It is only a tiny rosebud
    A flower of God's design;
    But I cannot unfold the petals
    With these clumsy hands of mine.

    The secret of unfolding flowers
    Is not known to such as I.
    GOD opens his flowers so sweetly,
    Then, in my hands, they die.

    If I cannot unfold a rosebud,
    The flower of God's design,
    Then how can I have the wisdom
    To unfold this life of mine?

    So, I'll trust in Him for leading
    Each moment of my day.
    I will look to Him for His guidance
    Each step of the Pilgrim's way.

    The pathway that lies before me
    Only my Heavenly Father knows.
    I'll trust him to unfold the moments,
    Just as He unfolds the rose.

~ Author unknown ~


(Click on the above graphic for an 
explanation of the FBN skill ratings.)

This tutorial was written April 13, 2002
(when I should have been doing my taxes)

For this tutorial you will need:

1. Paint Shop Pro version 7, get a demo here.
(You should be able to use versions 6 and 8 as well.)
2. Jasc Animation Shop (comes with Paint Shop Pro).
2. Fantastic Machines Paint Engine which you can get here
3. My selection files, which you can get here
(Create a new folder on your hard drive for these files.)

 

PLEASE NOTE: If you have installed Fantastic Machines Paint Engine but are unable to see any presets, you may have skipped an important step:
Installation:     copy pe.8bf to your plug-in directory, for example

    C:\PHOTOSHP\PLUGINS                  
   
    copy fmachine.ini to your windows directory, i.e. C:\WINDOWS.
    note: if you've used a previous version of PaintEngine
    and don't want to lose any parameter settings you've
    saved, don't copy fmachine.ini.
This is found in the readme file that came with the download - the second part is the one which will give you the presets - it's also the one most people don't do.  I have seen this same question from many people - and the reason I know the answer is that I was one who posed this question myself!!! 

Loading Selection Files:

PSP7 - Click on Selections/Load From Disk and browse to the folder you saved the selection files to.

PSP8 - Click Selections/Load/Save Selections/Load Selection From Disk.  When your "Load Selection From Disk" box opens click on Edit Paths. Then click on Add, then Browse to add the folder you extracted your files to.  You can delete this path when you are done with this tutorial.

Before we start creating our "rose":

1. Open a new image 200x300, transparent background, 16 million colors.

2. Save this file as "rose.psp"
(Choose "Save as PSP7/PSP8 Compatible File" (depending on the version you are using) under your options when saving.)

3. Save your file throughout this tutorial to avoid losing all your hard work through a dreaded crash. You can save your file by holding your control key and the "s" key on your keyboard (Ctrl+S) or by hitting your save icon

4. We will be creating a GIF from our image and each layer we create will become a "frame" in our image.

 

Creating the base stem

1. Load the selection file "1_cc_stem_leaves.sel"

2. Flood fill with #4C824C.

3. Float your selection.

4. Apply the Fantastic Machines/Paint Engine "pastel sponge" effect.

5. Apply a motion blur.  Angle: 128, Pixels: 5

6. Deselect.

7. Float your selection. (Selections/Select All; Selections/ Float Selection)

8. Apply a cutout effect:

Vertical: 1
Horizontal: 1
Opacity: 100
Blur: 20
Shadow Color: #1E381E

9. Deselect.

10. Add a new layer and name it "leaf hilites"

11. Load the selection file "2_cc_leaf_hilite.sel"

12. Flood fill with #4C824C.

13. Deselect

14. Apply a drop shadow:

Vertical: 1
Horizontal: 1
Opacity: 50
Blur: 1
Color: #1E381E

15. Merge your visible layers (Layers/Merge/Merge Visible) and rename this layer "base stem".

Reminder:

Creating "bud1"

1. Duplicate your "base stem" layer and rename your new layer "bud1".

2. Load the selection file "3_cc_bud1.sel"

3. Flood fill with #FF0000. 
(If you want another color for your rose, substitute with the colors of your choice.)

4. Float your selection.

5. Apply the Fantastic Machines/Paint Engine "borg" effect.

6. Apply a motion blur.  Angle: 348, Pixels: 5

7. Apply a cutout effect:

Vertical: 1
Horizontal: 1
Opacity: 100
Blur: 20
Shadow Color: #55191A

8. Load the selection file "4_cc_bud1_hilite.sel".

9. Flood fill with #772325.

10. Deselect.

11. Load the selection "5_cc_leaf1.sel"

12. Flood fill with #4C824C.

13. Float your selection.

14. Apply the Fantastic Machines/Paint Engine "borg" effect.

15. Apply a motion blur.  Angle: 348, Pixels: 5

16. Load the selection "6_cc_leaf1_hilite.sel"

17. Flood fill with #1F471F.

This is what you should now have:

