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Easy Pincushion


As with many things I try to create, the inspiration for this one comes from real life. I was fixing the hem on a shirt yesterday and had my little pincushion out, and I thought, "hmmmm, I can make one of those in PSP." So here it is. It's quick, easy, and I provide a lot of screenshots to help you along the way.

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 files. Place them in your PSP selections folder (or any location of your choice - just remember where you place them). You can download them here.

Step 1. Open up a new image 450 x 350, background color of your choice.

Step 2. Add a new layer. Load selection 1 (go to selections>load from disk - then navigate to the location you placed the selection files). Flood fill with red #A7030A.


Step 3. Go to Effects>Texture Effects>Weave, and apply these settings (Note: the weave color is #D8D6CF and the gap color is #B8B898).

01apincushion     02pincushion

Step 4. Keep selected. Add a new layer. Apply a cutout (go to Effects>3d Effects>Cutout), and use these settings:

03pincushion   03apincushion

Step 5. Add a new layer. Load selection 2. Flood fill with #247358. Apply weave, same settings as before.


Step 6. Keep selected. Add a new layer. Apply cutout filter, using the following settings (Note: the green used for the shadow color is #67A769).

05pincushion    06pincushion

Step 7. Add a new layer. Load selection 3. Flood fill with red #A7030A. Keep selected. Apply weave, same settings as before. Add a new layer. Apply the same cutout as you did for step 4 above.


Step 8. Add a new layer. Load selection 4. Flood fill with green #247358. Keep selected. Apply weave as before. Add a new layer. Apply cutout same as in step 6 above.


Step 9. Add a new layer and place it underneath the green star-shaped layer. Set your foreground color to green #247358 and your background color to null. Choose your draw tool, freehand line, size 6 (antialias checked). Draw some lines on your cushion, similar to mine. Don't worry about them overlapping, we'll fix that in a minute.


Step10. Apply an inner bevel, with the following settings:

10pincushion"      11pincushion"

Step11. Now to get rid of any overlap you have with your lines. Make your cushion layer active (do this on your layers palette by simply clicking on that layer). Go to Selections>Select all>Selections>Float, Invert the selection (selections>Invert). Now make the layer with your lines active and then hit "delete" on your keyboard. Any overlap should now be gone.


Step12. Add a new layer. Move this layer to the top. With the draw tool, freehand line (same settings as before), draw a line down to your little berry. Apply an inner bevel, same as before.


Step 13. Now to draw the pins to go into your cushion. Set your foreground color to gradient and choose a silver one (one comes with PSP). Set it to linear, angle 90, repeats 0. Set your background color to null.

Add a new layer. Choose your draw tool, single line, size 3. Draw some lines on your cushion - put these wherever it suits you.


Step 14. Apply an inner bevel, using these settings

15pincushion    16pincushion

Step 15. Now you'll draw some tops for the pins. Add a new layer. Choose any color you wish to start with - I've chosen #D56B6B. Set your foreground and background colors to it. Choose your preset shape tool, ellipse (antialias checked). Draw a small circle. Duplicate and paste this as a new layer as many times as you need to, to match the pins you drew (I copied it 6 times).

Now go back to your original circle and apply an inner bevel, with the same settings as above.

17pincushion   18pincushion

Step 16. For each of the remaining pin tops, follow the same steps. Make the layer with the top active. Then go to Selections>Select all>Float, and use your paintbrush to apply a different color. Then apply the same inner bevel as above. Repeat for all the other tops.

When you're satisfied with your creation, hide the background and merge visible layers. Save as a psp file.

And that's all there is to it! Finished. Hope you enjoyed it, and as always, please let me know if you have any problems with this tutorial.

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This tutorial was created on January 2, 2004.
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