I've always loved mistletoe and the idea of a Christmas kiss underneath it. I don't often come across it on the web, and didn't have any in my files, so I decided to draw some, and this tutorial is the result. There is a little drawing and shading involved, but I provide screenshots to assist you through them.
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.
My gradients. Place these in your PSP gradient folder.
My selection and/or preset shape for the leaf. I've provided both for you and you can use either one. Place the selection file in your PSP selections folder. Place the shape file in your PSP shapes folder.
You can download all of my materials here.
Optional: I used Eye Candy 4000, but you can do a similar effect with PSP's inner bevel.
Step 2. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to null and your background color to green #6A7832. First, you'll make a leaf. To do this, you can use either my selection or a preset shape.
To use the selection, go to selections>load from disk, and navigate to the mistletoe selection. Flood fill with green #6A7832.
To use a preset shape, select your preset shapes tool, find the pracken_mistletoe shape, and apply it. The advantage of the preset shape is you can easily make the leaf larger or smaller.
Step 10. Set your foreground color to gradient and choose my gold one. Set your background color to gradient and choose my red one. Both are at angle 90 and 0 repeats. Choose your freehand draw tool, line size 2. Add a new layer and draw a bow shape.
Step 14. Add a new layer and place it underneath your mistletoe. Choose your draw tool, set to freehand line, size about 12. Set your foreground color to the gold gradient and your background color to null. Draw two gold ribbons.
Step 15. With your selection tool (any shape) draw all around the outside of the ribbons and then click inside on the ribbon to select (you'll see marching ants). Contract by 2. Add a new layer and flood fill with the red gradient.
And that's all there is to it, you got mistletoe! Now I'm wishing a big ole Christmas kiss under it for all of you. lol
I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial. Please let me know if you have any comments, I'd love to hear from you.
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This tutorial was created on December 8, 2003.
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