Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Christmas 2006:
Stained Glass Church

This is the first in my Christmas 2006 tutorial series. With this tut, you'll work with my outline to make a pretty stained glass ornament.


For this tutorial, you will need the following:

Paint Shop Pro.This tutorial was written for versions 10 (PSP X), and 9. If you have earlier versions, you should still be able to complete the tutorial by making some minor adjustments. You may download the latest PSP version demo here.

Blade Pro (or Super Blade Pro) and the leading preset that comes with it. You can download a demo of the program here. [Note: You can still do this tutorial without Blade Pro].

My canvas with the outline.

My glass fill patterns.

You may download all of my materials here.


Step 1. Open up the churchcanvas you downloaded. There are two layers - a background and the outline layer.

Step 2. First, you'll do the leading bit of the stained glass. Select and float your image (Selections>select all. Selections>float). You'll see the marquee ("marching ants") around the black areas of your image.

Add a new layer. Flood fill with white. Keep selected.

Select your Blade Pro (or Super Blade Pro) preset (Effects>Plugins>Flaming Pear>Blade Pro), and navigate to the "leading" preset that comes with Blade Pro. Click "Ok." [Note: If you don't have Blade Pro, you could floodfill the selection with a dark grey and then apply an inner bevel].

Turn off the black outline layer, as you'll no longer need it.

Step 3. Choose your magic wand and select the snow areas of your image. Expand the selection by 1 (selections>modify>expand).

Add a new layer and place it underneath the leaded outline layer (Note: for each step below when you add a new layer, it will always go underneath the leaded layer).

Open up the "churchglass1" pattern you downloaded. Set your foreground fill style to texture.

Click on your fill box and choose these settings.

Now flood fill the snow area.

Step 4. Now you will just continue the rest of your pattern the same way as you did in Step 4. Again, here are the steps.

  • Choose your selection tool and select the area you want to fill.
  • Expand the selection by 1.
  • Add a new layer and place it underneath the leaded layer.
  • Open up the fill pattern and flood fill the area.

Here are the areas and the corresponding fills I used:

  • Path - churchglass2
  • Trees - churchglass3
  • Church - churchglass4
  • Windows - churchglass5
  • Church Roof, Steeple - churchglass6
  • Moon - churchglass5
  • Sky - churchglass 7

Step 5. When your image looks the way you want it, turn the background layer off and merge visible layers (layers>merge visible).

Step 6. You could leave it this way if you wish, but I decided to make mine a hanging ornament. To do that, choose your selection tool>circle (feather 0, antialias checked).

Draw a small selection at the top of your circle. Then hit the delete key to make a little hole.

Step 7. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to white, background to null. Choose your preset shapes tool>circle. Set width to 2 and antialias is checked. Draw a small circle at the top of your circle.

Apply Blade Pro leading preset.

Now erase the bits that overlap on the front, so it looks as though the hanger is going through the hole at the top.

I also added a wee bit of ribbon. To do that, set your foreground fill to a gradient of your choice (set angle to 180, repeats to 0). Choose your pen tool>draw freehand (width about 3). Add a new layer and draw a little ribbon.

Step 8. When you're satisfied with your image, delete the background and black outline layers. Merge visible layers. Save as Psp file.

And you're all done! Please let me know if you experienced any problems with this tut, and of course, as always, I'd love to see your results.




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