Autumn Door Wreath

autumn door wreath

Created November 20, 2002 Copyright SuzShook
Made "Version-Independent" March 2009
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Several years ago, I found this Autumn Door Wreath pattern in a Patchwork Projects book, and I made one for my door! This year, I thought I would try to reproduce my wreath in PSP for everyone to enjoy! Hence, this tutorial! Enjoy putting yours together!



I make my tutorials as brief as possible, without the customary paths, details, and how-to's. For those veterans among you, this will be welcome! But for those less familiar with PSP, I included a "Glossary" that contains all the details omitted in the tutorial. If you need a little extra help, check the Glossary section. Just click on the button below - the Glossary will open in a new window.

PSP glossary button


This tutorial assumes you have a working knowledge of Paint Shop Pro at the intermediate level (or advanced beginner level with the Glossary). It was originally written in and for PSP Version 7, and now made "version-independent". Screen shots for this tutorial can come from any version of PSP - where there are significant differences from version to version, a green "Version Note" will be included, along with multiple screen shots if necessary.

Where a note/tip refers to a version of PSP and all higher versions, a + sign will be used to indicate this. For example, if a note/tip applies to PSP X and higher versions, I will use the convention "PSP X+".

If you try this tutorial, and find something is inaccurate for your version of PSP, please EMAIL ME to let me know so I can fix it!

Screen shots in this tutorial are resized - your work will be larger than this!



Supplies - For this tutorial, you will need the following:
  • Paint Shop Pro - any version. The latest version of PSP can be found at the Corel site HERE.

  • The PSP files containing the leaf templates for this tutorial - you can get them HERE. ~ ~ Unzip into the folder where you keep your current PSP work.

  • Material swatches - any fall colors will do - you'll need about 8 or 10 different ones!

  • A grapevine wreath - you can use any one you have that is about 300-400 pixels in size, or you can build your own using Purrcat's EXCELLENT Grapevine Wreath tutorial!


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OK, now we're ready to begin! Grab your mouse and let's get started!

Remember to save often!

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STEP 1

Open a new transparent 500 x 600 pixel image - this is large, but it's easier to work on a larger canvas and resize when you've completed your wreath. If you prefer working against a solid background, as I do, flood fill the "Raster 1" layer with white.

Add a new raster layer, naming it "wreath". Insert your grapevine wreath on this layer, moving it towards the top part of the canvas.

Save your work!


STEP 2

Open the four PSP template images provided with this tutorial - there should be a maple leaf, an aspen leaf, an oak leaf, and an acorn. The maple, oak, and aspen images contain two layers each - a "template" layer, and a "cloth" layer. The acorn image has four layers - template and cloth layers for the nut itself, and the same for the nut cap!

Note: Throughout this tutorial, we will always make our selections on the "template" layer, and we will always flood fill and apply bevels on the "cloth" layer.

Duplicate the four images twice each. Close the originals - you may want them later for other projects.

Set the foreground style to pattern and select one of your material swatches, using whatever Scale and Angle you want.

Let's start with an oak leaf. On the "template" layer, using the Magic Wand tool, click outside the leaf. Invert the selection, and contract the selection by 1 pixel. Now switch to the "cloth" layer, and flood fill with your pattern. Deselect.

Returning to the "template" layer, click inside the oak leaf. Expand the selection by 1 pixel. Activate the "cloth" layer once again, and apply an inner bevel with the following settings - this gives the leaf a bit of puffiness, so it looks quilted:

inner bevel
Bevel (#2), Width (4), Smoothness (40), Depth (7), Ambience (4),
Shininess (0), Color (white), Angle (345), Intensity (39), Elevation (35)

Merge the "template" and "cloth" layers. Copy the oak leaf image and paste as a new layer in the wreath image, moving it to the left side. Don't worry about its placement now - we'll get back to it later, when all the leaves and acorns are finished. Just move it off to the left side for now.

If you want to keep the oak leaf for other uses, tube it now, and then delete - we're done with this image.

That's it - you have your first oak leaf! Don't forget to save your work!


STEP 3

Following the same instructions, and changing your cloth pattern as you move from leaf to leaf, make a second oak leaf, two maple leaves, and two aspen leaves! As you copy them to the wreath image, continue to move them to the left side of the wreath.

Save your work often!


STEP 4

Now that we have the leaves completed, let's make the acorns. For each of these, we will need two material swatches (patterns) - one for the cap and one for the acorn nut. Using the same procedures as outlined in STEP 2 above, complete BOTH the cap and the acorn nut, remembering to make all selections on the template layers, and all flood fills and inner bevels on the cloth layers.

You may need to adjust the position of the nut and/or cap. When you have them positioned to your liking, merge the four layers, copy the acorn and paste as a new layer in the wreath image, moving to the left as you did with the leaves.

Make a second acorn the same way! Save often!


STEP 5

Now let's arrange the leaves along the top and left side as in the sample image. You may need to flip, mirror, rotate and/or move layers up or down in the Layer Palette to get the look you want - don't forget to sharpen if you rotate or resize! When you have everything in place, add a drop shadow to each leaf and acorn, as well as to the grapevine wreath. I used Eye Candy 4000 Shadowlab, with the following settings:

Center Offset Direction (0)
Center Offset Distance (6.82)
Overall Opacity (49)
Overall Blur (5.04)
Perspective Blur (44.89)
Color (black)
Draw Only Outside Selection CHECKED

You might also want to add some berries or wheat to your wreath. Just remember to place each new addition on a separate layer, and apply the same drop shadow you used above to each item.

Save your work!


STEP 6

The last thing we need is a bow for the bottom of the wreath. Use a tube or make your own, adding the same drop shadow to the bow as you used for the leaves, acorns, and wreath!


And that's it - you're done! If you were working with a background layer, you may want to delete it, merge all visible layers and tube your wreath! Here's an Autumn Door Swag made from the same leaf templates!

autumn door swag

Have fun with your autumn door decorations! Don't forget to sharpen if you resize!


If you have any problems, comments, or questions, please do not hesitate to Email me.


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