Flowers In Graphics

Chrysanthemum in Gimp 2.8

Chrysanthemum_Spoon_PetalsIn this tutorial, I will walk you through the steps of creating flowers in Gimp.

Creating a Petal:

First of all, Click–>File–New. In the ‘Create a New Image’ window,  from the ‘Template’ drop-down list select 1024 x 768  ‘Image Size’ and click OK.

Secondly, using the ‘Ellipse Select Tool, draw an oval of 60 x 100 px. (From the ‘Tools Options you can adjust the size very easily).

Thirdly,  fill it with background colour.  Go to Edit–>Fill with BG Colour.Now  oval should be white. Then Select–>None. Marching ants will disappear from the oval shape which you have just drawn.

Next, we are going to create the handle of the ‘spoon shape’.   For this purpose we will have to add a new layer. Pressing Ctrl-Shift-N will open a window for new layer. Check the ‘Transparency’ button and press OK.

Lastly, select the ‘Rectangle Select Tool’  and draw a rectangle of  50 x 200 px. Make sure that you are drawing it on the newly created layer. (Just click on the top most layer in the ‘Layers Window’ and it will be active).

For changing the shape of the handle, use the ‘Perspective Tool’ from the toolbox. In the ‘Tools Options'(beneath the Toolbox) select middle pink ‘Transform’ button. With perspective tool selected click inside the rectangle selection on the layer. A large number of  small squares with four large handles will appear overlapping the rectangle selection. Drag the lower two large handles towards each other. You should stop when both cover 50% of each other. Click ‘Transform’ button on the ‘Perspective’ window. Like the oval, fill it with the white  background color. You can also use the path tool for creating this part of the petal.

This completes our one petal.  We have finished the major portion of the flower.

Creating a Flower from a Petal:

  1. Merge the Oval and Handle layers. Select the topmost layer and go the Layer–>Merge Down. Select the Rectangle Selection Tool and draw a rectangle around  the petal. Go to Layer–>Crop to Selection. This act has two benefits. Firstly it reduces the file size and secondly it makes the layer rotation manageable.
  2. In the Layers Window, click the third button from right to add a duplicate of the above layer. Ctrl-Shift-D is a short cut method for it.
  3. Select the Rotate Tool from the Tool Box and click on the topmost layer. Rotate Window will appear. Petal shape will be overlapped by a large number of small squares.  There will a small circle at the center of these small squares. Drag it out the petal  just below it. In fact we are creating a pivot point for our petals.  Note the ‘Center X’ and ‘Center Y’  positions in the ‘Rotate Window’. This is really important to save yourself from eye strain which you will suffer if you adjust the petal positions manually. For the second petal set the ‘Angle’ value to 20. Press ‘Rotate’. It will rotate slightly towards right side.
  4. Go back to the Petal 1 and select and copy it. Select the ‘Rotate Tool’,  click on the Petal 3. Set the ‘Center X’ and ‘Center Y’ positions similar to Petal 1 but enter the angle 40. Press ‘Rotate’ and you will have third petal on the right side.
  5. Select Petal 1, copy it, adjust its ‘Center X’ and ‘Center Y’ positions but rotate it through an angle of 60.
  6. Keep on selecting Petal 1 and keep adding the difference of 20 degrees until the angle becomes 180. One half of the flower is now complete.
  7. Other half can be made by following the above steps but angle values should be negative i.e, -20,-40,60… and so on. Or merge all these layers in a single layer. Copy it and flip it through Layer–>Transform–>Flip Horizontally. Overlap the top and bottom petals (in position of 6’O clock) to get complete flowers. Merge the two layers.

Embossing Flower:

  1. Click the ‘Select by Color’ tool in the Toolbox and click on the flower layer. This will select the whole flower.
  2. Now go to the Filter–>Distort–>Emboss… command. It will open a new ‘Emboss’ window. Select the ‘Function’ Emboss; Azimuth 30; Elevation 45; and Depth 1. Click OK. You will have the flower similar to the first flower.
  3. If you want to have the flower similar to the given below, try fill the different whorls of flower with these color values: f8aa2b, f8762b & ed743d.  But select the Function ‘Bumpmap’ instead. So, that is it.


Bouquet in Corel Draw 10

Following flowers have been created by following a tutorial of Steve Bain on Distortion Tool of Corel Draw. This tutorial was available in Corel Community.


When all shapes have been put together.

Surreal Flowers in 5 Minutes

See the basics of  Hue-Saturation Tool here:

Nobody would mind if you changed the color of the flowers. Start Gimp and go to Color Menu and open Hue-Saturation window.


Select Primary Color to Adjust : Yellow; Saturation = -100; Remaining Values =Default

Primary Color to Adjust: Yellow: Hue = 160; Lightness= -17; Saturation = 0

Primary Color to Adjust: Yellow: Hue = 160; Lightness= -17; Saturation = 0

Primary Color to Adjust : Yellow; Hue = -97; Lightness = 10; Saturation = 0

Primary Color to Adjust : Yellow; Hue = -97; Lightness = 10; Saturation = 0

Original Brassica campestris flowers

Original Brassica campestris flowers

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