Reminder:

Creating "bud2"

1. Duplicate your "base stem" layer and rename your new layer "bud2".

2. Move this layer above "bud1" layer.

3. Load the selection file "7_cc_bud2.sel"

4. Flood fill with #FF0000. 
(If you want another color for your rose, substitute with the colors of your choice.)

5. Float your selection.

6. Apply the Fantastic Machines/Paint Engine "borg" effect.

7. Apply a motion blur.  Angle: 348, Pixels: 5

8. Apply a cutout effect:

Vertical: 1
Horizontal: 1
Opacity: 100
Blur: 20
Shadow Color: #55191A

9. Load the selection file "8_cc_bud2_hilite.sel".

10. Flood fill with #772325.

11. Deselect.

12. Load the selection "9_cc_leaf2.sel"

13. Flood fill with #4C824C.

14. Float your selection.

15. Apply the Fantastic Machines/Paint Engine "borg" effect.

16. Apply a motion blur.  Angle: 348, Pixels: 5

17. Load the selection "10_cc_leaf2_hilite.sel".

18. Flood fill with #1F471F.

19. Load the selection "9_cc_leaf2.sel"

20. Apply a Guassian blur of 1.00

 Reminder:

Creating "bud3"

1. Duplicate your "base stem" layer and rename your new layer "bud3".

2. Move this layer above "bud2" layer.

3. Load the selection file "11_cc_bud3.sel"

4. Flood fill with #FF0000. 
(If you want another color for your rose, substitute with the colors of your choice.)

5. Float your selection.

6. Apply the Fantastic Machines/Paint Engine "borg" effect.

7. Apply a motion blur.  Angle: 348, Pixels: 5

8. Apply a cutout effect:

Vertical: 1
Horizontal: 1
Opacity: 100
Blur: 20
Shadow Color: #55191A

9. Load the selection file "12_cc_bud3_hilite.sel"

10. Flood fill with #772325.

11. Deselect.

12. Load the selection "13_cc_leaf3.sel".

13. Flood fill with #4C824C.

14. Float your selection.

15. Apply the Fantastic Machines/Paint Engine "borg" effect.

16. Apply a motion blur.  Angle: 348, Pixels: 5

17. Load the selection "14_cc_leaf3_hilite.sel"

18. Flood fill with #1F471F.

19. Load the selection "13_cc_leaf3.sel".

20. Apply a Guassian blur of 1.00

Reminder:

Creating "bud4"

1. Duplicate your "base stem" layer and rename your new layer "bud4".

2. Move this layer above "bud3" layer.

3. Load the selection file "15_cc_bud4.sel"

4. Flood fill with #FF0000. 
(If you want another color for your rose, substitute with the colors of your choice.)

5. Float your selection.

6. Apply the Fantastic Machines/Paint Engine "borg" effect.

7. Apply a motion blur.  Angle: 348, Pixels: 5

8. Apply a cutout effect:

Vertical: 1
Horizontal: 1
Opacity: 100
Blur: 20
Shadow Color: #55191A

9. Load the selection file "16_cc_bud4_hilite.sel"

10. Flood fill with #772325.

11. Deselect.

12. Load the selection "17_cc_leaf4.sel".

13. Flood fill with #4C824C.

14. Float your selection.

15. Apply the Fantastic Machines/Paint Engine "borg" effect.

16. Apply a motion blur.  Angle: 348, Pixels: 5

17. Load the selection "18_cc_leaf4_hilite.sel"

18. Flood fill with #1F471F.

19. Load the selection "17_cc_leaf4.sel".

20. Apply a Guassian blur of 1.00

This is what you should now have:

Reminder:

Creating "bud5"

