRL + (left mouse) Click on the layer that contains the circle/shape you are going to give a shine to. Now go to Select > Transform Selection. Now, if I give you a width, type that in, but if I don't, use anywhere between 90-70% for the width. Now grab the bottom-middle transform point (I circled it in red here), and drag it up. While you're doing that, notice the Width percentage (it's circled in red in that image). Drag it up so the Width percentage is the set width I gave you, or if I didn't give you a width, drag until you get to 70-60%. Also note in that image the shape of the new circle; that's the shape you want. Okay, when you get something like that, press the Enter key to finalize your new selection. NOW, press the D key to reset the colors to Black (foreground) and White (background). Now press the Switch Foreground and Background Colors button so that White (FFFFFF) is your Foreground Color. OKAY! Now, grab your Gradient Tool with these settings. Now refer to this image on how to make the gradient. In words: basically, click in the center of the top of the circle selection, hold SHIFT to keep it straight, and drag down about 4/5ths of the way. Now set the Opacity of the layer to either what I specify, or if I don't specify, 60-50%.

Give (the circle/shape) a gloss (x% layer opacity) - To do this, grab your Gradient Tool with these settings (NOTE: make sure to set your foreground color to the “Gloss Color” (see table below)). Now click in the center of the object, or wherever the gloss should be, and drag the line out and make a gradient that complements mine. Finally, set the layer opacity to what I give, or, leave it at 100%

One more thing before we begin: it's a good idea to get all of your colors written out before hand so you can access them any time; it's a pain in the neck to have to keep retracing your steps to find the colors you used for certain parts. I suggest opening up a notepad document (yes, right now, open a new notepad document!) and typing out all the colors on each line, for example:

994D17  Light Brown
593308  Dark Brown
C9A386  Snout Color
CD9B44  Gloss Color
FFFFFF  White
000000  Black

Of course, you may want to tweak those colors a little bit to your liking... but you get the idea.

