Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Valentine Card

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I'm continuing with Valentine tutorials. This is an easy card to make - you'll make all the pieces from scratch for this one, and you don't need any outside filters. You'll use preset shapes, do some drawing, some shading, and a wee bit of vectoring, but don't panic - it's relatively easy, and I provide screenshots to get you through. Also, your finished product will be larger than the image above.


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 patterns.

Optional: My stylized line. Place this in your PSP stylized line folder.

You may download all of my materials here.

My color chart. Right click on this and save to your computer.


Step 1. Open up a new image 350 x 450, white background. Copy the color chart you downloaded and paste as new layer. Move it to the top of your canvas, out of the way. When you need a color, just click on it with your dropper tool.

Step 2. Flood fill your background with color #1. Selections>select all>selections>contract>4. Add a new layer and flood fill with color #2.

Step 3. Add a new layer. Set your foreground and background colors to #1. Choose your preset shapes tool, and a heart shape of your choice (several come with PSP). Use the settings in the screenshot, and draw a heart in one of your corners.

Apply an inner bevel (effects>3d effects>inner bevel) to the heart, using the settings in the screenshot.

   

Now you just need to copy this heart and put it around the border as you wish (copy>paste as new selection). Here's mine.

Step 4. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to #1 and background to null. Choose your draw tool, using settings in the screenshot - the line style is the "pracken_hunkdots" you downloaded. Just click on the line and navigate to it. (Or, if you prefer, you can use a different line - several stitched ones come with PSP).

 

Step 5. Go to your layers palette and make your background layer active. Selections>select all>selections>modify>contract>22. Add a new layer (name it "gold"). Flood fill with color #1. Apply inner bevel, same settings as before.

Step 6. Now you need to make your "Love fill." To do this, open a new image approximately 65 x 45. Flood fill with color #3. Add a new layer. Set your foreground and background colors to 4. Choose your text tool, and using a font of your choice, type in whatever text you'd like. I've used Bradley Hand ITC, size 16.

Lower the opacity of this layer down to about 25. Merge all layers. Save the image as a seamless tile, and keep it open.

Return to your original image now and return to your "gold" layer. Select it (selections>select all) and contract by 4 (selections>contract>4). Now flood fill it with the tile you just made (set the scale to about 55%).

Step 7. Now to make the corners for your card. Set foreground and background colors to #1. Choose your preset shapes tool, same settings as before, except choose the rectangle shape, and make sure create as vector is checked. Now draw a small square approximately 45 x 45 (watch the numbers in the bottom of your screen.

 

Choose your object selector tool then click Node edit on your Tool Options menu.

Your image will look like this. There will be four little boxes (nodes).

Click on the top right node (it'll turn black). Move it down to form a triangle.

You need to add a couple of nodes now. Move your mouse over the diagonal line and you'll see a "+ Add" appear. Click on the line and you'll see a node added - it'll be black. Add another one. You should have this.

Click on the node in the center and move it down just a bit.

Your shape will look like this. You could leave it this way if you'd like, but I wanted my just a teeny bit rounded (if you want to do that, continue on).

To make it a bit rounder, right click on the node and then choose Node type>symmetric. Your image will look like this.

 

That little arrow allows you to change the shape of the node. All you want to do is move it just a wee bit so the shape will be slightly rounded. So take either end of the arrow and pull outward, like this.

When done, you should have something similar to this. Just play with it until you have something you like.

Step 8. Now save this as a preset shape and you can use it again. Go to your layers palette and make the layer with the shape on it active (it should be in bold print). Name it whatever you want your shape to be called. Click File>export>shape. Type in the name of your shape and click Ok. To test it, click on your preset shapes tool and navigate to whatever you named your shape. It should appear on your list.

Step 9. Right click on the shape layer, then click Convert to Raster Layer. Apply an inner bevel, same settings as before. Move your shape into the corner of your image. Copy>paste as new selection>mirror. Move it to the other corner. Now copy>paste as a new selection>flip. Move to the top of your image.

Optional: I applied a drop shadow to my corners, just to give them a bit more depth. To do that, go to effects>3d effects>drop shadow, and use these settings: vertical 1, horizontal 1, opacity 60, blur 1.