1. Duplicate your "base stem" layer and rename your new layer "bud5".

2. Move this layer above "bud4" layer.

3. Load the selection file "19_cc_bud5.sel"

4. Flood fill with #FF0000. 
(If you want another color for your rose, substitute with the colors of your choice.)

5. Float your selection.

6. Apply the Fantastic Machines/Paint Engine "borg" effect.

7. Apply a motion blur.  Angle: 348, Pixels: 5

8. Apply a cutout effect:

Vertical: 1
Horizontal: 1
Opacity: 100
Blur: 20
Shadow Color: #55191A

9. Load the selection file "20_cc_bud5_hilite.sel"

10. Flood fill with #772325.

11. Deselect.

12. Load the selection "21_cc_leaf5.sel".

13. Flood fill with #4C824C.

14. Float your selection.

15. Apply the Fantastic Machines/Paint Engine "borg" effect.

16. Apply a motion blur.  Angle: 348, Pixels: 5

17. Load the selection "22_cc_leaf5_hilite.sel"

18. Flood fill with #1F471F.

19. Load the selection "21_cc_leaf5.sel".

20. Apply a Guassian blur of 1.00

Reminder:

Creating "bud6"

1. Duplicate your "base stem" layer and rename your new layer "bud6".

2. Move this layer above "bud5" layer.

3. Load the selection file "23_cc_bud6.sel"

4. Flood fill with #FF0000. 
(If you want another color for your rose, substitute with the colors of your choice.)

5. Float your selection.

6. Apply the Fantastic Machines/Paint Engine "borg" effect.

7. Apply a motion blur.  Angle: 348, Pixels: 5

8. Apply a cutout effect:

Vertical: 1
Horizontal: 1
Opacity: 100
Blur: 20
Shadow Color: #55191A

9. Load the selection file "24_cc_bud6_hilite.sel"

10. Flood fill with #772325.

11. Deselect.

12. Load the selection "25_cc_leaf6.sel".

13. Flood fill with #4C824C.

14. Float your selection.

15. Apply the Fantastic Machines/Paint Engine "borg" effect.

16. Apply a motion blur.  Angle: 348, Pixels: 5

17. Load the selection "26_cc_leaf6_hilite.sel"

18. Flood fill with #1F471F.

19. Load the selection "25_cc_leaf6.sel".

20. Apply a Guassian blur of 1.00

Reminder:

Creating "bud7"

1. Duplicate your "base stem" layer and rename your new layer "bud7".

2. Move this layer above "bud6" layer.

3. Load the selection file "27_cc_bud7.sel"

4. Flood fill with #FF0000. 
(If you want another color for your rose, substitute with the colors of your choice.)

5. Float your selection.

6. Apply the Fantastic Machines/Paint Engine "borg" effect.

7. Apply a motion blur.  Angle: 348, Pixels: 5

8. Apply a cutout effect:

Vertical: 1
Horizontal: 1
Opacity: 100
Blur: 20
Shadow Color: #55191A

9. Load the selection file "28_cc_bud7_hilite.sel"

10. Flood fill with #772325.

11. Deselect.

12. Load the selection "29_cc_leaf7.sel".

13. Flood fill with #4C824C.

14. Float your selection.

15. Apply the Fantastic Machines/Paint Engine "borg" effect.

16. Apply a motion blur.  Angle: 348, Pixels: 5

17. Load the selection "30_cc_leaf7_hilite.sel"

18. Flood fill with #1F471F.

19. Load the selection "29_cc_leaf7.sel".

20. Apply a Guassian blur of 1.00

This is what you should now have:

Reminder:

Creating "bud8"

1. Duplicate your "base stem" layer and rename your new layer "bud8".

2. Move this layer above "bud7" layer.

3. Load the selection file "31_cc_bud8.sel"

4. Flood fill with #FF0000. 
(If you want another color for your rose, substitute with the colors of your choice.)

5. Float your selection.

6. Apply the Fantastic Machines/Paint Engine "borg" effect.

7. Apply a motion blur.  Angle: 348, Pixels: 5

8. Apply a cutout effect:

Vertical: 1
Horizontal: 1
Opacity: 100
Blur: 20
Shadow Color: #55191A

9. Load the selection file "32_cc_bud8_hilite.sel"

10. Flood fill with #772325.

11. Deselect.

12. Load the selection "33_cc_leaf8.sel".

13. Flood fill with #4C824C.

14. Float your selection.

15. Apply the Fantastic Machines/Paint Engine "borg" effect.

16. Apply a motion blur.  Angle: 348, Pixels: 5

17. Load the selection "34_cc_leaf8_hilite.sel"

18. Flood fill with #1F471F.

19. Load the selection "33_cc_leaf8.sel".

20. Apply a Guassian blur of 1.00

Reminder:

