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

 

For this tutorial you will need:


Paint Shop Pro
(Click above to download a 30 day trial version.)
This tutorial was written with version 7, 
but should work with version 6.

Click here to download my zip file 
My zip file, which you can get by clicking the above button.
Extract these files to your hard drive.
Copy all gradient files (cc_shamrock_*.jgd) to your Gradients 
folder in your Paint Shop Pro directory.
Copy the shape file (cc_shamrock.jsl) to your Shapes 
folder in your Paint Shop Pro directory.

There are plenty of tutorials on the web teaching you to make a shamrock.  Although you will end up with a shamrock when you have completed this tutorial, my aim here is to teach you how to make a 3D object in PSP, using vector shapes.

Unlike most of my tutorials, I am including only a minimal number of screen shots.  Based on the difficulty of this tutorial, I don't recommend it for the novice PSPer.

Open a new image, 300x300 pixels, transparent background and 16.7 million colors.

Save this file as "my_shamrock.psp".  Once saved, you can then press Ctrl+S (hold down your control key and press the letter s on your keyboard) at any point during the tutorial to save your image.  I will place reminders to save throughout this tutorial.

Okay, let's go....

1. Make your foreground color black, and background color null.

2. Click on your Preset Shapes tool , Antialias and Vector both checked.

3. Browse your shapes file and click on the shape named "cc_shamrock" (It looks like a heart, doesn't it?.

4. Draw out your first shamrock leaf in the middle of the top half of your canvas:

5. Click on your Object Selector tool .

6. Right click on your vector shape and choose copy

7. Right click on your canvas and choose Paste as New Vector Selection.  Paste your new leaf on top of your first. (We'll align them later, so if it's not perfect don't worry now.)

8. Paste your leaf 5 more times so that you have a total of 7 different leaf shapes.

9. Open your layer palette. 
(Notice how each object has the same name?  This is the name of the shape we used to draw the object.)
 

10. Rename Layer2 to "shamrock" and rename your individual shapes as follows:

11. Double click on the color object to open the Vector Properties box.

12. Change your stroke color to null and your fill color to #4A984A.

13. Double click on the shadow object to open the Vector Properties box.

14. Change your stroke color to null and your fill color to gradient.  Click on your gradient and change to cc_shamrock_shadow with the following settings:

15. Click OK, then OK again.

16. Double click on the hilite object to open the Vector Properties box.

17. Change your stroke color to null and your fill color to gradient.  Click on your gradient and change to cc_shamrock_hilite.  Change both Horizontal and Vertical placements to 30, Repeats: 0, and Invert gradient UNCHECKED.

18. Double click on the hilite 2 object to open the Vector Properties box.

19. Change your stroke color to null and your fill color to gradient.  Click on your gradient and change to cc_shamrock_hilite.  Change Horizontal to 70 and Vertical to 30, Repeats: 0, and Invert gradient UNCHECKED.

20. Double click on the dark hilite object to open the Vector Properties box.

21. Change your stroke color to null and your fill color to gradient.  Click on your gradient and change to cc_shamrock_dk_shadow.  Change both the Horizontal and Vertical placements to 0, Repeats: 0, and Invert gradient UNCHECKED.

22. Double click on the dark hilite 2 object to open the Vector Properties box.

23. Change your stroke color to null and your fill color to gradient.  Click on your gradient and change to cc_shamrock_dk_shadow.  Change both the Horizontal and Vertical placements to 90, Repeats: 0, and Invert gradient UNCHECKED.

24. Double click on the light object to open the Vector Properties box.

25. Change your stroke color to null and your fill color to gradient.  Click on your gradient and change to cc_shamrock_light with the following settings:

I have had several emails from people having problems
duplicating this setting.  I am stumped...can't for the life of me
figure out what the problem is.  At this point I can only
suggest playing with the settings...sorry.

26. Move your light object down in your layer palette so that it is just below your dark hilite object. This will soften our detail a bit.

This is what I have so far:

Even if you objects appear to be lined up properly, let's make sure.

27. Click on any of your objects in your layer palette.  Hold down your shift key and click each of the remaining objects so that they are all selected.

28. Right click on any of the highlighted objects and choose Group - now all your objects will move together.  Leave selected.

29. Click on Objects/Align/Horz. Center in Canvas:

Even if your objects were perfectly lined up, this will place 
all your objects in the exact center of your canvas.

This would be a great time to take a break.  Save your image and walk away...while you're gone I'll try to figure out the rest of this tutorial.  Now you know my secret: I write my tutorials as I go and now I have to figure out the best way to get the other two leaves in place!

Welcome back!!!  Ready to finish your shamrock? Good.

Before we go any further we need to make sure none of our objects are selected.  Deselect now. (Selections/Select None)

30. Duplicate your shamrock layer.

31. Convert your new layer to raster.

32. Rotate your image left/90�.
(Make sure All Layers is UNCHECKED.)

33. Use your Mover Tool to move your second leaf into place:

34. Duplicate your copy of shamrock layer.

35. Mirror your image.

36. Rotate each of your raster leaves by 10�. The left leaf 10� to the left and the right leaf 10� to the right. Then use your Mover Tool to line them up.

37. Now you can convert your first layer to raster.
(What can I say - it was easier for me to refer to the new leaves as the "raster" ones! LOL)

All we need now is a stem!

38. Change your foreground color to null and background color to #4A984A.

39. Click on your Preset Shapes tool , Antialias and Vector both checked.

40. Choose triangle and draw out a narrow triangle for your stem.  Edit your nodes to resemble the following:

41. Convert to raster.

42. Using your Selection Tool set to rectangle, surround your stem then click on it to select.

43. Invert your selection and apply a drop shadow:
Vertical and Horizontal both set to: 3; Opacity: 65; Blur: 15; Color: black.

44. Move your stem layer to the bottom.

44. Use your mover tool to move the stem into place, merge visible layers and save or export as a tube.

That's it - you've created a 3D Shamrock, using vectors!!!  

Try the same technique using different shapes 
(curved shapes work best), color and gradients!!!
For the star on the right, I applied a cutout effect
when I was done with my image to give it 
the extra "depth" I thought it needed.

                       

More than helping you create a graphic, it is my sincere hope that my tutorials help you learn something new about PSP.  

Cathy :)

 

 

The above graphic was made for me by Sandi.
Isn't it beautiful?
Thank you, Sandi!!!

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Revised: April 06, 2008.