Egg Shape

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This tutorial is intended for beginners to learn how to create a preset shape and use it.  If you have any questions, please feel free to Email  me.

To do this tutorial you will also need Paint Shop Pro.  I wrote this with  Paint Shop Pro X2, but the steps may also be done in any version.  You may download a free trial at Corel.

Remember to save as a psp file often!

1.  Open a new, transparent image, size 500 x 500 pixels.

2.  Choose the ellipse shape tool.  Set to Create on a Vector, Width = 5

3.  Set foreground = black, background = null.  Draw an ellipse.

4.  Choose the pen tool

5.  Right-click on the shape and choose Convert to Path

6.  Click on the bottom node (dot) and arrow should appear.  Drag out the arrow to the left (and tail to the right just a bit, to widen the base of the egg.

7.  Right-click on the top node and choose Node Type > Cusp.

8.  Drag the arrow and the tail down just a bit to make a slight point.

9.  Drag the top node upward to elongate the egg.

10.  Left-click on the left node to make arrow appear.  Drag the arrow head towards the egg.

11.  Left-click on the right node to make arrow appear.  Drag the tail (top) towards the egg.

12.  Keep adjusting all of the nodes until you are satisfied with your egg shape.

13.  In the Layer Palette:  click on the PLUS sign to open up all the vector layers.  Double-click on the name of the shape layer and rename that layer to Egg (or whatever you're calling your shape).

14.  Double-click on the vector 1 layer and rename it to Egg or whatever.

15.  File > Export > Shape

16.  Now your shape is saved and ready for use on later projects.

Let's try it!

17.  Open a new, transparent image, size 500 x 500 pixels.

18.  Choose Preset Shape

19.  Set preset shape to the egg shape that you made, check Create as vectors, anti-alias, width = 5

20.  Draw out the egg shape.

21.  Now, let's play with the properties of the shape.  In the Layer Palette:  click on the PLUS sign to open up the layers.  Click on the shape sub-layer (Egg)

22.  Right-click on the shape sub-layer (Egg) and choose Properties

23.  In the Vector Property box, you can change any of the settings.  set the Stroke width = 1, and place a CHECK in the fill box.  Right-click on the fill box to choose your color, gradient, or pattern.

24.  Right-click on the shape vector layer and choose Convert to Raster Layer

25.  Right-click on the egg layer and choose Duplicate

26.  Effects > 3D Effects > Cutout.  Vertical & horizontal = 0, Opacity= 100, blur = 70, shadow color = black or dark appropriate color

27.  Right-click on the top layer and choose Merge > Merge Visible.

28.  Save the egg as a PNG for later tube use. (File > Save As)

29.  Save the egg as a GIF to share in forum.  File > Export > GIF Optimizer

And there's your egg.  You can decorate your egg to make it a chick or bunny, or another animal.

 

 


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