Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials


For this pear, I am providing you with selections; however, if you wish, you could draw it yourself using vectors (I'm not giving detailed instructions, but am providing you with screenshots of the vectors). It also involves a bit of drawing, use of the airbrush, and the smudge tool. If you've never used these tools much, it's a good way to start - they're amazing tools and getting comfortable with them will give you the ability to apply in a wide range of situations. I'm providing you with screenshots to help guide you along too.

For this tutorial, you will need the following:

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.

Eye Candy 4000. This is a commercial filter and you may download it here.

My selection files. Place these in a folder of your choice. I usually place mine outside of PSP; however, for some reason PSP doesn't like that sometimes. If you experience problems with the selections, just move them into the PSP selections folder and they should work. You may download them here.

My color chart. Right click on this and save it to your computer.


First, you'll make the pear, then the leaf, and then put them together.

Step 1. Open a new image 200 x 250, white background. Open the color chart and copy/paste it as a new layer onto your graphic. Move it to the top, out of your way. When you need a color, just click on it with your eye dropper.

Step 2. Add a new layer. Load selection 1 (go to selections>load from disk - then navigate to the location you placed the selection files). Flood fill with color #1.

If you wish to draw the pear yourself, you can use vectors to do so. I assume you have a working knowldge of vectors. Set your foreground and background colors to color #1. Choose your preset shapes tool, ellipse, antialias checked, create as vector checked. Draw a circle in about the center of your canvas. Add nodes and shape similar to the screenshot. When satisfied, just convert to raster layer.

Step 3. Add a new layer. Set your foreground and background colors to color #2. Choose your preset shapes tool ellipse (anitalias checked, create as vector unchecked). Draw a small circle at the bottom of your pear.

Step 4. Apply Eye Candy Water Drops, using the settings in the screenshot. [Note: If you don't have Eye Candy, you could spray some light color in the center where the highlight would be and try to smudge it a bit to get the same effect].


Step 5. Make your pear layer active, select and float it (selections>select all>selections>float) - you'll see "marching ants" around it. Keep selected until I tell you to deselect. [Note: You're doing this so the shading you're going to do next won't go outside the lines of your pear].

Choose your retouch tool>smudge brush, and use the settings in the screenshot.

Make your bubble layer active (the one you just did with eye candy). With your smudge brush, begin smudging the colors around the pear. You want to avoid the highlighted spot in the center of the bubble, since you want that to stay as is. Smudge the other areas starting inside and working to the outside of your pear. Don't go all the way to the edge, as you want some of the dark orange showing around the edges. When done, you should have something similar to mine (it won't be exact).

Step 6. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to #1. Choose your airbrush, same settings as before, but change the size to 20 and the opacity to about 30. Spray on some speckles of color, similar to mine.

Step 7. Add a new layer. Load selection 2. Flood fill with color #3. Deselect.

Choose your retouch tool/smudge brush, same settings as before except change the size down to about 6. Pull some of the color from the stem down onto the pear, in a small circle, similar to mine.

And your pear is complete. When satisfied with your cretion, turn off the color chart and background layers. Merge visible layers (name it "pear").

Turn your background and color chart layers back on. Now to make the leaf.

Step 8. Turn your pear layer off. Add a new layer. Load selection 3. Flood fill with color #4.

Step 9. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to color #5 and your background to null. Choose your draw tool, single line, size 2. Draw a line down the center of your leaf.

Add a new layer and place it underneath the last layer. Choose your draw tool (change to freehand line) and draw the lines on your leaf. [Hint: If you just draw one side, you can copy it, mirror it, and paste it (as a selection) to the other side. That way you don't have to draw as much, and your stems will be the same on both sides of your leaf.]

Lower the opacity of this layer to about 60 (just slide the lever on your layers palette down).

Step 10. Make your leaf layer active, and float it (selections>select all>selections>float) - you'll marching ants around it. Add a new layer and place it on top of the leaf but underneath the stems. Set your foreground color to color #6. Choose your airbrush (same settings before), and spray some color around the outside edges of your leaf.

Change your foreground color to black and spray in between the stems (change your airbrush size down to about 4-5).

Finally, choose your retouch tool/smudge brush (size 15-20), and smooth out the colors (start from the inside and move out toward the edges). When you have something you like, deselect.


When you're satisfied with your creation, delete the color chart (you're done with it), turn off the background layer, and merge visible layers.

Step 11. Turn your pear layer back on. (You should have 3 layers: the pear, the leaf, and the background). Now all you need to do is arrange your leaf as you wish. I've resized my leaf down a bit. I also duplicated the leaf, resized it smaller, and rotated it for the other side of the stem. Here's how my leaves look, but you can arrange yours in any way you wish.

Step 12. And that's it. Delete your background layer and merge visible layers. Save as psp file.

And as usual, please let me know if you experience any problems with this tutorial.

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