Brass Urn with Cattails and Pampas Grass

©Doodles by LadyFox  09/03/04

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This tutorial was done with PSP8   
versions prior to PSP8 do not have the brush options.

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   
 land.bmp came with PSP7 if you don't have it get it here
Rounded line 
      If you don't have one my Chocolates Tutorial shows how to make one. 

Basic knowledge of vectors and layers

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


Drag the arrow to mark your place

There are Three Parts to this tutorial
Part 1 - The Urn
Part 2 - Cat Tails
Part 3 - Pampas Grass

Part 1 - The Urn

1.

Creating The Urn

New Image 150 x 200
File/Save As:  urn.pspimage

Foreground: Null
Background color:#808080
Note: I am using medium gray for this so I can see what I am doing better

New Vector Layer: urn

Preset Shape Tool: Ellipse
Anti-alias: Checked
Create as vector: Checked

Draw an ellipse

Pen Tool
Mode: Edit

Layer Palette
Click on the eye next to urn 
Notice that this turns off the fill so you can just see the working outline
This only works when you have the pen tool selected

Click on the bottom node
Click on the Control Arm and pull it out slightly
Click on the Control Handle and pull it out slightly


Repeat for the top node

Hold down the Ctrl Key and move the mouse over the line until you see +Add
Click to add a new node

Add eight more nodes as shown in the screen shot

Arrange the nodes

Hold down the Shift key and click on the two outside nodes

Move them slightly upwards

Uncheck the eye on the layer palette to see the final shape

2.

 The inside

Background Color: #C0C0C0

New Vector Layer: inside

Object Selection Tool
Click on any blank spot on the canvas

Note: This clears the selection and is something I do before switching tools

Preset Shape Tool: Ellipse
Anti-alias: Checked
Create as vector: Checked

Draw a small ellipse near the top


Click on the Rotation Pivot Point and move the ellipse into place if needed
You can move it with the mouse 
or hold down the Ctrl key and tap the down arrow to move down, the left arrow to move left etc.

Use the Bounding box to adjust the size if needed

3.

 The Rim

Layer Palette
Right click on inside/ Duplicate
Double click on Copy of inside
Rename: rim

Click the + sign next to rim
Double click on ellipse

Check Stroke
[Notice it uses the foreground color Mine was black but any dark contrasting color will do]

Set the stroke width to 2
Click on the check next to fill to turn it off

4.

 Save as a Preset Shape - Optional

Need help exporting a shape see my mini tutorial on Saving Preset Shapes

5.

 Decorating the Urn

Layer Palette
Right click on rim/ Convert to Raster Layer
Repeat for the other two layers

Make urn the active layer

Foreground Color: white

Selection Tool
Selection Type: Rectangle
Mode: Replace
Feather:0
Anti-alias: Not Checked

Draw a box around the urn
Click inside the box to float the selection

Flood Fill Tool
Flood the selection with white

Effects/ Texture Effects/ Sculpture
Keep selected



Effects/ 3D Effects/ Cutout
Vertical Offset:0
Horizontal Offset:0
Opacity: 100
Blur: 47
Shadow Color: #432E1F

6.

 Finishing The Urn

Make inside the active layer

Select the ellipse
Effects/ Texture Effects/ Sculpture
Change Intensity to: 20

Repeat for the rim
Change Intensity to: 15

Make inside the active layer
Select the ellipse
Selections/ Modify/ Contract
Number of pixels: 1

Make urn the active layer
Tap the del key

Right click on urn
Arrange/ Move up

Your layers should now be in this order
rim
urn
inside 

Part 2 - Cattails

7.

 Make Canvas Larger

Image/ Canvas Size
Width: 500 - Pixels
Height: 500

Under placement
Change: Bottom to: 0
Notice Top will automatically change to: 300

Now we have a larger area to work with

8.

 The Stalks

Make Raster 1 the active layer
New Vector Layer: stalks

Foreground Color: #D6B996
Background: Null

Pen Tool
Create as vector: Checked
Mode: Draw
Segment type: Line Segments
Line Style: rounded 
Width: 3
Anti-alias: checked
Note: If you don't see Anti-alias click on the little triangle to expand the view

Draw three lines for the stalks

Pen Tool
Change Mode to: Edit

Click on the top center node
Objects/ Node Types/ Curve After [Ctrl+2]

Move the Control Arm to shape the stem

Repeat for the other two stalks

Layers/ Convert to Raster Layer

Effects/ 3D Effects/ Inner Bevel
Bevel: #2
Width: 10
Smoothness: 20
Depth: 8
Ambience: -3
Shininess: 10
Color: white
Angle: 315
Intensity: 45
Elevation: 35

9.

 The Tails

New Raster Layer: tails
Foreground Color: #4A3210
Background Color: #68461A

Paint Brush
Click on the arrow next to Presets

Select: Chenille
Change
Size to: 35
The other settings should be:
Shape: round
Hardness: 95
Step:200
Density:90
Thickness: 10
Rotation: 0
Opacity: 100
Blend Mode: Normal
Continuous: Not Checked
Wet look paint: Not Checked

Tap F11 if the Brush Variance window is not showing
Color Blend: 55
Rotation: 65

Place the brush near the top of one of the stalks
Click once

Move the brush to where you want the tail to end
Hold down the Shift key and click once with the brush

If you don't like the way it looks hit undo and try again

Repeat for the other two tails

Note: I decided that the left stem was too close to the center one so I moved it a little

Layer Palette
Right Click/ View/ Current Only
Click the eye next to stalks to turn it back on
Layers/ Merge/ Merge Visible

Layer Palette
Double Click on Merged and rename: cattails
Right Click/ View/ All

Right Click/ Arrange/ Move Up

Now the stalks are inside the urn, but we need to fix the rim

10. Erase The Rim
Make rim the active layer

Eraser Tool
Size: 2
Hardness: 100
Step: 25
Density: 100
Thickness: 100
Rotation: 0
Opacity: 100

Tap the + key on the number pad to zoom in
Tap the - key to zoom out

Erase the rim where it is in front of the stalks

Part 3 - Pampas Grass

11.

 The Stalks

Make inside the active layer
New Vector Layer: stalks

Foreground Color: #D6B996
Background: Null

Pen Tool
Create as vector: Checked
Mode: Draw
Segment Type: Line Segments
Line Style: rounded 
Width: 4
Anti-alias: checked

Draw five lines for the stalks

Pen Tool
Change Mode to: Edit

Shape the stalks as before

Layers/ Convert to Raster Layer

Effects/ 3D Effects/ Inner Bevel
Bevel: #2
Width: 10
Smoothness: 20
Depth: 8
Ambience: -3
Shininess: 10
Color: white
Angle: 315
Intensity: 45
Elevation: 35

Make rim the active layer
Erase the rim that is in front of the stalks as before

12. The Grass
Back to the stalks layer
New Raster Layer: grass

Foreground Color: #D6B996
Background Color: #89560D

Paint Brush
This time click the arrow for the brush shapes

Scroll down and select the Rake Hard

Size: 75 - Change it to: 25
Hardness: grayed out
Step: 10
Density: 100
Thickness: grayed out
Rotation: 90
Opacity: 100
Blend mode: normal
Continuous: Not Checked
Wet look paint: Not Checked

Brush Variance
1. Click the reset arrow to restore defaults
2. Set Color blend to: 55
3. Set Rotation to: 65

The screen shot shows the direction of the brush strokes

I start from the stem and brush outward
Repeat until the grass is as full as you want 

I use a new layer for each frond so I can turn off layers to make it easier to see

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial

Results of my testers

 

©Doodles by LadyFox  09/03/04

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

 

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