Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Southwestern Series: Badge


I am continuing my southwestern tutorial series. As I find time, I will try to add to these. You may find the other southwestern items 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 selection files. Place these in your PSP selections folder (or any location of your choice).

Super Blade Pro. This is a commercial filter and you can download it here. You'll also need my preset - place this in your SBP environments and textures folder.

Eye Candy (chrome filter). This is a commercial filter, and you can download it . You'll need my Eye Candy chrome presets - place them in your Eye Candy chrome folder.

You may download all of my materials here.

Step 1.Open a new image 275 x 275, white background.

Step 2. Add a new layer (name it "one"). Load selection 1 (go to selections>load from disk - then navigate to the location where you placed the selection files). Flood fill with white. Apply Eye Candy chrome (filters>Eye Candy>chrome), using the "pracken_badge" preset you downloaded (click settings>then navigate to the preset). Keep selected.


Step 3. Contract the selection by 8 (selections>modify>contract). Add a new layer. Apply Super Blade Pro preset you downloaded ("pracken_badge"). Keep selected.


Step 4. Contract the selection by 8. Add a new layer. Flood fill with white. Apply Eye Candy chrome, same settings as before. Keep selected.

Step 5. Contract by 8. Add a new layer. Flood fill with white. Apply Super Blade Pro preset, same as before. Deselect.


Step 6. Add a new layer. Load selection 2. Flood fill with white. Apply SBP preset, same as before.

Step 7. Add a new layer. Load selection 3. Flood fill with white. Apply SBP preset, same as before. Float ("Ctrl+F" on your keyboard). Apply a cutout, using these settings: vertical 1, horizontal 1, opacity 40, blur 10, shadow color black. Repeat the cutout but change the vertical and horizontal to -1. Lower the opacity of this layer down to about 65.

Step 8. Add a new layer. Load selection 4. Flood fill with color #AEA9B1. Apply Eye Candy Chrome, using the "pracken_badge2" preset.

This is what you should have so far.


Step 9. Add a new layer. Load selection 5. Flood fill with white. Apply Eye Candy>pracken_badge preset.

Step 10. Make layer "one" active. Duplicate it and move it to the top of all of your layers. Select it and contract by 8 (selections>select all>selections>float>contract). Hit the delete key on your keyboard.


Step 11. Add a new layer. Load selection 6. Flood fill with white. Apply Eye Candy Chrome, using the "pracken_badge" preset.


Step 12. Now you just need to add your text. Open the "badgetext" image you downloaded. It's in psp format and has a background layer and two vector layers for your text - the one labelled "top" will be for the top text and "bottom" will be for the bottom text on your badge.

Set your background color to #99989A and your foreground to null. Make your "top" layer active. Choose your text tool and move it over the shape. You'll see it change to an "A" with a little rocker shape underneath it. Click on it. Now type whatever text you want (Note: This will be the top text on your badge). Use whatever font and size you want, but here are the settings I used.

07badge   08badge

Now go back to your layers palette and add a new layer. Place it underneath the text (it will be named "Floating selection"). Then you can deselect the text and delete the "top" layer.


You can turn this layer off for the moment.

Step 13. Now make your "bottom" layer active and repeat Step 12 above. You'll note that when you type your text, it'll be upside down. After you deselect the text and delete the "bottom" layer, you can flip and mirror the image (image>flip; image>mirror), and it'll be in the correct position.

10badge  11badge

Step 14. Now you just need to copy and paste both of your text layers back onto your badge. Move them into position.


Step 15. For this step, you can either apply the effects to each layer of text individually, or if you prefer, you can hide all the layers except the two text layers and merge visible layers so you can apply just once (then turn your layers back on).

Select and float your text (selections>select all>selections>float). Apply a drop shadow (effects>3d effects>drop shadow), using the settings in the screenshot.

Then apply a cutout, using the settings in the screenshot (the shadow color is #99989A).

13badge   14badge   15badge

Step 16. Adjust the colors on any of the layers now if you wish. I darkened some of mine a bit using the variations filter. You can also use the color>adjust>brightness/contrast setting in PSP to do this.

Step 17. And that's it. Save as a master psp file with all layers intact. That way you can go back later and change things if you wish. Then delete the background layer, merge visible layers, and save your badge.

All done! I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial and as always, please let me know if you experience any difficulties.

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This tutorial was created on November 10, 2004.
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