Paintshop Pro Tutorials

Cardboard

The only thing you need for this tutorial is PSP 7 or later.  You don’t need any special filters or images.  So, let’s get started!

1. Start a new image, 400 x 400, transparent background
2. Select your fill tool, foreground color #EBCFA7, background color #8F6437, linear gradient, angle 90, repeats 57, inverted checked

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3. Create new raster layer, opacity 75%
4. Flood Fill with foreground color
5. Effects>texture>marsh, scale:100, depth 1, ambience and shininess 0, light color #FFFFFF, angle 315, intensity 40, elevation 30

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6. Using your lasso tool, select several areas of the second layer to cut out.  Delete selected areas.

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7. Selections>modifiy>expand>8 pixels
8. Effects>texture>sponge Scale:85, depth 1, ambience and shininess 0, light color #FFFFFF, angle 17, intensity 40, elevation 40

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9. Add new raster layer, opacity 50%
10, flood fill with solid foreground color
11. Effects>texture>parchment, scale:100, depth 1, ambience and shininess 0, light color #FFFFFF, angle 315, intensity 30, elevation 30
12. Select top layer, using your wand tool, select the tan area.
13. Selections>modify>expand> 5 pixels
14. Effects>3D>drop shadow. horizontal 2, vertical 2, color #000000, opacity 100, blur 12

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If you want to have added depth and detail, you can use the retouch tool to lighten the rim of each tear.  But most of all, have fun with it!

Rope Tutorial

1. Create new image, transparent, 400 x 200
2. Selection tool, rounded rectangle, feather:2, select an area in the center 380 x 40 pixels

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3. Set foreground color to #8F6437, background color #C49762
4.Select your flood fill tool, linear gradient, #1 foreground-background, repeat 57, angle 50, fill selected area

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5. Create new raster layer, opacity 50%
6. Fill selected area with foreground color
7. Effects>texture>twigs, size 100%, ambience 0, shininess 0, smoothness 0, depth 1, light color #FFFFFF, angle 315, intensity and elevation 30

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8. Create new raster layer, opacity 50%
9. Effects>3D>cutout, vertical -14, horizontal 6, opacity 100%, blur 31, shadow color #000000, fill interior with color unchecked

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10. Create new raster layer, opacity 50%
11. 9. Effects>3D>cutout, vertical 14, horizontal 0, opacity 100%, blur 31, shadow color #000000, fill interior with color unchecked

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12. Merge all layers, visible.

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This may be what you were shooting for.  And of course you can make this chunk of rope as long or short as you want, and crop off both ends as needed.  If not, you can lighten the image and use the sharpen more filter.  Both can be adjusted to your satisfaction and a drop shadow added to end up with this image:

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Gingham Tutorial

1. Create a new image, 200 x 200, background white
2. Select your favorite color…in this case I used pink.  Solid color, no texture, no gradient
3. Select your line tool, single unbroken line, width of 10.  Draw a straight line at 0, 20, 40, 60, 80, 100, 120, 140, 160, 180, 200…top to bottom.  Your image should now look like this:

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4. Merge all layers visible
5. Duplicate that layer, set the opacity on the second layer at 50%
6. Rotate the second layer 90 degrees.  Make sure ROTATE ALL LAYERS is deselected.

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7. Create new raster layer.  Set opacity at 20%
8.  Set your foreground to texture, fabric, angle 0, scale 21%

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9. Flood fill the new layer.  The finished image should look a little something like this:

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If you want a coarser gingham, use wider lines.  You can use any color you like.  You can even convert it to a seamless background image.  Play with it and have fun.