PI5 Fall Colors Holiday Wreath

Finished Wreath, 3/4 size

Make a holiday wreath of fall colors with PI 5.0's Paint tools. We'll start by using the Path Outline Drawing tool to make the wreath's base, then add texture with the Bristle brush, and the Bristle Smear and Tonal Adjustment Retouch tools, all in Paint as Object Mode. We'll use the fabulous Ribbon Paint Brush preset to wrap the wreath and make a big, fancy bow. Then to top it all off, we'll turn a lily object into a wreath decoration with the Any Shape Button Designer. So pull up your easel and let's get started!

Start by making a new True Color file 300 X 300 pixels. Select the Path Outline Drawing tool. In the Attributes toolbar, select the Ellipse shape, Mode=2D. Click in the Color box and select a muted beige (RGB=182, 167, 146).

wreath base with path tool

As shown above, draw an outline for the base. It will be too narrow because of the constraints placed on the Path Outline Drawing tool by the options in the Attributes toolbar for Line thickness. We want our wreath to be a bit wider, so click on the Material button in the Attributes toolbar. When the Material box opens, click on the Border/Depth tab and increase the "Maximum Border Width" to 25, then set the actual border width to 25.

The base will provide a guide for painting the wreath texture, and fill in color behind the brush strokes. It will remain an object, "floating" on top of the base image. In order to paint over it, we'll use the Paint and Retouch tools in the Paint as Object Mode, as explained further below. By making all of the parts of the wreath objects, you will be able to select the base image later and fill it with a texture, a gradient or something else. For example, a wreath might look good on a wooden door or against a brick fireplace.

To make the textured covering for the wreath, select the Bristle Paint Tool. In the Attributes toolbar, select the Grass Preset. We'll edit the default settings for this preset. Choose View, Toolbars & Panels, and select Brush Panel.

Click on the Color tab. You may not be aware that you can paint with Multiple Colors, instead of one. Click in the Color box and select a dark brown (RGB=99, 90, 61), and select Multiple Colors.

painting with multiple colors

Click on the Shape tab. From this tab you can edit many attributes of the brush stroke. For the wreath, change the Density of the brush stroke to 50, so that each stroke will cover a broader area.

changing brush density

You'll notice that after you change the Attributes of the Bristle Paint tool, the Preset in the Attributes toolbar will show "None." Don't worry, the Grass preset will still be functional.

Now we're ready to paint. In the Attributes toolbar, click on the Mode button. From now on, all of the painting you do will be converted to a single object. Begin making C-shaped strokes, as shown below.  You want the brush strokes to appear to be like raffia wrapped around the base, with a curved appearance.

adding texture to base

Continue making brush strokes all the way around the base. You will need to reinforce the coverage by going over the strokes a few times and filling in between strokes to get an even, fairly heavy coverage.

Return to the Brush Panel's Color tab. Click in the Color box and change to black paint. Change to painting in One Color. Click on the Options tab and change the Transparency to 75. Leave all other settings the same.

changing paint transparency

Add dark brush strokes intermittently around the wreath, painting over the dark brown. The black strokes will add depth and texture to the wreath.

Remaining in the Paint as Object Mode, select the Tonal Adjustment Retouch tool. In the Attributes toolbar, choose the Tone Effect preset. This tool will darken the colors in the wreath and add subtle touches of related colors. Paint C-shapes over the middle of the wreath, the part that would be raised or rounded, avoiding the inner and outer edges. It should look something like the one shown below.

painted wreath

In the Attributes toolbar, click on the Mode button to leave Paint As Object Mode. You'll get a warning dialog box stating that begins with "All your strokes cannot make the object mask shrink...." Click on the Yes button to retain the edits made with the Tonal Adjustment Retouch tool.

It's time to combine all the objects making up the wreath into one object now. Open the EasyPalette's Layer Manager. You'll see a thumbnail for each painted layer of the wreath and the wreath base. Select one thumbnail, then hold down on the Shift key while selecting the rest of the thumbnails. Right click in the Layer Manager and choose Combine As Single Object. You should see only one thumbnail in the Layer Manager now.

If you think you might want to make another wreath sometime, this would be a good time to save the wreath object. Use the selection tool to drag it onto the EasyPalette. When the Add to EasyPalette box opens, give the object a name (e.g., "wreath") and save it to the Library and Tab group where you usually save objects you want to keep.

