Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Western Town Series: Signpost


This is my old western town series of tutorials. This tutorial will show you how to make the sign (it's there in the front left). It's really quick and easy. If you would like to make the other items in this series, you will find them here.

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 seamless fill tile.

My selection files. Place these in your PSP selections folder, or a location of your choice.

You may download my materials here. (Note: If you are having trouble getting the selections to work, then place them in PSP's selection folder - for some reason PSP sometimes won't recognize them in other locations).

Step 1. Open a new image 175 x 250, 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 the "signpostfill" you downloaded (scale 50% angle 0).

Float the selection ("Ctrl+F" on your keyboard). Apply a cutout, using the settings in the screenshot.

Repeat the cutout, but change vertical and horizontal to -1.

Step 3. Repeat step 2 for selection 2 (change the angle on the flood fill to 90).


Step 4. Add a new layer. Set your foreground and background colors to black. Choose your text tool and choose a font of your choice (I'm using Goudy Old Style, size 18). Type whatever you want on your sign

Step 5. Appy a drop shadow (effects>3d effects>drop shadow) to your text, using the settings in the screenshot.


Float the selection (selections>select all>selections>float). Apply a cutout, using settings in the screenshot.


Step 6. And that's it. Delete your background layer and merge visible layers. Save as a psp file. It's ready to add to your town.

I hope you enjoyed the tut, and please let me know if you experience any problems.

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This tutorial was created on November 6, 2004.
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