Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Satin Rose Bow

This tutorial was inspired by those old satin rose appliques I used to see as a child.  The tutorial isn't hard to do, but drawing the rose takes a bit of practice.  I provide screenshots to guide you along the way though.

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.

My selections files. Place these in your PSP selections folder or a location of your choice.

My seamless lacey fill tile for the bow.

My ring of pearls.

All of my materials are zipped together and you can download them here.

Just a couple of notes.  I use a lot of layers in my tutorials.  I also always save a master PSP file of all layers intact.  Both of these actions will allow you to go back and change things later if you wish.  And, it goes without saying that saving often will save you loads of headaches.

All of the selections you will load in this tutorial are in order, i.e., you load them in the order I've numbered them.  Also, to load a selection, simply go to Selections>Load from disk> and then navigate to where the selections are.  Choose the number you want to load.

Step 1. Open up a new image 350 x 250, background color of your choice.  For the tutorial, I've used white.

Step 2. Add a new layer.  Load selection 1.  Flood fill with a color, gradient, or texture.  If you want to use the same texture I did, set your styles to texture and open up the "satinrosetile" you downloaded with my materials. Set the size to 45 and the angle to 31  Flood fill.

Step 3. Add a new layer.  Load selection 2.  Repeat Step 2 above, except change the angle to 328.

Step 4. Add a new layer.  Load selection 3.  Repeat Step 2 above, except change the angle to 270.

Step 5. Add a new layer.  Load selection 4.  Repeat Step 4 above.

Step 6. Add a new layer.  Load selection 5.  Flood fill with #979DB9.

Step 7. Add a new layer.  Load selection 6.  Flood fill with same color.

Step 8. Make layer 5 active. With your selection tool (any shape), draw all around the shape and then click inside on it to select (you'll see the marching ants). Apply a cutout (go to effect>3d>cutout) and use the settings in the screenshot. Repeat to layer 6.


Step 9. I lowered the opacity of layer 5 and 6 to about 50%, but that's a personal choice - I just liked it a bit softer.

Step 10. Add a new layer.  You'll need to draw a small circle about 77 x 74.   To do this, you can use either your selection tool set to cirlce, or you can use your preset shape tools set to ellipse.  The fill color is #979DB9.

Step 11. Keep the circle selected.  Add a new  layer, and this is where you'll do your  shading.  You'll use the airbrush to spray on color and the retouch/smudge brush to smudge and soften it around.  Go ahead and set your settings for these two tools, as I've done in the screenshots.


Step 12. Set your foreground color to a darker color.  I've used #263060.  Set your background color to a lighter color.  I've used  #E2E4EF.  As you're spraying, you can just switch back and forth between these two (or switch the background to the foreground when you need that color).

It's difficult to show how I did this exactly, as a lot of it is just individual technique.  Each time I do this, my result is a bit different.  Yours will most likely not look like mine, but as long as you get something similar, you're doing great!

Also, don't be afraid to change the size of the brushes as that'll give you different effects - feel free to experiment and find your own style with this.

Step 13. First, spray the darker color in a sort of spiral shape. Then spray the lighter color inside it, similar to what I've done here.

Step 14. Next, use your smudge brush and smudge the darker color.  I started at the bottom and worked all the way around, to the center.  Do the same thing with the lighter color.

Step 15. Then go back and gently smooth it out.  You can pull a bit of the color from either the dark or the light onto any area by just pulling with your brush.  Generally, I pulled all the colors inward and then softened them outward again.  Experiment until you get the hang of this.  When done, your rose should look something similar to this.

Step 16. Whew!  Hope you survived that step?  If so,  you're almost done.  Add a new layer and open up the transparent pearl ring you downloaded.  Copy and paste it onto your flower.

And that's all there is to it.  Done!  I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial.  If you have any problems, just let me know!

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This tutorial was created on December 5, 2003.
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