Valentine Flower


final val flower


    Please read my Terms of Use at the bottom of this tutorial. I hate having to state them, but in this day and age, it is necessary.

    To do this tutorial, you will need a basic knowledge of PSP and vectors, as well as my color swatch. You can right click and save it as image and then open it in your workspace. You should be able to paste it onto your image without compromising the room needed to do the work.

color swatch

    I did the work for this tutorial in PSP version 9, but I am sure the technique would work in other versions as well. This is a vector tutorial, but I have detailed explanations and screen shots for almost every detail. Anyone with even a basic knowledge of vectors in PSP should be able to do this one. I have put the colors I used on their own layer, but I also have the HTML code listed in the text of the tutorial.

    Remember to save often! You can save it as a pspimage in the folder of your choice. I later move the folder to within another folder that I keep all my tutorial folders and other PSP things in. I feel with vectors it is important to save very often, so I have included reminders throughout the text.

    1. Open a new transparent image 400x400. This is large to allow us room to work with our image. Add a new vector layer, naming it "leaf 1". Foreground/Stroke: null; Background/Fill: color # 1 on the image (#078d40) or any other shade of green you might want.

SAVE

    2. Activate the Preset Shapes and find the Ellipse. Use the following settings: Anti-alias and Create as Vector boxes checked; Retain Style box not checked; Width: 1; Miter limit: 15.

preset settings

    3. Draw ellipse of about 50x175 on the right side of the lower middle of the image.

vector size

SAVE

    4. Activate the Pen Tool in Edit Mode.

pen_tool

    5. Click on the top node and pull each handle down, similar to the screen shot.

node 1

SAVE

    6. Click on the bottom node and pull each handle up, similar to the screen shot. The moves don't have to be perfect, but more as you want your leaf to look, for Nature is not perfect!

node 2

    7. Click on the top node again and move it to your right - similar to the screen shot.

node 3

SAVE

    8. Click on the bottom node again and move it to your left - similar to the screen shot. When you are satisfied with the looks, click Apply.

node 4

SAVE

    9. Add a new vector layer, naming it "leaf 1 lines". Foreground/Stroke: color #4 (#065a2a);Background/Fill: null.

    10. Activate the Pen Tool again, but this time click on the Bezier Curve with the following settings: Tracking: 10; Connect Segments box checked; Create on Vector box checked; Show Nodes box checked; Width: 3; Anti-alias box checked.

bezier curve

SAVE

    11. Draw a line from the bottom to near the top and move the cursor to your right to make a curved line. Do not raise your hand from the mouse until you are satisfied with the line shape. Then click on Apply.

bezier 1

    12. Now to make the side veins - do the same type of line with the same settings, but this time, start on the first line you drew. Draw one or two more side veins, using the same technique.

bezier 2

    This is how the image should look at this time.

looks 1

SAVE

    13. Add a new vector layer, naming it "leaf 2". Using the same color/shade of green you used on leaf 1, and the ellipse, draw another ellipse similar to the first one but to the left of the first one. (Size 50x175)

leaf 2

SAVE

    14. Activate the Pen Tool in the Edit Mode. Click on the node on the left side and pull it further left as in the screen shot.

leaf2_node1

SAVE

    15. Move the bottom handle up and towards the center as in the screen shot.

leaf2_node1_2

    16. Click on the top node, and hit the down arrow key 32 times or more to lower the top of the leaf as in the screen shot.

leaf2_node1_3

SAVE

    17. Hold the cursor over the line and while holding down the Ctrl key, click once with the left mouse button. This will add a node - see screen shot for placement.

add node

SAVE

    18. Pull the bottom handle to the right to make a similar shape as in the screen shot.

newnode_2

    19. Activate the bottom node. Pull the left handle up and to the right as in the screen shot.

node3_1

SAVE

    20. Activate the right side node. Right click and edit/change it to Asymmetric. Place the cursor on top of the top handle and slide it down towards the node, and then pull it to the left until you get a similar shape as in the screen shot.

node4_1

    21. Activate the top node and pull the right handle down, similar to the screen shot.

node1_2

SAVE

    22. Activate the bottom node, and pull the right handle up and to the left, as in the screen shot.

node3_2

    23. If you are satisfied with the shape, click Apply.

SAVE

    24. Add a new vector layer, naming it "leaf 2 line 1".

    25. Activate the Pen Tool, Bezier Curve with the same settings as before, except change the line width to 6. Draw a line as shown in the screen shot with the darker green color (Foreground/Stroke: #065a2a; Background/Fill: null).

bezier3

SAVE

    26. When you are happy with it, click Apply. Go to Adjust/Blur/Gaussian Blur - setting: 2. Window will open saying this must be a raster layer, click ok.

    This is how the image should look at this time.

looks 2

    27. Add a new Vector layer, naming it "leaf 2 line 2". Still using the Pen Tool with the same Bezier Curve settings, but change the width to 3, draw a line similar to the screen shot. This is the main vein of the leaf and the top part is the top of the front of the leaf. When you are satisfied with the shape, click Apply.

leaf2_line2

SAVE

    28. Add a new Vector layer, naming it "stem". Activate the Preset Shapes, Ellipse and use the lighter green as on the leaves {Foreground/Stroke: null; Background/Fill: color # 1 on the image (#078d40)}.

