Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Fabric Christmas Tree


This is a very easy tutorial. Actually, it's more of an "idea" than a tutorial. I am providing you with the selection files to use for the pieces and some of the fabrics and trims, and then leaving the rest up to your own imagination. It's really easy to do, and I'll give you the guidelines, but there aren't any screenshots.


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 these in your PSP selections folder, or another location of your choice. You can download them here.

Fabrics and trim. I am providing you with the ones I've used in this tutorial. You can download them here.


You can use the fabrics and trims I've provided for you, or you can use others that you like. You'll also want some ribbon, buttons, trim, or anything else that strikes your fancy. Before you start the tutorial, it's a good idea to assemble everything you want to use on your tree - that way you can floodfill as you load the selections. But, if you change your mind, not to worry. You can go back and redo (I did that a lot with the one I made). When you have all the materials you want, you're ready to start.

Step 1. Open a new image 350 x 400, background color to black.

Step 2. Add a new layer. Load selection 1. Flood fill with the fabric of your choice.

Step 3. Repeat for each of the remaining selections (they are numbered in order, so just load them that way). When done, you should have 9 layers - a background layer and 8 layers with selections.

Step 4. Add additonal decorations as you wish. I added trim on all of the layers, and I added some buttons and ribbon. Erase any bits that overlap the edges.

Step 5. Save a master PSP file with all layers intact. You can then easily go back and change bits you don't like or you can make an entirely different tree. I always save a master file!

Step 6. When your tree looks pleasing to you, hide the background and merge visible layers. Save as a transparent PSP file.

And that's all there is to it!


I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial. One of the things I like about this one is it allows you to be very creative. I would love to see what y'all do with this one. And as always, if you have any difficulty with the tutorial, just let me know.

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This tutorial was created on December 18, 2003.
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