Acorn

©Doodles by LadyFox  12/01/02
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This tutorial was done with PSP7  but could be done with other versions.
All of my tutorials are written following the steps I used to make my graphic.   My idea of a good tutorial is one that shows you how to do something and inspires you to add your own style
 
YOU WILL NEED
Paint Shop Pro  
    Download a trial version   
LeafSample 
cdr_pinecone.jgd    
     Download mine  or visit my pine cone tutorial to make your own 
Basic knowledge of vectors and layers

Remember to SaveOften  
STEPS - These are the steps I used


Drag the arrow to mark your place

  1. Lets Begin
New Image: 100 x 100 
File/Save As:   acorn-tex.psp
  2. Make The Texture
Foreground Color: #5A2002 

Flood Fill 

Effects/Texture Effects/Blinds 
Width: 10 
Opacity: 60 
Color : Black 
Horizontal: checked 
Light from left/top: checked 

Layers/Duplicate 
Image/Rotate 
Direction: right 
Degrees: 90 
All layers: Not checked 

Layer Palette 
Click in the center of the section with the opacity number 
then use the left or right arrow keys on the keyboard to adjust the opacity to 50 
 
Layers/Merge/Merge Visible 

Effects/Sharpen/Sharpen More 
Repeat the sharpen step 

Save and Minimize 

  3. The Acorn
New Image: 300 x 300 
File/Save As:  acorn.psp
  4. The Nut
Foreground Style: Null 
Background Style: Gradient 
Gradient: cdr_pinecone 
Style: sunburst 
Horizontal: 50 
Vertical: 50 
Repeats: 0 
Invert gradient: checked 

Preset Shapes: Ellipse 
Antialias : checked 
Create as vector: checked 

Draw an ellipse about 150 x 150 in the lower two thirds of the window 
 
Vector Object Selector 
Right click to Node Edit 
Click on the top node and drag it down slightly 
Click on one of the arms and pull it out slightly 
Repeat for the other arm 
Click the bottom node and drag down slightly 
click on one of the arms and pull up slightly 
click on the other arm and pull up slightly 

  5. The Cap
Foreground Style: Null 
Background Style: Pattern 
acorn-tex.psp 
Scale: 75 
Angle 45 

Preset Shapes: Ellipse 
Antialias : checked 
Create as vector: checked 

Draw an ellipse for the cap 
 
Vector Object Selector 
Right click: Node Edit 

Click on the top node and drag it up slightly 
Click on the right side node and drag it down slightly 
Pull the top arm up slightly 
Click on the top node 
Click the right arm and pull it slightly in and down 
Click on the other side node and pull it down 
Repeat for the left node 
 
Quit Node Editing 
Adjust size if needed 
 
Vector Object Selector 
Draw a box around the acorn 
Right click/Group 

Layer Palette 
Click on the + sign next to the vector layer 
Double click on Group1 and rename it: acorn 
File/Export/Shape 
Export shape Library: acorn-001 

Layers/Convert To Raster 
File/Export/Picture tube

  6. Leaves
New Image: 300 x 300 
File/Save As:  leaf.psp
  7. Draw The Leaf
Open LeafSample.jpg 
Edit/Copy 
Edit/Paste 
Magic Wand 
Match mode: RGB Value 
Tolerance: 50 
Feather: 0 
Sample merged: not checked 

Click on any white area 
Selections/Modify/Select Similar 
hit the delete key 

Foreground Color: #6C370C 
Background Fill: gradient 
cdr_pinecone.jgd 
Horizontal: 50 
Vertical: 50 
Repeats: 0 
Invert Gradient: checked  

Draw  
Type: Point to Point Line 
Width: 2 
Line Style: solid 
Antialias: checked 
Create as vector: checked 
Close path: checked 

Start at the bottom of the leaf and click around the outline 
Right Click: Quit Node Editing 
 
Vector Object Selector 
Right click: Node Edit 
Click on one node and move it slightly then Double Click on it to select all the nodes 
Ctrl + S to make them all symmetric [this smoothes out the corners slightly 
Right Click: Quit Node Editing 
Node Edit to adjust any node you want changed. 
 
Layers/Layer1 
Layers/Arrange/Bring to Top 
Layers/Layer2

  8. Add Some Detail
Foreground Color: #6C370C 
Background Style: Null 

Draw 
Type: Point to Point Line 
Width: 2 
Line Style: solid 
Antialias: checked 
Close path: NOT checked 

Draw the center vein 
Right Click: Quit Node Editing 
Node edit as needed 

Draw in the side veins and edit as needed 
 
Vector Object Selector 
Draw a selection around the leaf 
Right Click/Group 

Layer Palette 
Click on the + sign next to the vector layer 
Double click on Group1 and rename it: leaf 
File/Export/Shape 
Export shape Library: leaf-001 

Layers/Convert To Raster 
Delete the pattern layer 
File/Export/Picture tube 
Export Picture Tube: leaf-001

  9. Change the color of the leaf
Edit/Enhance Photo/Manual Color Correction 

Click on the left magnifying glass to shrink the view 
Draw out a selection to select the entire leaf in the left hand window  
Options 
Preserve lightness: not checked 
Preserve saturation: not checked 

Color Category: Vegetables 
Some I tried 
carrot 
pumpkin 
pepper orange

 
This was done by my 14 year old Granddaughter Brittney  
Thanks for testing this Britt 

©Doodles by LadyFox  12/01/02
If you have any questions or need help,   you may email me LadyFox

 
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