by Westie Kids; Created 01-29-07.

This tutorial was written in PSP X. You should be able to achieve similar results in versions 8 and up. You may need to search for some of the effects in your PSP's dropdown lists or the Help window. Please do not offer any of the supplies for download anywhere, do not change file names, do not send the webpage through emails, and only offer a text link to the tutorial URL. I do not wish my tutorials to be translated. Thank you for your courtesy...God bless, Diana

Corel Paint Shop Pro X

No Outside Filters Used

SUPPLIES:

BRUSHES (15 to choose from)
Extract my brushes, for PSP8 & up, to a temporary folder - they must be IMPORTED into PSP:
My good friend Ginny has a great tutorial on Importing Brushes Bunny's Attic

1 GRADIENT, 1 DINGBAT FONT, 2 TEXT IMAGES
Extract my wk-pink satin.PspGradient to your Gradients folder. I like to make a separate folder for each tutorial I try and extract other supplies to it. The fonts should be Open and minimized, the same with the text images (.pspimage files).

MC Sweetie Hearts Font
This is what I'm using for the "Soft Hearted" text, but you may use another pretty font instead. (You may notice the font filename is called FancyHeartScript.ttf, but it will show up in your Font Program or the PSP dropdown list as font name MC Sweetie Hearts).

Thanks again to my great friend Ginny for testing! See her beautiful tags HERE ;o)

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1) File/New: 600 x 600, Raster Background, Color = WHITE.
Make sure your Layer Palette is open, if not, View/Palettes/Layers (or click your F8 key, the shortcut).
Remember to save your work frequently (.pspimage).

2) Set Foreground to #993366 and Background to Gradient in the Materials Palette. Find wk-Pink Satin in the Gradient dropdown list.
Change Angle to 321, Repeats to 5, Invert is UNchecked, Style is Linear (see screenshot below).
(Tutorial can be done with other color combinations; my instructions are just a guide using the supplied materials. You may want to use a red foreground shade with a pretty red-hued background gradient. Or you could set your Foreground to a medium/dark color and background to a lighter color, using the background as the gradient and then using different Angles and Repeats - experimenting is half the fun!).


Click on Text Tool and find the valentinec font, using values in screenshot, type a capital U.
NOTE: PSP8 & 9 Users: Use Text Size 280 (75% smaller) to get same size as my sample.


Objects/Align/Center in Canvas.
Right click on layer in Layer Palette and Convert to Raster Layer.
Selections/Select All.
Selections/Float.
Selections/Modify/Contract: 2.
Adjust/Blur/Gaussian Blur: 20.
Selections/None.
In your Layer Palette, move Slider to change Opacity from 100 to 60.

3) Change Gradient to Angle 38, Repeats 0 (Foreground still #993366).
Click on Text Tool and change size to 225. Type a capital O.
NOTE: PSP8 & 9 Users: Use Text Size 170 (75% smaller) to get same size as my sample.
Objects/Align/Center in Canvas.
Convert to Raster Layer. Selections/Select All.
Selections/Float.
Selections/Modify/Contract: 2.
Adjust/Blur/Gaussian Blur: 15.
Selections/None.
Right click on layer in Layer Palette/Arrange/Move Down.

4) Open the wk_love-text.pspimage and minimize.
Change your Background to Patterns and find it in the dropdown list.
Change Angle to 321 and Scale to 33.
Click in the Layer Palette on the heart layer just created then Selections/Select All.
Selections/Float.
Selections/Modify/Contract 2. Add a New Raster Layer and floodfill with the text pattern.
Selections/Select None.

5) Click on your top layer to activate.
Click on Text Tool again, close off Foreground; change Background to #993366.
Type a capital R, size 200.
NOTE: PSP8 & 9 Users: Use Text Size 150 (75% smaller) to get same size as my sample.
Convert to Raster Layer.
Use your Mover Tool to move it to the lower left, per my sample.
Selections/Select All.
Selections/Modify/Contract 2.
Adjust/Blur/Gaussian Blur: 35.
Selections/None.
Effects/3D Effects/Drop Shadow: Hor. & Vert. 1, Opacity 100, Blur 5, color #993366, Shadow on New Layer UNchecked.

6) In your Layer Palette, click on the Background (white layer) to activate.
New Raster Layer; click on your Selection Tool (see screenshot) then the Custom Selection Icon (see screenshot), enter values, click OK (this creates a 400 x 400 area centered on our file:



Floodfill selected area with #993366.
Modify/Contract: 1; Floodfill with #ffffff.
Effects/Texture Effects/Weave (see screenshot):


Selections/None.
Image/Free Rotate/Left: 30 (be sure boxes are UNchecked)
Effects/3D Effects/Drop Shadow: Hor. & Vert. 0, Opacity 35, Blur 10, color #000000, Shadow on New Layer UNCHECKED.