Next we'll add a ribbon wrap and a big bow to the wreath to finish it. Select the Paint Brush tool. In the Attributes toolbar, select the Ribbon preset. Click in the Color box and select a vivid brick red (RGB=195, 59, 0). Change the brush size to 20, Soft edge=10. Again, when you change the attributes, the Preset will show "None," but the Ribbon attributes are still present.

In the Attributes toolbar, click on the Mode button to enter Paint As Object Mode again. Paint a C-shaped wrap on the wreath, as shown at left. Click on the Mode button again to exit Paint As Object Mode.

wrapping with ribbon

The painted ribbon wrap will have an animated broken line around it, indicating that it's an object. Hit Ctrl+C to copy it to the Clipboard. We're going to paste this wrap back onto the wreath several times, then rotate each wrap so that it apears to be wound around the wreath at regular intervals.

Hit Ctrl+V to paste the copied ribbon wrap back into the image. Use the Pick or the Selection tool to drag it onto the wreath. Click on the Transform tool. In the Attributes toolbar, where it says "Rotate by Degree," enter a value of 5 and click on the "Rotate counterclockwise" button a few times, until the wrap lines up with the wreath. Repeat this process until you have 6 wraps distributed evenly around the wreath.

wraps added all around

In the Layer Manager, click on a thumbnail, then hold down on the Shift key while clicking on the rest of the thumbnails. When all of them are selected, right click in the Layer Manager and select Combine As Single Object.

Select the Paint Brush tool again, which should still have the brick red Ribbon preset attributes. Click on the Mode button to enter Paint As Object Mode.

Paint a big double bow with two tails, as shown at left. You'll find that the Ribbon preset makes it pretty easy to get a lovely, flowing effect. If you don't like your bow the first time, right click and Undo, then try again.

adding a bow

To add a finishing touch to the wreath, I turned this tiger lily PhotoObject, shown at left, into a shiny accent with the Button Designer. Since PhotoObjects can't be redistributed, use a small flower image of your own and experiment with the Button Designer. Here's how I made mine.

tiger lily wreath accent

Choose Web, Button Designer, Any Shape. When the dialog box opens, from the Basic tab enter the following values: Light Angle=135, Light Elevation=25, Bevel Size=25, Bevel Smoothness=3.

From the Bevel tab, enter these values.

bevel attributes for tiger lily

From the Light tab, enter the values shown below.

light tab attributes for tiger lily

Click in the Light color box and choose a dark red, RGB=165, 36, 0.

Leave the Shadow and Warping tab attributes at default values.

Click OK to apply the Button Designer settings to the tiger lily accent. Use the Pick or Selection tool to position it in the center of the bow.

To brighten the flower accent, choose Format, Style. When the Style dialog box opens, click on the Light tab and choose the Helium filter. Click OK to apply to the tiger lily.

finished wreath with accent added

In the Layer Manager, click on a thumbnail, then hold down on the Shift key while clicking on the rest of the thumbnails. When all of them are selected, right click in the Layer Manager and select Combine As Single Object.

If you want to fill the background with a texture or gradient fill, choose Selection, Select Base Image (or just hit the Space bar). Once the base image has been selected, you can choose Edit, Fill to fill the base image with the a color, Magic or Natural Texture, or image file. Alternatively, you can drag the wreath object onto a new image. 

place wreath on brick wall

Be sure to right click and Merge All before saving your wreath. To add a little extra texture, choose the Bristle Smear Retouch tool, Fine Smear preset, to drag little "pokies" out along the outer and inner edges of the brown part of the wreath, adding a more realistic look. You could also use the Burn Retouch tool, Thin Burn preset, to make curved dark lines over the surface of the wreath, for even more detail.

If you really want to have some fun with your wreath, try turning it into a painting. After merging the wreath with the base image, choose Effect, Creative, Painting. When the Painting dialog box opens, enter the values shown below:

parameters for creative painting

Click OK to apply the Creative Painting effects to the wreath and you'll get a watercolor painting effect like this one:

watercolor painting effect

If you've saved your basic wreath to the EasyPalette, you can make wreaths with different colored ribbons (painting with Multiple Colors can result in some stunning ribbon effects), or you can use dark greens instead of browns to create an evergreen wreath.

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