Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Designer Purse


This tutorial is so easy and fun to play with. You can make the purse I've made, or you can easily make variations simply by changing the shape you start with and the colors you use to flood fill your shapes with. Feel free to experiment with this one.

It uses selections and Birgit's tapestry filter (freeware). Birgit has some other wonderful filters, so while you're at her page, be sure not to miss them.

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.

Birgit's Tapestry filter. You may download it here.

My selections. Place these in a location of your choice. (Note: I place mine in folders outside of PSP; however, if you experience any difficult getting selections to load, usually placing them inside PSP's selection folder will solve the problem). You may download the selections here.

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


Step 1. Open a new image 300 x 300, white background.

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

Step 3. Apply Birgit's Tapestry filter, using the settings in the screenshot.

Step 4. Float the selection (hit "Ctrl+F" on your keyboard). Apply a cutout (go to effects>3d effects>cutout), using the settings in the screenshot.

Repeat the cutout but change the horizontal and vertical to -3.


Step 5. Choose your selection tool (rectangle) and draw around your purse area, approximately 1/3 down. Click on the purse. You'll see the marquee (marching ants).

05purse   06purse

Step 6. Add a new layer. Flood fill with color #1 and repeat steps 3 and 4 above.


Step 7. Add a new layer. Load selection 2 from disk and flood fill with color #1. Repeat steps 3 and 4 above.


Step 8. Add a new layer. Load selection 3 from disk and flood fill with color #2. Repeats step 3 and 4 above.


Step 9. Add a new layer. Choose your selection tool, rectangle. Draw a small rectangular section on your purse. Flood fill with a gold gradient (one comes with PSP). Use the settings in the screenshot

10purse  11purse

Step 10. Apply an inner bevel, using the settings in the screenshot.

12purse  13purse

Step 11. I decided to add a chain and medallion to my purse. To add the chain just open up the "pursechain" psp file you downloaded (or you may use a chain of your choice, of course). Copy it and paste as a new layer onto your purse. Position it similar to mine.


Step 12. Add a new layer. Set your foreground and background colors to the same gold gradient as before (but change the angle on both to 90). Choose your preset shapes tool, ellipse. Draw a small circular shape for your medallion (hold the shift key down while drawing to make it perfectly round). Apply an inner bevel using the same settings as before (in step 10).


Erase any overlapping bits of your chain.

And that's it, your purse is all done! When satisfied with your creation, delete the color chart and your background layer. Merge visible layers and save as a psp file.

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 August 12, 2004.
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