© Barb's Playground 01 /03 /05
This tutorial was updated on 6/16/11 to make it even
easier to understand how to paint a raindrop.
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tutorial was done using PSP 9 but can be done in all versions of
PSP. It is intended to serve as a learning tool. I
encourage you to make it uniquely your own creation. The images
on this page are reduced for space. You will need:
Paint Shop Pro - download a trial version here
My tomato image you can get here
A basic working knowledge of psp tools and layers.
tomato image you downloaded from above and open it in PSP.
your Materials Color palette, make you background color "null".
Click on your foreground color and using your Dropper Tool, select
the darkest part of the tomato and then move the color picker up
to a darker shade of the darkest part of the tomato.
your Ellipse Preset tool ("Create as Vector" checked and
"Retain Style" unchecked) and draw a small circle or oval on the
tomato where you want your raindrop. NOTE: The line width will depend
on the size of your raindrop. I use 1 to 1.50 on small drops
and 2 on larger drops.
** Convert the vector layer to a raster layer after you decide
you like the line width. NOTE: The reason I had you draw it as a
vector layer is so you can select your Pen Tool and change the line
width if you need to without re-drawing the ellipse.
your Soften Tool and set it between 10 to 30 opacity and run it around
the circle to soften the edges. The opacity on the soften tool you
will need depends on the size of your ellipse. You will need less
opacity on smaller circles and more on larger ones. The basic idea
is to soften it but not to a point where it is blurry.
Create a new raster layer below the Ellipse layer. NOTE:
We will be smudging this layer soon, so by having the painted area
on a separate layer we won't disturb the appearance of the circle.
Now select your Round paintbrush and
select a much lighter shade of the tomato ( I prefer to always
use white) and paint a small line at the bottom
right side. NOTE: The size of your brush will depend on the
size of your raindrop. I usually set the brush between size 1 to
size 5 depending on the size of the drop.
paint a small dab at the top left side. See example below.
with your Smudge tool, gently blend the colors but not outside of the
this point, take your "Sharpen Brush" and run it
slightly over the area you painted until you get the crisp look you want.
Note: When you smudge any painted area, it tends to make it appear
dull so by sharpening it back up, you will get a more crisp reflection
** Now merge the 2 raindrop layers.
are now ready to have fun and duplicate your raindrop layer and
place them where you want. Also, you can tube your raindrop to change
the size or use your Deform
Raster tool to change the size and shape of the raindrop.
is only one simple way to paint rain/water drops. You can do more complicated shapes and use
many highlight colors. Try experimenting. To give you and idea of
what you can do, please view one of my paintings here http://www.barbkermisdesigns.com/ABAflonat18a.htm
Note: All raindrops painted in this are transparent. Only
the highlights of many colors were added and blended to give
the drops depth.
is all there is to it. Just remember to always use a darker shade
of the same color of your image to draw the circle. Below are some
other examples to get your creative juices flowing. Have fun painting!
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.