Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Purple Rose (Vector Tutorial)


I'm continuing with Valentine's tutorials. Purple is my favorite flower color, so I thought I'd make a pretty purple rose. This is a vector tutorial, and you will make all the pieces from scratch. Don't panic!! I'm providing a lot of screenshots to help you along the way, and if you get stuck, feel free to contact me.

When you finish the tutorial, you'll also have a rose preset shape that you can save and use again.

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.

Optional: Flaming Pear Silver. Silver is part of Flaming Pear's "Designer Sextet" filterpack. You can download a fully functioning demo (which will work for 2 weeks) here.

You'll also need my silver preset. Place it in the same folder as your silver filter. You can download it here.

Step 1. Open up a new image 200 x 400, white background.

Step 2. You'll draw the stem first. Set your foreground and background colors to any color (note: for each piece you draw, use different colors so you can see more clearly. When you're finished drawing, you'll create raster selections and change the colors).

Choose your preset shapes tool, rectangle, and use the settings in the screenshot. Draw a rectangular shape approximately 6 x 240 (watch the numbers at the bottom of your screen).

[NOTE: When you draw with vectors, the drawing automatically gets placed on its own layer, so you don't have to worry about adding layers].


Choose your object selector tool then click Node edit on your Tool Options menu.

Your image will look like this. There will be four little boxes (nodes).

I'll show you how to add some thorns (you could, of course, skip this part if you want your stem to be smooth). You need to add 3 nodes. Hover your mouse over the line on the left while pressing down on your "Ctrl" key. You'll see a "+ Add" appear. Click on the line and a little black box will appear (you've just added a node). Add two more, similar to mine (screenshot enlarged).

Click on the node in the center and move it up a bit to form a thorn. Then move the bottom node up a bit (almost to the place where the one was you just moved). You should have something similar to this.

Right click and choose "quit node editing." Your image should look similar to mine.

Now just repeat this process for any other thorns you want to add to your stem.

I wanted my rose to be tiled slightly to the left (but you could leave it straight if you wish). To move it, click on your object selector tool, then hover your mouse over the little boxes in the center (I've circled them in red in the screenshot). You'll see two arrows that look as though they're chasing each other appear. Just click and rotate the image as you wish.

Step 3. Now to draw the leaf. Set your foreground and background colors to whatever colors you wish. Choose your preset shapes tool, same settings as before, except choose the ellipse shape. Draw an elliptical shape approximately 20 x 50.

Choose your object selector tool>Node edit.

Add a node on the right top, as in the screenshot.

Choose the node at the top and move it up and over to the right just a wee bit.

You'll see that this node has an arrow with two ends. You want to grab the left end and pull it down. Do the same with the right side of the arrow.

Right click and choose Quit Node Editing. I wanted my leaf a little wider. To do that, just grab the little box on the right side of the leaf, and pull outward a bit (it's circled in red in the screenshot).

You may want to play with the editing a bit until you have the leaf shaped like you want it. It's a good shape to practice on!

Move the leaf into position on your stem (you'll need to rotate it).

I wanted another leaf on the other side of my stem - you can add (or not) as many as you want. Just go to your layers palette and right click on your leaf layer. Choose "copy." Right click again and choose "paste new vector selection." Then just paste the leaf where you want it (I've rotated mine). Here's what I have so far.

Step 4. And now to make your rose. Set your foreground and background colors to whatever you wish. Choose your preset shapes tool, same settings as before, except choose the triangle shape.

Draw a shape approximately 50 x 60.

Choose your object selector tool>node edit.

Place your mouse on any node and double click. They'll all turn black. [Note: by double clicking, you have selected them all].

Right click and choose Node Type>Symmetric.


Click on the node at the top.

Move the arrows in, similar to this.

Hover your mouse over the bottom and add a node. Pull it down just a wee bit.

Then right click>quit node editing. Make your rose a bit narrower by grabbing the box on the right and moving inward. I also made it a bit shorter (grab the box on the bottom) - See circled boxes.

Choose your object selector tool and move the rose into place on top of your stem. Rotate it as you need to.

Step 5. I almost always save my vectored images as preset shapes (if you don't want to save it, just go on to step 6).

To save the shape, just go to your layers palette. Right click on each of the pieces you drew (the stem, 2 leaves, and the rose). Then click "Group." You'll now see the layers under "Group 1" on your layers palette. Rename this to whatever you would like your shape to be called. Go to File>Export>Shape, and type in your name. You should now be able to see your shape in your list of preset shapes (check it out).

Step 6. I also always save my creations as master PSP files, with all layers intact. If you want to save yours, do that now.

You're done with the drawing bits now *grin*. Now you'll need to create raster selections. Go to your layers palette and turn off your vector layers. Go to the stem layer>right click>create raster selection. You'll see the shape of your stem.

Add a new layer. Flood fill with white. Apply Flaming Pear Silver>07silver_pracken preset. (Click on the box circled in blue and navigate to the preset).

Now just repeat this process for the other 3 vector layers (when done, your new raster layers should have the stem on the bottom, then the leaves, then the rose on top).

You're done with the vectors now, so you can delete them all if you wish.

Step 7. Now to draw the gold ribbon on the rose [Note: I'm drawing it freehand since it isn't a very complicated shape; however, you could also draw the line using vectors]. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to a gold gradient of your choice (one comes with PSP), and your background to null. Choose your draw tool, freehand line, size 4 (create as vector unchecked, close path unchecked). Draw a line similar to mine.

Go to your layers palette and click on this layer>right click>duplicate. Move this layer underneath the rose, aligning it in the same place as the one on top.

Make the line on the top active. Choose your eraser tool and erase the bit at the top that overlaps onto the front of your rose - you want the line to look as though it's coming from the back of your rose, wrapping around to the front. Also, erase the bit at the bottom on both of your line layers. [Note: If you set your eraser opacity to about 70, it gives you a bit more control over your erasing.]

Add a new layer and place it on top of your other layers. Draw another line, similar to mine. Erase the overlapping ends.


Add a new layer. Choose your draw tool, freehand line, changing the width to 2. Draw a string down your rose.

You want it to look as though it winds around the rose, so decide where you want it to wrap over and where under. Then use your eraser brush and erase the bits that go over the top.


You're finished with the rose. Hide the background layer and merge visible layers (layers>merge>visible). Save as a psp file.

Step 8. I added text to mine. Add a new layer. Set your foreground and background to the same gold gradient you used on your rose. Choose your text tool and open a font of your choice. I've used Harrington, size 36 (type it vertically).

Then hide your background layer and merge visible layers. Apply a drop shadow if you wish (I've used these settings: vertical 1, horizontal 1, opacity 65 , blur 1).

And that's it, all done! I hope you've enjoyed playing with vectors, and that you'll continue! Please let me see your creations.

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