Software: Ulead PhotoImpact 6
Skill Level: Beginner
- Path Drawing Tool
Using PI8? Try
this tutorial instead.
|1. Open a new image—single color,
Outline Drawing Tool /
Ellipse / 2D object / Width 2 / Color - dark... Draw an elongated ellipse—225x75 pixels. Deselect it (click on a blank part of the canvas).
Outline Drawing Tool / Custom Shape / Heart
/ 2D object / Width 2... Draw a heart about 130 pixels high. Use the
Transform Tool to Rotate Left 90. Use the Resize to flatten so the heart
so that it fits in the ellipse, and to stretch so it fits the long way, as
shown. It will take a couple of tries to get the heart to the right shape.
2. Edit/Trace/Image. Accept defaults, click OK.
Change Mode to 3D round. Click on Material, go to
Gallery / Tab group Metallic, choose Copper 6.
Open a new canvas—I like to work with the
512x482, but it depends on you and your computer—and drag the wing to
the left side of the new window. Close old window.
|3. Duplicate wing. Using Transform
Tool, flip one horizontally. Move the new one to the right. Align the
wings -- an easy way to do this is to select them both (hold down the Ctrl
key while clicking on each wing) and go to Object/align/center vertically.
Deselect by clicking away from the wings, then select each wing one at a
time. Use the arrows on your keyboard to leave a space between the two
Duplicate the right wing and rotate it to the
right 25 degrees. Duplicate the left wing, rotate 25 degrees to the left.
Arrange the two on the right so that the points of the hearts are close to
matching, and then do the same to the two wings on the left. Again,
the arrow keys on the keyboard make this a snap. Go to Object
/ Select All Objects, then Object / Group—OR—right-click / Select
All Objects and right-click / Group. Deselect wings.
|4. Outline Drawing Tool / Circle
3D Round / Width 3... Draw circle for the head, 99 pixels across.
Click Material, then Gallery, Tab Group Metallic, Copper 6.
Format / Dimensions, click User Defined, check Keep Aspect Ratio, enter 90
for w-h, unit percent. Click Selected Object, click okay. Repeat from
until you have 5 graduated circles.
Click on your Pick Tool. Select
all the circles, go to Object / align / center horizontally. Click away
from the circles on a blank piece of canvas. Using your up and down arrow keys,
arrange as shown, overlapping the circles just slightly. You may need to
move the whole group a bit left. Deselect.
|5. Path Drawing Tool / Rounded
Rectangle / Border 6 / Depth 20... Draw a rectangle
to fit from top circle to the second and wide enough to attach both wings,
approximately 38x39—however it looks best to you. Set Roundness at 64.
|6. Path Drawing Tool / Circle /
3D Round / Border 50 / Depth 30...
Make a 3D Round Circle, 99x99 pixels. Duplicate and change size 90%
four times as you did for the circles. Open your Easy Palette to Material
Gallery / Glass. As you select each circle, double-click the glass preset
you wish. One at a time, center the round over its circle and right-click
/ arrange / send to back. You may play with the border and depth to get
the look you want. Depending on the fill you use, you may need to remove a
|7. One last thing: a pair of antennae.
Go to Outline Drawing Tool / Custom Shape / Heart / 3D
Round / Width 2 / Material / Gallery / Copper 6... Draw a heart the
same size as the head, or thereabouts. Go to Object, Convert Object Type,
From Path to Image.
Click on the Object Eraser Tool, soft edge 0, erase half the
heart, and click Trim. Go back to the Pick Tool. Duplicate this piece, then flip horizontally.
Arrange the antennae on the head, using the Transform Tool to Rotate
freely and maybe Distort or Perspective until the placements suit you.
They don't have to match :)
Optional -- Path Drawing Tool, heart, 3D.
Draw two tiny hearts and attach to the ends of the antennae.
|8. Object / Select All Objects
Object / Merge as Single Object
Object / Shadow—click Shadow, the far left
style, X- and Y-offset 7, the rest as is. Right-click in the color box and
choose "Color on Screen". Click on one of the colors in your
Dragonfly. Right-click on the color box again and choose "Windows
Color Picker". On the color bar at the far right, click near the
bottom to make the shadow color very dark. Click OK, and OK again.
Well, there you have it, my
first tutorial. I hope you have fun with it!
Any questions, comments, please drop me a
Debbie, who tested this for me.
Wouldn't have done it without her!