Drawing Violets

©Doodles by LadyFox  04/11/04

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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 here  
 Preset Shape: Heart  If you don't have one you can download mine
Basic knowledge of vectors and layers

Remember to SaveOften  


Drag the arrow to mark your place 

1.

Lets Begin

New Image: 500 x 500
File/Save As:   violets.pspimage

New Vector Layer: flower 1

Note: In PSP8 you need to select the tool before choosing the colors
Otherwise when you select the tool the colors will revert to the last ones you used for that tool
This has been my hardest challenge in PSP8, getting used to selecting the tool before the colors.

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

Foreground color: #5F375B
Background color: #D1ABCC
 
Foreground Style: Null 
Background Style: Gradient 

Gradient: Foreground-background
Style: linear
Angle: 0
Repeats:
Invert gradient: not checked

Part One - Drawing The Flower

2.

 Draw A Flower

Place the cursor at 258, 48
Click and drag to 295, 109

Object Selection Tool
Right click on the ellipse/ Copy

Right click on the image/ Paste New Vector Selection [Ctrl +G]
Place the second petal next to the first petal


Click the Object Selection Tool then on a blank area of the canvas to deselect 

Click on the swap colors icon to reverse the colors

Preset Shape tool
Draw another ellipse from 274, 107 to 314, 167

Object Selection Tool
Right click on the ellipse/ Copy

Right click on the image/ Paste New Vector Selection [Ctrl +G]
Place the fourth petal next to the third petal

Right click again/ Paste New Vector Selection [Ctrl +G]
Place the fifth petal next to the third petal

Layer Palette
Double click on each ellipses and rename: petal 1, petal 2 etc.

Object Selection Tool
Click on each ellipse and use the handle to rotate as needed

3.

 Shape The Petals

Object Selection Tool
Click on one ellipse to select

Pen Tool
Mode: Edit
The petal becomes a filled outline with nodes

Layer Palette
Choose one of the options below
Click on the eye next to flower to turn off the fill
This also turns off the other petals
           OR
Click on the eye next to petal 1 to turn off the fill
This only turns off the fill of the selected object

Use the nodes, arms and handles to shape the petal

Continue shaping until all the petals are shaped

Click the Object Selection Tool then on a blank area of the canvas to deselect 

4.

 The Flower Center

Preset Shape tool

Foreground Color: #F8CF6F
Background Color: #F8CF6F

Draw a small ellipse for the center

Layer Palette
Double click on ellipse and rename: center 1

Click the Object Selection Tool then on a blank area of the canvas to deselect 

5.

 Add Some Details

New Vector Layer: details

Pen Tool
Create as vector: checked
Mode: Drawing
Segment type: Line Segments
Line style: +Solid
Width: 1

Foreground Color: #5F375B
Background Style: Null

Click at the start point and drag the line out to where you want it to end

Draw the other 4 lines the same way 

Just make sure not to start the line on top of the node of another line 

You can edit the lines if you want them curved slightly
I mostly left mine straight

Click the + sign next to both details and flower 1
Click on the petals in flower 1 to find the petal that you were detailing [mine was petal 3]

Next double click on New Shape and name it: detail 3

Still in the Layer Palette select detail 3 and drag it down into the flower layer 
and place it just above petal 3


Make details the active layer

Follow the steps above to detail the remaining petals

Click he Object Selection Tool then on a blank area of the canvas to reset

Keep the details layer because it will be used again for each flower and for the leaves

6.

 The Stem

Make flower 1 the active layer
New Vector Layer: stem 1

Preset Shape Tool
Shape: Rectangle
Anti-alias: checked
Create as vector: checked
Line Style: +Solid
Width: 1

Foreground Color: #647843
Background Color: #879B62

Draw a long thin rectangle for the stem

Pen Tool
Simple Mode: checked
Mode: Edit
Shape the stem as desired

Layer Palette
Click on the + sign next to stem 1
Double click on Rectangle and name it stem 1
Right click/ Arrange/ Move Down

Click the Object Selection Tool then on a blank area of the canvas to reset

7.

 Draw A Leaf

New Vector layer: leaf 1

Note: When I made the screen shots I forgot to change the leaf colors so the ones in the screen shots look slightly different. However the colors listed here are the ones I used when I made the original

Preset Shape Tool
Shape: heart
Anti-alias: checked
Create as vector: checked
Line Style: +Solid
Width: 1

Foreground color: #596740
Background color: #8F9D6F
 
Foreground Style: Null
Background Style: Gradient
Gradient: Foreground-background
Style: linear
Angle: 0
Repeats:
Invert gradient: checked

Place cursor at 125, 320 and drag to 255, 470
Image/ Rotate [Ctrl + R]/ Free Rotate
Direction: Right
Degrees: 20
All Layers: not checked
Rotate single layer around canvas center: not checked

Pen Tool
Mode: Edit
Shape the leaf as desired

Reminder: Click on the eye next to leaf to turn off the visibility of the fill
making it easier to see the nodes


Preset Shape Tool
Shape: rectangle
Anti-alias: checked
Create as vector: checked
Line Style: +Solid
Width: 1

Foreground color: #647843
Background color: #879B62

Draw a small thin rectangle for the stem

Layer Palette
Double click on heart and rename: leaf 1
Double click on Rectangle and rename: leaf 1 stem
Drag below leaf 1

Click t he Object Selection Tool then on a blank area of the canvas to reset

8.

