Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Scrapbooking Series:
Embossed Leather Background

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 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.

For this tutorial, you will need the following:

Paint Shop Pro. I used version X, but you shouldn't have any problems doing this tutorial in other versions. You may download the latest PSP version demo here.

Sandy Blair's Simple Filters. You may download them here.

The size of your background will depend on how you're planning on using it.

If you're going to use your finished image on the web, you can make it relatively smaller and can use an image resolution of 72 dpi; however, if you're going to use the finished image for paper scrapbooking, then you'll want to make it fairly large, and make your image resolution 300 dpi.

You can determine the exact size to make the image in a couple of ways:

  1. You can either open up an image the exact size you want your finished scrapbook page to be and make your background that size. Using this method, you can make a background that doesn't have to be a seamless tile.
  2. you can make a smaller background, make it seamless, 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.

Step 1. I'm going to use my image on the web, so I've opened up a new image in PSP 250 x 250 at 72 dpi.

Step 2. Set your foreground color to #c06836 and your background color to #ca794e. Flood fill your canvas with the background color.

Step 3. Now you need to draw a design onto your image. I've used a preset shape (it's flower #6 that comes with PSP). Draw shapes randomly on your canvas. Keep them toward the center (to make it easier to make a seamless tile).

Step 4. Go to Effects>Texture Effects>Fine Leather, and use the settings in the screenshot.


Step 5. If you want the background to tile seamlessly, apply Sandy Blair's Quick Tile filter now (go to Effects>Plugins>Simple>Quick Tile.

Step 6. Now save your background in whatever format you prefer.

Step 7. You can make many variations of this background. For this one, I put the flowers on a separate layer and applied the same texture settings to both the flower layer and the flood filled layer.

For this one, I drew one large flower in the center, applied the fine leather texture filter, and then the quick tile.

And for this one, I used two shades of purple for the flowers and applied the fine leather texture. I then drew another flower without texture.

Just use your imagination...

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This tutorial was created on May 18, 2008.
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