Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Diamond Bow


The inspiration for this diamond bow was a piece of jewelry I came across on my travels around the web.  I drew the bow with vectors, but I've made a selection for you to use if you're not interested in trying your hand at drawing it.

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 bow selection.  Place it in your PSP selections folder (or a location of your choice).

Flaming Pear's Super Blade Pro.

My Super Blade Pro preset.  Place it in your SBP presets folder.

A diamond.   You can use the one I'm providing or you can use one of your own.  The diamond is in .psp format.

My diamond background fill.

You can download all my materials here.

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

Step 2. Add a new layer.  Load my "bow" selection (go to selections>load from disk, and then navigate to the bow selection).

Step 3. Flood fill this with a color, gradient, or pattern of your choice.  Each will give slightly different effects, so feel free to experiment.  I've used a light yellow, color #FFFFC0.

Step 4. Apply my Super Blade Pro silversparkle preset.
Step 5. Add a new layer.  With your selection tool, draw a small circle in the center of your bow.  Flood fill it with the same color  your used for the bow. Apply the SBP silver sparkle preset


Step 6. Make the bow layer active.  With your magic wand, (my tolerance was set at  80), and while holding down the shift key, select the inside areas of the bow as I have done.   Expand this selection by 2 (go to selections>expand).

Step 7. Add a new layer and place it underneath the bow layer. Open the diamond fill tile, set the size to 30% and flood fill.

Step 8. Now you'll add some individual diamonds. Add a new layer and move it on top of  the diamondfill layer you just made.  I put each diamond on a new layer so I can move them around as I wish, but that's a personal preference. You'll need to resize the diamonds as necessary to fit.   For each diamond you add, apply a drop shadow with these settings: horizontal 1, vertical 1, opacity 30, blur 1.

You can see where I added diamonds in the first screenshot below (I hid the fill layer so you could see them better). The second screenshot below is how it looks when done.


Step 9. Once you're satisfied with your creation, save a master PSP file with all layers intact.  That way, if I want to change something later, you can easily go back and do so.

I've created some variations of this bow, just by adjusting the color of the bow and ball levels.  I did this with the variations filter, but you can also do it with the colorize function in PSP.


I hope  you've enjoyed this tutorial.  As always, be sure to let me know if you have any problems!

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This tutorial was posted on November 10, 2003.
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