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Simple Vector Clipart (3)
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Simple Vector Clipart (3)
Created by:Doro Sensen

In this third part of the tutorial I'd like to just show you some more possibilities of the Bezier curve, that can be used e.g. for flowers. Just play around with them!
Up to now, we've only made Bezier curves like this.
With a distance between C and D you'll get a deeper bowl.
You can change the appearance of your curve any time by node-editing: Just take a node handle (these are the little arrows and circles that appear when you select a node) and move it in any direction!
With C and D on either side of the A-B line you'll get a nice S-curve. In vertical direction and with a line width of 2 or three this could be a nice flower stem.
Another possible flower stem.
A great Bezier curve that can be done with three clicks only is the loop. The trick is to make the A-B line only one point (one click) long; the position of point C determines the length, the position of point D the width of the loop.

Of course the loops can also be node-edited afterwards.

These loops, varied in length and width, make nice flower petals or leaves. (Of course you can also make nice leaves from ellipses.)

Two examples for flowers (and I'm sure you'll come up with many more!):
This daisy was made of loops (properties changed to "Stroked & Filled" so they can overlap; right-click on selected loop[s] and choose "Properties" from the context menu) with a circle in the center and an S-curve for the stem.
This flower was made of a Bezier "bowl" with a zig-zag line attached to it (copied, pasted and joined like we did with the sun mouth in part two of this tutorial), with the other stem example from above and some loops for the leaves.

You should now have a basic knowledge of the Drawing tools. Just practice a bit with them; the more experienced you get e.g. with the Bezier curves and with node-editing, the more elaborate and complex your clipart will be! The possibilities are endless ...

Create an extra folder for your own clipart; with the vector objects, you can resize and even colorize them by changing the properties (just don't forget to duplicate the picture first so you don't risk to overwrite your original clipart!). With PSP 7 you can even colorize them with gradients and textures!

Once you've converted the vector layer to a raster layer (right-click on the layer in your layer palette and choose "Convert to Raster Layer" from the context menu), you can also work with the many other effects of PSP. (Resizing now would result in a quality loss, however!) You can also turn them into tubes, combine them with other tubes whatever you can think of!