Fairy Signature

These tutorials assume you have a basic working knowledge of Paint Shop Pro. These were done in PSP version 5, and easily adapt to later versions.

True Love

To make your text follow the curve of a scroll (I have valentine scrolls on my tubes page you can download - this fan girl is there too), do one word (or group of letters - depending on length of word) at a time, and rotate them by selecting Image | Rotate | Left or Right | Free | number of degrees that looks right. On the example above I even varied the font sizes so the words seem to recede a little from left to right.

Engraved Marble

To make this signature, I first opened my texture image (the peach marble). Then I opened a new image with 16+ million colors. Next, I added a new layer and called it "fill." I filled this layer with my marble pattern. Then I added two new layers called "cutout" and "shadow." In the "cutout" layer I dropped my dingbat shape (from the ButtonButton font) with "floating" unselected. I applied Image | Effects | Cutout with Fill Interior with Color unselected, Shadow Color Black, Opacity 100%, Blur 4, and Vertical/Horizontal 2. With the shape still selected I clicked on the Shadow layer and applied Image | Effects | Drop Shadow with Color White, Opacity 100%, Blur 0 and Offset 1, 2.

Next, I used the text tool and with "floating" selected I added my name. I filled it with the pattern (marble) and applied the cutout and drop shadow effects to it, only changing the cutout settings a little for the smaller area to Blur 2, and Vertical/Horizontal 1. I promoted this to a layer and called it "text."

Finally, with the fill layer selected, I applied Image | Effects | Buttonize with Height and Width set at 30, Opacity at 52, and the edge Transparent. The font is "Esperanza."

A special thanks to Mardi for her Cutout Tutorial!

Ruby Anne

I call this one "Ruby Anne." I adapted Joseph Pilkonis' PSP 4 tutorial called "Diamond Text." Here's how I did it:

1) Start with a new image, 16+ million colors, black background.

2) Enter text using white foreground. Click "Ctrl C" on your keyboard to save the text selection, then select a foreground color of your choice -- a bright "gem" color like ruby red, sapphire blue or emerald green. Use the fill tool to change your text color.

3) Deselect the selection and use Image | Blur | Blur More twice.

4) Use Image | Other | Dilate twice.

5) Use Image | Deformation | Wind, once from the right, set at 10, then from the left, also at 10.

6) Rotate the image 90 degrees to the left.

7) Repeat step 5.

8) Rotate the image back (90 degrees to the right).

9) Use Image | Blur | Blur More once.

10) Use Color | Adjust | Brightness/Contrast at 10% Brightness. This will be your colored halo glow.

11) Now add your original saved white text (remember that?) from the clipboard by clicking Edit | Paste | As New Selection. Position it carefully over the glow. De-select.

12) Use Image | Other | Dilate up to five times (I used three for this font and size).

13) Use Image | Blur | Blur More once. This is your white halo.

14) Add your original saved white text again by clicking Edit | Paste | As New Selection. Position carefully. Fill with your gem color. Do NOT de-select.

15) Use Image | Noise | Add set at random 100% twice.

16) Use Image | Other | Hot Wax once, with the same gem color still the foreground color.

17) Bring up the luminosity by clicking Colors | Adjust | Hue/Saturation/Lightness with saturation and lightness both set at 100%. If the image isn't sparkly enough, repeat this step, adjusting the lightness setting to the desired effect (mine was set at 22%).

18) I finished the edge of this one by using the Buttonize effect with a solid edge at 100% opacity, but if I were designing a heading for a black background page I wouldn't have buttonized it. The font is "Rothenburg Decorative."

Starry Night Annie

Variation on a theme... this was done in a slightly different way than the Ruby signature above. I found that even using a fairly light and bright purple (128, 0, 128), Step 17 (bringing up the luminosity) required the effect be applied not once, not twice, but THREE times! Also, Step 10 (adjusting the brightness) required adjusting the contrast so the black background stayed black, and didn't get washed out looking. I used 39% contrast and 10% brightness. Maybe as a result, most of the purple halo effect disappeared. The lesson here is that the tutorial settings are guidelines only, because color and font choice, and font size are all going the change things a bit. The font is "Night Sky."

Ice Blue Annie

Yet another variation on a theme! Blade Pro was used for the border. The ornaments in the corners (from a dingbat font called Vintage) were done in the same light blue, with random noise applied twice at 100% and Color | Adjust | Hue/Saturation/Lightness applied once at 100%. The text font is "Tolkien."

Annie Angel

Just played around with Picture Tubes, layers, drop shadows and Blade Pro. Font: "Agatha."

Annie Pearl

You will need Flaming Pear's Blade Pro plugin and Andrew Ronayne's amr pearls.q9q Blade Pro preset. You will also need Filter Factory Gallery M. Click here if you need help getting FF plugins to work in PSP.

Basic Irridescent Pearl Effect

Start with a 100 x 100 image, 16.7 million colors, transparent background. Set Foreground color to white. Click on the rectangle (shape) tool and set it for circle, no feather or anti-alias. Style: Filled. Outline: 1. Move to 50, 50 and click and drag to 100, 100. Use the magic wand tool and click inside the circle to select it.

Select: Image | Plugin Filters | Flaming Pear | Blade Pro. Now select the Pearl-like preset. Move the Radius slider to 68.

Select: Selections | Promote to Layer. Select: Image | Plugin Filters | Filter Factory M | Ambrosia. Click on OK to accept the defaults.

Hit the "L" key to bring up the layer control window if it isn't already visible. With the Promoted Selection layer as current layer, change the blend mode from Normal to Overlay. If needed, move the Opacity silder to the left so it just gives a bit of a rainbow hue. Deselect.

Creating Cutout Text

Add an arrow (wingdings font) or text. Move it to the center. Selections | Promote to Layer.

With magic wand, select the background. Selections | Invert. Now fill it all in with white (Match Mode: none in fill tool control window -hit 'o' [not zero] if not visible). Do NOT deselect.

Make sure that your foreground color is white, and background is black. Image | Effects | Cutout:

Fill interior color - checked
Interior Color: White
Shadow Color: Black
Opacity: 60
Blur and Offsets: 2

Selections | Select None.

The trick I used for the text on the above example was to use cutout twice; once with positive offset settings, once with negative offset settings (-2). Each time the shadow color was black. I'm not sure what I had the opacity set at -- you'll have to experiment. The font is "Esperanza."

Creating a Transparent Gif

Select the very bottom layer. Click the magic wand (set tolerance to 30) on the outside transparent background. To get each corner, hold down the Shift key and click in the next corner until all 4 corners are selected. Select the fill tool. Set match mode to None, Opacity to 100 and click in any selected area to fill background with black. Selections | Select None.

Colors | Decrease Color Depth | 256 Colors. Click Yes when asked to merge all the layers. Use Optimized Octree, Error Diffusion and Reduce Color Bleeding. Colors | Adjust | Gamma Correction. Click on link and set all to 1.10.

Now right click with the eyedropper tool in black area. Ctrl-Shift-V and select to use the background color for transparency. Use Shift-V to view the button on a transparent background.

File | Save As and find .GIF. Click on Options and be sure it is set to GIF89a and non-interlaced. Your button is now saved as a 256-color transparent GIF.


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