Vector Cardinal

©Doodles by LadyFox  04/28/05

The dogwood was made from a tutorial by Astro

 Free Translation

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This tutorial was done with PSP8   
but could be done with other versions.

All of my tutorials are written following the steps I used to make my graphic.   
It is my hope that you will take what I provide 
and do your own thing with it. 

 

YOU WILL NEED

Paint Shop Pro - Download a trial version   
Basic knowledge of vectors and layers

This is a simple vector tutorial

Some people like having the coordinates I used 
So I will be including them in {brackets},
feel free to do your own thing. 
example: {95x50 to 265x165}

Place cursor at 95x50
Click and hold the left mouse button while moving the mouse until it reaches 265x165  
Release the mouse button to place the ellipse

A New Feature  - To find out more about a word i.e. cusp just click on the link and a new window will pop up with more information.  I would appreciate your input on this feature

Remember to SaveOften  
STEPS - These are the steps I used.


Drag the arrow to mark your place

1.

Lets Begin

New Image: 500x300
File/Save As:  cardinal.pspimage

2.

 Body

Preset Shape Tool
Shape: Ellipse
Anti-alias: Checked
Create as vector: Checked
Line style: +Solid
Width: 1.00

Foreground Color: #6A1C13
Background Color: #A33128

New Vector Layer: body
Draw an Ellipse for his body
{197x121 to 386x238}

Image/ Rotate/ Free Rotate [Ctrl+R}
Direction: Left
Degrees: Free: 25.00
All layers: Not Checked
Rotate single layer around canvas center: Not Checked

3.

 Head

New Vector Layer: head
Draw an Ellipse for his head
{332x58 to 416x133}

4.

 Tail

New Vector Layer: tail
Draw an Ellipse for his tail
{54x145 to 217x202}

5.

 Topknot

Change shape to: Triangle
New Vector Layer: topknot
Draw an Triangle for his topknot
{355x15 to 395x64}

Layer Palette
Layers/ Arrange/ Send to Bottom

Click on tail
Layers/ Arrange/ Send to Bottom

6.

 Body adjustments

Active Layer: body

Object Selection Tool

Back on the Image
Click on the body to select it

Pen Tool
Mode: Edit
Click on the right node

Layer Palette
Click the eye next to body to turn off the fill

Note: You must have the Pen Tool selected for this to work

Tap the up arrow on the key pad 30 times
Tap the right arrow 22 times

Click on the bottom node
Tap the right arrow key 23 times

Click on the Left node
Tap the left arrow key 15 times
Tap the up arrow key 15 times

Click on the bottom node
Tap the right arrow key 4 times
Tap the up arrow key 4 times

Layer Palette
Click the eye next to body to turn the fill back on

Object Selection Tool
Click on the tail to select

Pen Tool
Mode: Edit

7.

 Tail Adjustments

Active Layer: tail
Layer Palette
Click the eye next to tail to turn off the fill

Click on the right node
Tap the down arrow 20 times

Click on the left node
Tap the up arrow 10 times

Click on the top node
tap the left arrow 30 times

Repeat for the bottom node

Click the eye next to tail to turn the fill back on

8.

 Topknot Adjustments

Active Layer: topknot

Object Selection Tool
Click on the topknot to select

Pen Tool
Mode: Edit

Layer Palette
Click the eye next to topknot to turn off the fill

Click on the top node
Tap the left arrow key 8 times

Click on the right bottom node
Tap the down arrow 10 times
Tap the right arrow 12 times

Right click on the bottom left node/ Node Type/ Curve After
Click on the Control Arm and move it to the left slightly to curve the left side

Right click on the top node/ Node Type/ Curve After
Click on the Control Arm and move it inward slightly

Right Click on the bottom right node/ Node Type/ Curve Before
Click on the Control Handle and pull it to the right just a little

9.

 More Body Adjustments

Active Layer: Body

Object Selection Tool
Click on the body to select it

Pen Tool
Mode: Edit

Layer Palette
Click the eye next to body

Add a node midway between the top node and the right node

Click on the new node
Tap the up arrow 12 times

Right Click/ Node Type/ Cusp
Click on the Control Handle and move it slightly upward

Click on the right node
Tap the right arrow key 4 times

Note: We don't have to change the node type for this one
because when you draw an object the nodes are set to cusp. 
However when you add a node it is set to asymmetric


Click on the Control Arm and move it to the left slightly
Click on the bottom node
Click on the Control Handle and move it down just a little
Click on the Control Arm and move it up just a little

Add a new node the other side of the tail

Click on the new node
Tap the down arrow 3 times
Click on the left node
Tap the up arrow 3 times

Hold down the Shift Key and tap on the new node 
Note: both nodes are now selected
Tap the left arrow 8 times

The body should now look something like this

10.