Step 10. Add a new layer. Set your foreground and backgrounds to texture and navigate to the "vcfill1" you downloaded - set the scale to 55%. Choose your preset shapes tool, heart, and draw a heart on your image.

Set your foreground to color #5. Select and float your heart (selections>select all>selections>float). Apply a cutout, using settings in the screenshot. The shadow color is #5 (right click on the shadow color box and then choose it from the list of colors there).

Then repeat the cutout, changing the vertical and horizontal to -3. Keep selected.

 

Step 11. Selections>modify>contract>20. Add a new layer. Flood fill with color #1. Apply inner bevel, same settings as before. Keep selected.

Selections>modify>contract>4. Flood fill with "vc2fill" (scale =40). Float (Ctrl+F on your keyboard). Apply cutout, same settings as above.

 

Step 12. Now to draw the little bow. You'll be using vectors to do this, but you'll only need to do one small piece of editing. The pieces will need rotating, and when you do that, using vectors keeps the clarity. Note: It'll make it easier for you if you draw each piece in a different color - you can change them later.

Set your foreground and background colors to any color. Choose your preset shapes tool, same settings as before, except change the shape to rectangle. Draw a small rectangle approximately 22 x 38.

If you move your cursor over it, you'll see two arrows in a circle (they look as though they're chasing each other). This allows you to rotate your image. Rotate it right about 20 degrees (Note: For now, just do the rotations to approximate my screen shots. When you're finished drawing the pieces, you can adjust them).

Choose your object selector tool>node edit. Add a node where I've done (it's in black). Then move the bottom corner node up a bit.

   

Change your foreground and background colors to something different, and draw another rectangular shape, longer than the first (Note: Don't worry too much about the length right this minute. You can adjust it once you get all the pieces drawn). Rotate it left, similar to mine.

Change colors again, draw another rectangle, and rotate it right, similar to mine.

Change colors again and draw one more rectangle, rotate it left, similar to mine.

Now you need to edit the last piece a bit. Click you object selector tool>node edit. Move your nodes around so they look similar to mine.

Now survey the pieces and adjust them as necessary (rotate, move nodes, etc. When done, it should look similar to this.

If you'd like, you can save this as a preset shape. To do so, go to your layers palette, hold your shift key down, and click on each of the layers (they'll all be in bold). Right click and choose "Group." You'll now see "Group 1" in your layers palette with all the layers underneath. Rename Group 1 to whatever you want your shape to be called. Right click on the layer you just named (it'll be in bold). Go to File>Export>Shape. Name it then click ok. It should now show up in your preset shapes.

Step 13. Now you need to create raster selections so you can flood fill them. Go to your layers palette, and to make it easier, turn off all the vector layers.

You'll follow the same steps for each of the 4 pieces you drew. I'll give you instructions for the bottom layer, and then you'll just repeat them for the other 3 layers.

Click on the bottom layer you drew. Right click and choose "create raster selection." You'll see a selection there. Add a new layer (name it 1). Flood fill with the "vc3fill" pattern you downloaded (scale = 100%).

Set your foreground to color #6. Float the selection (Ctrl+F) and apply a cutout, using these settings: vertical 1, horizontal 1, opacity 50, blur 3, shadow color is #6 (feel free to experiment with these settings).

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

Now repeat these steps for the other 3 layers (remember to work from the bottom up, naming your layers as you go). When done, your layers should look like this 4, 3, 2, 1 (going from top to bottom of your layers palette).

Hide all layers except 1, 2, 3, and 4. Merge visible layers and move into place on your heart. (You're done with the vector layer, so you can delete it if you wish).

Step 14. Next you'll make the little rose applique. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to #7, background null. Choose your draw tool, freehand line, size 2. Start in the center and draw a spiral shape, similar to mine.

Add a new layer and place it underneath the rose you just drew. Paint in all the spaces with color #8.

 

Add a new layer. Choose your airbrush, using settings in the screenshot, and spary a little of color #9.

 

Move your rose into place on top of the bow.

Step 15. Add a new layer. Add whatever text you would like. I've used Vivaldi font with color #1.

And that's it, all done. I know there are a lot of pieces to this tut, but you can use them all in other places as well (e.g., the bow, rose, corners).

When you're satisfied with your creation, delete the color chart and merge visible layers. It's all ready to send to your sweetie!




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