7) New Raster Layer; click on Selection Tool again, then make same Custom Selection as above; Floodfill again with #993366.
Modify/Contract: 1, Floodffill with #ffffff.
Again - Effects/Texture Effects/Weave changing the Weave Color to #ffffff and the Gap Color to #993366.
Selections/None.
Image/Free Rotate/Right: 40 (be sure boxes are UNchecked)
Effects/3D Effects/Drop Shadow: Hor. & Vert. 0, Opacity 35, Blur 10, color #000000, Shadow on New Layer UNCHECKED.

8) New Raster Layer; click on Selection Tool again, making same Custom Selection.
Floodfill with #993366.
Modify/Contract: 1, Floodfill with #ffffff.
Modify/Contract: 1, CHANGE FLOODFILL TOOL OPACITY to 50 and Floodfill again with #993366.
Modify/Contract: 1. Open the wk_valentine-text.pspimage from the supplies and minimize.
Change your Material Palette to Pattern and find it: Angle 0, Scale 33.
CHANGE FLOODFILL TOOL OPACITY back to 100 and floodfill with the pattern.
Selections/None.
Effects/3D Effects/Drop Shadow: Hor. & Vert. 0, Opacity 35, Blur 10, color #000000, Shadow on New Layer UNCHECKED.

9) In your Layer Palette click on the top layer (the heart outline, the capital U).
Right click on the layer in the palette and Duplicate.
Move the copy to the upper right, per my sample.
Image/Resize: 75%, making sure that Resize all layers is UNchecked.
You'll need to carefully move it up and right a little more after resizing. Change the Opacity of this copy from 60 to 100.
Drag this layer down below the upper pattern layer in your Layer Palette so it's "peeking" from behind (you'll notice that the Gaussian Blur effect we had done allows us to also see through to the other 2 pattern layers, even though this layer has Opacity back up to 100).
Effects/3D Effects/Drop Shadow: Hor. & Vert. 1, Opacity 100, Blur 5, Color #993366.
Here's how your 9 layers should look so far (screenshot smaller than actual size):

10) Now we're going to add some brushes. Change your Foreground to #ffffff (or you could use the Gradient).
Click on your top layer in the Layer Palette to make it active and we'll add a brush to decorate the heart at the bottom left of my sample.
Add a New Raster Layer.
Click on your Paintbrush Tool and find wk-tiny-12 in the dropdown list (or another - most of the ones in my zip file have hearts).
Click once.
Effects/3D Effects/Drop Shadow: Hor. & Vert. 0, Opacity 75, Blur 10, Color = #ffffff, Shadow on New Layer UNchecked.

11) Add a New Raster Layer (I like to add each brush I use on separate layers).
Change your Foreground to #993366 and find wk-tiny-13 and click once at top left and once at bottom right of pattern (see my sample).
These are the only 2 brushes I used for my sample, but you can use others and you can also add brush layers below your layer stack so the brushes are "peeking" out from behind the patterns, etc.

12) When you're done adding brushes click on your top layer in your Layer Palette to activate.
Click on your Text Tool.
Change Foreground to #993366 and Background to the Gradient at Angle 38, Repeats 0.
Find MC Sweetie Hearts in the dropdown list, size 125, and type your name, phrase etc.
NOTE: PSP8 & 9 Users: Use Text Size 95 (75% smaller) to get same size as my sample.
Position it where you like then Convert to Raster Layer.
Selections/Select All.
Selections/Float.
Selections/Modify/Contract: 1.
Effects/3D Effects/Inner Bevel with the settings below (or a bevel of your choice):
(I created and named this bevel wk-soft-hearted, so you won't find it in your dropdown list. If you like how it looks and want to save it as a preset, you can click on the Save Preset icon at the top right of the screenshot and then name it - call it whatever you wish - and then it will be available in your dropdown list whenever you'd like to use it again. I also like to name presets using lowercase letters since the ones that come standard with PSP start with a capital letter.


While still selected, Effects/3D Effects/Drop Shadow.
I used Hor. & Vert. 1, Opacity 50, Blur 1, Color = #000000.
Selections/Select None.
Congratulations, you're finished! ;o)

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I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and perhaps learned a little something from it. If you would like to send me an email with your results, I would be delighted to see them. ..God bless, Diana

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Created 01/30/07
Updated 02-14-07
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Thank You and God bless........Diana