A Simple Tutorial for Winding a One Object around another Object

 I am using a letter as my object for this tutorial.  My starting canvas was 300 x 300 pixels and had a transparent background.  
Most of the remaining illustrations in this tutorial will have a white background.  Don't let that confuse you.

After you get your object on the canvas with a transparent background, create another layer above the object's layer.







Now click on your pen tool, and set the width to number 6 and use the "freehand" segment type.  I have the tracking set at number 9 for the size canvas that I am using for this tut.

Now draw a vine stem over top the object on the layer above the object.








You will want to bevel the vine stem before you continue.  Use the settings that I show here, if they please you.




This is the result of the beveling.

Now duplicate this vine stem layer.  
[You will find the duplicate command under "Layers".]

After you have done that, move that new duplicate layer down underneath the object's layer.  [You can do that by dragging the
layer down on the layer palette, or you can go to "layers" and
choose arrange>move down until the layer is underneath the
object's layer.]

It is best to follow the above instructions rather than copying and pasting the stem on a new layer, because you want the second stem to be in the exact same position as the original stem.



After you have duplicated that vinestem layer and moved it below the object's layer, your image will not appear to have changed.

 That is the way it is supposed to be.  

Now make sure you are back up onto the top layer where your original vinestem was drawn.
Click on your eraser tool and make sure it is set to 100% opacity and 100% density.

Now erase away the parts of the stem that you want to appear to go underneath or behind the object.  

Your vine should now look like it is winding around the object.  

All you have to do now is to draw
some leaves or add leaves and flowers with tubes.








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