Also, a few more notes:
  • For every shape or fill or gradient you make, make a new layer. In other words, keep everything on different layers!
  • You need to refer to the images I provide for you to know where to place certain shapes and circles. Utilize these resources!! You are not going to be able to know where to place things exactly if you do not refer to the images. However, if you wish to place things wherever looks best for your image, be my guest and don't let me stop ya, just make sure it looks right! smile
  • Try things more than once; in fact, try things a lot of times! Ninety nine percent of the time it will NOT look 100% perfect the very FIRST time you do things. Keep that in mind! (Note that CTRL + ALT + Z does an Undo.)
  • You may want to stray from the instructions a little (just a little... don't confuse yourself too much) to make your Valentine's Day Bear look better. Since yours probably isn't going to come out exactly like mine, you'll find that if you change little things here and there your image can look even better than it did with just my instructions.
It is really necessary that you make sure you are doing all these things; you'll get really frustrated when something's not working if you don't wink -- just some things to keep in mind.
step 1
Okay, well I REALLY hope you got all that. Now, to finally start making the image!! Open a new document around 130 px width by 150 px height width a Transparent background. Fill “Layer 1” with White (FFFFFF), CTRL + Backspace. Image.
step 2
(New layer => “head”) Make a circle with a Fixed Size of 53px by 50px and fill it with your “Light Brown” color. Give it some styles: Stroke, Inner Shadow. Product.
step 3
(New layer => “head gloss”) Now make a circle with a Fixed Size of 28px by 22px and fill it with your “Gloss Color.” Product.. Select > Deselect to deselect the selection. Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and use these settings. Product.
step 4
(New layer => “head shine”) Now Give layer “head” a shine of 70% width and 60% height and an Layer Opacity of 60%. Product.
step 5
(New layer => “eye left”) Make a circle with a Fixed Size of 14px by 15px. Now go to Select > Transform Selection. Now type in -30 for the Rotation Degrees, shown here. Fill it in with White (FFFFFF). Image. Now for some layer styles. Give it an Inner Shadow and a Bevel and Emboss. Product.
step 6
(New layer => “pupil left”) Make a circle with a Fixed Size of 8px by 7px and fill it with Black (000000). Give it a style: Inner Shadow. Product.
step 7
Now duplicate layer “eye left” by right-clicking on it in the Layer's Palette and going to Duplicate Layer (image). Now duplicate layer “pupil left” the same way. Link the copies of these two layers together by selecting layer “pupil left copy” in the Layer's Palette and clicking on the box to the left of layer “eye left copy” so that an icon of a linked chain appears (the box should look like this: it's circled here). Now press CTRL + E to “Merge Linked” (merge the two linked layers together). Rename this layer from “pupil left copy” to “eye & pupil right” Now go to Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal. Now nudge it over to the right about two or three pixels by pressing the Right Arrow Key a few times. Product.
step 8
(New layer => “snout”) Make a circle with a Fixed Size of 24px by 22px and fill it with your “Snout Color.” Give it some styles: a Inner Shadow and a Bevel and Emboss. Product.
step 9
(New layer => “snout shine”) Give layer “snout” a shine of 75% width and 70% height and an Layer Opacity of 70%. Product.
step 10
(New layer => “nose”) Make a circle width a Fixed Size of 13px by 9px and fill it with Black (000000). Product.
step 11
(New layer => “nose shine”) Give layer “nose” a shine of 80% width and 60% height and an Layer Opacity of 70%. Product.
step 12
(New layer => “mouth”) Grab the Brush Tool with these settings. Now draw in your mouth. Note: to make straight lines, hold the SHIFT key. Product.
step 13
(New layer => “ear left”) Now it's starting to look like something! Now for the ears; make a circle with a Fixed Size of 20px by 19px and fill it with your “Light Brown” color. Now for some styles: a Stroke and a Bevel and Emboss. Product.
step 14
(New layer => “ear in left”) Make a circle with a Fixed Size of 14px by 14px. Fill it with your “Snout Color.” Set the opacity of this layer to 90%. Give it an Inner Shadow layer style. Product.
step 15
Now use the same method you used in Step 7 to duplicate layers “ear left” and “ear left in,” merge them together, rename the new layer to “ear right full,” flip it horizontally, and nudge it over to the right. Product.
step 16
(New layer => “body”) Excellent. Now we're going to make the body. Make a circle with a Fixed Size of 56px by 51px. Fill it in with your “Light Brown” Color. Image. NowMake a circle with a Fixed Size of 33px by 41px. Image. Make sure you have Add to selection chosen (for your Elliptical Marquee Tool's settings) on the Options Toolbar at the top, and make another circle of that same exact size, right next to it. Image. Now fill in this selection of the double circles with your “Light Brown” Color. Product.
step 17
Now it's time to style it up! Give it a Stroke, a Color Overlay, and an Inner Shadow. Product.
step 18
(New layer => “body shine”) Give layer “body” a shine with a width of 42px and a height of 31px (positioned towards the bottom of the body: Image.) and an Layer Opacity of 50%.
step 19
(New layer => “body shadow”) Using a selection of the same size as the previous circle selection (just keep the same Fixed Size settings for the Elliptical Marquee Tool), Give layer “body” a shine towards the middle of the body ( image), but instead of using white for the gradient, use your “Dark Brown” Color. Product.
step 20
(New layer => “body gloss”) Give layer “body” a gloss with a Layer Opacity of 100%. Product.
step 21
(New layer => “valentine”) Here's the fun part tongue . Grab your Custom Shape Tool with these settings Make a shape that looks like mine (Remember to hold SHIFT while you're making the shape to keep it proportional). Image. Now, if you want to rotate it, go to Edit > Transform > Rotate, and hold your SHIFT key down if it helps. Product.
step 22
Now it's time to give your Valentine's heart some styles. Give it a Drop Shadow and an Inner Shadow. Finally, give layer “valentine” a shine of 80% width and 85% height and an Layer Opacity of 50%. Product.
step 23
(New layer => “right hand”) Make a circle with a Fixed Size of 17px by 20px. Now go to Select > Transform Selection, and type in 45 for the Angle Rotation Degrees (leave everything else as it is). Image. Fill it in with your “Light Brown” Color. Image. Give it a layer style: Inner Shadow. Product.
step 24
(New layer => “right hand shine”) Give layer “right hand” a shine of 90% width and 100% height and an Layer Opacity of 70%. Image. Now Give layer “hand right” a gloss with a Layer Opacity of 100%. Product.
step 25
(New layer => “left arm”) It's time to get out the Pen Tool. Now make a shape that looks like this. Take note in that image: the number of points, where they are, and their angle of curve and how much curvage they have. It'll just make it easier for you to make a shape that looks like mine. Now make that shape your “Light Brown” Color. Image. Now give it some layer styles: a Stroke and a Bevel and Emboss. Product.
step 26
(New layer => “left hand”) Make a circle with a Fixed Size of 14px by 17px. Fill it in with your “Light Brown” Color. Image. Give it some styles: Stroke, and an Inner Shadow. Product.
step 27
(New layer => “left hand shine”) Give layer “left hand” a shine of 100% width and 100% height and an Layer Opacity of 75%. Product.
step 28
(New layer => “left hand gloss”) Give layer “left hand” a gloss with a Layer Opacity of 100%. Product.
step 29
(New layer => “left hand palm”) CTRL + (Left Mouse) Click to load the selection of layer “left hand” and go to Select > Transform. Make the selection 60% width and 70% height like this. Make a gradient like you would a Shine (described above), and make it look like this image by clicking towards the left-hand side of the selection (as usual), holding SHIFT, and dragging the line out and let go of your mouse when your cursor is on the right edge of the selection to make your gradient. Product.
step 30
(New layer => “left leg”) Wow, it's really coming along! Grab your Pen Tool again, and make a shape like this one. Again, observe the points' positions and curve amounts. Make the shape's color your “Light Brown” Color. Image.
step 31
Give layer “left leg” some layer styles: a Stroke, a Gradient Overlay, and a Bevel and Emboss. Image. (New layer => “left leg detail”) Grab your Brush Tool with these settings. Make your foreground color your “Dark Brown” Color, and draw in some paws and a wrinkle line for his foot. Product.
step 32
Now, use the same method you used to duplicate the Left Eye and flipped it to make the Right Eye (see step 7), and duplicate, merge, and flip horizontal your left leg layers, and slide it to the right to form the Right Leg. Call that layer, well, “right leg.” Product.
conclusion
Wow, you're done! Final Product. Good luck... you might need it.

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