Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Glass Card


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This is a glass card that can be used for many occasions. I've made this one sort of general in nature, but you can adapt the text and content to anything you like.

This tutorial is not difficult, but I do assume that you have a working knowledge of PSP in order to do this tutorial; however, I also provide screenshots to guide you along the way.


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 any location of your choice - I always place mine outside of PSP).

Eye Candy 4000, and my glasscard preset. Place the preset in your Eye Candy glass folder.

My gradient. Unzip and place this in your PSP gradients folder.

An item to go inside the glass frame. I've used flowers, but you could use anything you wish.

My pearl tube and my lace doiley tube Place these in your PSP tubes folder.

You may download all of my materials here.


Step 1.Open a new image 500 x 500, white background.

Step 2. Add a new layer. Load selection 1 (go to selections>load from disk - then navigate to the location where you placed the selection files). Flood fill with white. Keep selected. Note: this is your white fill layer.

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Step 3. Add a new layer. Name it "left side." Floodfill with the "pracken_glass card" gradient you downloaded.

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Step 4. Apply Eye Candy Glass, using the preset you downloaded (it's "pracken_glass card"). Just open up the Eye Candy Glass filter and then click on "settings." You should see the preset in the list.

Lower the opacity of this layer down to about 60.

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Step 5. Repeat steps 2, 3, and 4 for selection 2 (name the layer with the gradient fill on it "right side."

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Step 6. Now you'll add whatever you want to each side. Add a new layer. Place this layer underneath the "right side" layer. It should be in between that layer and the white fill layer. Add your flower tube here. (Note: I copied a bit of the top of the flower and added it to the bottom, but you can just leave it as it is if you wish).

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Step 7. Add a new layer. Place this layer underneath the "left side" layer. Set your foreground and background colors to whatever you want your text to be. Your color will need to be fairly dark, or it won't show up well. Mine is #75476E.

Choose your text tool. I chose the Papyrus font, size 12, antialias checked. I also added lines in between the text to make it long enough to fit on the side. Depending on the font you use, you can play with the size and spacing.

Now you'll need to rotate the text a bit so it looks like it's in the proper perspective. To do this, choose your deformation tool. Move your cursor over the block in the center until you see the two arrows (sorry, I can't figure out how to get a screenshot of the arrows - I've circled the box though that you hover your mouse over. You should see the two arrows when you do that).

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Then rotate the text slightly to the left until it looks right to you. I also scrunched mine down a bit. To do that just pull down the box at the top. I also selected out some of the flower used earlier and pasted it as a new layer at the top of the text. Rotate it as you need to.

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Step 8. Add a new layer. Place this layer underneath the leftside and rightside layers (it'll be between these layers and the whitefill layers). Choose your selection tool, rectantle, antialias checked. Draw a small shape. Flood fill with a gold gradient (one comes with PSP).

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Step 9. Go to effects>texture effects>blinds, and use these settings: width 1, opacity 24, color-black, horizontal checked, light from top checked.

Lower the opacity of this layer down to about 50. Duplicate this layer and place it at the bottom.

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Step 10. Now your glasscard is complete. You should have something similar to this. Save as a master psp file (that way you can go back later and change items if you wish). Then hide your background layer and merge visible layers. Turn your background back on.

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Step 11. Now, all that you need to do is decorate the surrounding area if you wish. Use your imagination here!

Here's how I did mine. I added a doiley (it's included in your download materials). Just add a new layer and place it underneath the merged layer but on top of your background. You'll need to deform it a bit - just use your deformation tool and reshape if you wish.

I also drew some pearls. To do this, open a new layer. Then just navigate to the "pracken_pinkpearl" tube you downloaded and draw your string of pearls.

Finally, I added a couple of flowers. I made this using the flower file included in your download materials. Just use your selection tool to select out one of the leaves and paste it as a new layer. Then duplicate it as many times as you want, and rotate the layers into place until you have a bed of leaves. Then, select out the flowers and copy/paste them onto your leaves. Hide all other layers and merge your flower layers together.

When you have something you like, hide the background and merge visible layers. Add a drop shadow if you wish. Here's my finished product.

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And that's it, done! Please let me know if you have any difficulties with this tutorial.





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This tutorial was created on April 25, 2004.
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