Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Heart Wreath


This is a really quick and easy way to make a wreath of hearts for Valentine's Day or anytime at all - you can never have too much heart. I assume that you have a basic knowledge of PSP and are comfortable working with layers.

This tutorial uses a lot of layers, but don't let that scare you off! It just keeps things organized and allows you to move things around if you make a mistake.


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 file. Place this in your PSP selections folder (or any location of your choice - just remember where you place the file).

My fabric fill and pearl tubes.

You can download all my materials here.


Step 1. Open a new layer 350 x 350, background color of your choice. You'll make all the pieces first, and will then assemble them.

Step 2. Add a new layer. Load selection 1 (go to selections>load from disk - then navigate to the location where you placed my selection files). Flood fill with black. Contract by 2 (go to selections>modify>contract). Flood fill with the pattern you downloladed (scale set on 20, angle 0).

Apply an inner bevel, using the settings in the screenshot below.

01heartwreath   02heartwreath  

Step 3. Add a new layer. Load selection 2. Flood fill with black. Contract by 2. Floodfill with same pattern as above. Apply inner bevel, same as above.


Step 4. This step is optional, but it'll make your ribbon look more like a real ribbon and you can use it again later for other things. Choose your draw tool, set to freehand line, size 1. Set your foreground color to black and the your background color to null. Draw some lines on your ribbon, as in the screenshot.

When done, hide the background layer and merge visible layers. Then turn this layer off for the moment and make the background visible. Note: the screenshot below has been compressed - yours will look cleaner than this.


Step 5. Now you'll make the hearts. Add a new layer. Load selection 3. Flood fill with black. Contract by 2. Flood fill with red #C32000. Apply an inner bevel, same settings as before. (You could also use a pattern or gradient instead of a solid color for your heart).


Duplicate this layer (on your layers palette, right click on the layer and choose "duplicate") and add a pearl at the bottom of the heart (open up the pearl psp file you downloaded, copy it and then paste as a new layer onto your graphic. Hide all layers but this heart and pearl and merge visible layers.


You'll now have two versions of the heart - one without a pearl and one with. When you do your assembly of pieces, you can decide which one you want to use for your wreath.

Step 6. Hide all layers except the background. Now to make the leaves. I've also made two versions of the leaf - a darker one and a ligher one.

Add a new layer. Load selection 4. Floodfill with black. Contract by 2. Flood fill with green #545E31. Apply an inner bevel same as before.

Add a new layer and repeat this process except flood fill with #63972B. You'll have two leaves as below.


Step 7. Now you have all the basic pieces you need to make your heart. As I mentioned before, going to be using a lot of layers to assemble the heart.

Make your ribbon layer visible - it will be your bottom layer (on top of the background but underneath everything else). Make one of your hearts visible (you can choose plain or with pearl), and then just copy and paste as new layer as many times as you wish. Place the pieces into a heart shape around your ribbon.

{Hint: If you're having trouble placing items into a heart shape, you can make a template to help. Here's how - Add a new layer on top of your ribbon layer. Choose your preset shapes tool, set to heart (any color), and draw a heart roughly the size you'll want yours to be. Then lower the opacity of this layer so you can see the ribbon through it (go to your layers palette and move the slider down). Then place your little heart layers on top of this layer. When you've got the shape, just delete the big heart you drew, it's no longer needed].

The final touch is adding the leaves. Make your leaves visible and copy/paste as new layer as many times as you wish, working them around the little hearts. I placed some of the leaves on top of the hearts and some underneath. When done, you should have something similar to mine. I made two versions of the heartwreath - one with pearls (see top of page), and one without (see below)

When you're satisfied with your creation, save as a master psp file, with all layers intact. That way you can go back later and easily change items. And that's it, all done!


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

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This tutorial was created on January 14, 2004.
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