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Scrapbooking Series:
Background Paper 2


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Welcome to my scrapbook tutorial series! Some of my scrapbooking tutorials are in the free area of my site, and some are in the members area. However, I've put thumbnails and links to ALL tutorials in both areas, so no matter where you are on the site, you'll be able to find the scrapbooking tuts.

In the free area of my site, you'll find the tutorials here. In the members area, you'll find the tutorials here. You'll also find more information about scrapping, and some tips on those pages as well.

This tutorial will show you how to make the background paper above, which you can then either use on the web, or you can print it out to use with a paper scrapbook. This is a really quick and easy tutorial, and most folks should be able to complete it without difficulty.

This tutorial was written for Paint Shop Pro version 9 and 8.

For this tutorial, you will need the following:

Paint Shop Pro. I used version 9 (sorry, PSP 7 doesn't have the filter needed for this tut). PSP 8 users should be able to do the tut. You can download the latest PSP version demo here.

Step 1. Open up a new image in PSP.

The size of your image will depend on how you intend to use it. If you're going to print it out, you'll probably want to make it something like 8.5 x 11, 12 x 12, or 13 x 19 inches, with an image resolution of 300 pixels/inch (some folks say they get good results at 200, so feel free to experiment with that if you wish). [Note: If you're using these file sizes, the image will take up quite a bit of memory in PSP, so you may want to make sure you have any other programs closed]

[A note about printing: Most home computers will print 8.5 x 11 size paper (although there are printers now available that will print larger sizes). If you're interested in learning more about these wide format printers, here are a couple of links that may help: and If you don't have a printer, or if you want a larger size not accommodated by your printer, you can save your scrapbook page on CD and take it to some place like Kinkos, and they'll print it out for you.].

I'm going to do this tutorial digitally (not for printing), so I can make my image quite a bit smaller. You can determine the exact size in a couple of ways: a) You can either open up an image the exact size you want your finished scrapbook page to be, or b) you can make a smaller seamless tile and then use it to flood fill your scrapbook page.

On some backgrounds, making a smaller seamless tile will work fine; however, on others, it just won't look as good. You can decide which method works best for you. For this particular tile, I'm going to go ahead and make it the size I want my page to be.

Open up a new image 500 x 500 pixels at 72 dpi.

Step 2. Flood fill your canvas with color #F4EEE0.

Choose your airbrush, and use the settings in the screenshot. [Note: If you're making a larger size, then increase the size of your airbrush upwards, e.g., for 8.5 x 11 inches, I use size 500).

Spray color #E41C around your canvas.

Step 3. Go to Effects>Artistic Effects>Halftone, and use the settings in the screenshot.


And that's all there is to it! It's ready to use in your scrapbook.

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This tutorial was created on April 2, 2005.
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