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


For this tutorial you will need:
Paint Shop Pro 7 - get a trial copy here
FM Paint Engine - download here
My zip file - download here

You should have a basic knowledge of PSP7 for this tutorial.

This tutorial is graphic intensive - I use lots of screen shots! Please be patient and give these pages time to load.

Download zip file which includes all the selections you will
need for this tutorial as well as the woodfill.bmp file which 
I have used in this tutorial - unzip to a folder on your hard drive.
(NOTE: PSP7: YOU CAN UNZIP SELECTION FILES TO ANY FOLDER ON YOUR HARD DRIVE - THEY DO NOT HAVE TO RESIDE IN YOUR PSP SELECTIONS FOLDER. THIS MAKES USING SELECTIONS MUCH LESS CONFUSING IF YOU CAN BROWSE TO A SPECIFIC FOLDER WHEN YOU ARE DOING A TUTORIAL. PSP8: YOU WILL HAVE TO EDIT THE PATHS FOR YOUR SELECTIONS.)

We will be working with multiple layers (17 to be exact) - you can create all your layers one at a time while following the tutorial or create them all now (just remember to change active layer for each step.)

NOTE: When working with selections, as with this tutorial, there is no need to deselect between steps: each time you load a new selection your old selection is gone, so you can save a step here and there.

Before starting, you should pick the color you'd like to use for your roses. 
I decided on a pink/white combination.

Open a new image 300x400

1. Add a new layer named horizontal slats. Click on Selections/Load from Disk and browse to the folder you unzipped your selections to. Click on the file named horizontal_slats.sel and click open. Flood fill with your wood pattern, changing the angle so the grain runs horizontally. 


2. Add a new layer named horizontal hilite. Click on Selections/Load from Disk and browse to the folder you 
unzipped your selections to. Click on the file named horizontal_slats_hilite.sel and click open. Flood fill with a your wood pattern.

3. Add a new layer named horizontal hilite 2. With your selection still active, apply a cutout as follows:




4. Add a new layer named vertical slats. Click on Selections/Load from Disk and browse to the folder you unzipped your selections to. Click on the file named  vertical_slats.sel and click open. Flood fill with your wood pattern, changing the angle so the grain runs vertically.

5. Add a new layer named vertical hilite. Click on Selections/Load from Disk and browse to the folder you unzipped your selections to. Click on the file named  horizontal_slats_hilite.sel and click open. Flood fill with a your wood pattern.

6. Add a new layer named vertical hilite 2. With your selection still active, apply a cutout  (same settings as before). You should now have this:


7. Add a new layer named stems. 
Set your foreground color to: #8F5E37
Set your background color to: #1B976D
Click on Selections/Load from Disk and browse to the folder you unzipped your selections to. Click on the file named stems.sel and click open. 
Flood fill with your foreground/background gradient, using the following settings:


8. Apply Fantastic Machines/Paint Engine filter using the Borg setting, as follows:
(If you have no settings listed for PaintEngine, you may need to copy the file "
fmachine.ini" to your Windows directory i.e.: C:\Windows. Refer to the readme file which comes with PaintEngine.)

 

9. Add a new layer named leaves hilite. 
Change your foreground color to: #357963
Change your background color to: #50B497
Click on Selections/Load from Disk and browse to the folder you unzipped your selections to. Click on the file named leaves_hilite.sel and click open. Flood fill with your foreground color (change from gradient to solid color)

10. Apply Fantastic Machines/Paint Engine filter using the same settings as before.

11. Add a new layer named leaves. Click on Selections/Load from Disk and browse to the folder you unzipped your selections to. Click on the file named leaves.sel and click open. Change back to a gradient fill.
Flood fill with your foreground/background gradient, using the same settings as before.

12. Apply Fantastic Machines/Paint Engine filter using the same settings as before.

13. Add a new layer named inner petals. 
Change your foreground color to: #FCBAE9
(or any pale shade of the color you chose for your roses)
Change your background color to: #FFFFFF
Click on Selections/Load from Disk and browse to the folder you unzipped your selections to. Click on the file named inner_petals.sel and click open. 
Flood fill with your foreground/background gradient - same settings as before.

14. Add a new layer named inner petal hilite. With your selection still active, apply a cutout as follows:

15. Add a new layer named middle petals. 
Change your foreground color to: #E67EC7
(or a slightly darker shade of the color you now have)
Click on Selections/Load from Disk and browse to the folder you unzipped your selections to. Click on the file named middle_petals.sel and click open.
Flood fill with your foreground/background gradient - same settings as before.


16. Add a new layer named middle petal hilite. With your selection still active, apply a cutout - same settings as before.

17. Add a new layer named outer petals.
Change your foreground color to: #C058A1
(or a slightly darker shade of the color you now have)
Click on Selections/Load from Disk and browse to the folder you unzipped your selections to. Click on the file named outer_petals.sel and click open.
Flood fill with your foreground/background gradient - same settings as before.

18. Add a new layer named outer petal hilite. With your selection still active, apply a cutout - same settings as before. You should now have this:


19. Add a new layer named flower hilites. Click on Selections/Load from Disk and browse to the folder you unzipped your selections to. Click on the file named flower_hilites.sel and click open.
Flood fill with black and lower the opacity to 30.

20. Add a new layer named flower hilites 2. Click on Selections/Load from Disk and browse to the folder you unzipped your selections to. Click on the file named flower_hilites.sel and click open.
Flood fill with black and apply a colored chalk effect (Effects/Artistic Effects/Colored Chalk) with the following settings:


Almost done....

Since we have everything on a separate layer we can now do our fine tuning...

21. Turn off the visibility on all layers except your two leaf layers and merge visible. Rename this layer leaves.

22. Turn off the visibility on all layers except the six layers which make up your trellis and merge these six visible layers. Rename this layer trellis. Apply a drop shadow to your trellis using the following settings:

23. Activate your stems later and apply a drop shadow changing your 
horizontal and vertical offsets to 2.

24. Apply a drop shadow using the same settings you used on your stem
to the following layers:
leaves
inner petals
middle petals
outer petals

If you'd like to use your image as a tube, delete Layer1 and merge all visible layers and export it as a picture tube.

Otherwise, you can fill Layer1 with the color/background of 
your choice and save as a jpg file.

Here's my finished picture, resized:

BE CREATIVE - TRY USING SOME OF THE FILTERS YOU HAVE ON DIFFERENT LAYERS FOR A DIFFERENT LOOK!!!

 

 


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