Monday, 29 October 2018

Create a Halloween Pumpkin in Paint Shop Pro

You will need:
Included in Zip file to download HERE :
Pumpkin tube (or you can use one of your own choice)
Halloween stencil pspshapes

Also Alien Skin Eye Candy impact filter

Before you begin:
Place Halloween stencil .pspshapes in your preset shapes folder in your PSP files
Place your pumpkin image in a folder where it can be located.

Use  my values as a guide only, particularly when using your own materials or when creating a different sized image.
Don’t forget to save often as a .pspimage. 

Open a new image 600 X 500 transparent raster background.
Open your pumpkin tube, copy and paste as a new layer.

Duplicate layer.
New vector layer.
Select preset shapes tool 

Select one of the Halloween stencils. Materials - background black, # 000000, foreground nil
Draw appropriate sized shape on your pumpkin.

Whilst on that vector layer, go to the Selections Menu and choose "selection from vector object". 

 Close off visibility of that layer and return to your top pumpkin layer (copy of raster 2)

Hit delete key. 
The selection may not actually be visible in some versions of PSP but should still work.

Select None

Effects > Alien Skin Eye Candy Impact > extrude
I used these settings:

Go to layer beneath (raster 2) and using your magic wand select the transparent area outside the pumpkin. Make sure that in your tool settings "Use all layers" is NOT ticked.
These were my settings:

We'll use this selection to delete the unwanted extruded bits on the layer above (copy of raster 2).
Whilst selection in place, move to the layer above, and hit delete key:

Select none and duplicate copy of raster 2 layer. Change blend mode of this duplicate layer to multiply and lower opacity to 50%.

I gently erased a little of the lower part of this multiplied area as I thought that a bit too dark.

Return to bottom pumpkin layer (raster 2)
Layer > new adjustment layer > Brightness and contrast:

You may like to also save your image as a .png file at this stage, for future use.

Add a background, any changes to opacity/values of either your adjustment layer or multiplied layer needed - to your taste.

Add your signature. 

Note that you can animate this image by changing the opacity of the brightness adjustment layer to create your frames.The flickering image below was created in Animation Shop with only 3 frames.

Thanks to those who helped by testing this tutorial J
Comments welcome!

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Creating Leather Look Text

Creating a Leather Look Text in Paint Shop Pro
New image 500 X 500
Raster background colour of your choice- I used white for time being.
New Vector layer

Select Text tool and a slightly rounded block type font size 350 pixels
I used Arial Rounded MT Bold. Vector text.
Material Foreground nil Background red.

Selections > Selections from Vector Object.
Selections > Promote Selection to Layer.
Selection > Modify >  Expand 5 pixels

Fill with Leather texture of your choice. I used a texture which I had created using Filter Forge and PSP but there are many free leather textures available on the Web.

Selections Modify > Contract 5 Pixels.

Effects > 3D effects> Inner Bevel
I used these settings:

Selections > Invert and promote selection to layer:

Selections > Select None and apply the same bevel:

Merge Down.


Move your Vector Text level to the top of the top and open the vector:

 Right click on that text layer and change properties to Foreground a colour of your choice. I chose a light cream and style line small dash width 2, Background nil:

Convert to raster layer and apply same bevel but reducing the width to 5:

Apply a small drop shadow to stitching, using a colour that will blend with your leather colour:

Close visibility of your background.
Merge all text layers and save as a .png   or as a .pspimage.

Here I have used my saved image with a punched and riveted hole:

Another Example using different materials and finer stitching to make this notebook:

You could use the same principles to create a leather frame. I have used a .pspshape of an oval frame and a beautiful painting by Fannie Moody to create the image below.

Happy Creating!

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Creating an Egg Shape in Paint Shop Pro

Although bird eggs do come in slightly different shapes, they do seem to follow a pattern of a slightly pointy end with a somewhat thicker base.

This is how I created a pleasing and regular egg shape.

Open a new image 600 X 600 with a vector background.
View >  grid , guides, and rulers ticked.

Make sure your grid values are 100 horizontal and 100 vertical.

Place Guides in the following positions:
Vertical at 175 and 425
Horizontal at 330

Select your ellipse tool.

Make sure you have selected ellipse not circle in the tool bar.

Foreground null, background color of your choice.
Draw an ellipse  from  x:175 y:100  to x:425 y:500

Select the pick [object selector] tool and zoom in and make any minor adjustments to make sure your ellipse is plum within the grid and vertical guides:

Object> convert to path:

Select the Pen tool - your nodes will become  visible:

Zoom in and Click on each of the lateral nodes and holding down your left mouse button  pull each one straight down to your horizontal guide:

If you wish to have your egg a bit more "pointy", click on the node at the top and adjust the "arms" to make them shorter.

When you are happy with your shape, give your egg shape a name.

Select your egg with the pick tool [or object selector]
Right click and Export>Shape [Or File> Export > Shape]

I usually use the same name as I have given the shape as this makes it far easier to find it again when I want to use it.

If you wish to place it in a particular folder within your PSP shapes click on the little file icon to open the file location box [yes I have a LOT of folders:) ] :

To use your new shape simply select it from your dropdown list of PSP preset shapes:

I used the egg shape with a soft pink brown gradient and added shading and texture:

You can download a zip  with a .pdf version of this tutorial and gradient jm_brown_egg_1 HERE

You might also like to look at this tutorial, using an egg shape.

Please feel free to comment and post any queries.