 The leaf Detail

Make details the active layer

Pen Tool
Create as vector: checked
Mode: Drawing
Segment type: line segments
Line style: +Solid
Width: 2

Foreground Color: #596740
Background Style: Null

Draw some veins on the leaf

Note: I like using "line segments" because I can draw all the details for one leaf
as one New shape. I just draw the center vein, then draw one from the edge to the center
Draw one from the opposite edge to the center Move the end node over the first node until I see the word JOIN. I now have a 3 point line. Hope this makes sense.


Change Mode to: edit
Shape the veins as desired

Layer Palette
Click on New Shape
Rename: leaf 1 details
Drag it down to the leaf layer

Click t he Object Selection Tool then on a blank area of the canvas to reset

Add more flowers and leaves as desired

9.

 Some Optional Steps

Save as a Preset Shape - Optional

Save a Vector Copy - Optional
Shift + D to make a copy of the image
File /Save as: violet_vectors.pspimage
Close this one

Note: I always do this step before converting the layer to raster 
That way I can go back and make changes if I want to change something

Part Two - The Final Details

10.

 Flower Centers

Layer Palette
Right click on details/ Delete

New Vector Layer: flower 1 center

Click the + sign next to flower 1
Click on center and drag it up to flower 1 center

Right click on flower 1 center/ Convert to Raster Layer

Effects/ 3D Effects/ Inner Bevel
Bevel: #2
Width: 4
Smoothness: 16
Depth: 2
Ambience: 1
Shininess: 50
Color: white
Angle: 315
Intensity: 35
Elevation: 35

Repeat for each flower that has a center

11. The Flowers
The following steps will be applied to 
each petal detail and petal

Make flower 1 the active layer
New Vector Layer: p 1 detail
Back to flower 1
Click on detail 1 and drag it up to the new layer
Right click/ Convert to Raster Layer

Make flower 1 the active layer
New Vector Layer: petal 1
Back to flower 1
Click on petal 1 and drag it up to the new layer
Right click/ Convert to Raster Layer

Make p 1 detail the active layer

Adjust/ Blur/ Gaussian Blur
Radius: 2.00

Make petal 1 the active layer
Magic Wand

Mode: replace
Match Mode: RGB
Tolerance: 0
Sample merged: not checked
Feather: 0
Anti-alias: not checked

Click on an empty spot of the canvas

Back to p1 detail
Tap the Del key

Note: I do this to get rid of any over blur

Selections/ select None [Ctrl + D]

Layers/ View/ current Only
Click the eye next to petal 1 to turn it on
Layers/ Merge/ Merge Visible

Layer Palette
Double Click on Merged and rename petal 1

Effects/ 3D Effects/ Drop Shadow
Vertical: -1
Horizontal: 1
Opacity: 100
Blur: 3.00
Color: #61385C

Repeat the above steps for each petal 

Note: change the vertical and horizontal as needed
the object is to define the petals where they overlap


Turn off everything except for the parts of flower 1
Layers/ Merge/ Merge Visible
Rename: flower 1
Layers/ View/ All

Repeat the above steps for each flower
12. The Stems
Make stem 1 the active layer
Right click/ Convert to Raster Layer

Magic Wand
Click on a blank spot on the canvas
Selections/ Invert [Ctrl+Shift+I]
Selections/ Float [Ctrl+F]

Effects 3D Effects/ Cut Out
Vertical: 0
Horizontal: 0
Opacity: 100
Blur: 15
color: #455131

Adjust/ Blur/ Gaussian blur
Radius: 0.50

Selections/ Select None [Ctrl+D]
13. The Leaves
Make leaf 1 the active layer
New Vector Layer: l1 details
Back to leaf 1
Click on leaf 1 details and drag it to the new layer
Right click/ Convert to Raster layer

Back to leaf 1
New Vector Layer: leaf 1 stem
Back to leaf 1
Click on leaf 1 stem and drag it to the new layer
Right click/ Convert to Raster Layer

Back to leaf 1
Right click/ Convert to Raster Layer
Move this layer above leaf 1 stem

Make leaf 1 stem the active layer

Magic Wand
Click on a blank spot on the canvas
Selections/ Invert [Ctrl+Shift+I]
Selections/ Float [Ctrl+F]

Effects 3D Effects/ Cut Out
Adjust/ Blur/ Gaussian blur
Selections/ Select None [Ctrl+D]

Make l1 details the active layer

Adjust/ Blur/ Gaussian Blur
Radius: 2.00

Make leaf 1 the active layer

Magic Wand
Click on a blank spot on the canvas

Back to l1 details
Tap the Del Key

Turn off all layers except the three leaf layers
Layers/ Merge/ Merge Visible
Rename layer: leaf 1

Repeat the leaf steps for all leaves

Once finished I added a slight drop shadow to each layer

Vertical: 1
Horizontal: 1
Opacity: 50
Blur: 8
Color: Black

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial
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Sharon J


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Mary B.

©Doodles by LadyFox  04/11/04

If you have any questions or need help,   you may email me LadyFox

 

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