Saturday, February 6, 2016

Create Your Own Graphics - Butterflies & Flowers Tutorial

For those of you who completed the other graphics tutorial, Buddha Blessings, welcome back.  I hope you learned some fun new tricks.  Any tutorial that I create using someone else's artwork is for the sole purpose of helping you to become more familiar with Paint Shop Pro (PSP), in particular, and graphics programs, in general.

Over the years I have used many graphics programs; the first of which was MS Paint, back when MS Paint was the only thing available.  Yes, I'm that old. hahahaha

Many of you are familiar with Photoshop (PS), a name that has become synonymous with altering photos.  I have used that, as well, and find it comparable to PSP.  So much so that you could easily complete these tutorials using PS, instead.  The two programs do exactly the same things but, the tools aren't always called the same thing or in the same locations.  The "Help" function will usually find anything that isn't obvious, though, and, if not, a search engine definitely will.

Of the two, PSP is the least expensive graphics program; however, Gimp is an open source graphics program that is well loved among many graphic designers & artists and it's free.  I have never used it, though, so I do not know if it would work for my tutorials but, odds are it would.

OK, enough of my prattle; let's get to learning!

Butterflies & Flowers Tutorial Part 1

A Paint Shop Pro (PSP) Tutorial by Hafapea

I used PSP 9 to create this image but, it can still be completed in newer versions.

You will need these two tubes of which the flower doodle is from Heartprints Digital Design, a Website that is no longer active.

Once unzipped, open the tubes in your work area and click on the _ in the top right corner to reduce them.

Now, on with the fun stuff :):
  • Create a new 600 x 400 image with a transparent background.
  • Right click on the top of the “bouquet” tube, then click on “Copy.” 
  •  Right click on the top of your new image
  • Move your cursor over the word “Paste,” and then click on “Paste as new layer.” 
  • Move this new layer to the far left/bottom corner of your new image.  (Objects > Align > Bottom, Objects > Align > Left) so that none of the transparency is showing through, as shown:

  • Right click on the floral layer in your layer palette and then click on “Duplicate” on the menu that appears.
  • Then, click on “Image,” on the menu that is at the top of your work area and click on “Mirror.”  Newer versions of PSP do not have "Mirror;" so, you will need to click "Image," "Flip Horizontal," instead.

  • Right click on this new layer in your layer palette and “Duplicate” it. Click on “Image,” “Flip.”  In newer versions, "Image," "Flip Vertical."
  • Click on this new layer in your layer palette and “Duplicate” it. 
  • Click on “Image,” “Mirror” (or "Flip Horizontal).
  • Paste a copy of the bouquet into the center of your image as a new layer
  • Right click on this new layer in your layer palette, move your cursor over “Merge” and then click on “Merge Visible.”
  •  Click on “Adjust,” “Blur,” “Radial” and use these settings:
  •  Your image should now look like this:

It doesn't really look like much now, but it sure is pretty :).  Part 2

Happy creating,

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