Learn to draw digital images - tutorials

Hi.

I can't seem to find any tutorials on how to use PhotoShop or Illustrator to "draw" flowers.

For example - see the image here:
http://www.iguideinc.com/temp/roses.jpg

I was told this was drawn using a mouse.

Any idea where to find tutorials or instruction books for learning to draw flowers digitially.

Thanks, April
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CoolATIGuyConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Well, there is a basic flower-lookalike at http://www.creativepro.com/story/feature/18980.html?origin=story

However, unless I am sorely mistaken, I think that was just a photograph, and not PS...


CoolATIGuy
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DaydreamsConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Hi April,

Your link at http://www.iguideinc.com/temp/roses.jpg looks like it was drawn with PaintShop Pro "tubes. It's a method for drawing images with the mouse. Here are some examples of floral tubes:

http://graphicssoft.about.com/library/free/blfree_psptube.htm

How to load the picture tubes:
http://graphicssoft.about.com/library/free/blfree_psptube.htm#load

About the "tube" tool:
http://wdvl.internet.com/Authoring/Graphics/Tools/PSP/tubes.html

In PS , the custom shape tool may have the same effects. You can find custom shapes on the web and install them.

Example:

http://share.studio.adobe.com/axAssetDetailSubmit.asp?aID=10314&back=http%3A%2F%2Fshare%2Estudio%2Eadobe%2Ecom%2FaxBrowseSubmit%2Easp%3Ft%3D14
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Lobo042399Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Heyyyy April,

Yeah, I zoom and zoom and don't see any trace of hand drawing (or mousedrawing) in it. Even the little stars are plain Symbols. The flowers look like a collage made of several different photographs arranged in separate layers. If you look closely, five of the little white flowers are exactly the same image, just rotated. In any case, there's way too much texture for them to be tube drawings. Of course, it could be that someone drew them at a much larger sized canvas, but that would have been extremely time consuming.

Maybe what they (the person that told you it was drawn with a mouse) meant was that it was put together with a mouse?

Good Vibes!

Lobo
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DaydreamsCommented:
>..way too much texture for them to be tube drawings.

Lobo, tubes can have that much texture! There are quite realistic tubes out there.
Look at the third one down here:

http://www.angelfire.com/on/LuxurysLoft/FlowerTubes5.html

I'm sure I can find better examples, but tubes can have quite a lot of texture.

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Lobo042399Commented:
Yes, you're right.... basically one can remove the background to pretty much any photograph and make it into a tube.

One more observation...  many of the medium-sized leaves in the sample image are also the same.  Since I'm not a tube expert....  Is it possible to manipulate tube-generated leafs (or the little white flowers) so that each falls exactly where one wants it? The white flowers and leaves in the sample image seem to have been placed very carefully one by one, something I would do in Photoshop layers.

Good Vibes!

Lobo
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aprillougheedAuthor Commented:
Dear all - will split points here in a second . . .

1.  PhotoS Custom Shapes - so people use these custom shapes and then fill them with gradients and bevels etc?

2.  Paintshop Tubes - trouble with tube is they all seem to be in 72 DPI - I need images in 300 DPI.  Can't seem to figure out a way to make them look good at 300 DPI.  Is there a trick to this?  Should I go the "print out the image in 72 DPI and then scan it back in at 300 DPI?

3.  CreativePro Tutorial - yeah - this is a great tutorial.  Haven't seen anyother tutorials to make flowers in anyother way except using the Illustrator spiral.  

How about tutorials that would teach me how to make flowers with petals - specifically roses.  I can figure out a simple flower like a daisy - just use the pen and pencil tools - but rose . . . well I'm stumped.

I suppose I could try using the "outline" trace feature in Illustration.

Thanks, April

P.S.  Awarding points next.
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