Decorating a Grapevine Wreath

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This tutorial is intended for a beginner to learn about using layers.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

To do this tutorial you will also need Photoshop CS.  You may download a free trial at Adobe.

You will need a grapevine wreath.  Make your own here.

You will also need some tubed images to decorate your leaf. You may download some supplies here, or use your own.

Remember to save as a .psd file often!

1.  Open your grapevine wreath.  In top menu, click Image > Duplicate.  Close the original.  We will work off the copy.

2.  In the Layer Palette, click on the top wreath layer.  Mine is Layer 6. 

3.  Open up the leaf tubes.  Click on one leaf tube to make it active (blue box).  Then in the layer palette, click on the leaf layer, hold the left mouse button down, and drag that layer over to your wreath and release.  You have just added the leaf layer as a new layer to your wreath.

4.  Open the second leaf tube, and drag its layer over to your wreath.  Now you have two leaf layers on your wreath image.  With the mover tool, move them into position over the wreath.

5.  Right-click on the first leaf layer and choose duplicate.

6.  In top menu, click Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal.  This will make the leaf face the other way.  With the mover tool, move the leaf into position.

7.  Continue duplicating leaf layers (alternate between your two leafs) and flipping as necessary, until you cover your entire wreath.

8.  In the Layer Palette, find the wreath layer that you had highlighted in #2.  Starting with that layer and EVERY layer below that one, HIDE those layers by clicking on the eye.  You can see in the picture above that the eyes for the wreath layers are invisible.

9.  In top menu, click Layer > Merge Visible

Now all your leaves are merged into one layer.

10.  In the Layer Palette, left click and drag the leaf layer below the first four wreath layers (into the middle).  Watch as you are dragging.  When you get to between 2 layers, there will be a double line like in the pic below (between layer 5 and 4).  When you get that between the two layers that you want, release and the leaf layer will have moved there.

11.  Now click on the leaf layer to highlight it.  With the magic wand, click on the transparent areas.  Hold down the SHIFT key to select all of the transparent areas (inside the wreath and outside).

12.  In top menu, click Select > Inverse.  Now the leaves are selected.

13.  In the Layer Palette, click on one of the vine layers above the leaves.  Choose your eraser tool and erase part of the vine (I set mine to size =10.  You will erase parts of that vine  in different places, to make it look like the vine weaves in and out of the leaves.

 14.  Now repeat Step 14 for the other three vine layers that are ABOVE  the leaf layer.

15.  In top menu, click Select > Deselect

16.  Now open up your other tubes, and drag them one by one onto your wreath.  I have included a leaf nymph and a pair of squirrels for you to use, but you can add other things such as acorns, nuts, and pinecones.

17.  If the tube is too large for the wreath, you can adjust its size.  In top menu, click Edit > Transform > Scale.  In the top tool options bar, click on the icon that looks like a chain.  This will lock the scale so that when you adjust it, the image will remain in proper proportion.    In your image below you should see a deformation box around your tube.  Take one of the corners, and left-click and drag inward toward the center of the tube to shrink the tube image to an appropriate size.

Do this for all your tubes  that you add, if necessary.

18.  When you are satisfied with your wreath, click on Layers > Merge Visible.

19.  Resize if necessary:  Image > Image Size.  I usually make mine no bigger than 375 pixels.

20.  Save your wreath as a .gif 


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