Create a Tulip Heart

Tulips are a wonderful spring flower. Here's a unique way to display them. This tutorial can be done in PI6 or 7. If you have a hard time editing Path Shapes, I provided the 2 that you will need to complete this image. Just click on the image to download the zipped UFO, the pink one is the tulip petal and of course the green one is the leaf.

1. Open a new image, 400 W X 400 H. Open your unzipped flower parts. Duplicate them and close the originals. Using the Path Outline Tool, Shape/Custom/Heart. Color green, 2-D. On the Path Panel, use size 9 for the width of the heart. Draw your heart.

2. To make the stems, use the Line and Arrow tool, Shape/Spline, Color/Green, 2-D. On the Path Panel, use size 6. Make a slightly curved stem. As you click the shape bends with the Spline tool. Double click to end it. You can always use the Transform tool to elongate and rotate. Right click and duplicate the stem. Go to Edit and Flip Horizontally. The one on the right gets placed slightly higher than the one on the left.

3. If you don't want to make your own leaf, you can skip this part. Make a 2-D, Green, Oval shape. Using the Transform Tool/Perspective, pull the 2 bottom nodes together and the 2 top ones, apart. Click on the Path Tool again and on the Attributes bar, click on Edit. On the very top Edit Node, click and pull slightly up to form a point. Click on the Toggle to check it out. If you like the results, click off the Edit button.

4. Now we'll make the tulip petal. It's basically like the leaf but of course, pink! Using the Path Tool, 2-D, Pink, draw an oval. Use the Transform tool/Perspective. Draw the 2 top nodes together and the 2 bottom ones apart. It looks like and egg and that won't do. Click on the Path Tool again and on Attributes bar, click on edit. Take the top node and pull slightly upward. Pull the very bottom one down. Click on Toggle, if it looks like a petal, click off Edit.

5. Using the Transform Tool, place a leaf into the heart, resize as needed and rotate as shown on the picture on the left.

6. Using the Path Tool, 2-D, Color, a deep Pink, Shape/Custom Heart, draw a heart and use the Transform Tool to make it more narrow. Then duplicate it and place the hearts as shown. All can be sized again, once we place the petals on.

7. Now we'll start placing the petals. Use the Transform Tool to resize and rotate, then right click and duplicate. Go to Edit/Rotate and Flip. Flip horizontally, position the petals so the heart center shows. Place all your petals as I have shown on my image.

8. Click on the Painbrush, Color, Black, Size 1. Using the Pick Tool, start clicking on all the objects, one at a time, and go to Effect/ Paint on Edges or use the Short-cut, Shift click P on your keyboard. It makes the task so easy. Paint on all the edges. Still with the Pick Tool send the Stems and Leaves to the bottom of the stack. Right click and Select All Objects. Right click and Group. Drag your heart into the Easy Palette, right click again and Ungroup.

9. Now for some fun. Click on one of the image parts. Open Easy Palette/Effect-Gallery/Magic. I used L10, using all the default settings, just double click on it or use a different variety to get a multi-colored effect. Keep clicking on each object to add the Magic Lights. If you don't like the effect, you can always undo it.

10. I used the default settings for other effects also. In the Painting Gallery, I doubled clicked on Weathered and then Gauze. Please experiment and see how many different looks you come up with. Manipulate the colors with Hue and Saturation too.

Here are some examples of Hue and Saturation changes.
Have some fun and click away at those effect.


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