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How to paint a rose in PSP (Coloring a Rose in PSP)
« on: May 04, 2014, 10:11:35 PM »

This tutorial will give you some pointers on how to shade and color a rose in PSP...I hope!  I've provided a zip file of the assembled petals. Each is on its own layer so that you can work on them separately.

Please keep in mind that I've never had a drawing lesson in my entire life, and this is just how I see things.  Feel free to play around with any of the guidelines I give here, because Heaven knows that you're likely to come up with something much easier than the way I do things!
Let's get started!

This tutorial, including all drawings and text, is entirely my own work. It is not to be uploaded to another site for others to work from, nor is it to be passed through email or online groups. If you feel that someone may be interested in trying it out, please provide them with a link to it here at this site, where it belongs. If you'd like to use it as a group lesson, I'd be honoured, but would appreciate you letting me know first. Thank you!

You'll need PSP 6 or 7 if you prefer to do your own drawing with vectors.  PSP 5 will likely work if you choose to use the zipped petal graphics.  You can download them here.

You'll also need WinZip to unzip the petals.

If you're using the zipped petals, shift D to copy , and close the original.  Flood fill each petal with (or colorize to) a very pale shade of a color you like.  Here's the color palette I used.  You're welcome to use it if you'd like.  I also used white, but it doesn't show up on here...didn't think of that!  LOL

I found it easier to do some of the shading if I had the entire rose showing.  It enabled me to see how far to take the shading when there was another petal on top of the one on which I was working.

Step  2

Once you've flood filled or colorized each of the separate petals, we'll start with Petal 1.
Click inside the petal with your magic wand, then go to selections-->modify-->expand by 1.  Keep selected, and add a new layer.  Do not deselect. Use your airbrush (the little spray can on your toolbar) with the settings below,

and spray some color into your petal.  Start at the bottom, where the petal joins the rest of the flower, making it darker and getting lighter as you advance toward the outer edge, as below.  Do not

Step  3

Now go to 'image-->blur-->gaussian blur, and set it to about 5.  This softens your shading.  If you find that it doesn't look as soft as you'd like, hit undo, and try a higher setting on your gaussian blur until you find the look that suits you.  Keep in mind, though, that at some point, the shading color may just dissipate if you use too high a setting on the blur.

Step  4

Now that you have the shading done, go to your retouch tool (the little hand with a pointing finger), and use the smudge brush set as follows:

Smudge small wisps of darker color into the light parts of your petal.  When you want larger areas pulled into it, raise the size of your smudge tool to 5 or 6.  You should have something like the image below when you're done, although you may prefer more than I have here.  Remember, though, that flower petals are not flat...they tend to follow round lines, so keep your motion with the smudge tool curved to follow the outline of what you're coloring at the time.  In this case, I want the petal to curve out away from the flower, so I'm smudging in a rounded motion to the left, then curving in toward the inside as I reach the part of the petal that curves inward.  Use lighter colours on the parts of the petal that would be more exposed to light, such as the top edges of the petals, and anywhere that they curve outward. Darker colors should be used for areas that are in close proximity to the other parts of the rose, as if they're shadowed by the other petals, and at the bottom of each petal where it joins the other petals.

Make all layers invisible except the line drawing layer and the coloring layer for this petal, then go to layers...merge...merge visible.

Step  5

Load Petal 2, and again, select it by clicking inside the petal with the magic wand.  Expand the selection by 1, and add a new layer.  Do not deselect.

Using your airbrush with the same settings as used in the first petal, spray some color into the petal.  Most of the petals are done in the same way as the first one, with minor variations in the placement of the shading colors.

Keep this petal selected, and go to blur/gaussian blur/5 (or higher if you need it).   Again, use the smudge tool with the same settings as for the first petal, and smudge some color up into the pale part of the petal, as in the picture below.  You may have to set the size of your smudge tool to about 6 for the larger lines to work for you.

In your layer palette, make all layers but the line drawing layer and coloring layer for this petal invisible.  Go to layers...merge...merge visible.  Name this merged layer Petal 2.

Step  6

Now we'll work on Petal 3, which is behind the main part of the rose, so it's a good idea to have the main part visible while you're working on this one so that you can see where the shading needs to go.  Again, select the petal by clicking inside it with the magic wand, expand the selection by 1, and add a new layer.  Do not deselect.

Using your airbrush with the same settings as for the first petal...size 80...hardness 0...opacity 11...step 1 ...density 100, spray heavily at the bottom of the petal where it joins the flower.  Bring the shading up until it's past the main part of the rose, as in the picture below.  Make your airbrush size about 6, and spray around the part of the petal which is curved over...the v-shape...very close to the line.  Spray a little of the color on the tip of the bent over part of the petal, and then use white along the top of that part.

Gaussian blur at 5, then smudge some of the darker paint into the lighter part of the petal.  On the shadow under the bent part of the petal, narrow the shadow at each end by smudging the lighter color into the darker color, as below.

Look closely at the above picture, and remember to keep your smudge strokes curved to follow the direction you want the petal to go.  For this one, smudge to the right with a curved motion.  Since this is a larger petal, you could set your smudge brush size to 2 if you find it easier.  I found that the settings for the smudge tool were largely a matter of experimenting to see which worked best for what I was doing at the time.