Creating "bud9"

1. Duplicate your "base stem" layer and rename your new layer "bud9".

2. Move this layer above "bud8" layer.

3. Load the selection file "35_cc_bud9.sel"

4. Flood fill with #FF0000. 
(If you want another color for your rose, substitute with the colors of your choice.)

5. Float your selection.

6. Apply the Fantastic Machines/Paint Engine "borg" effect.

7. Apply a motion blur.  Angle: 348, Pixels: 5

8. Apply a cutout effect:

Vertical: 1
Horizontal: 1
Opacity: 100
Blur: 20
Shadow Color: #55191A

9. Load the selection file "36_cc_bud9_hilite.sel"

10. Flood fill with #772325.

11. Deselect.

12. Load the selection "37_cc_leaf9.sel".

13. Flood fill with #4C824C.

14. Float your selection.

15. Apply the Fantastic Machines/Paint Engine "borg" effect.

16. Apply a motion blur.  Angle: 348, Pixels: 5

17. Load the selection "38_cc_leaf9_hilite.sel"

18. Flood fill with #1F471F.

19. Load the selection "37_cc_leaf9.sel".

20. Apply a Guassian blur of 1.00

This is what you should now have:

Reminder:

Creating "bud10"

1. Duplicate your "base stem" layer and rename your new layer "bud10".

2. Move this layer above "bud9" layer.

3. Load the selection file "39_cc_bud10.sel"

4. Flood fill with #FF0000. 
(If you want another color for your rose, substitute with the colors of your choice.)

5. Float your selection.

6. Apply the Fantastic Machines/Paint Engine "borg" effect.

7. Apply a motion blur.  Angle: 348, Pixels: 5

8. Apply a cutout effect:

Vertical: 1
Horizontal: 1
Opacity: 100
Blur: 20
Shadow Color: #55191A

9. Load the selection file "40_cc_bud10_hilite.sel"

10. Flood fill with #772325.

11. Deselect.

12. Load the selection "41_cc_leaf10.sel".

13. Flood fill with #4C824C.

14. Float your selection.

15. Apply the Fantastic Machines/Paint Engine "borg" effect.

16. Apply a motion blur.  Angle: 348, Pixels: 5

17. Load the selection "42_cc_leaf10_hilite.sel"

18. Flood fill with #1F471F.

19. Load the selection "41_cc_leaf10.sel".

20. Apply a Guassian blur of 1.00

Reminder:

Creating "bud11"  (The last bud...yeah!)

1. Duplicate your "base stem" layer and rename your new layer "bud11".

2. Move this layer above "bud10" layer.

3. Load the selection file "43_cc_bud11.sel"

4. Flood fill with #FF0000. 
(If you want another color for your rose, substitute with the colors of your choice.)

5. Float your selection.

6. Apply the Fantastic Machines/Paint Engine "borg" effect.

7. Apply a motion blur.  Angle: 348, Pixels: 5

8. Apply a cutout effect:

Vertical: 1
Horizontal: 1
Opacity: 100
Blur: 20
Shadow Color: #55191A

9. Load the selection file "44_cc_bud11_hilite.sel"

10. Flood fill with #772325.

11. Deselect.

12. Load the selection "45_cc_leaf11.sel".

13. Flood fill with #4C824C.

14. Float your selection.

15. Apply the Fantastic Machines/Paint Engine "borg" effect.

16. Apply a motion blur.  Angle: 348, Pixels: 5

17. Load the selection "46_cc_leaf11_hilite.sel"

18. Flood fill with #1F471F.

19. Load the selection "45_cc_leaf11.sel".

20. Apply a Guassian blur of 1.00

This is what you should now have:

Delete your "base stem" layer...you should be left with 11 layers: bud 1 through bud11.

Reminder:

 Page 2 - creating our animation

 

 

 

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Revised: April 06, 2008.


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