 More Tail Adjustments

Active Layer: tail

Object Selection Tool
Click on the tail

Pen Tool
Mode: Edit

Click on the top node
Hold down the Shift Key and click on the bottom node
Tap the left arrow key 15 times

Click on any blank space
Click on the top node 
Click on the Control Handle and move it 
inward towards the node some

Click on the bottom node 
Click on the Control Arm and pull it inward a little

11.  More Head Adjustments
Active Layer: head

Object Selection Tool
Click on the head

Pen Tool
Mode: Edit

Click on the left node
Tap the left arrow key 8 times
Tap the down arrow key 7 times

Click on the right node
Tap the left arrow key 6 times

Click on the Control Handle and pull up slightly so it meets the topknot
Click on the Control Arm and pull down slightly

Make any other adjustments you feel necessary

Add a new node on the right side where the head and body come together

Click on the bottom node
Tap The Del Key

Notice that the head and body now look connected
12.  Topknot  Adjustments
Active Layer: topknot
Layers/ Arrange/ Bring to Top

Note: Originally I had planned to delete the top of the head to blend it with the topknot.  However I discovered that by doing that I ended up with just two lines on each side of the head.

Object Selection Tool
Click on the topknot

Pen Tool
Mode: Edit

Add a new node on the bottom line
Select the new node
Tap the Del Key
13.  More Body
Active Layer: body

Object Selection Tool
Click on the body

Pen Tool
Mode: Edit

Add a new node between the two nodes near the tail
Click on the new node
Tap the Del Key

Make adjustments as desired

Here is what we have so far

Note: I didn't forget the wing
14. Wing
The colors should still be the ones we used, 
but if not I have listed them here

Foreground Color: #6A1C13
Background Color: #A33128

New Vector Layer: wing

Preset Shape Tool
Shape Ellipse
Anti-alias: Checked
Create as vector: Checked
Line style: +Solid
Width: 1.00

Draw an Ellipse for the wing
{161x126 to 367x201}

Image/ Rotate/ Free Rotate [Ctrl+R]
Direction: Left
Degrees: Free: 30.00
All Layers: Not Checked
Rotate single layer around canvas center: Not Checked

Object Selection Tool
Click on the wing

Pen Tool
Mode: Edit

Layer Palette
Click the eye next to wing

Add nodes as needed
Use the Control Arms and handles to adjust the wing
15.  The Black Patch
New Vector Layer: black

Preset Shape Tool
Shape: Rounded Rectangle
Anti-alias: Checked
Create as vector: Checked
Line style: +Solid
Width: 1.00

Foreground Color: Null
Background Color: #000000

Draw a small rectangle
{377x94 to 406x150}

Object Selection Tool
Click on the rectangle

Pen Tool
Mode: Edit

Go to the top right corner and click on the top node
Tap the up arrow key 6 times
Tap on the lower node
Tap the right arrow key 4 times

Layer Palette
Click the eye next to black
Continue adjusting the nodes until 
the outside edge of the black lines up 
with the edge of the bird

Adjust the other side so it looks similar
make any other adjustments 

16.  The Eye
New Vector Layer: eye

Preset Shape Tool
Shape: Ellipse
Anti-alias: Checked
Create as vector: Checked
Line style: +Solid
Width: 1.00

Draw a small ellipse for the eye
{374x83 to 383x91}

Layer Palette
Right click on eye/ Duplicate

Object Selection Tool
Click on any blank space

Click on the Ellipse

Pen Tool
Mode: Edit

Overview Palette
Tap the +1 several times to zoom in on the eye
I zoomed mine to 400

Layer Palette
Click the + sign next to Copy of eye
Right click on Ellipse/ Properties
Click on the colored box under Fill
Change the color to #FFFFFF

Back to the image
Double Click on any node to select them all

Transform Type: Contract
Contraction X: 45.00
Contraction Y: 45.00
Click the check mark to apply

Click on any blank space to deselect

Click on the bottom node
Tap the Del Key

Click on the right node
Tap the left arrow 2 times

Rename Copy of eye: eye highlight
17.  Beak
New Vector Layer: beak

Preset Shape Tool
Shape: Triangle
Anti-alias: Checked
Create as vector: Checked
Line style: +Solid
Width: 1.00

Foreground Color: #89560D
Background Color: #C4973D
Background Style: Gradient
Gradient: Foreground-background
Repeats: 0
Invert: Checked
Style: Sunburst
Center Point
Horizontal: 50
Vertical: 50

Draw a small triangle
{386x92 to 418x120}

Object Selection Tool
Click on the triangle

Pen Tool
Mode: Edit

Click on the top node
Tap the right arrow key 6 times
Tap the down arrow key 2 times

Double click on any node
Right Click/ Node type/ Curve Before
Right Click/ Node type/ Curve After

Click on any blank space to deselect

Use the Control Handle and the Control Arm to shape the beak
18. Upper Beak
Layer Palette
Right Click on beak/ Duplicate

Rename Copy of beak: upper beak

Object Selection Tool
Click on any blank space
Click on the beak

Pen Tool
Mode: Edit

Move the bottom left node to the center of the beak
Adjust as needed

On To Page Two

 

ęDoodles by LadyFox  04/28/05

If you have any questions or need help,  feel free to email me LadyFox

 

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