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Scrapbooking Series:
Elements: Rick Rack


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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.

One of the wonderful things about scrapbooking is the variety of elements you can use to enhance your pages. This tutorial will show you how to make simple rick rack, which you can then use to create unique patterns of your own.

This tutorial was written for Paint Shop Pro versions 9 and 7.

For this tutorial, you will need the following:

Paint Shop Pro. I used version 9. I've included comments, as appropriate, for PSP 7 users. The tut should work fine in PSP 8 as well. You can download the latest PSP version demo here.

Step 1. The size of your image really depends on how large you want your rick rack to be. My canvas is 500 x 500 pixels (I wanted to make several color variations of my rick rack and wanted plenty of room to add them). If you're going to use the image on the web, you can make its resolution at 72dpi; however, if you are planning on printing your rick rack out to use with a paper scrapbook, you'll want to make the image resolution higher, 300 pixels/inch (some folks say they get good results at 200, so feel free to experiment with that if you wish).

Step 2. Set your foreground color to #ebe4d4, background null.

Choose your pen tool, and use the settings in the screenshot.

[Note: PSP 7 users, choose your draw tool>freehand line, using these settings:]

Draw a line 400 x 0 (watch the numbers at the bottom of your screen). Screenshot is actual size.

Step 3. Go to Effects>Distortion Effects>Wave, and use the settings in the screenshot. [Note: PSP7 users, go to Geometric Effects>Wave].

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


Step 5. Now you just need to trim the ends. To do that, choose your selection tool, rectangle, and select the area at the ends. Then hit the delete key.


If you want to make variations of your rick rack, you can start with different colors, or you can colorize it after finishing (Adjust>Hue and Saturation>Colorize). Also, you can experiment with different colors for the weave color.

When done, save your image in a transparent format (psp, png).

I also saved a version with a drop shadow already added. Use these settings:

And that's it, all done. It's ready to add to your scrapbook page.

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This tutorial was created on April 2, 2005.
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