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Tutorial: Springflowers textures - Pt. 01 - Drawing the Flowers

I know it's already been a while since I've asked you which texture I should explain in detail... but I had my fourth anniversairy of my personal LJ yesterday and missed it, so I'm celebrating today with this first part. heeee.
anyway, apparently the more grungy one won. The first step though will be the same as for any of the others, and I'll try to cover some parts of the others as well.

We start with drawing our flowers. Don't worry it's easier than you think. You'll have to use the pen tool though, but I'm not good at handling it myself so you won't have to be nervous ;)

First thing is:

Go find a picture of a flower you like. It's much easier if we take nature as our model instead of our imagination.... Just saying.
I suggest you look at Wiki's Commons as there are lots of high res and free photos available overthere.
Try to find one, that pictures the blossom right from above as we don't want to worry about perspective later.

I'm going to explain the most complicated one, but the others work just the same.
I've chosen this picture:

Try to identify the most even petal and grab your Pen tool (P).

make sure you have Paths selected

and place some Anchor Points roughly the shape of your petal.
try to use as little Anchor Points as possible and only place them where there is a change of direction in the outline.
mine looked similar to this (I'm recreating it for this tut, so I won't have the very same result in the end)

close your path in the end (just place the last anchor on the first one)

Then change your Pen tool to the Convert Point tool

and click the Anchor Points on the side of you petal and drag the handles, so that it becomes more petal shaped.
Follow the direction of your path while you're dragging, i.e. if you placed the anchors clockwise drag clockwise otherwise you'll get mean knots ;)

Now here the slightly tricky part starts.
you'll need to change your Pen and Path selection tools to the the following two tools:
the Direct Selection and the Add Anchor point

With the Add Anchor point tool I've added two more Anchor points where it was impossible to trace the outline of the petal nicely enough.
With the Direct selection tool I've moved around the Anchor points and dragged the handles to form the curves according to the outline of the petal.
This is fiddle work. Don't give up, you'll get the hang of it! Try to trace the outline as closely as possible but please, don't stress yourself over it!
I've ended with this:

Now go to your Path palette and click on the active Path while you hold Control.
The Path will magically change into a selection *g*
Switch back to your Layer palette and make a new layer.
Pick the main color of the petal from the picture with your Eyedropper

and choose a large soft round brush.
Paint your petal in its main color.

Continue to pick up colors from the original pic and draw some details. It's easier if you do this for each color on a new layer. Liberally use the Blur filter to soften edges. If you're satisfied merge the layers of your petal.

Press Control+Alt+T to call the Free Transform tool while cloning your petal. (that's what the alt does *g*).
Drag the handle indicating the center (small corss hairs) to the center of your flower and start rotating around your new center.

I've written an extensive tut about the Free Transform tool in case you get problems here...
Stop the rotating when your second petal hits the right position of the original second petal.

Press Control+Alt+Shift+T to recall your last movement and clone another petal.
That way we'll go one way round the center...

You're probably almost finished right now, but I have to do this one more time for the yellow petals *g*

and lastly I've painted the inflorescence with the Default Rough Dry Brush (that brush tip is part of the set for wet effects)

and blurred it slightly.


I've done this with several pics and in the end I had three flowers to work with:

Now it's your turn. if you get stuck, just ask.
Next time, we'll be making the background. Then the composition. And then Effects and Finalization. (I guess *g*)

Have Fun! :D
Feedback is always appreciated!


Neat! And soooo much easier than if I tried to draw something by hand. :)