Painting Marigolds


Paranormal PSP8--Tutorial Index--New Features--Painting Marigolds

It was suggested to me this week that, given that I'm basically a painter, that I ought to create  a simple painting tutorial.

That's harder than it sounds, because when I paint, I'm not thinking about HOW I do it, or even trying to create repeatable steps.

So I decided to use one simple image- a flower- and demonstrate how to use PSP's new brush variances to best advantage.

In this tutorial we're going to use two of the new brushes that ship with PSP8 "Fade to Point" and "Floral" to create a simple marigold.  


Using PSP's New Brush Engine

Don't get intimidated by the look of this image.. If you can write the number 6, and the letters O and Y, you can do this.

I ordinarily use a Wacom tablet, and it does make things easier, but I've tested this method with both a trackball and a standard mouse and it can be done with either one of those, too.

PS: The ladybug was created using Balls and Bubbles, but that's a subject for another day. There's also one in the Beetles tube that ships with PSP8.


The ones you see at left have been reduced by 50% on the interest of space.


Want to learn how to use this same technique to make another different  flower?  Click Here

 1. Create a new image 800x 600  with a white raster background layer.

2. Immediately create a new raster layer. Let's get ready to paint.

3. Place the color FFFF00 (bright yellow) in the foreground, and FFB55D (orange) in the background swatches of the materials picker.

3. Choose the paintbrush from the tool palette. On the tool options palette, open up the presets menu and choose the brush setting named Floral. Just in case this preset is not available in your copy of PSP, you can go HERE to see all of the appropriate settings to replicate it. Notice that this preset uses the standard round brush tip, narrowed to an oval via the 28% thickness setting. It also use Brush Variances  in the Color Blend, Size and Rotation parameters (Don't miss rotation just because there's no number assigned to it!)

4. On the tool options palette, make one change to the settings. Place a checkmark next to Wet Look Paint

5. Someplace in the middle of your canvas, on the TRANSPARENT raster layer 1, not the background, use the brush to draw a sort of donut shape. It doesn't have to be perfectly round-- in fact, it will look better if it isn't.  




 You should end up with something that looks like this>>>
Before we move on, let's look at what happened when you did that ---and which settings made it happen. The Thickness setting on the tool options palette turned the round tip into an oval. The Color Blend variance pulled both the orange and yellow colors in subsequent steps,  The Size Jitter variance introduces some randomness, and the rotation caused the shape to turn as you drew your "O" shape.




 6. On the Tool Options palette change the blend mode to Multiply, and draw a second "O", slightly smaller than the first one. (I actually drew 2 to deepen the color) Now it looks like the one at the left. Hey! This is starting to look like a flower!

7. On the Tool Options Palette, change the size of the brush from 80 to 60, and change the blend mode to screen. Draw another "O", slightly smaller than the last. Now your flower looks liike this one.>>>>>Note that screen introduces lighter colors and multply darker shades.

Continue to alternate a Screen Blend "O" and a Multiply Blend "O", reducing the size of the petals as necessary until you get to the center.  Fot your last stroke, instead of an "O", draw a number "6"  Your finished flower head looks like this one on the right.>>>> Pretty cool, huh?  Wer're only going to make one flower in this tutorial but when we're done, you should make a bunch of these. I'd suggest for ease of editing later that you put each blossom on its own layer.

In nature, flowers are not identical. To vary the look of each subsequent flower in your image, try

  • Reversing the foreground and background colors
  • Using a gradient for one of the colors
  • Using a slightly different shade of one or both colors
  • Making some more oval and others more round.



8. Create a new raster layer and name it "leaves."  Drag it BELOW your blossom (You should have three layers now. The one with the blossom on top, "leaves" in the middle, and the background white layer on the bottom of thestack.) 



 8. Now we need to give our blossom some leaves.  If you look at real marigolds, they have ragged spiky sort of leaves, and PSP8 has another great brush for creating them.   Choose the Paintbrush from the toolbar and on the Tool Options Palette, go to the brush presets menu and select the Fade to Point preset. If,  for some reason, you do not have the preset available, you can go HERE to get the appropriate settings to replicate it. Note that there are two important settings in the variance dialog box: the first is the Fade Out (duh!) and the second is the Fade Rate (down on the bottom in the gray area) The higher this numbet, the more gradually the individual stroke tapers to a point.



 10. Load the color #4E8613 (dark green) into the foreground swatch and, with the fade out paintbrush, begin about a quarter of the way between the center and the edge under your blossom and pull up and out away rom the center to create a leaf.  That's all there is to it. Introduce some randomness, overlap them a little .

11. To create the stems, use the same brush at the same settings but increase the fade rate to have the stem narrow more gradually than the leaf.








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