Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Celebrating New Year's Eve:
Star Bouquet


Here's another tutorial for New Year's Eve. This one's a party decoration, a bouquet of sparkly foil stars. You will draw most of this decoration from scratch, and will use easy vectors for the stars.

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 selection file. Place it in your PSP selection folder (or another location of your choice). You may download them here.

For this tutorial, I will give you general guidelines, and you can then use these to create your own image, using whatever colors you wish for yours.

Step 1. Open a new image 350 x 350,white background.

Step 2. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to a gold gradient of your choice (one comes with psp), and your background to null (style: linear; angle 0, repeats 0). Choose your draw tool, freehand line, width 1, antialias checked, create as vector and close path unchecked.

Draw some lines for your stems, similar to mine. [Hint: Draw stems for half of the bouquet and them copy, mirror, and paste as a new selection on the other side. Move into place.]

Step 3. Add a new layer. Load selection 1. Flood fill with a color, texture, or gradient of your choice. I've chosen a red gradient for mine. Move your vase to the bottom of your stems.

Step 4. I've added a bow to mine - it's a tutorial, and you will find it in my wreath tutorial here. I've used a gold gradient for my bow instead of the red in the tutorial.

Step 5. Now all you need to do is add your stars. There are several ways to do this, and you can choose the way that works best for you.

You could use either the selection tool or the preset shapes tool to make your stars. You'd then have to copy>paste it as many times as you needed. I think this is the hard way, but some folks may prefer it.

I used vectors (don't panic - it's easy) to draw my stars, so I could turn and arrange them as I liked. I also put star color groups on different layers to make it easier to keep organized. In the end I had 10 layers of stars.

Decide what you want to use as your fills - all of mine are gradients. Add a new layer. Set your foreground and background to your choice of fill. Choose your preset shapes tool, and choose one of the stars that you like (several come with psp). Use the settings in the screenshot.

Begin drawing your stars. Rotate them as you need to, to fit along your stems. Here's my first layer.

Just continue this process until you have enough stars to fill the stems. When done, survey your bouquet and rearrange things as you wish. You can also change the colors if you're unhappy with any of them (just make the star active in your layers palette, double click on it, and then change the stroke and fill colors).

I saved mine as a preset shape (which is why I drew them in vectors). If you want to do that, just open each star layer. Hold your Ctrl key down while clicking on each one. Right click and choose "group." Copy the group and paste as a new layer. Rename it to whatever you want your preset shape to be named. Then choose File>Export>shape. Type in the name of your shape and save.

To finish up now - go back to your layers palette. Make each star layer active, right click and choose "convert to raster layer."

Hide your background layer and merge visible layers.

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This tutorial was created on December 27, 2004.
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