Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Chinese Ornamental Design
Part II: Selections and Coloring

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This tutorial was inspired by a piece of antique Chinese tapestry I came across recently which had beautifully vibrant colors - so I've tried to recreate something similar that captured that style - this tutorial is the result.

This is a tutorial in two parts: vectors and selections. You may choose to do both parts or just one.

Part I: Vectors.
If you'd like to create this image totally from scratch yourself, start with Part I. It's a vector tutorial, and you'll create all the pieces you'll need to complete the tutorial. Once you've completed Part I, move on to Part II to create the image. If you'd like to do Part I of this tutorial, click here

Part II: Selections.
This is Part II of the tutorial, where you can use my selections instead of drawing the image yourself. If you've completed Part I, you already have your pieces made so just follow the instructions below regarding shading and finishing up your image.


For this tutorial, you will need the following:

Paint Shop Pro. I used version 9, but if you are familiar with PSP, you should be able to convert the tutorial without problems. You can download the latest PSP version demo here.

My selections (or your pieces from Part I). If you're using PSP9, download these selections. If you're using PSP7, download these selections. Place them in your PSP selections folder.

My color chart. Right click on it and save to your computer. Or alternatively, you can click on it and drag it onto your canvas.


Step 1. Open up a new image 350 x 400, white background (or if you've completed Part I of the tutorial, just open up the canvas you saved with all your pieces).

In this tutorial, you'll make the individual pieces using my selections. Then, you'll color them and arrange them. [Note: If you've made your own pieces in Part I, you'll obviously skip the parts of this tutorial dealing with selections. Just substitute your pieces when I'm talking about selections].

Step 2. Add a new layer. Load selection 1 (selections>Load/save selection>Load selection from disk. - navigate to the "01" selection). [Note: If you're using your own shape, rotate it into a positon similar to mine].

Flood fill with black. Contract by 1 (selections>modify>contract). Flood fill with color #1. Keep selected.

Step 2. Choose your airbrush and use the settings below.

You're going to add 4 bands of color, using colors #4, 5, 6, and 7. Just spray them on your pod similar to mine.

Step 3. Choose your smudge brush , using the settings in the screenshot.

Smudge the colors around a bit to soften them. This isn't an exact science, just play with the brush until your image looks similar to mine.

Step 4. Set your foreground color to color #8 and your background to null. Choose your pen tool using the settings in the screenshot.

Draw a couple of lines on your pod, similar to mine.

Step 5. Add a new layer. Choose your paintbrush, size 1, and paint some dots on your pod, similar to mine.

Step 6. When you're satisfied with your pod, hide the background and color chart layers. Then merge visible layers (layers>merge>visible). Name this layer pod.

Step 7. Turn your color chart and background layer back on. Duplicate your pod layer (go to your layers palette, right click>duplicate).

Resize by 85% (image>resize). Rotate right by 25% (image>rotate>free rotate). And finally, sharpen the image (adjust>sharpness>sharpen). Move this layer underneath your first pod and move it down a bit, similar to mine (you can adjust the position of your pieces later, just get them generally in the right places for now).

Step 8. Make your large pod layer active again (the original pod) and duplicate the layer. Mirror it (image>mirror). Resize by 75%. Sharpen. Move it into positon similar to mine.

Step 9. Add a new layer. Load selection 02 from disk. Flood fill with black. Contract by 1. Flood fill with white.

Step 10. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to color #7. Choose your airbrush again, same settings as before, but change the size down to about 5-6. Spray some color around the petals.

Choose your smudge brush, same settings as before except change the size to about 6. Smudge the colors - try to pull the colors inward just a bit, toward the center.

Step 11. Add a new layer. With your airbrush, spray on some of color #5 in the center. Then spray on color #1.

Choose your smudge brush and soften the colors out a bit.

Step 12. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to black and background to white. Choose your preset shapes, circle (create on vector unchecked, line size 1, antialias checked). Draw a small circle in the center of your flower.

Step 13. Add a new layer and place it underneath the circle you just drew. Set your foreground color to color #8 and your background to null. Choose your pen tool>draw lines and polylines, size 1, antialias checked. Draw some lines in the center of your flower, similar to mine.

Step 14. Turn off all layers except for your small flower. Merge visible layers (name this layer flower). Turn your other layers back on.

Step 15. Duplicate this layer. Rotate it right 25 degrees. Sharpen. Move into position, similar to mine. This is what you should have so far.

Step 16. Add a new layer. Load selection 3. Flood fill with black. Contract by 1. Flood fill with white.

Repeat for selection 4.

Hide all layers except these 3 petals. Merge visible layers. Turn your other layers back on.

Step 16. Add a new layer. Load selection 5. Flood fill with black. Contract by 1. Flood fill with color #3.

Step 17. Make your merged petals layer active. Select it (selections>select all>selections>float). [Note: You're doing this so when you spray on color, it'll stay inside the lines of your petals).

Contract the selection by 1 (selections>modify>selections>contract). Add a new layer. Choose your airbrush and spray color 9 on the tips of the petals. Then spray color 10, similar to mine.

Then choose your smudge brush and smudge the colors downward, similar to this.

Step 18. Add a new layer. Choose your airbrush, using color #1 and spray on a semi-circle of color right at the base of the petals. Use your smudge brush to soften.

Step 19. Set your foreground color to #8, background to null. Choose your pen tool, line and draw some lines similar to mine.

Hide all layers except your small flower pieces. Merge visible layers (name this layer small flower). Make all layers visible again.

Step 20. Now we'll draw some stems so you can begin adding some leaves.

Add a new layer and place it underneath all your other layers (except the background). Set your foreground and background colors to #11. Choose your pen tool>draw freehand, using the settings in the screenshot.

Draw some lines for stems in locations where you'd like.

Step 21. Hide all layers for the moment except your background and color chart. I'm providing you with a couple of leaf selections to use. You'll make them both and then can copy>paste them around your branches. Add a new layer. Load selection 06. Flood fill with black. Contract by 1. Flood fill with color #2. Keep selected.

Step 22. Add a new layer. Choose your airbrush, same settings as before, except change the size to about 10 and the density to about 20. Spray some of color #11 around the edges. Smudge (change size of smudge brush down to about 10).

Step 23. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to black, background to null. Choose your pen tool>Draw lines and polylines, size 1. Draw a vertical line down the center of the leaf. Then draw "v" shaped lines similar to mine. Lower the opacity of this layer down to about 50.

Hide all layers except your leaf. Merge visible layers.

Step 24. Repeat step 23 for selection 7.

Step 25. You now have all the pieces you need to assemble. Make all layers visible (you can hide the color chart for the moment if you need to get it out of your way).

Now just make copies of your leaves and arrange them around your image as you wish. I put all of mine on separate layers to make them easier to move around. Also, you'll probably want to resize some of them and rotate them. Just get creative and place them in positions as it pleases you.

Step 26. I decided to add a small branch to the front of my graphic. Just add a new layer and place it on top of all your other layers. Set your foreground color to #10, background to null. Choose your pen tool, size 8, freehand line. Draw your stem. I drew a small stem too, changing the brush size down to 4.

I added a bit of shading to it as well. To do this, select it (selections>select all>selections>float). Choose your airbrush, changing the size to 4 and the density to 4. With black, spray a little color around the outer edges of your stem.

When you're satisfied with your creation, delete the color chart and background layer. Save your image in whatever format you wish (I always save a master psp file with all layers intact as well). I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial! Doing these two parts made the tutorial an incredibly long one for me to write (and for you to do) - I hope you've learned something in the process and had fun doing it. And please, I'd absolutely love to see your results.



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