Again, in the layer palette, make all layers invisible but the line drawing layer and the coloring layer for this petal, then go to layers...merge...merge visible.  Name this layer petal 3.

Step  7

The fourth part is the one I found the most difficult.  It has to be dark in the middle, which is hard to do without losing the definition that the drawn shape gives it.  So, I just sprayed heavily in the outer part of it with the airbrush and the darkest color in the palette, then used a smaller size airbrush in the very center part with the darkest possible shade of the same color.  It's easier to show than to explain, so here's a screen shot of it.

When you're done this, go to the layer palette, make invisible all but the line drawing layer and coloring layer for this petal, and go to layers....merge...merge visible.  Name this layer rose centre.

Step  8

The last two petals are the two I found the most enjoyable to work on, since the shading is a little more interesting.  Load Petal 5, and select the larger part at the bottom with your magic wand.  Modify the selection...expand by 1, and add a new layer.  Do not deselect.

Shade this part in the same way you've done the other petals.  Use your airbrush, and spray quite heavily at the bottom of the selection and lighter higher up toward the top.  Lower the size of your airbrush to about 6, and spray under the left hand side of the part that's folded outward on the top, as shown below.  Right in the middle of the curved out part of the area you're working on, spray a fairly large dot of white, to bring out the curve.

Do not deselect.  Gaussian blur 5.  Use your smudge tool to bring out some of the darker color into the light, as in the other petals, and smudge the shadow under the lip of the upper part of the petal at the left end, as shown below.

Step 9

Now select the part of the petal that's turned back at the top of the one you just finished, expand the selection by 1, do not deselect. Add a new layer, and shade as below.

Again, using your smudge brush, pull some of the darker color into the lighter color, remembering to curve the lines to follow the shape of the petal, as below.

Gaussian blur, but set it to a lower number between 1-3, so as not to lose the definition of the fine smudged lines.  If it doesn't look right the first time, just undo and try a different setting.  You'll notice a small line between this part of the petal and the middle part of the rose.  We'll deal with that later.

Step 10

Now we'll work on the largest petal.  The shading is done with one of the darker shades, and white.  Click inside the top part of the petal that's turned outward, and expand the selection by 1.  Keep selected, and add a new layer.  Shade as below.

Gaussian blur 5, then smudge tool set to size 1, pull out some of the darker color into the white, as below.

Gaussian blur set to one or two.  Anything higher will take out the fine lines you smudged.  The top of the petal should now look similar to the picture below.

Step 11

Select the lower, outside part of this petal with your magic wand, and expand the selection by 1.  Add a new layer, and shade as below.

Gaussian blur by 5, and your petal should look similar to the picture below.

Step 12

Now select the inside of the same petal, as in the picture below, keep selected, and add a new layer.

Spray the entire area with one of the darker shades in your palette.  Don't deselect.  Gaussian blur by 5.  Now you can deselect.

Step 13

Your petals are all colored, and now's the time to deal with the little 'cleanup' details.  On the petal you just finished, there's a line showing that was there as a guideline for the top of the petal that turns out, as in the picture below.

Go to the layer with the line drawing on it for that petal, and using your retouch tool set to push, size to about 3...opacity and density to 100 and step to 1, start close to the line and 'push' the lighter color over it.  You should see the line disappear.

Go to your layer palette, and make all but the coloring layers and the line drawing layer for this petal invisible.  Go to layers/merge/merge visible, and merge the layers.

Using your smudge brush (don't forget to reset to the original settings you used, since the push tool uses the same settings), smudge the darker color of the inside of the petal up into the lighter part, as shown below. 

Step 14

On the smaller petal with the turned top, there is a similar line showing, shown below.

Go to the line drawing layer for that petal, and remove the line the same way as above.

Now go to the colored layer for the center of the rose, and click inside the lighter color with the magic wand to select it, as in the picture below.  Since this was colored with the airbrush, you will likely have to set your tolerance fairly high.  I set mine at 25, to make sure I got the entire area in this selection.

Do not deselect.  Add another layer and use the airbrush to color the selection on the new layer.

Deselect.  In your layer palette, drag the new layer above the colored layer for the turned petal.  Make all layers invisible but the petal line drawing, the first coloring layer, and the new layer you just created.  Merge the three layers.  Now you can smudge the colors into each other to create a smoother transition between them, as below.

Step 15

Using your paintbrush set to size 3, opacity and density to about 30,  color white, draw some defining lines on the edges of the middle petals, as below.

Using your push brush set to about size 2...hardness 100...opacity 100...step 1...density 100, clear up any messy edges, such as in the larger image above on the edge of the petal to the right.

Go to layers...merge...merge all.  Add some leaves and your rose is done!

I hope this hasn't been too boring, and that it's been of some help to you.
If you encounter any difficulties, please contact me and I'll do my best to clarify things for you.


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Re: How to paint a rose in PSP (Coloring a Rose in PSP)
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2014, 11:40:02 PM »
That's very nice Mary! Good job :) Yup, keeping the petals each on a separate layer is the way to go.

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Re: How to paint a rose in PSP (Coloring a Rose in PSP)
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2014, 07:51:37 AM »
Neat indeed.....  I may have actually learned something....maybe :thud:
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Re: How to paint a rose in PSP (Coloring a Rose in PSP)
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2014, 02:58:58 PM »
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Re: How to paint a rose in PSP (Coloring a Rose in PSP)
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