Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Heart Clipboard


I saw a little plastic heart clipboard in a store the other day and thought it was so cute that I had to make one. This tutorial shows you how to make both the clipboard and the matching pencil. It's quick and easy to do, and assumes that you are familiar with PSP and its tools.

Note: This tutorial has been graciously translated into German by Micki. You can find the German translation here.

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 and my fill pattern. Place the selections in your PSP selections folder (or another location of your choice). You can download the materials here.

Optional: Eye Candy 4000 (you can do this tutorial without Eye Candy).

Step 1. Open a new image 350 x 350, background color of your choice.

Step 2. Set your foreground and background colors to pink #FF689C. Choose your preset shapes tool, rectangle (antialias checked, create as vector not checked). Draw a rectangle approximately 120 x 200 (watch the numbers at the lower left of your screen). Screenshot below is actual size. Note: If you want a different size, feel free to draw this smaller or larger.

Step 3. Go to effects>noise>add. Choose 8%, random.


Step 4. Select the rectangle you just drew (go to selections>select all. Then click selections>float). You'll see the marching ants around your rectangle. Apply a cutout (go to effects>3d effects>cutout), and use the settings in the screenshot. The shadow color is #8C3A6A.

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Step 5. Add a new layer. Set your foreground and background colors to white. Choose your preset shape tool, rectangle. Draw a slightly smaller rectangle (this is your paper). Choose your magic wand and click on the paper. Flood fill it with the clipboard fill tile you downloaded with my materials (set the scale to 30% and the angle to 0). Note: If you like, you can leave the paper blank or you can use a different fill).


Step 6. Add a new layer. Load selection 1 (go to selections>load from disk - then navigate to the location you placed the selection files you downloaded). Flood fill it with a silver gradient (one comes with PSP) - set the gradient to linear, invert checked, angle 0, repeats 0.

Step 7. Apply an inner bevel (go to effects>3d>inner bevel) and use the settings in the screenshot.

05clipboard   06clipboard

Step 8. Add a new layer. Use your preset shape tools and draw a heart, or if you don't have a heart shape, you can use my heart selection (it's selection 2). Flood fill the heart with the same pink you used before. Apply noise as before.

If you don't have Eye Candy, apply a cutout, same as before and then skip to Step 9.

If you do have Eye Candy, apply the glass preset, using the settings in the screenshot below (the bevel profile is "button").

08clipboard   09clipboard


Step 9. Slide the opacity of this layer to about 85 (open up your layers palette and slide the lever). You want the clip to show through a bit.


Your clipboard and paper are complete, now on to make the matching pencil.

Step 10. Hide all layers except the background.

Step 11. Add a new layer. Set your foreground and background colors to the same pink as you used before. Choose your preset shape tool, rectangle. Draw a small shape, approximately 130 x 15 (watch the numbers at the bottom left of your screen). Note: your size may be larger or smaller, depending on your preferences. The image below is my actual size.

Apply noise, same settings as before.


Step 12. Choose your eraser tool, settings as in the screenshot below. Erase a few bits at the end.


Step 13. Select it (go to selections>select all>float). Apply a cutout, same settings as before.


Step 14. Add a new layer. Place this layer underneath the pencil layer you just worked with. Set your foreground and background colors to #E4CC84.

Choose your preset shapes tool, triangle. Draw a small triangle, approximately 15 x 30. (Screenshot is actual size).


Step 15. Rotate it left 90 degrees (go to image>rotate). Apply a cutout, using the same settings as before, except change the shadow color to black. Align this layer under your pencil. Note: if it doesn't line up the way you want, use the deformation tool to shape it.


Step 16. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to black and your background color to null. Choose your draw tool, freehand line, size 1. Draw a little lead for your pencil (screenshot enlarged to show detail).


Your pencil should look similar to this when done.


Step 17. Save as a master PSP file, with all layers intact. That way you can go back and change the colors, fills, etc. Then, hide all layers except your clipboard and paper layers. Merge these (go to layers>merge visible). Save as a PSP file. Hide all layers except your pencil pieces. Merge visible and save as a PSP file.

I made a couple of variations of the clipboard and pencil, below - really easy to do if you've saved a master file.

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I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial, and as always, please let me know if you experience any problems.

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This tutorial was created on January 18, 2004.
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