Pearl Dragonfly Tutorial by QuickCreations

Pearl Dragonfly Tutorial
Tutorial Date: July 22, 2011
Updated: November 8, 2013 for PSP X5

This tutorial is based on
The Glass Dragonfly PhotoImpact Tutorial by Bearmistress
She has graciously given me permission to write the tutorial for Paint Shop Pro
Thank you so much, Virginia!!

Tutorial Skill Level: Intermediate

Supplies Needed:

Paint Shop Pro
Screen shots are version PSP X5

You will need my zip file for the gold gradient available HERE. Place this in your gradient folder. This is optional. You may use any other gradient or solid color for the outline of the dragonfly.

If you've not already done so, you will also need to install the Content Pack for Displacement Maps: | Help | Corel Guide | Do More | Misc | Displacement Maps | Follow the download and install instructions.

You will need your layer palette and material palette open. If they are not, go to View | Palettes and put a check by Layers and Materials.

Refer to finished example when needed.

1.Open a new image: 600 x 500; transparent background with a 150 resolution (or your desired resolution). Place the gold gradient in your gradient folder if you're using it.

2. We're starting with the wings. Set your Foreground/Stroke properties to the Gold_qc gradient, with the settings below; Background/Fill properties are transparent.

Gradient Settings

3. Select your Ellipse Tool. | Mode: Draw Ellipse | Line Style: Solid | Width: 5 | Anti-Alias: Checked | Create On Vector: Checked | Show Nodes: Checked|

Draw an ellipse.

Switch to your Preset Shape Tool and choose any heart shape you have. | Retain Style: Unchecked | Anti-Alias: Checked | Create as Vector: Checked | Line Style: Solid Line | Width: 5 |

Draw a heart shape inside your ellipse.

Heart Shape

4. Select your Pick Tool to rotate and shape your heart into the ellipse.

Heart Nodes

5. Right-click on your Vector layer in the layer properties box and Convert to Raster Layer. Select the Magic Wand Tool with these settings:

Magic Wand Tool

Click inside the heart shape. | Selections | Modify | Expand by 2 | Selections | Load/Save Selection | Save Selection To Alpha Channel | Selections | Select None |.

6. We're going to add a little detail to our heart shape. Select the Pen Tool with these settings:

Pen Tool Settings

Start where indicated and draw the line up and down, then back and forth. Draw one continuous line; if you let go of the mouse button, your line will stop. It's okay to go beyond the heart shape, we'll clean that up with the selection we saved.

Pen Tool Design

When you're happy with your design, right click on this layer in your layer palette and Convert to Raster Layer and select your Selection Tool.

7. Now go to |Selections | Load/Save Selection | Load Selection from Alpha Channel | Selections | Invert | Now hit the delete key.
| Selections | Select None |
| Layers | Merge | Merge Visible.

Duplicate this layer. Image | Free Rotate with these settings: Use the Move Tool to adjust them as shown.


8. Layer | Merge | Merge Visible

9. Layers | Duplicate

10. Image | Flip Horizontal (adjust if necessary)

11. Now to start on the head and body of the dragonfly. Select the Ellipse Tool | Mode: Draw Circle | Line Style: Solid | Width: 5 | Anti-Alias: Checked | Create On Vector: Checked | Show Nodes: Checked

12. Draw a circle for the head of the dragonfly. Place above the wings using the Move Tool.

13. Layers | Duplicate
Click on the "+" sign to expand the layer. Highlight the New Ellipse Layer.

14. Then go to Image | Resize | Resize by 85 % ( Make sure "Resize all layers" is UNchecked).
Go to | Objects | Properties | Change the stroke width back to 5.00
With the Move Tool, drag the first section of the body to directly under the wings. Click on the "-" to close the layer.

15. Repeat this step 4 times. Duplicate the layer, open the vector layer, resize, change the stroke width and move the circle down until you have a total of 5 circles for the body.


If you're happy with your placement, then go to Layers | Merge | Merge Visible.

16. Switch the gold gradient to your Background/Fill and select the gold gradient as the Foreground/Stroke. Change the settings to Linear.

GradientGradient 2

17. Select your Ellipse Tool. | Mode: Draw Ellipse | Line Style: Solid | Width: 3| Anti-Alias: Checked | Create On Vector: Checked | Show Nodes: Checked|

Draw an Ellipse between the wings, just under the head. (see finished example) Layers | Merge | Merge Visible.

18. Now we'll draw the antenna. Select the Pen Tool. We will keep the same settings we used before with the Pen Tool except change the Mode to Draw Point to Point - Bezier Curves and change the width to 5. We also need to turn off our background gradient and leave the foreground gradient as is.

Bezier Curves
Antenna curve

When you're happy with your antenna, right-click on the layer and Convert to Raster Layer. | Layers | Duplicate | Image | Flip Horizontal. Use the pick tool to move the antenna and place them apart or as close together as you'd like.

Layers | Merge | Merge Visible | when you're happy with placement.

19. Select your Magic Wand Tool and click inside the head area. | Selections | Modify | Expand by 3 |
| Layer | New Raster Layer |

Click on this layer on your layer palette and drag under the dragonfly merged layer.
Change your Foreground/Stroke Properties back to solid and flood fill this selection with the color #e8e7de, this will give us a nice pearl in the next step.

Flood Fill Tool

20. Effects | Artistic Effects | Balls and Bubbles | Load the Default preset and make the following changes: (no change needed for the Illumination tab). Selections | Select None.

Shape Setting
Surface Setting
Map Setting

21. Repeat the above steps to fill in each body circle.

22. When you're all finished, your Layer Palette will look like this:

Layers 2

I also added two little pearls to the ends of the antenna.

Layers | Merge | Merge Visible. Then duplicate this layer.

23. We're going to add some movement to our dragonfly. Select the bottom layer of your dragonfly image. | Effects | Distortion Effects | Wind | Wind Direction: From the Left; Wind Strength: 90.

24. Click on the top dragonfly in your layer palette. | Effects | 3D Effects | Drop Shadow |

Drop Shadow

That's're done! Add a background, your name for a tag or add it as an embellishment for a scrapbook page. Just a note...if you save your dragonfly as a jpg, you'll get a box that pops up to say that it will not save the alpha channel. We don't need the alpha channel anymore so click YES to continue. If you save your image as a psp file, you will still retain the alpha selection.

**If you're doing this tutorial for Project 88 in the Beginner's Workshop you should save your work as a transparent PNG.

I hope you've enjoyed the tutorial. If you have any questions or have any problems, please email me and I'll be happy to help.

Here are other examples using different outline colors and wing shapes.

Example 1-QuickCreations

Example 2-QuickCreations

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