Draw A Vector Frog

©Doodles by LadyFox  02/06/05

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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

Have you ever seen one of those How To Draw strips in the newspaper?
This is going to be kind of like that.


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 265x265 
release the mouse button to place the ellipse

A New Feature I am trying - To find out 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 400 x 400
File/Save As:  frog.pspimage

The Basic Parts

2.

Head

New Vector Layer: head

Preset Shape Tool
Shape: Ellipse
Anti-alias: Checked
Create as vector: Checked
Line style: +Solid
Width: 1

Foreground Color: #70BB70
Background Color: #68D068

Draw an ellipse for the head
{110x73 to 283x184}

Object Selection Tool
Right click/ Align Object/ Horz Center In Canvas

Optional Step - rename ellipse
Layer Palette
Click the + sign next to head
Double Click on Ellipse
Rename ellipse to: head
I do this for every vector part I draw but 
from now on I will just say rename ellipse to:

3.

Body 

New Vector Layer: body

Preset Shape Tool
Draw a slightly larger Ellipse for his body
{99x120 to 301x293}
Rename ellipse to: body


Object Selection Tool
Right click/ Align Object/ Horz Center In Canvas
Layers/ Arrange/ Move Down

4.

 Back Leg

New Vector Layer: back leg
Preset Shape Tool
Draw an ellipse for his back leg
{58x155 to 174x299}
Layers/ Arrange/ Move Down
Rename ellipse to: back leg

5.

 Front Leg

Make Body the active layer

New Vector Layer: front leg
Preset Shape Tool
Change shape to: Rectangle

Draw a long thin rectangle for his front leg
{125x189 to 153x326}
Rename rectangle to: front leg

6.

 The Eyes

Make head the active layer

New Vector Layer: eye
Preset Shape Tool
Change shape back to: Ellipse
Change Width to: 8

Foreground Color: #317626
Background color: #000000

Draw a small ellipse for his eye
{150x74 to 180x103}

These are the basic parts we will be working with

Layer Palette
Right Click on eye/ Duplicate

Click the + sign next to Copy of eye to expand the view
Click on Ellipse to make sure it is the only object selected

Image/ Mirror

Layer Palette
Click the + sign next eye

Hold down the Shift Key and click on each Ellipse
Notice they are both highlighted

Right click on one of the Ellipses/ Group
Double click on Group 1 and rename it: eyes
Right click on copy of eye/ Delete

Click the +sign to expand eyes
Click on one of the ellipses
Look at the image to see which one is selected
Rename ellipse to: right eye
Rename other ellipse to: left eye

The layers should be in this order
eye
head
front leg
body
back leg

Node Editing

7.

 Head

Click on Head to make it the active layer

Object Selection tool
Click on the head to select it

I like working on a large image when node editing 
Tap the 1+ sign on the Preview Toolbar to zoom in
I tapped 5 times
Tap the 1- to reduce 


Pen Tool
Mode: Edit

Layer Palette
Click the eye next to head to turn off the fill [makes it easier to see what you are doing]


Click on the top center node and pull it down a little

Click on one of the side nodes and grab the upper arm and pull up just a little

Repeat for the other side

Adding Nodes
Hold down the Ctrl Key and run the mouse over the line until you see +ADD
Still Holding down the CTRL Key Click the left mouse button to add a node

Add a node on each side of the eye and another in the center of the eye
repeat for other eye

Click on one of the center eye nodes
Hold down the Shift Key and click on the other center eye node

Release the Shift Key
Tap the up arrow on the number pad 21 times

Hold down the Shift key and click on the four nodes beside the eyes

Right click/ Node Type/ Cusp

Click on any blank space to deselect

Using the Control arm and control handle shape the eyelid


Click the eye next to head to turn the view back on

Now that wasn't so bad, was it?

8.

 Body

Click on Body to make it the active layer

Object Selection tool
Click on the body to select it

Pen Tool
Mode: Edit

All I did here was Widen his shoulders slightly

9.

