Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Easy Paper Pad


This is a really quick and easy tutorial for making a pad of paper, and the end results are so much fun!

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 color chart. Right click on this and save it to your computer.


Step 1. Open a new image 300 x 400, white background. Copy your color chart and paste it as a new layer onto your canvas. Move it to the top out of the way. When you need a color, just click on it with your eye dropper tool.

Step 2. Add a new layer. Set your foreground and background colors to color #2. Choose your preset shapes tool, rectangle, retain shape unchecked, antialias checked, create as vector unchecked.

Draw a shape approximately 220 x 325 in the center of your paper (Watch the numbers in the lower left of your screen).

Select and float the shape you just drew (go to selections>select all>selections>float (you'll see marching ants around it). Now contract the selection by 1 (go to selections>modify>contract). Flood fill with color #1. Note: My rectangle in the screenshot is resized - yours will be larger.

Step 3. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to color #2 and your background color to null. Choose your draw tool, single line, size 1, antialias checked, create as vector unchecked, close path unchecked.

Now to draw some lines across your pad. Turn your grid on (go to view>grid). Make sure your settings are the same as mine (go to view>change grid and guide properties).

I have drawn each of my lines 2 gridblocks wide. I've marked it in red on the screenshot, for visibility (your color will not be red).

Draw your lines similarly spaced to mine. If you hold your shift key down while drawing, your line will be perfectly straight. Be sure to leave a little extra space at the top of your pad, like mine.

Step 4. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to color #3 and your background to null. Choose your draw tool, same settings as before, and draw two vertical lines down the left side of your pad, similar to mine.

Step 5. Add a new layer. Set your foreground and background colors to color #4. Choose your preset shapes tool, same settings as before. Draw a small rectangle at the top of your pad.


Add a drop shadow to this section. Go to effects>3d effects>drop shadow. Use these settings: horizontal 1, vertical 1, opacity 35, blur 1.


Step 6. Your pad is now done. You can leave it this way if you wish, or you can add whatever you wish. I added text and hearts to mine. To do that, just add a new layer and add the items (I used color #5 for mine). Here's how mine looked when done.


When you're satisfied with your creation, delete the color chart, turn your background layer off, and merge visible layers. Save as a psp file.

You can make as many variations as you wish - just change the pad and top colors, or even use patterns. The possibilities are endless.

Also, if you'd like, you can make my heart clipboard and use your paper pad with it. You'll find that tutorial here.


I hope you've had as much fun doing this tutorial as I did. And as always, if you run into any difficulty, just let me know.

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This tutorial was created on July 21, 2004.
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