Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Wrapped Pretty

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This tutorial was inspired by many pretty bows I've seen, so I thought I'd make a cyber one for Christmas. .


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.

Eye Candy 4000 (chrome). This is a commercial filter and you may download it here.

My selection files. Place these in your PSP selections folder.

My lace doiley (it's in psp format).

A pearl.

You may download my materials here.

My color chart. Right click on this and save it to your computer. [Another way to do this is just drag the color chart onto your canvas - just make sure it's on a new layer].

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Step 1. Open a new image 300 x 350, white background. Copy your color chart and paste it as a new layer onto your canvas. Move it to the top out of the way. When you need a color, just click on it with your eye dropper.

Step 2. Add a new layer (name it "one"). Load selection 1 (selections>load from disk - then navigate to the location where you placed the selection files). Flood fill with color #1.

Float the selection ("Ctrl+F" on your keyboard). You'll see the marquee ("marching ants") around your selection.

Apply a cutout (effects>3d effects>cutout), using the settings in the screenshot (note: the shadow color is black.

Repeat the cutout but change the vertical and horizontal to -1 (note: each time you apply a cutout, you'll apply two: one with "+1" values and one with "-1".) Keep selected.

 

Step 3. Expand the selection by 4 (selections>modify>expand). Open up the lace doiley psp file you downloaded. Copy and paste it as a new layer (name it "two") onto your canvas. Position/center it on top layer one.

Invert the selection (selections>invert). Then hit the delete key on your keyboard to get rid of the overlapping bits of the doiley.

Invert the selection again. Float it ("Ctrl+F" on your keyboard). Choose your selection tool and click inside the selection. Apply a cutout using the same settings as before.

Step 4. Make layer "one" active again. Select it (selections>select all>selections>float). Expand the selection by 10. Copy your doiley again and paste it as a new layer (name it "three" and place it on top of layer "two").

Invert the selection. Hit "delete." Invert selection again. Float ("Ctrl+F"). Click inside the selection with your magic wand. Apply cutout, same as before.

Step 5. Duplicate layer "two." Resize by 85% (image>resize). Select it (selections>select all>selections>float). Flood fill with white.

You'll notice that there are probably some bits of the doiley left over. You need to clean these up on each of your layers. Just choose your lasso tool and draw around them, then hit delete.

Step 6. Add a new layer. Set your foreground to a gold gradient (one comes with psp). Choose your draw tool, freehand line, size 1 (antialias checked, create as vector unchecked, close path unchecked). Draw some shapes for your ribbon similar to mine.

Step 7. Add a new layer. Set your foreground and background colors to color #1. Choose your preset shapes tool, ellipse. Draw a small circle (hold the shift key down to make it perfectly round).

Apply Eye Candy Chrome using the settings in the screenshot (tint color is color #2).

 

Select your circle (selections>select all>selections>float). Apply PSP Twirl filter (Effects>Geometric Effects>Twirl). Set the degrees to 720. I changed the color of some of mine with the variations filter. If you don't have this filter, then you can use PSP to do this (colors>adjust>hue/saturation/brightness), or you can leave them as they are.

Copy and paste this little flower as many times as you wish.

Step 8. Add a new layer. Set your foreground and background colors to your gold gradient. Choose your preset shapes tool, ellipse, and draw a small gold ball.

Apply Eye Candy>chrome, same settings as above, except change the tint color to #3.

Duplicate this ball and place it around your bow as you like.

Step 9. Add a new layer. Open up the pearl psp file you downloaded. Copy and paste it as a new layer onto your canvas. Resize down by about 40%. Copy and paste it as new layers around your ribbon, in locations as you wish.

Step 10. Add a new layer. Place it on top of layer "three" but underneath all the other layers. Set your foreground color to color #4 and your background to null. Choose your draw tool, freehand line, size 1. Draw some wisps of pine on your bow, in location of your choice.

This is optional, but I added another bit of green. Just add a new layer on top of the pine you just drew. Choose your airbrush with these settings: Shape: round; size: 7-8; hardness:100; opacity: 30; step:25; density:20. Just spray a little color in the center of your bow.

Step 11. Now tweak any bits that you want (make sure you've gotten rid of all the extra doiley bits). When you're satisfied with your creation, hide the color chart and background layers. Merge visible layers. Cut and paste as a new image. Save as a psp file.

Step 12.Now go back to your canvas and turn your color chart and background layers back on (these are the only two you should have.

Add a new layer. Open up the "wrappedfill" tile you downloaded. Set your foreground and backgrounds to it. Choose your preset shapes tool, rectangle (retain style unchecked, antialias checked, create as vector unchecked, line width 1.

Draw a rectangle approximately 200 x 250 (watch the numbers in the bottom left of your screen).

Float the selection (selections>select all>selections>float). Apply a cutout, same settings as before, except change the shadow color to #5.

Step 13. Now open up the bow you made. Copy and paste it as a new layer onto your box. Resize down (image>resize). Mine is resized by 50%.

Step 14. Add a new layer. Place it underneath your bow. Set your foreground color to your gold gradient and your background to the "wrappedfill2" tile you downloaded. Choose your preset shapes tool, rectangle, line size 4, and draw a rectangular shape for your ribbon. You'll want to draw it just a little bit longer than your box on each end.

Choose your selection tool and draw around the overlapping bits on the end (hit delete on your keyboard), to make the ends of the ribbons even with the box.

Add a new layer. Load selection 2. Flood fill with your gold gradient. Crop off any overlapping bits.

Hide all layers except your two ribbon layers. Merge visible. Turn all layers back on. Now copy your ribbon, paste it as a new layer and rotate 90 degrees (image>rotate). Crop off any bits on the end.

Step 15. When you're satisfied with your creation, delete the color chart and background layers. Merge visible layers and save as a PSP file.

And that's it, all done!



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