Painting Zinnias

©Doodles by LadyFox  11/06/08

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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_flower guide
zinnia_palette
Brush Settings
Basic knowledge of brushes and layers  

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


Drag the arrow to mark your place

There will be a lot of switching brushes in this tutorial
I made a page with the brush settings
You can either keep the page open or print it out for reference

I will take you through one flower, the others will be done the same way
I have provided a palette with the colors I used on all my flowers
I have also provided a flower guide template which makes it easier to place the petals
Unless otherwise noted the Blend Mode on the brushes will be Normal

When You save brush settings the Brush Variance Palette settings are saved also.  Makes it easier to switch back and forth between brushes

1.

Lets Begin

New Image:  400x400
File/Save As:  zinnias.pspimage

2.

Petals

  Open LF_flower guide
Copy and paste on the new layer
Rename this layer: guide

New Layer: 1-1

Foreground Color: #ff8788
Background Color: #f7aaaf

Paint Brush [B] - Petals
Size: 20
Hardness: 90
Step: 25
Density: 100
Thickness: 100
Rotation: 0
Opacity: 100

Brush Variance Palette [F11]
Color blend: Fade In
Size: Fade Out

Fade Rate: 75
Position Jitter: 0
Impressions per step: 1

Place some petals

With guide
3.  Shading
  I have only done a few petals so I can show a larger screenshot

Magic Wand Tool
Mode: Replace
RGB Match Mode: value
Tolerance: 25
Contiguous: Checked
Feather: 0
Anti-alias: NOT Checked

Click on any empty area

New Layer: 1-2

Selections/ Invert [Shift+Ctrl+I]

Foreground Color: #fe6b6b

Paint Brush [B] - Shading
Change
Hardness to: 5
Density to: 5
Opacity to : 50

Brush Variance Palette [F11]
Click the reset arrow to reset

Add some shading
With a brush selected you can hover the mouse over a color on the zinnia palette.
Hold down the Ctrl Key and you will see the color in a small window
Left click to place the color in the Foreground color window
Right click to place the color in the background window

Because the shading brush does not use color blend you only need the foreground color
That is the only color that changes during the entire petal painting process

Keep Selected

Smudge Brush
Size: 20
Hardness: 5
Step: 1
Density: 5
Thickness: 100
Rotation: 0
Opacity: 100

Smudge the shading from the center outward
we are aim for a streaked effect

Selections/ Select None [Ctrl+D]

Active Layer: 1-1

Effects/ 3D Effects/ Drop Shadow
Offsets: 0
Opacity: 100
Blur: 2.00
Color: #ce3636
Shadow on new layer: NOT Checked

With the Drop Shadow window open Move the cursor over the color chart and an eyedropper will appear allowing you to select the shadow color


New Layer: 2-1

Foreground Color: #fcb856
Background Color: #ee6828

Paint Brush [B] - Petals

Paint some more petals to fill in the spaces on the first layer

Magic Wand Tool

Click on any empty area

New Layer: 2-2

Selections/ Invert [Shift+Ctrl+I]

Foreground Color: #d33f17

Paint Brush [B] - Shading

Shade the petals

Smudge Brush
Smudge the petals

Selections/ Select None [Ctrl+D]

Active Layer: 2-1
Effects/ 3D Effects/ Drop Shadow

4. Continue
  Active layer: guide
Layers/ Arrange/ Bring to Top

Magic Wand Tool

Select the outer ring of the guide
Tap the Del Key

New Layer: 3-1

Following the steps above continue making petals

I used 8 petal layers
5. Center
  Foreground Color: #fdcf55
Background Color: #fcbe56

Paint Brush [B] - Center
Size: 20
Hardness: 90
Step: 25
Density: 100
Thickness: 2
Rotation: 0
Opacity: 100

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

New layer center
Paint a center

New Layer: center 2

Foreground Color: #fcb856
Background Color: #ee6828

Paint Brush

Change size to 10
Paint the middle of the center

Add a drop shadow to each center layer
 
I used the same color as on the petals
 

Merge all flower layers

6. Leaf
  New Layer: leaf

Foreground Color: #739562
Background Color: #255509

Paint Brush [B] - Leaf
Shape: Round
Size: 50
Hardness: 80
Step: 1
Density: 100
Thickness: 100
Rotation: 0
Opacity: 100

Brush Variance Palette [F11]
Click the reset button

Color Blend: Fade Out
Size: Fade Out

Fade Rate: 150

Place the cursor
Click and hold the left mouse button while moving the mouse

Repeat the above making the second side of the leaf
 
I visited my friend Undo many times while making the leaves


Make as many leaves as you need then just move them where you want them
I like using the Raster Deform Tool [D] to move the leaves because it also allows me to rotate the leaf if needed

I found that if I made each half of a leaf on a different layer, I could then move the second half into place.

 

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial

 

Vera
 

©Doodles by LadyFox  11/06/08

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

 

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