Painting Cactus

©Doodles by LadyFox  10/08/07

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This tutorial was done with PSP9   
but could be done with version 8 or higher.

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  

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


Drag the arrow to mark your place

1.

Lets Begin

New Image  400x400
File/Save As: cactus.pspimage

2.

Brick Template

  New Layer: bricks 1

Foreground Color: #2a5430

Paint Brush [B]
Shape: Square
Size: 25
Hardness: 100
Step: 25
Density: 100
Thickness: 100
Rotation: 0
Opacity: 100
Blend Mode: Normal

Paint a line across the top for the first row of bricks
We are making adobe bricks. These were handmade and the rows were not exactly straight

Magic Wand Tool
Mode: Replace
Match Mode: RGB Value
Tolerance: 50
Contiguous: Checked
Feather: 0
Anti-alias: NOT Checked

Click on the line
Edit/ Copy [Ctrl+C]
Edit Paste/ Paste As New Selection [Ctrl+E]

Move below the first line, leaving a space for the mortar to show through

Continue placing the lines until the image is filled

3.  Painting The Bricks
  Magic Wand
Select one of the lines

New Layer: bricks 2

#a98c7c
#886958

Paint Brush [B]
Shape: Square
Size: 85
Hardness: 90
Step: 105
Density: 100
Thickness: 100
Rotation: 0
Opacity: 100
Blend Mode: Normal

Brush Variance Palette [F11]
Color Blend: 25

Paint over the line

Active layer: bricks 1
Select the next row

Active layer: Bricks 2
Paint this line starting over the edge so the bricks will be staggered

Continue selecting and painting until all the lines are painted
4. Details
  Active Layer: bricks 1
Layers/ Delete

Active Layer: bricks 2

Adjust/ Add/Remove Noise/ Add Noise
Uniform: Ticked
Noise: 10%
Monochrome: Checked
OK

New layer: mortar
Layers/ Arrange/ Move Down

Flood Fill with the Foreground Color

Adjust/ Add/Remove Noise/ Add Noise
Uniform: Ticked
Noise: 10%
Monochrome: Checked
OK

Active Layer: bricks 2

Effects/ 3D Effects/ Drop Shadow
Offsets: 3
Opacity: 35
Blur: 5.00
Color: #43312b
Shadow on new layer: Checked
OK

Repeat the Drop Shadow
Changing Offsets to: -3
Color to: #dcccc4

New Layer: noise

#e7d7cf
#dfcec7

Paint Brush [B]
Shape: Round
Size:43
Hardness: 0
Step: 35
Density: 1
Thickness: 100
Rotation: 0
Opacity: 100
Blend Mode: Overlay

Brush Variance Palette [F11]
Color Blend: 50
Position Jitter: 5

Paint on some noise

Lower the opacity to 64
5. Cactus
  New Layer: cactus

#68795d
#749172

Paint Brush [B]
Shape: Round
Size: 45
Hardness: 90
Step: 200
Density: 90
Thickness: 70
Rotation: 0
Opacity: 100
Blend Mode: Normal

Brush Variance [F11]
Color Blend: 50
Size: 5
Rotation: Direction
Position Jitter: 150

Paint a few cactus pads

Effects/ 3D Effects/ Drop Shadow

Offsets: 0
Opacity: 70
Blur: 5.00
Color: #12160e
Shadow on new layer: NOT Checked
OK

New layer cactus 2
paint some more cactus pads
Apply the Drop Shadow

Keep adding layers and cactus pads until you have a nice plant
6. Fruit
  New Layer: fruit

#752a41
#a2275e

Paint Brush [B]
Shape: Round
Size: 15
Hardness: 100
Step: 200
Density: 90
Thickness: 50
Rotation: 0
Opacity: 100

Brush Variance [F11]
Color Blend: 50
Size: 2
Rotation: Direction
Position Jitter: 0

Paint some fruit

Effects/ 3D Effects/ Drop Shadow

Offsets: 0
Opacity: 35
Blur: 3.00
Color: #000000
Shadow on new layer: NOT Checked
OK
 

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial

 

©Doodles by LadyFox  10/08/07

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

 

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