|1. Open the base you want to work on.
||2. I have created several colour palettes that you can use, but you are free to use your own colours, or use on of my other palettes.||
3. Create a new layer named Bikini above your base by going to Layer/New Raster Layer... or clicking on the new raster layer icon on the Layer Palette.
Select the Paint Brush tool & set your Foreground to palette colour 1 (i.e. the darkest colour) using the Dropper.
4. Make sure your Paintbrush is 1 pixel in size. Draw in the outline of your bikini top & bottoms. Don't worry if it's messy, we'll clean it up in a moment.
I find it helps to Zoom in on the image & use precise cursors for this.
|5. Use the Eraser & Paintbrush to tidy up & streamline the dress. Ensure that it is not more than 1 pixel thick at all points.||
6. Create a new image, with a width & height of 2 pixels.
Zoom in so that you can actually see what you are doing!
|7. Using palette colour 1, draw a single pixel of colour in the top left hand corner.||8. Use palette colour 2 & 3 as shown above.||
9. Go back to your doll.
Make sure there are no gaps in the outline of your bikini & Flood Fill the interior with palette colour 2.
|10. Set your forground to Pattern.||
11. From the drop down on the materials dialogue box, select the image you created in step 6 (it should be quite near the top).
Once the pattern is selected, click on OK to close the dialogue box.
|12. Flood Fill the bikini with this pattern.|
13. Click on the Lighten/Darken tool.
Put a tick in the Swap Mouse Button box. Use the settings from the above link, only set the Width to about 4 & Opacity to about 22.
I have used the Airbrush in red to show you the areas we are going to be shading (don't actually paint red on your doll!)
|14. Darken the areas of the doll that need shading.||15. Your doll should be looking something like this.|
|Add some hair & a tan & you're done!|
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