Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

St. Patrick's Day Wreath

This is a Victorian style wreath of shamrocks that I've made for St. Patrick's Day. You'll use preset shapes, some shading, and a lot of layers *grin.*

For this tutorial, you will need the following:

Paint Shop Pro.This tutorial was written for versions 10 (PSP X), 9 and 7.04. You may download the latest PSP version demo here.

My shamrock preset shape. Place this in the folder where you have all of your PSP preset shapes. You may download it here.

A font of our choice - I've used Morpheus, and you can download it here.

You'll also need this color chart. Right click and save it to your computer.

Step 1. Open up a new image 500 x 500, white background.

Open the color chart you downloaded and paste it as a new layer onto your canvas. Move to the top out of your way. When you need a color, just click on it with your dropper tool.

Step 2. Add a new layer. Set foreground color to null, background to color #1. Choose your preset shapes tool and navigate to the pracken_shamrock preset shape you downloaded. Draw a shamrock approximately 140 x 140 (watch the numbers at the bottom of your screen.

Step 3. Select your shamrock (selections>select all>selections>float). Note: You're doing this so you can spray on color and it won't go outside the lines.

Add a new layer. Set foreground to color #2. Choose your airbrush, using the settings in the screenshot.

Spray some color in the center and around the outer edges of your shamrock.

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

Soften the colors out a bit. You should have something similar to this.

Add a new layer. With your airbrush, spray some of color #3 inside and smudge.

Finally, set foreground to color #2. Choose your airbrush again, changing the size down to about 2. SPray on some veins.

Step 4. Turn off the background and color chart layers. Merge visible layers. Turn all layers back on.

Copy the shamrock (edit>copy) and paste as a new layer (edit>paste as new layer). Just continue doing this until you have arranged the shamrocks in a circular shape.

As you place them, resize them down until you have smaller ones at the bottom, similar to mine. Also, I've rotated some of mine (use your deformation tool to do so).

I've also made some of them darker. I've used the Variations filter, but if you don't have that, you can go to Adjust>Brightness and Contrast>Brightness/Contrast. Set Contrast to 0 and Brightness to about -20.

Step 5. Add a new layer. Set foreground color to null, background to color #4. Choose your preset shapes tool and navigate to the flower 7 preset shape. Draw a small flower.

Now copy and paste it as many times as you want, arranging it around your wreath. I've lightened the color of some of mine (use the adjust>brightness and contrast function to do so).

Step 6. Add a new layer. Set foreground to null, background to color #2 (or color of your choice). Choose your text tool, set to a font of your choice (I've used Morpheus), and type your text.

Step 7. When you're satisfied with your wreath, delete the color chart and background layers. Merge visible layers. Save in whatever format you prefer (I use psp format).

And that's it, all done, ready for St. Paddy's. Please let me know if you have any problems with the tut.

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This tutorial was created on March 13, 2006.
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