Plant Hanger Tutorial
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This tutorial was written in version 9 with the inital idea of using it for St. Patrick's Day; however, flowers or other items could be placed in the basket. It could then be used throughout the year. The only shape we use a vector for, is to draw a circle with the ellipse preset shape. There is no node manipulation. It is assumed you have knowledge and skills with layers and preset shapes. Please remember to save often.
You can get my supplies here. I have included a basket and shamrocks. They were created in version 9.
Open an image, 300 x 300, transparent. For my screen shots, you will probably see a white background, but that is just so it shows up clearer for you.
Add a new raster layer, name it base. Foreground color black; background color null (turned off). Using your pen tool, point to point straight line, width 10, Anti-alias checked (see screen shot for settings). Draw it near the bottom of your image. To make the straight line click a starting point at 50 horizontal, and 250 vertical. Hold down your shift key, and click again at 250 horizontal and 250 vertical. You will have a straight line!
Now we have to add some kind of feet. Activate the bottom layer, add a new raster layer. Don't bother to name this layer as it will be merged very soon. By addding this layer below the base layer, the feet will be below. I zoomed my image to about 200% and made a kind of fancy C - use the freehand pen tool, with the settings and line width the same as before. Foreground color black and background color null. If you feel more comfortable putting this on a vector layer and adding nodes to make your curved line - you could also do that. Just remember to convert it to a raster layer once you have your curved line. Once I have the C drawn, I duplicate the layer and mirror it - now there are matching feet! You can use whatever works best for you for something that puts "feet" on your base.
Activate your base layer, right click on it, Merge/Merge down. Repeat this one more time to have your base and feet all together. Rename layer base. Effects/3D effects, inner bevel. Use the round preset.
Add a vector layer, name it circle. Open your preset shapes and open the ellipse. Settings: Anti-alias checked, Create as vector checked, width 10. Foreground black, background null (turned off).
Draw a circle about 230 x 230. Convert to raster layer, and apply the round preset inner bevel.
Add a new raster layer, name it hook. Use the pen tool, freehand, with the settings the same as before, except change your line width to 7. Draw something that resembles a hook for the basket to hang on. Once you have a hook you like, apply the same inner bevel - the round preset.
Add a new raster layer, name it basket. I have supplied a basket you may use. It is as a full basket, or as a base and then the handle - this helps when you want to "put" something in the basket, then you can add the handle. Use whichever way suits you. I am showing using it in the two parts. You will have to resize, or scale down if you tube the image.
I have supplied two different shamrocks - a darker green with 4 petals, and a lighter green with 3 petals. Activate the layer below the basket layer, and add a new raster layer. Name it shamrocks, or whatever you are putting in your basket. On this layer, I pasted about 4 of the dark shamrocks in varying heights, whether you tube these or just copy and paste from the pspimage, you will have to resize them. Add another raster layer, name it shamrocks 2. Paste 3-4 shamrocks on this layer and then add another raster layer for more shamrocks. You could put each shamrock on its own layer, but by keeping it with just a couple, you can still do some moving if you feel it is necessary to make your basket look full and the way you want it to. Once you have all your shamrock layers on, close off the visibility to all the other layers, merge the shamrock layers visible, and rename the layer to shamrocks.
Activate the layer below the shamrocks layer and add a new raster layer, name it handle. Apply your handle, remembering to make it the same size or scale you used for the bottom of the basket.
Now we need to make that handle look like it really is hanging on that hook - the dark colors don't really bother, but this is a good step to do anyway. Activate your handle layer, and reduce the opacity of it to 60. Activate your eraser and erase the part of the handle that goes over the front of the hook.
The only thing left to do is to add some drop shadow if you want, and maybe some resizing if you want the image a bit smaller. I hope you have enjoyed making this little planter!
This tutorial was created February, 2007.
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