Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials



I used to have a locket pin similar to this one, years ago. I had a picture of my cat inside it <g>. So, I decided to draw one and this tutorial is the result. This tutorial uses selections.

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 selections. Place these in your PSP selections folder (or another location of your choice, just remember where you place them). You may download them here.

Super Blade Pro, and my goldbow preset. Place the preset in your SBP preset folders. You can download my preset here.

A gold or silver gradient (there are some that come with Psp).

A graphic for your locket. Choose something that will look ok when resized down.

Step 1. Open a new image 250 x 350, background color of your choice.

Step 2. Add a new layer.  Load the "01locket" selection (go to selections>load from disk. then navigate to the location you placed your selection files).  I filled each selection with a gold gradient (if you prefer, you could use a silver gradient instead).

Step 3. Apply Super Blade Pro pracken_goldbow preset.

Step 4. Add a new layer.  Load "02 locket" selection.  Flood fill with your gradient and apply the SBP goldbow preset as before.

Step 5. Add a new layer.  Load "03locket" selection.  Flood fill with your gradient.  Do not apply SBP to this one.  Darken this a bit (go to colors>adjust>hue/saturation/lightness. Set the hue at 0, saturation 0, and lightness to about -10).  You don't have to darken it, but I think it adds a bit of contrast.

Step 6. Add a new layer.  Load "04locket" selection.  Flood fill with gradient.   Darken as before.

Step 7. Add a new layer.  Load "05locket" selection.  Flood fill with gradient. Darken as before.

Step 8. Add a new layer.  Load "06locket" selection.  Flood fill with gradient.  Apply SBP preset.

Step 9. Add a new layer.  Set your foreground color to your gradient and your background color to null.  Choose your preset shapes tool, ellipse, line size 6. Draw a small circle on top of the locket.  Apply the SBP preset.

Move this layer to the bottom (it should be on top of your background layer but underneath all the other layers). 

Step 10. Add a new layer.  Choose your preset shapes tool, rectangle, line size 2-3, draw a little rectangle on top of the circle.  Flood fill with the gradient and apply the SBP preset.

At this step, save as a master .psp file with all layers intact so you can go back later and change things if you wish.

Hide your background layer and merge visible layers.   With your selection tool, select the center of your locket.  Expand this selection by 4 (go to selections>modify>expand).

Step 12. Add a new layer.  Put this layer underneath your merged layer.  Now you can add a graphic to your locket.  Choose an entire graphic or just a part of it.  Once you have something you like, just copy it.  Then go to edit>paste into selection.  The graphic should fit perfectly into your locket.

Voila, done!  Using your master .psp file, you can easily change the look of your locket. Here's another variation I made.

I hope you've enjoyed the tut!

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This tutorial was posted on November 5, 2003.
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