Draw A Geranium

©Doodles by LadyFox  09/23/03

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This tutorial was done with PSP8  but can be done with PSP7  
Changes for PSP7 are highlighted in blue

All of my tutorials are written following the steps I used to make my graphic.    

It is fine to make yours exactly as I did mine, 
but it is my hope that  you will do it your way and make it uniquely yours.

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

Remember to Save Often 
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:  petal.psp 

Foreground color: #FC0D46
Background style: Null 
Preset Shape: Flower
Antialias: checked
Create as vector: checked
Line style: solid
Line width: 1

2. Make A Petal 
Draw a flower to almost fill the space 


Object Selection Tool 
Right click/Align/Center in Canvas

PSP8 
Pen Tool 
Mode: Edit Mode

PSP7
Right click/Node Edit

Click on each of the inner nodes and pull them towards the center


Click on each of the outside nodes and pull them out slightly
Note if you can't see the ends of some of the nodes just run the 
mouse over the edge of the window until you see the double arrow.
Then drag the edge out until you can see the entire node.

In the layer palette right click on the + sign next to Vector 1
Right click and choose Properties
Change the fill color to: #FC4E72 

 
Convert layer to raster 

Magic Wand 
Click outside the petal and save selection to Alpha Channel

3.  Shading The Petal
New Raster Layer

Paintbrush 

PSP7
Shape: Round
Size: 3
Hardness: 100
Opacity: 100
Step: 25
Density: 100

PSP8
Shape: +Round 05
Size: 6
Hardness: 100
Step: 25
Density: 100
Thickness: 100
Opacity: 100
Blend Mode: Normal
Continuous: Checked
Wet Look Paint: Unchecked

Using #FC0D46
paint on some shading around the edge
 
Apply a Gaussian Blur - radius of 5.00

Load Selection from Alpha Channel
Hit the Del key to clean up any over blur

New Raster Layer

Change brush size to 3

Using #FFF5F7
paint on some lines in the center
 
Apply a Gaussian Blur - radius of 5.00
Apply the blur again

Load Selection from Alpha Channel
Hit the Del key to clean up any over blur

Continue:
Adding a new layer
Painting on shading
Applying the blur
Cleaning up over blur
until satisfied with the petal

Change colors and brush sizes as needed
   
The last layer I changed the Radius of the Gaussian Blur to: 2.00
 
When satisfied, merge visible and save
Edit/Copy and close the petal

4. Making The Tube
New Image
400 x 200

Turn on the Grid and set the properties to 
Horizontal: 100 
Vertical: 100

Edit/Paste and place the petal in the center of the first block
Edit/Paste and paste in the second box, keep selected
Image/Rotate 45 to the right making sure that All Layers is NOT Checked

Paste another in the fourth box
Edit/Resize 80 percent making sure that all Layers is NOT Checked

Edit/Copy
Edit/Paste and rotate as above
 
Select all four petals
Edit/Copy
Edit/Paste
Paste them into the remaining four boxes
 
Adjust the brightness by 25 percent

File/Export/Picture Tube/geranium.tub

5. The Stems
New Image 500 x 500
File/Save as: geranium.psp 

Foreground color: #3F3905
Background color: #949642

Preset Shape: Rectangle
Line Style: Solid
Width: 1.00
Antialias: checked
Create as vector: checked

Draw several long thin rectangles for stems
Node edit to shape as desired

Layers/Convert to Raster Layer 

Add Noise: 25% Uniform

6. The Petals
New Raster Layer
Picture Tube/geranium.tub
Scale: 30%, 25% for smaller cluster

Place some petals
Add Noise 25%

New Raster layer
Place more petals
Add Noise 25% 

7. The Buds
New Raster Layer below the flower layers

Foreground color: #3F3905
Background style: Null

Pen Tool
Line Type: Freehand Line
Line Style: Solid
Width: 1.00
Antialias: checked
Create as vector: Not checked
Simple Mode: Checked

Draw some stems for the buds
 
New Vector Layer

Foreground color: #3F3905
Background color: #949642

Preset Shape: Ellipse
Line Style: Solid
Width: 1.00
Antialias: checked
Create as vector: checked

Add some buds
 
Layers/Convert to Raster Layer
Add Noise: 25% Uniform

New Vector Layer below the bud layer

Change colors 
Foreground color: #BD0A27
Background color: #FC4E72

Draw some more ellipses for the buds that are opening

Layers/Convert to Raster Layer
Add Noise: 25% Uniform 

8. The Leaves
New Vector Layer: leaves 

Foreground color: #3F3905
Background style: Null

Preset Shape: Ellipse
Line Style: Solid
Width: 1.00
Antialias: checked
Create as vector: checked

Draw a couple of Ellipses for leaves
Node edit to shape as desired
 
In the layer palette right click on the + sign next to leaves 
Hold down the Shift key and click on each ellipse to select
Right click and choose Properties
Change the fill color to: #949642
 
Layers/Convert to Raster Layer 

Add Noise: 25% Uniform

Continue adding layers and leaves until satisfied 

9. Leaf Detail
New Raster Layer

Foreground color: #695705
Background Style: Null

Draw Tool
Freehand Line
Width: 1.00
Antialias: checked
Create as vector: NOT checked
Simple Mode: Checked

Draw on some veins

Apply Gaussian Blur - Radius: 2.00
 
New Raster Layer

Foreground color: #3F3905
Background color: #695705

Paint Brush PSP7
Shape: Round
Size: 25
Hardness: 25
Opacity: 25
Step: 25
Density: 25
Build Up: NOT checked

Paint Brush PSP8
Brush: + Round 05
Shape: Round
Size: 15
Hardness: 25
Step: 25
Density: 23
Thickness: 100
Rotation: 0
Opacity: 25
Blend Mode: Normal
Continuous: NOT checked
Wet Look Paint: Not Checked

Brush on some coloring for a two toned leaf
 
Turn off all except the three layers of each leaf
Layers/Merge/Merge Visible 

Repeat for each leaf or group of leaves

Adjust leaves and stems as needed
some in the front and some in the back 

10. Drop Shadows
Effects/3D Effects/Drop Shadow
Offsets: 1
Opacity: 66
Blur: 6.2
Shadow Color: #400000 for flowers
Shadow Color: #3F3905 for leaves and stems 

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial
 

©Doodles by LadyFox 09/23/03

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

 
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