Paint Shop Pro. I used version 7.04 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.
Step 1.Open a new image 300 x 300, white background.
Step 2. Add a new layer. First, you'll just draw an outline to use as a guide. When you're finished, this layer will get deleted. Set your foreground color to any color (other than white) and your background color to null. Choose your preset shapes tool, ellipse, antialias checked, create as vector unchecked, line width 50. Draw a circle in about the center of your canvas (leave some room around the edges). (Note: screenshot is resized down, your image will be larger). Delete the circle layer you drew as you no longer need it.
Step 3. Add a new layer. I'm using picture tubes but you could also use images, preset shapes, or even colors. Choose your picture tube tool, and navigate to the autumn leaves tube. Use the settings in the screenshot. Draw around your circle until you have something similar to mine.
Step 4. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to #D8D1C6, background to null. Choose your draw tool, freehand line, size 2. Draw a bow for your wreath. Change your foreground color to #C0A882 and draw some more. You should have something similar to this.
You can use this wreath as it is as well if you wish. Just delete the background and merge visible layers. Save as a psp file.
Step 5. Now to make the fantasy wreath. Undo the merge layers and delete background. You should now have 3 layers back - the background, the wreath, and the bow.
Step 6. Make your leaves layer active. Open up Eye Candy 4000 and navigate to the swirl filter. Use the settings in the screenshot.
Step 7. Make your bow layer active. Apply Eye Candy Swirl filter, same settings.
Apply a drop shadow, using settings in the screenshot.
Step 8. Your wreath is done. Just delete the background layer, merge visible layers, and save as a psp file.
You can use this technique for any type of wreath you'd like to make - just change the tubes you use, or use shapes, colors, textures, etc. The variations are endless. Hope you've enjoyed the tut!
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