tutorial was done using PSP 8. It is intended to serve as a learning tool. It
will help you
will learn how to work with vector nodes to create a tree and how to export
it as a psp preset shape. I
encourage you to make it uniquely your own creation. The images
on this page are reduced for space and on a white background for
visibility. You will need:
Paint Shop Pro - download a trial version here
A good working knowledge of psp tools and vector nodes.
tutorial was rated an 8 due to the vector work and amount of layers
you will be dealing with.
a new file 300 x 300 and save it as "treeshape". You may flood
fill it with a color if you want to make it easier to see just make
sure you keep it on a separate layer so you can delete it later.
make sure you save often.
the Tree Trunk
* Make a vector
and name it tree.
* Make your foreground color null and your
background color #3D0B0B
* Select your preset shapes, rectangle, create as vector checked and Anti-alias
checked, line style solid, width 1.
* Draw an verticle rectangle shape like
the image below.
Selecting your pen tool, grab one of the nodes and double left click.
This should highlight all 4 nodes. Rightclick, node type, asymmetric.
Select your edit mode arrow and then left click anywhere on the
* Select the bottom left node and pull the control
handle down and to the left pulling away from the tree trunk.
Zooming in will help you see the node handles and control arms better.
Selecting the bottom right node, pull the control arm to the right
and shape like you did the left node. Don't worry it will look skinny.
We will fix that.
* Pull both bottom nodes away from the trunk
to make it wider. See the images below.
should now look like this ...
know it still looks weird, but work with me! And by the way,
are we save, save, saving this?
Follow the next few instructions
and look at the images underneath them to guide you. I have numbered
the image to match the instruction.
1 Now grab the top left
node control arm and pull up and to the left.
2 Place your curser
on the left edge in the middle of the trunk and holding your Ctl
key down, when you see the word "Add" left click your
mouse to add a node. Do the same on the right side.
the nodes in the middle and on the bottom in and out to shape the
trunk the way you want it.
4. Add 2 nodes on the right where
the trunk starts to bend.
5. On the lower node, pull the control
arm up and to the right.
6. Now add a node to the tip of each
top trunk and pull up to lengthen them. Then grab the control handle
on each and turn it slightly to widen the tip of the branch and
make it less pointy.
It should look like this.
Create The Branches.
* We are going to create different
size branches all on the same vector layer, shape them and then
group them for export.
* Select the pen tool, new shape,
switch your foreground color to #3D0B0B and
background color null, create as vector checked, drawing mode, freehand,
new contour, line style, width 7, anti-alias checked.
a branch at the top of each split trunk. Now select new shape.
Draw some branches selecting new shape each time you draw a new
You can click on the plus sign next to the tree layer
then click on each layer to highlight the nodes. Then you can adjust
each branch if needed by moving the nodes or changing their type.When
you are done your image should look something like this.
Now select pen tool, new shape, new contour, change the line width
to 5 and draw just a couple more branches next to the existing branches.
repeating the above, changing the line width size and adding branches
until you have the effect you want.
more detail you put, the better it will look if you want to use
it in a fall or winter scene. Also, when you put leaves on it, the
branches sticking out here and there make the tree look better too.
Me trying to "Vector" you to death? Lol ... naw ... just
trying to help those who need vector practice.
* When you
are satisfied with the shape of your tree, delete the raster layer.
You should have one vector layer. Right click on the mouse and rename
the vector layer to a unique name. For example I put my initials
in front of the image and called it treeshape1. That way if you
have other tree shapes, they will be named differently. If you make
a new tree, call it the same but increment the number on the end.
* Now click on the plus sign next to the layer and right
click on the name below and rename it to the same name.
While holding down the shift key, click on each vector shape to
highlight them. When all are selected, right click and select group.
Now rename the group to the same name as you named the files above.
Select file, export, shape, and give it the same name.
* To use
the shape immediately, you must go out of PSP and come back in. Open
up a new file, then select your preset shapes tool and look for your
tree. Check the retain shape library style. Open a new file and
draw your tree! There you have it!
I was in a hurry when I drew this tree
for the tutorial but if you take your time, your image can look
really good. Now if you are interested in making some leaves for
your tree, I have a super easy leaf tutorial, just click
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that it stimulated
your creative juices. If you have any questions or problems, don't
hesitate to email me.