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tutorial was done using PSP X but can be done in PSP versions 8
and 9. It is intended to serve as a learning tool. I
encourage you to make it uniquely your own creation. The images
on this page are reduced for space.You will need:
Paint Shop Pro - download a trial version here
A working knowledge of PSP's "Text Tool".
READ this before we begin so that you understand the basic concept.
a brush in PSP is encredible easy! You can take any image, put it
on a transparent background, and export it as a brush. I draw many
images and convert them into a brush so that I don't have to repeat
drawing the "basic" image all the time.
It is that easy to also make
"Text" brushes but
people seem to get confused as to how to do it. The reason for that
is because when you use the "Text Tool", it automatically
creates your text as a vector layer. All you have to do is convert
the text vector layer to a raster layer. PERIOD! Then export it
as a brush as you would any other brush. Of course you need to give
it a unique name, (AND make sure it is on a transparent background)
but I am sure you are aware of that <wink>.
a new file 300 x 300 transparent. NOTE: you may need to make the
file bigger if you want to make a long text message.
* Make your foreground color null and your
background color black. I am showing my brush with a Raspberry color
BUT I suggest you make it black because you will get the
best clarity using it as a brush when you want to change colors. (Remember
... this is a brush ... so you will be using it just like any other
brush, using any color,pattern etc, you want.)
* Select the PSP text tool as I have pictured below.
can choose ANY font you want. I am using "Fiolex Girls"
font in this example because it already has hearts in it. BUT you
can add any image you would like to this brush that you want to
be part of the brush. Lets just make it simple for learning purposes
your cursor around the middle of your open file and left
click. You will see a "Text Entry" box come up. This is
where you type the TEXT that you want to make as a brush. See image
below. Type in your message and click on "Apply".
you Apply it, the text will show with a box around it like the image
EVEN if it is not centered and showing all the text, It is
still a vector layer, so don't worry ... it is all there. What we
what to do now is capture it as small as possible so that we take
up the least amount of space on your computer. Right click and select
"CUT". Now Right click again and select "PASTE AS
It is still a VECTOR Layer so we need to
convert it to a RASTER layer. Close the old layer and don't save
Now at the top, select "Layers" and then select
"Convert to Raster layer". See image below.
that is left to do is to export this as a BRUSH. At the top, select
"File" then select "Export" then select "Custom
Brush" see image below. Give it a unique name and click OK.
when you select your "Paint Brush" tool, scroll to the
brush name you just created. You can select any foreground OR background
color you want and any size you like to paint your "TEXT".
Now get creative and have fun!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that it stimulated
your creative juices. If you have any questions or problems, don't
hesitate to email me.