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Dragonfly Jewels

When I was very little, I was afraid of Dragonflies. We called them "Darning Needles" and thought that they had stingers in their long tails. As I grew up, I learned that these lovely creatures are harmless to humans and also very useful. They are the supreme mosquito predator and spend their entire lives devouring both mosquito larvae and adults. They´re also quite beautiful to watch in flight as they dive and weave while hunting mosquitoes. So, here is my little tribute (and apology) to the beautiful Dragonfly.

This is what we will be making

Three jewel-like dragonflies

This tutorial can be done in either PSP 6.02 or PSP 7.04.You will need the following items to complete it:

1. Paint Shop Pro, get it here: www.jasc.com

2. A glass image courtesy of Spectrum Glass and my PSP sculpture preset. Both are included in this zip file.

Download the file and unzip the items. Place the 100rr .bmp file into your PSP Patterns folder and the .psc file into your PSP Presets folder.

Please note: This tutorial was written for intermediate to advanced PSP users and as such, it will not contain detailed instructions for every phase.

Butterfly divider

Let´s begin!

Butterfly divider

Create a new image, 400x400 transparent background. This will give you room to work. We´ll resize it after it´s finished.

The Head:
a.
Add a new layer. Make your background and foreground a color you like, I used #9F1FBF. Go to your Preset Shapes tool, and use the following settings:

PSP pre-set shapes

Draw a small horizontal ellipse, then add a second layer and draw another horizontal ellipse, smaller than the first one. Line the two shapes up like this:

Two fuschia shapes

Turn off all layers except these two and merge visible.

b. Choose your Magic Wand Tolerance set to 10 and click on the Dragonfly head. Go to Effects>Texture Effects>Sculpture and in the dropdown box under presets, select Dfly-ns. Change the color to the same color # you used to draw your shape, then click O.K. Deselect.

Save your image (This is something you should do periodically throughout this, and any other tutorial. Don´t rely on the "auto save" in PSP7 to do it for you. Besides, auto save uses up a lot of RAM!)

c. Add a new layer, and draw a small circle, then position it inside the large elipse but overhanging the edge. Duplicate this layer, and use your mover tool to place it at the opposite side of the large ellipse. This is what you should have:

Four fuschia shapes

Turn off the large ellipse and merge visible. Use your Magic Wand to select both circles then repeat step 1 b., but this time, change the color to a slightly darker shade. Deselect.

d. Turn the large ellipse back on. Merge visible, then name the merged layer "head". This is what you should have now:

Shiny oval shapes

Thorax:
a. Add a new layer. Go to your Preset Shapes tool, and use the following settings:

PSP pre-set shapes

Draw a small rectangular shape approximately 1 1/2 times the length of the head. Now, hold down your Ctrl key and drag the bottom right node down and towards the center, then repeat with the bottom left node. It should look something like this when you´re finished:

Head shape and triangular thorax shape

b. Go to your layer palette and right click on the Thorax layer, choose "Covert to Raster Layer". Use your Magic Wand to select the thorax then repeat step 1 b. (Note: If you want the Thorax to be a different color than the eyes or the head, just change the color in the color box.) Deselect. Drag the thorax layer under the head and merge visible.

Abdomen:
a. Add a new layer. Go to your Preset Shapes tool, and use the same settings as for the Thorax, but choose the Ellipse shape. Draw a thin, elongated ellipse. Use the nodes to reshape it if needed. Yours should look something like this:

elongated fuschia ellipse

b. Go to your layer palette and right click on the abdomen layer, choose "Convert to Raster Layer". Now select the abdomen with the Magic Wand and repeat step 1 b, then drag the abdomen layer under the head and merge visible.

To Part 2

Butterfly divider

This tutorial is my own creation, any similarity to any other tutorial on the Internet is unintentional. It is copyrighted by me, Nightshadow, on April 19, 2002, and is not to be copied or reproduced in any way under penalty of law. Graphics lists, please e-mail me for permission to post my tutorials, especially because I would love to see the results :O)

NOTE: Any image you make using this tutorial is completely your own property.

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