Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Christmas Gift Tag (Printable)

I've designed a gift tag for Christmas. The canvas was created at 200 dpi, so it's suitable for printing (instructions are at the end of the tutorial). The finished image is larger than the graphic shown here. If you're going to print it, the size will be about 1.5 x 2.5 inches.


For this tutorial, you will need the following:

Paint Shop Pro.This tutorial was written for versions 10 (PSP X), 9 and 7.04. You may download the latest PSP version demo here.

My canvas with alpha selections. here.

You'll also need this color chart. Right click and save it to your computer.


Step 1. Open up the canvas with alpha selections you downloaded. The selections that you'll need for this tutorial are all saved to alpha channel and are in the order that you will load them. To load an item from alpha channel, go to Selections>Load/Save Selection>Load Selection from Alpha Channel . Make sure "Replace selection" is checked, and nothing else is checked. [Note: PSP 7 users: go to selections>load from alpha channel].

To choose a selection, just click on the box to the left (it's circled in red in the screenshot) and navigate to the selection you want. It'll show up in the preview window on the right. Then just click "Load."

Step 2. Copy your color chart and paste it as a new layer onto your canvas. Move it to the top out of the way. When you need a color, just click on it with your dropper tool.

Step 3. Add a new layer. Load selection 01 from alpha channel. Flood fill with color #1. Float the selection (selections>float). Set foreground color to black. Apply a cutout (effects>3d effects>cutout), using settings in the screenshot (click on the shadow color box and choose black from the list of recent colors there). Then repeat the cutout but change the horizontal and vertical to -4.

 

Step 4. Add a new layer. Load selection 2. Flood fill with white. Float the selection. Apply a cutout, same as above, but change the shadow color to #2.

Step 5. Add a new layer (name it "band 1"). Load selection 3. Flood fill with black. Contract by 1 (selections>modify>contract). Flood fill with color #3.

Step 6. Add a new layer (name it "stripes"). Load selection 4. Flood fill with black.

Hide all layers except for the band and stripes layers. Merge visible layers. Turn other layers back on.

Make your merged image active. Choose your magic wand (set feather to 1). Click inside each of the squares and flood fill with a color of your choice. In addition to color 3, I've used 4 and 5.

Step 7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 for selections 5 and 6.

Step 8. Optional: I decided to add a little gold sparkle to mine. To do this, set foreground to a gold gradient of your choice (one comes with PSP). Choose your airbrush tool, using settings in the screenshot. Set Spray some gold along the black lines as you wish.

Step 9. Repeat steps 5, 6, and 8 for selections 7 and 8 (colors I used are #1 and 4).

Step 10. Add a new layer. Set foreground to black, background to color #4. Choose your preset shapes tool>circle, and draw small cirlces on your blue parts.

Change background color to #3 and draw small circles on your yellow parts.

Step 11. Add a new layer. Load selection 9. Flood fill with color #6.

Step 12. Add a new layer. Set foreground and background colors to black. Choose your preset shapes tool>circle. Draw two circles for the eyes.

Apply an inner bevel (effects>3d effects>inner bevel), using settings in the screenshot.

Step 13. Add a new layer. Choose your preset shapes tool>circle again, and draw a mouth. Apply an inner bevel, using same settings as before.

Step 14. Add a new layer. Set foreground to color #6. Choose your airbrush, using same settings as before (except change the size up to about 10). Spray some color under th eyes, similar to mine.

Step 15. Add a new layer. Load selection 10. Flood fill with color #7.

Set foreground color to black, background to null. Choose your pen tool>draw freehand, width 1, opacity about 45. Draw some lines on your holly.

Step 16. Add a new layer. Set foreground and background colors to #3. Choose your preset shapes tool>circle and draw a small berry. Apply an inner bevel, using same settings as before.

Repeat for as many berries as you want on your holly.

Step 17. Add a new layer. Load selection 11. Flood fill with color #5. Select and float it. Apply a cutout, same settings as before, except use color #7 as the shadow color.

Add a new layer. Set foreground to black, background to color #4. Choose your preset shapes tool>circle, and draw a small circle in the center of the bow. Select and float. Apply cutout, same settings as before, except use black (or a darker yellow) as the shadow color.

Use your airbrush and spray some gold sparkle on the bow, using same settings as above in step 8.

Step 18. Add a new layer and place in underneath all the other layers except the background. Load selection 12. Flood fill with color #5 (or, you may want to use your paintbrush, size about 100 and just paint in the color).

Apply an inner bevel, using same settings as before, except change the width and depth to 4.

Step 19. Add a new layer. Set foreground color to black, background to color #8. Choose your preset shapes tool>rectangle. Draw a rectangle all the way around your graphic.

Add a new layer. Set foreground color to black, background to color #9. Draw another rectangle inside the border.

Step 20. Add a new layer. Set foreground to black (or color of your choice). Choose your text tool and add your "to" and "from" text, using a font of your choice. I've used French Script MT, size 36.

Step 21. Now you can go back and add gold sparkle to any of the other pieces if you want (I decided to add some to my hat).

Step 22. You're done with the color chart so you can delete it now if you wish. Hide the background layer (or delete it if you wish), then merge visible layers.

Step 23. If you want to print the image, you'll probably want to have a hole at the top for string to go through. To do that, choose your selection tool>circle. Draw a small circle at the top of your image. Hit the delete key.

Step 24. Save your image in transparent PSP format (so you can use it again). If you want to print a single tag, just save the image in .jpg format.

Step 25. If you'd like to print a page of tags (v. just one), here's what to do. Open up a new image 8.5 x 11 inches (or whatever size your paper is going to be), at 200 dpi (minimum). Open up your tag (that should be saved in psp format. Copy and paste it onto the new image as a new layer. Now just paste it as many times as you want onto your image. Save that graphic in .jpg or .gif format.

To print, just use a medium - heavy stock paper. Print and then cut out the tags to use. Choose a pretty ribbon or string and tie through the top of your tag. And that's it, you're all set!

I hope you've enjoyed the tutorial, and please let me know if you experience any problems. Happy Holidays y'all!



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