    29. Draw an ellipse of 12x200 between the two leaves.

SAVE

    30. Activate the Pen Tool, Edit Mode.

    31. Click on the top node and Edit/change it to Symmetric. Pull one of the handles out to make the top of the ellipse about as wide as the center of the ellipse. Do the same with the bottom node.

SAVE

    32. Click on the left side node. Right click on it and change it to Asymmetric. Pull the top handle to the right slightly as in the screen shot.

stem_node1

    33. Click on the right side node. Right click on it and change it to Asymmetric. Pull the top handle to the right slightly as in the screen shot.

stem_node2

SAVE

    34. Once you are satisfied with the shape of your stem, click Apply.

    35. Add a new Vector layer, naming it "petal 1". Find heart 1 in the Preset Shapes. Foreground/Stroke: null; Background/Fill: color #2 (#ff0000) or a shade of red or pink that you prefer. Draw a heart about 65x60 over the top of the stem, near the top of the image.

petal1_placement

SAVE

    36. Convert to a Raster layer. Right click on the image and Duplicate the petal 1. Go to Image/Free Rotate - rotate Left 90. Rename the layer "petal 2".

    37. Duplicate petal 2. Go to Image/Mirror. Rename the layer "petal 3".

SAVE

    38. Duplicate petal 1. Image/Flip. Move into place with the Mover Tool. Rename layer to "petal 4".

    39. Add a new Vector layer, naming it "center". Foreground/Stroke: null; Background/Fill: color #3 (#fef4f4) or whatever you want the center color to be.

SAVE

    40. Activate the Presets Shapes/Ellipse, using the same settings and draw a circle in the middle of the petals to about 40x40.

looks3

    41. Now it is time to convert all the remaining Vector layers to Raster layers. Right click on each layer and Convert to Raster layer for each one that is still a Vector layer.

SAVE

    42. Activate the Mover Tool and use it to move the leaves into place. You might want to Right click on the lines layers and merge them down onto each of the leaves first.

    43. Activate the Lighten/Darken Brush and use the following settings: Shape: round; Size: 15; Hardness: 50; Step: 5; Density: 100; Thickness: 100; Rotation: 0; Opacity: 50; Mode: RGB; Swap mouse buttons box checked. By checking the Swap mouse button box, you can use the left mouse button to darken.

lite_dark_brush

SAVE

    44. Activate the leaf 2 layer and darken the lower part of the leaf similar to the screen shot. I had to go over it about 3-4 times. Be sure to release the mouse button between each time after you have gone over the leaf. This will make the darkening take a better effect.

darken_leaf

    45. Keeping the leaf 2 layer activated, activate the Raster Deform Tool and turn the leaf similar to the screen shot. Move this leaf layer to above the stem layer.

raster_deform

SAVE

    46. Activate the leaf 1 layer. Using the Raster Deform Tool, rotate this leaf similar to the screen shot. Use the Mover Tool to move the leaves where you want them.

raster_deform2

    47. Activate the leaf 1 layer. Go to Effects/3D Effects/Inner Bevel. Use the following settings: Bevel: 2; Width: 10; Smoothness: 35; Depth: 7; Ambience: 2; Shiness: 13; Color: white; Angle: 320; Intensity: 30; Elevation: 53. Use this Inner Bevel on all the layers (leaf 2, stem, petal 1, petal 2, petal 3, petal 4 and center).

inner_bevel

SAVE

    48. Activate the center layer. Go to Effects/Texture Effects/Texture.

texture_effect

    49.     Use the following Texture settings: grainy bumps (or any bumpy image you might like or have); Size%: 100; Smoothness: 0; Depth: 1; Ambience: 0; Shininess: 0; Color: white; Angle: 315; Intensity: 50; Elevation: 50. (These are the settings I used, feel free to alter them or use any that you want. Use your imagination!)

texture

    Congratulations! Your Valentine Flower is finished! Aren't you proud of your vector work? Now you can delete the colors layer, add a background and any embellishments you want.

    Thank you for trying my Valentine Flower tutorial. I hope you enjoyed yourself! Plus I know you got some more practice with vectors and node adding and adjustments! Vectors are not that hard, but they do take a lot of practice to feel at ease with them.

final val flower



      This tutorial was written January 15, 2011.

Terms of Use

    All the content on this Valentine Flower Tutorial site is protected by International Copyright laws. If photos or graphics were created by anyone other than Susie, it will be noted and the copyright will remain with the creator. Please respect these copyrights. Any similarity to any other tutorial is coincidental. You may download my tutorials for personal use. You may share them within a group, if you write and ask my permission first. The image you create from this tutorial is yours to do with as you please. I worked hard to create this image and to write the tutorial - it took many hours, so please respect my work.



      Please feel free to contact me if you have any comments or questions. Send email to susie



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