 Back Legs

Click on Back Leg to make it the active layer

Object Selection tool
Click on the back leg to select it

Layer Palette
Click the eye next to back leg to turn off the fill
Click the eye next to body to turn it off
Click the eye next to front leg and to turn them
off so you can see what you are doing

Pen Tool
Mode: Edit

Move the left side node up slightly 
Move the bottom node to the right slightly
Move the right side node inward a little

Add two nodes
Hold down the Shift key and select both of the new nodes
Right click/ Node Type/ Cusp

Click on a blank space to deselect
You have three nodes close together on the bottom
Click on the center one and drag it to the left

Grab the control arm and pull up and to the left a little
Grab the control handle and pull down and to the right a little

Add two more nodes on either side of the one you just moved

I have numbered the nodes we are going to be working with

Click on node #2 and move it inward
Click on node #4 and move it inward
Your frog now has toes

Here is what we have so far

Hold down the Shift Key and click on each of the five nodes
Right Click/ Node Type/ Cusp

Make slight adjustments to the nodes as desired

Object Selection tool
Click on any blank space to deselect

Layers/ Duplicate
Image/ Mirror
Turn all the layers back on

Object Selector Tool
Click on one of the back legs
Hold down the Shift Key and click on the other back leg
Right Click/ Group

Layer Palette
Double Click on Group 1
Rename it: back legs

Right Click on Copy of back leg/ Delete
Click the + sign next to the back legs group
Click on the one of the back legs
Look to see which one it is - you want the right one

Rename it: right back leg
Rename the other left back leg

10.

 Front Legs

Make front leg the active layer

Object Selection Tool
Click on the front leg

Pen Tool
Mode: edit

Hold Down the Shift Key and click on each of the two top nodes
Tap the right arrow on the key pad 7 times

Click on a blank area to deselect
Right click on the top left node/ Node Type/ Curve Before
Grab the control handle and pull to the left slightly

Repeat for the right top node except choose Curve After

Add a node on the right side

Click on the top right node/ tap the Del key
I darkened the outside line on the screenshot to make viewing easier

Add two nodes near the bottom for his wrist

Click on the left bottom node and pull it to the left a little
Click on the right bottom node and pull it to the right

Add three nodes

Click on the center node and pull out slightly
Click on left bottom node and move down a little
Repeat for the right bottom node

Now round out the toes a little
Right click on a node/ Node Type/ Curve After
Right click on a node/ Node Type/ Curve Before
Move the nodes if needed
If you want to adjust his wrist you will have to 
change the nodes to cusp

Note: when drawing a vector object all the nodes will be cusp type
but when you add nodes they are the smooth type


Layers/ Duplicate
Image/ Mirror

Layer Palette
Select both of the front legs
Right click/ Group

Right click on Copy of front leg/ Delete
Double click on Group 1/ Rename to front legs
Rename front legs: left front leg, right front leg

11. Nose
Almost done Drawing

New vector layer: nose

Preset Shape Tool
Shape: Ellipse
Anti-alias: Checked
Create as vector: Checked
Line style: +Solid
Width: 1

Color Palette
Foreground Color: Null
Click the arrow to swap the foreground and background colors
 
Draw a small ellipse for his nostril
{184x121 to 196x135}

Object Selection Tool
Right click/ Copy
Right click/ Paste New Vector Selection

Rename ellipses to: right or left nostril
Hold down the Shift Key and click on each nostril
Right Click/ Group
Double Click on Group 1
Rename to: nose
12. Mouth
Pen Tool
Create as vector: Checked
Mode: Draw
Segment type: Line Segments
Line style: +Solid
Width: 2.00

Click the Swap Materials arrow

New Vector Layer: mouth

Draw a line for his mouth
{135x134 to 260x134}

Note: Hold down the Shift Key while drawing to 
draw a straight line


Pen Tool
Mode: Edit 
Right click on the left node/ Node Type/ Curve After
Grab the arm and pull down and to the right a little

Right click on the right node/ Node Type/ Curve Before
Grab the handle and pull down and to the left a little

Draw a small line at the corner of the mouth

Following the steps above curve the line slightly

Copy and paste as we did on the nose
Use the Rotation Handle to rotate 
You might have to zoom in a lot to see what is happening

Here is your basic frog
13. Export as a Preset Shape - Optional
14. Save Copy - Optional
I like to save a copy of my images in vector layers 
so I can go back and change things easily
File/ Save Copy As/ frog_vectors.pspimage
Finishing Touches  - - -  Page Two

 

©Doodles by LadyFox  02/06/05

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

 

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