Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials



This is a quick and easy tutorial for making a choker. The inspiration for this was a choker I recently saw in a magazine, and I really liked it, so I made a cyber one. You will draw all of the pieces from scratch for the tutorial.

I assume that you have a basic working knowledge of PSP and are familiar with most of the tools. As with all of my tutorials, I provide them as guidelines and encourage you experiment with your own creations.

I suggest always saving your work as a master PSP file with all layers intact. That way you can easily go back and change things later. And it goes without saying (but I'll say it anyway) please remember to save your work often as you go through the tutorial.


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.

Flaming Pear's Super Blade Pro and my silver preset. Place the preset in your SBP presets/environments and textures folder.

My seamless fill tile.

You can download all of my materials here.


Step 1. Open a new image 250 x 400, background color to black.

Step 2. Add a new layer. Set your foreground and background colors to white. Choose your preset shape tool (line size 1, antialias checked, shape set to ellipse). Draw a circle about 215 x 215 (watch the numbers at the bottom left of your screen).

Choose your selections tool (any shape) and draw all around the shape you just drew. Then gently click inside on the shape to select it (you'll see marching ants around it). Now contract it by 5 (go to selections>modify>contract). Then hit "delete" on your keyboard. You will now have a small white ring.

Apply the silver SBP preset that you downloaded. (Note: all images are scaled down unless otherwise noted).


Step 3. Add a new layer. With your preset shape tool, draw a smaller circle, approximately 112 x 112. Set your foreground fill to texture and and open up the tile you downloaded (set the size to 200). Use your magic wand to select the circle and then flood fill it with the tile. Move the circle into position below the silver circle you drew.

Step 4. With your selection tool set to circle, draw a small circle at the top of the red one and hit delete on your computer keyboard.


Step 5. Choose your draw tool and set it to freehand line, size 1. Set your foreground color to black and your background color to null. Add a new layer and draw some lines. This is an abstract piece of jewelry so you can't go wrong in drawing the lines, anything will work!


Step 6. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to #3B86DF and your background color to #3CBCDF. Choose the preset shape tool, ellipse, size 1 (antialias checked, create as vector unchecked). Draw a small circle, approximately 6 x 6 (watch the numbers at the lower left of your screen).

Step 7. Apply an inner bevel (go to effects>3d effects>inner bevel). Use the settings in the screenshot below. (Note: the picture of the blue ball is larger than actual size).

03choker   05choker

Step 8. Now just copy and paste this little blue ball as a new layer. Do this as many times as you wish and arrange them around your lines.


Step 9. Add a new layer. Choose your selection tool, and set to rounded rectangle. Draw a small rectangle at the top of the red circle. Flood fill with white.


Step 10. Apply the silver Super Blade Pro preset you downloaded.


Step 11. Apply an inner bevel, using the settings in the screenshot.

09choker   10choker

Step 12. (optional). I erased a bit of the bottom of this, to make it more rounded and to make the hole larger. I used the eraser tool set at size 1 and 50% opacity.


And that's it! All done. Save as a master .psp file with all layers intact - that way you can go back later and change things around as you wish. If you'd like, you can make this into a bracelet just by making the silver circle a bits maller.

I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial, and as always, your comments and feedback are very welcome.

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This tutorial was created on December 18, 2003.
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