This is a very easy tutorial, but it is not for BEGINNERS. I have assumed that you already know the basics of Paint Shop Pro.

To complete this tutorial you will need:
Paint Shop Pro
KPT5

If you don't have KPT5, you can use VM Natural - Splash, instead.
VM Filters
UNZIP the visman.zip file into your PLUGINS folder.
Choose an image that has the colors that you want in your flower, or, you can create your own image. This is the one I have chosen for this tutorial. You may use this image, if you like.

Resize your image to a size a little bit larger than the size that you want your flower to be. This image is 200 X 200.

Right-click,
and "Save Picture As"
Click on Layers/Merge/Merge All (Flatten).

Apply KPT5 Zoom Blurr - default settings.

(If you are using the VM Natural - SPLASH filter, instead of KPT5, the settings are 128, 128, 20, 40, 40.)
Set your foreground color to NULL.

Using your Preset Shapes Tool, draw a star on your image.
(Antialias and Create as Vector CHECKED!)

It doesn't matter what your background color is. I'm using black, because it shows up well.
Click on your Vector Editting Tool .

Click on Tool Options / Node Edit
Drag the center angles of your star in toward the middle, to make the arms of the star skinnier.

Drag the points of the star around to where you want them. They will form the shadow that will separate the petals of the flower.
Click anywhere outside your image.

De-Select.

Layers / Convert to Raster Layer
Apply KPT5 Zoom Blurrr - default settings
Select ALL.

Using the Magic Wand Tool, click on your star.

Selections - De-float.

Go to the Layer Palette, and delete the top layer
Colors - Adjust - Brightness/Contrast

Brightness -78 (or to your taste)

Contrast 0
Now we need to add a center for the flower. Pick a color for the center of your flower.

Add a new raster layer

Using either the Preset Shape Tool, or the Paint Brush, draw a (filled) circle, a little bit larger than you want your center to be.

Effects - Blur - Gaussian Blur 4.00
Choose 2 petals that you want to be in front.

Using the Eraser Tool, erase the flower center from those 2 petals.
I used a 30 pixel, round eraser.

Use the Smudge Tool (soften), if needed, to soften the edges of the erased area.

Layers - Merge - Merge Visible
Now don't get scared, but we're going to select a flower shape BY HAND!

Using the Selection Tool, (Antialias CHECKED), select a flower shape.
You can do it. It doesn't have to be perfect, because every flower is unique.
If you get shaky, don't worry. You'll just make a frilly flower.
You can start over as many times as you like. No one will ever know.
Copy the selection (Ctrl-C)

Paste as New Image

Save your flower as a .psp file, or export it as a picture tube.

OK, that's it. You're finished. Go play. Have fun.
If you have any questions or problems with this tutorial, feel free to E-MAIL ME.
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