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Simple Vector Clipart (2)
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Simple Vector Clipart (2)
Created by:Doro Sensen

In part 2 of this tutorial, we'll learn a bit more about working with vectors while creating a simple sun clipart.

Standard Toolbar - New (image) button
Open a new image:
Width = 400
Height = 400
Background = white
Image type = 16.7 Million Colors
Styles



Lock

Make sure that your foreground style is still set to Solid Color (click on the little arrows in the style boxes and choose the little brush icon on the left) and your background style to None (the icon on the right when you click on the little arrow in the Background Style box), and that your foreground colour is still black (click right into the Foreground Style box and choose black).

Make also sure that both your foreground and background texture are set to None and that the "Lock" option under your Texture Style boxes is still checked so you don't have to set it all again with every new tool you're using during this tutorial.


Tool Palette - Preset Shapes tool

Click on the Preset-Shapes tool in your tool palette:
Shape Type = Ellipse
Retain Style = unchecked
Antialias = unchecked (so your clipart won't be jaggy)
Create as vector = checked
Line width = 1
Line Style = Default line

Keep the Shift key pressed and draw a circle in the center of your image (leave enough space for the sun beams).


Tool Palette - Draw tool
Click on the Drawing tool in your tool palette:
Type = Single Line
Width = 1
Line Style = Default line
Antialias = unchecked
Create as vector = checked
Close path = unchecked

A nice feature of the single line (which we won't use here, though): When you keep the Shift key pressed while drawing, you'll get precisely horizontal, vertical or diagonal lines.

What we'll use now is another feature of all Drawing tools: when you press the Alt key while drawing, you can add to the end point of the previously drawn line. With the Single Line tool, you can draw nice zig-zag lines that way. Just try it out once on a new image!

Now draw a zig-zag line for the sun beams around the circle. It's not important that the start and end point meet exactly, we'll take care of that afterwards. Don't deselect yet.

Tool Palette - (vector) Object Selector tool
Click on the Vector Object Selection tool in your tool palette and switch to node-editing by clicking on the "Node Edit" button in the Tool Options palette (or right-click on the image and choose "Node Edit" from the context menu). First drag your beam nodes where you want them to be, then concentrate on the start and end points:
Select the end point of your line, press the Ctrl key and drag the end point over the start point. When the two overlap, the word "Join" will appear next to the cursor. Now release the mouse button and the Ctrl key, and you've got a closed zig-zag line.
Tool Palette - Preset Shapes tool For your sun's eyes, click on the Preset-Shapes tool in your tool palette again. The Type should still be set to "Ellipse". Draw a small ellipse for one eye. Don't deselect.
Tool Palette - (vector) Object Selector tool Click on the Vector Object Selection tool in your tool palette, and then on the "Node Edit" button in the Tool Options palette (or right-click on the ellipse and choose "Node Edit" from the context menu).
Select one of the ellipse "corners"; you'll see a little arrow and a little circle reaching out of the node.
Take the arrow and then the circle and drag them inwards to give the eye the right shape. Repeat this for the other "corner" node, and quit node-editing (right-click into the image and choose "Quit Node Editing" from the context menu).
Standard Toolbar - Copy button With the eye still selected, click on Copy (or press Ctrl+C), then click somewhere into the image to deselect. Now go to Edit || Paste || As New Vector Selection (or press Ctrl+G), and drag the second eye into place.
Tool Palette - Draw tool The nose and mouth will be made of Bezier curves. Click on the Drawing tool again in your tool palette, and change the Type to Bezier.
Draw a line from point A to point B (you can press the Shift key to get a straight line), then click once on point C; with a second click on point C hold the mouse button and drag it a bit more to the left (D).
Now draw a straight line for the mouth (A to B), and click twice somewhere below the line (C+D) to get the contour of the lower lip.
Deselect, press the Alt key and click on the A point of your first Bezier curve; PSP will automatically add a second Bezier curve to the end point (B) of the first one. Now click twice on a C+D point again, this time a bit above the C+D point of the first curve.
Now, a little disappointment: Though with pressing the Alt key you've added the second Bezier curve nicely to the first one, they're still two different objects on your vector layer. That's actually not too bad, but it would be nicer to have the mouth as one vector object, because then you can't "break it apart" by accidentally moving one part of it, and you won't have any trouble with colorizing later. So, let's tidy up a bit!
Tool Palette - (vector) Object Selector tool Click on the Vector Object Selection tool in your tool palette. If the upper curve isn't still selected, select it now (easiest by clicking on the upmost Bezier object in your layer palette), and switch to node-editing.
Right-click on the picture and choose Edit || Select All from the context menu (or press Ctrl+A, or draw a selection around both nodes of the Bezier curve). Right-click again and select Edit || Copy (or press Ctrl+C) to copy the curve's nodes. Hit the Delete key and quit node-editing.
In the Layer palette, click on the upmost Bezier object which is now the lower curve. Switch to node-editing again, right-click and choose Edit || Paste from the context menu (or press Ctrl+V).


Drag the part into place and join the start and end nodes of the two curves (press Ctrl while moving one over the other). You've now got your sun's mouth as one vector object and can edit and move it as a whole.

Now you've finished your second vector clipart, a nice sun. Save it into the same special folder for your own clipart where you saved your house in, so you can edit and use it any time.

Part 3 of this tutorial is about Bezier curves and about making flowers!