Painting Pine Trees

©Doodles by LadyFox  12/29/08

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This tutorial was done with PSP9   
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 
LF_PineTree-Sample
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

File/Save As
Click on Options

Under Version click the drop down arrow
select your version of PSP

File name: pinetree.pspimage
Save
Below  is the palette I used, right click and save it to your hard drive

Open LF_PineTree-Sample
There are two tree samples
Pick the one you want to use and turn off the other
Or if you want to do your own thing just turn off or delete both samples

 
Some pointers on working with brushes
1. All brushes will have the Blend mode set to: Normal
    Contiguous will be: NOT Checked
    Wet Look Paint will be: NOT Checked
    Unless otherwise stated
2. You can change the brush rotation by clicking the drop down arrow
     next to Rotation
    In the window that drops down choose the direction you want

3. Use Alt+C to increase the size of the brush
    Alt+X to decrease the size of the brush
4. To paint branches:
    Place the cursor where you want the branch to start
    Click once
    Move the cursor to where the branch ends
    Hold Down the Shift Key
    Click Once

2.

 Tree One

  New Layer: t 1
Layers/ Arrange/ Bring to Top (if necessary)

Foreground Color: #578d62
Background Color: #405f4d

Paint Brush [B]
Shape: Round
Size: 10 - 20
Hardness: 55
Step: 200
Density: 55
Thickness: 5
Rotation: 0
Opacity: 100

Brush Variance Palette: [F11]
Color Blend: 100
Size: 5
Thickness: 5
Rotation: 25

Fade rate: 50
Position jitter: 55
Impressions per step: 10

Paint each row of branches on a different layer
Change the size of the brush as needed
Change the brush rotation as needed

Effects/ 3D Effects/ Drop Shadow
Vertical: 1
Horizontal: 0
Opacity: 60
Blur: 1.00
Color: Black
OK

New layer: t 2
Layers/ Arrange/ Move Down

Continue painting layers and adding drop shadows until you reach the bottom

You might notice that I don't completely fill in
Depending on the effect I want I will either add a trunk or
a fill in layer

For A Fill Layer - Optional

Active Layer: tree 1

Magic Wand Tool
Mode: Replace
Match Mode: RGB Value
Tolerance:25
Sample Merged: NOT Checked
Contiguous: Checked
Feather: 0
Anti-alias: Checked
Outside

Click inside the tree shape
Selections/ Modify/ Expand
Number of Pixels: 2
OK

Fill in the selection

Add A Trunk

New Layer: trunk

Foreground Color: #7d6543
Background Color: #472e11

Paint a short line for the trunk
3.  Tree Two
  Open LF_PineTree-Sample

File/Save As

Click on Options

Under Version click the drop down arrow
select your version of PSP

File name: pinetree1
Save

Paint Brush [B]
Shape: Round
Size:20
Hardness: 55
Step: 200
Density: 55
Thickness: 3
Rotation: 0
Opacity: 100

Brush Variance Palette [F11]
Color: 100
Rotation: 100

Fade: 50
Jitter: 25
Impressions per step: 10

New Layer: trunk

Foreground Color: #7d6543
Background Color: #472e11

Paint a line for the trunk

New Layer: t1

Foreground Color: #578d62
Background Color: #405f4d

Paint Brush [B]

Size: 10 - 20

Brush Variance Palette [F11]
Change Size to: 8

Paint the tree top
I turned off the trunk layer so you could see the branches better

Effects/ 3D Effects/ Drop Shadow
Vertical: 1
Horizontal: 0
Opacity: 60
Blur: 1.00
Color: #16241b
OK

Active Layer: trunk
New Layer: t2

Paint another layer

Continue adding layers and applying the Drop Shadow
Change the Brush Size as you work down

Add one more layer below the other
Add branches where needed
Apply Drop shadow

Active Layer: tree 2
Layers/ Delete

4.  Tree Three
  Open LF_PineTree-Sample

File/Save As

Click on Options

Under Version click the drop down arrow
select your version of PSP

File name: pinetree2
Save
Active Layer: tree 1
Layers/ Delete

View/ Grid [Ctrl+Alt+G]
View/ Change Grid, Guide & Snap Properties
Click the Grid Tab

In the Current image settings section Set:
Horizontal grids to: 200
Vertical grids to: 20
Units to: Pixels
Color to: #c0c0c0 or a color you prefer
OK

Foreground Color: #578d62
Background Color: #472e11

Paint Brush [B]
Shape: Round
Size: 15
Hardness: 55
Step: 200
Density: 55
Thickness: 5
Rotation: 0
Opacity: 100

Brush Variance Palette: [F11]
Color Blend: Fade Out - 50
Rotation: 100

Fade rate: 75
Position jitter: 25
Impressions per step: 10

New Layer: t1

Place the cursor at the top of the tree
Click Once
Move to the bottom of the tree
Hold Down the Shift Key
Click Once
 
Hahaha I should have started the other tree this way

Now I figured it out

I have turned off the grid only for the screenshots

Change Background Color to: #405f4d

New Layer: t2
Use the tree sample and grids to help you space the branches

Used every other grid

Used Every Grid

This time I did all my branches on the same layer and added the Drop Shadow at the end

Effects/ 3D Effects/ Drop Shadow
Vertical: 1
Horizontal: 0
Opacity: 60
Blur: 1.00
Color: #16241b
OK

5. Snow
  Open the tree you want to add snow to, I used pinetree
File/ Save As: pinetree-s.pspimage

Add a new layer above each branch
I named mine s-1 etc.

I painted my tree from the top down but did the snow from the bottom up
This is because it was easier to see the snow on the lower branches

Foreground color: white
Background Color: #c0c0c0

Paint Brushes [B]

Light - Medium Snow

Shape: Round
Size: 10 - 20
Hardness: 5
Step: 50
Density: 5
Thickness: 100
Rotation: 0
Opacity: 50 - 75

Brush Variance Palette [F11]
Click the reset arrow

Color Blend:50
Impressions per step set to 1
increase this number to get a little heaver coverage

Heavy Snow

Shape: Round
Size: 10 - 20
Hardness: 25
Step: 50
Density: 15
Thickness: 100
Rotation: 0
Opacity: 100

Brush Variance Palette [F11]

Color Blend: 100
Impressions per step set to 10

Add snow

Adjust/ Blur/ Gaussian Blur
Radius: 1.00
OK

This one I used light snow and only one snow layer at the top
No Blur

This one I used heavy snow and one layer for the snow
Gaussian blur
 

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial
& will experiment with brush settings

 

©Doodles by LadyFox  12/29/08

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

 

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