Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Triple Lace Heart


Here is another tutorial for Valentine's Day - but of course, you can use hearts any day of the year. The inspiration for this was an applique I saw on a dress in a department store a few days ago. This is an easy tutorial, but I do assume that you have basic familiarity with PSP and its functions.


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,

Flaming Pear Blade Pro (or Super Blade Pro).

Gary Vanderbur's Pleated Cotton preset. Gary has very graciously given me permission to make the preset available, and it can be downloaded here. Gary does not have a webpage, but he can be contacted by email. Unzip the preset and place it in the folder where you keep your Blade Pro (or Super Blade Pro) presets.

My selection files. Unzip these and place them in your PSP selections folder. Or, if you choose, place them in a location outside of PSP (which is what I do). You can download them here.

My seamless fabric fill tiles. You can download them here.


Note: The graphics in this tutorial have been resized - yours will be larger and crisper.

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

Step 2. Add a new layer. Name it "lace 1." Load selection 1 (go to selections>load from disk and then navigate to the location where you placed your selection files). Flood fill with white. Apply Blade Pro GV Pleated Cotton preset. Keep selected.

Step 3. Apply a drop shadow (go to effects>3d effects>drop shadow) and use these settings: vertical 1, horizontal 1, opacity 40%, blur 1, color black.


Step 4. Choose your magic wand and click inside the heart. Expand by 12 (go to selections>modify>expand). Add a new layer. Name it "heart 1." Flood fill with the heart1 fabric you downloaded (set the scale to 20% and the angle to 0). Move this layer underneath "lace 1."


Step 5. Make the "lace1" layer active. Duplicate this layer (right click on the layer in your layers palette and choose "duplicate"). Name it "lace 2."

Resize this layer by 78% (go to image>resize). Make sure that the "resize all layers" button is not checked. Sharpen the image (go to image>sharpen).

Select this layer (go to selections>select all>float). Apply drop shadow same settings as before (step 3 above).


Step 6. Choose your magic wand, click inside the heart on "lace 2" layer. Expand by 8. Add a new layer. Flood fill with the heart2 tile (set the scale at 100% and angle to 0). Move this layer underneath "lace 2."


Step 7. Make "lace 2" layer active. Duplicate this layer. Name it "lace 3." Resize by 60%. Sharpen. Select it (go to selections>select all>float). Apply drop shadow as before.


Step 8. Choose your magic wand and click inside this heart. Expand by 4. Add a new layer. Name it "heart 3." Flood fill with heart3 fabric (set scale to 40% and angle to 0). Move this layer underneath "lace 3."


Step 9. Make "heart 3" active. Duplicate this layer. Name it "heart 4." Resize by 70%. Select it (go to selections>select all>float). Flood fill with the heart 4 fabric (set scale to 50%, angle to 0). Keep selected.

Step 10. Apply a cutout (go to effects>3d effects>cutout), using these settings: Vertical 1, horizontal 1, opacity 19, blur 7.5, shadow color black, fill with interior color not checked. Repeat, but change the vertical and horizontal settings to -1.


Step 11. Add a new layer. Name it "heart 5." Load selection 2. Flood fill with 5heart fabric (scale 20, angle 335). Keep it selected. Apply a cutout, same settings as before. Duplicate this layer (name it heart 6). Rotate right 60 degrees. Sharpen.


Step 12. And that's all there is to it. All done! Save as a master PSP file with all layers intact. That way you can go back and change things later if you wish.


I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial. As always, please let me know if you experience any difficulties.

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