PI6 Woven Basket
This basket is made from 2D rounded rectangle path objects. The objects are shaded and contoured with the Airbrush and the Burn Retouch tool. After the first two rows are made, you just Duplicate and Resize to make the rest of the basket. This technique will work with PI5 and PI4.2 also. Then you can fill your basket with whatever you like. These flowers and the butterfly are PI6 stamps.
Start with a new True Color file 400 X 400 pixels, canvas=white. Choose the Path Drawing tool. Click Shape in the Attributes toolbar and select the Rounded Rectangle. From Mode, select 2D. Click in the Color box and select a nice golden brown, RGB=163, 99, 30.
Draw a small rounded rectangle. Drag the Roundness slider to 65 to round it out a little. Choose Object, Convert Object Type, From Path to Image.
Select the Airbrush Paint tool, Wide Stroke preset. Edit the Size to 50. Click in the Color box and select the dark brown from the standard colors, RGB=119, 43, 26.
Airbrush along the sides and just a tiny bit at top and bottom. Go over the sides with a little bit of black paint if you want them to stand out even better. Select the Burn Retouch tool, Thin Burn preset. Burn some detail lines across the object. Save to your EasyPalette so if something goes wrong, you don't have to make it again.
With the Path Drawing tool, Rounded Rectangle, same golden brown color, make a tall, narrow rounded rectangle for the woven uprights. You won't contour or shade this until later.
With the Pick tool, select the upright and use the Order options to send it behind the cross piece. Let the cross piece overlap the upright just a bit. Shift+Click to select the crosspiece, so that both are selected. Right click, Align, Top. Right click again, Group.
After Grouping the two objects, right click and Duplicate. Then hit Ctrl+T 3 more times to duplicate the Grouped objects 3 times. This is a very quick and easy way to repeat the previous action and save mouse clicks. Arrange the Grouped objects in a horizontal line. While one is active, right click and Select All Objects. Then right click, Align, Top. This will put all the objects on the same horizontal plane.
Right click on the last group on the right and Ungroup. Click on the upright and Delete it. Right click on each Grouped pair of objects and Ungroup. When they are all Ungrouped, hit Ctrl+Shift+A to select all objects, then right click, Group. Now they are all in one Group, instead of being in separate groups.
Right click on the Grouped objects and Duplicate. Position the second group just below the first one. You'll notice that they are not symmetrical.
Right click on the second row of objects and Ungroup them. Right click on any upright and Duplicate. Position it on the left side of the second row. Click on the last cross piece object on the right to select it. Choose the Transform tool. From the Attribute's options, choose Resize. Drag on a side control point toward the middle of the object, making it less wide. Make sure you don't make it less tall, just make it about one-third as wide as it was. Right click, Duplicate it. Drag the duplicate to the left side of the second row. With the Pick tool, click on each upright object in the second row and send it to the bottom of the stack.
Right click on the top row and Duplicate. Select the Transform tool, Resize option. Drag slightly on a side control point to make the row of objects slightly less wide than it was. You want each row to be a little less wide. Right click, Ungroup. Use the Pick tool to send each upright object in the third row to the bottom of the stack.
With the Pick tool, select an object in the second row, then Shift+Click the rest of the objects in the row. Right click, Group. Right click, Duplicate. Drag this row of objects below the others. Switch to the Transform tool, Resize option and resize it like you've done with the other rows. Right click, Ungroup. Send the uprights to the bottom of the stack.
With the Pick tool, select an object in the third row, then Shift+Click the rest of the objects in the row. Right click, Group. Right click, Duplicate. Drag this row of objects below the others. Switch to the Transform tool, Resize option and resize this row. Right click, Ungroup. Send the uprights to the bottom of the stack. Now you have 5 rows.
With the Pick tool, select an object in the fourth row, then Shift+Click the rest of the objects in the row. Repeat the now familiar process of Grouping the objects, dragging to the bottom row, resizing with the Transform tool, Ungrouping, then sending the upright to the bottom of the stack. Slide the uprights upward so that the bottoms are even with the cross pieces.
With the Pick tool, select the short, left crosspiece in the bottom row. Select the Object Eraser. Change the Shape to 5, Soft edge=5. Round off the lower left corner. Repeat on the cross piece on the right side, bottom row.
Now let's have some fun by Airbrushing contouring and shadows on the uprights. With the Pick tool, click around in the basket objects to make sure none of are Grouped. Click on an upright in the top row to select one. Choose the Airbrush tool. You'll use the same Attributes as you did previously, only change the Size to 25 and change the Color to black.
Airbrush lightly on the top and bottom of the upright. Don't overdo it, you want the middle of each upright to be light, so it appears rounded. Select each upright with the Pick tool, then Airbrush. You will see a dramatic improvement in the basket. Hit Ctrl+Shift+A to select all objects, then right click, Merge as Single Object.
Select the Path Drawing tool to make a top rim for the basket. Shape=Rounded Rectangle, 2D Mode, same golden brown color used to make the basket objects. Make a rim that extends slightly past the top row on both sides. Drag the Roundness slider to make it a little more square.
Choose Object, Convert Object Type, From Path to Image. Select the Airbrush Paint tool. Use the same settings as before, but change the paint Color to dark brown. Airbrush lightly around corners to create roundness, and brush a tiny bit along top and bottom edges. Switch to the Burn Retouch tool, Thin Burn preset. Burn some thin lines into the rim.
With the Pick tool, select the basket object to make it active. Select the Airbrush again. Change paint color to black, Transparency=50. Paint a "shadow" just under the basket's rim. Right click, Select All Objects, then right click, Merge as Single Object.
Select the Burn Retouch tool, Wide Burn preset. Edit Size to 50. Burn a rounded shape around the sides and bottom of the basket. Switch to the Dodge Retouch tool, Spotlight preset. Click lightly a few times in the center of the basket to create highlights.
Select the Line and Arrow tool. Click Shape and select Spline to create a curved line object. Color=the golden brown used to make the basket objects. Mode=2D, Width=8, Style=solid line, Arrow=no arrow. Click and drag a curved object for the back side of the handle. Send it to the back of the stack. Object, Convert Object Type, From Path to Object. Click the Quick Color Control's Darken key 2X.
Click and drag the front side of the handle. Object, Convert Object Type, From Path to Image. Select the Eraser tool, same settings as before. Erase a curved piece where the two parts of the handle come together. Use the Burn Retouch tool to burn along the sides only and the lower part of the handle, where it joins the rest of the basket. Use the Dodge tool, Spotlight preset, to lighten the top part of the handle a little. Use the Burn tool, Thin Burn preset, to drag lines in the handle. Send this part behind the basket, but on top of the back part of the handle.
Your basket is now finished. You might want to keep the basket handle parts separate from the rest of the basket so that when you put things in the basket, some objects will be in front of the handle pieces, and some will be behind it. If it doesn't matter to you, select all the objects and Merge as Single Object. Save the basket to My Library in the EasyPalette. Now fill it up with flowers, Easter eggs, chocolate, or whatever brings a smile to your face!
This tutorial uploaded 3/30/01
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