Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Paper Bells


This tutorial was inspired by those paper foil bells that folks use to decorate for the new year, along with crepe paper banners and such. This is a really, really easy tutorial, and most folks should be able to complete it quickly, and without problems.

For this tutorial, you will need the following:

Paint Shop Pro. I used version 7.04 but if you are familiar with PSP, you should be able to convert the tutorial without problems. You can download the latest PSP version demo here.

My selection files. Place them in your PSP selection folder (or another location of your choice).

My gradients. Place these in your PSP gradients folder.

You may download my materials here.

Step 1. Open a new image 400 x 400, white background.

Step 2. Add a new layer. Load selection 1 (selections>load from disk - then navigate to the location where you placed the selection files). Flood fill with the "pracken_blue" gradient you downloaded (style linear, angle 90, repeats 0).

Step 3. Add a new layer. Place it underneath your bell. Set your foreground and background to the "pracken_silverish" gradient (set style to sunburt, and make sure the invert box is unchecked).

Choose your preset shapes tool, ellipse (retain style unchecked, antialias checked, create as vector unchecked, line width 1). Draw a small circle at the bottom of your bell. You'll need to decide what direction you want your final bell to be so you can move your circle accordingly).

Apply an inner bevel (effects>3d effects>inner bevel) using the settings in the screenshot.


Step 4. Add a new layer and place it underneath the bell. Change the foreground gradient to linear style, angle 0. Set the background to null. Choose your preset shapes tool again, ellipse - change the line width to 5. Draw a small circle at the top of the bell.

Step 5. Add a new layer and place it on top of your bell. Load selection 2. Change the foreground gradient angle to linear, angle 90. Flood fill your selection.

Step 6. Add a new layer. Load selection 3. Flood fill with your gradient. Now just copy and paste this flake as many times as you want to decorate the bell (I put each on a new layer - makes it easier to move around)

Add a new layer. Keep your background on the gradient and set foreground to null. Choose your preset shapes tool, and choose one of your star shapes (several come with PSP). Draw some stars on your bell. Or, if you wish, you can decorate your bell with other shapes.

Step 7. Add a new layer. Add text as you wish. I used the the settings in the screenshot (the font I used is 2Peas Beautiful, which is a commercial font).


Step 8. When you're satisfied with your creation, hide the background layer and merge visible layers. Then turn your background layer back on.

If you'd like to make another bell, you could go through all the above steps again. Or, an easier way is to undo the merge you did above (edit>command history - then undo the merge). You'll have all your layers back again. Delete the bell layer. Add a new layer for your new bell. Load the selection (selection 1), and flood fill with a color or gradient of your choice. Decide which direction you want your finished bell to hang, and move your clapper layer accordingly. When done, hide the background and merge visible layers.

Arrange the bells as you wish - I've rotated mine using the deformation tool (you could also use the image>rotate function).

And that's all there is to it. I hope you've enjoyed the tut, and have a Happy New Year!

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This tutorial was created on December 26, 2004.
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