Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Magic Wand

I had a lot of fun doing this tutorial and hope you will too.  I have a couple of real magic wands so thought I'd make a cyber one. Just charge it up and wave at will!

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.

(Optional) Eye Candy 4000. You can still do this tutorial without Eye Candy.

You'll be drawing all of the pieces for this wand.

Step 1. Open a new image 300 x 500, background color of your choice.

Step 2. Choose your selection tool, rectangle, and draw a long shape, approximately 10 x 345 (watch the numbers in the lower left of your screen). Flood fill with white. (Note, the image below has been scaled down, yours will be larger).

Step 3. Apply Eye Candy Chrome filter.  Use the following settings (note: bevel profile is "button).  If you don't have Eye Candy, you could use an inner bevel or any other filter that would give you a textured, or 3d effect.


Step 4. Add a new layer.  With the selection tool set to circle, draw a small circle at the bottom of your wand.  Flood fill with white and apply Eye Candy chrome with same settings as before.

Step 5. Add a new layer.  With the selection tool set to "star1," draw a star at the top of your wand.  Flood fill with white.

Step 6. Apply Eye Candy chrome settings, same as before.

Step 7. Choose your selection tool, circle, and draw a small circle in the center of the star. Hit the "delete" key on your keyboard.


Step 9. Now your basic star is complete.  Time to decorate it.  You can follow what I did or you can make your own decorations.

Add a new layer.  With your selection tool, draw a small ellipse. Flood fill this with color of your choice.  I used #6377A2.  Then apply Eye Candy Glass (glass tubing, default settings).  If you don't have Eye Candy, you could use PSP's inner bevel.

Step 10. I always put every new thing I create on separate layers.  That way it's easier to move them around later if you change your mind.  So, duplicate this bead  4 times and place each on its separate layer.  Arrange around the points of the star.  You will have to rotate them.  When finished. it should look similar to this.

Step 11. You'll draw two more beads (but this time make them circles v. oval).  For the first bead, I used a pink, color #C9B3B4.  For the second bead I used yellow, #E3D299.  Repeat the same steps as you did above (i.e, draw the bead, apply Eye Candy glass, duplicate 4 times, and arrange around the ends of the star).


Step 12. Next, we'll draw the small bead in the center.  Add a new layer.  Choose your selection tool and draw a small circle  Flood fill with white, and apply the Eye Candy chrome preset, same settings as before.  Duplicate the layer (and hide the duplicate from view for a minute so you don't get confused).

Step 13. While it's still selected, contract it by 4 (go to selections>modify>contract).  You'll then have a little ring.

Step 14. You can leave it like this if you like, but I wanted a bit more beveling, so I just did the Eye Candy chrome filter again.  Resize it if you need to.

Step 15. Place the ring underneath the star.

Step 16. Now make your little chrome ball layer active again (the one your duplicated), and place in the star.

The glitter in my finished wand is just a sparkle tube set at about 10-20% and applied on a separate layer around the ends of the prongs.

Your wand is now complete.  Save as a master .psp file with all layers intact. That way you can go back and change items as you wish - the possible wands you can create are endless!  Be creative, and be sure to let me know if you have any problems.  Hope you enjoyed this tut!

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This tutorial was posted on November 6, 2003.
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