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Using The Basic Vector Tools in PSP 7

Now lets get to know the basic tools by making this tag:

These are the Vector Drawing tools:

We are only going to use 2 colours plus white for this tutorial. A dark colour for the frame and text, a lighter shade of the same colour for the inside of the frame, and white for the stars.

If you need to save your work part way through, make sure you save as a PSP file.  Most other file types (.jpg or .gif for example) will cause the image to be flattened into a singe raster layer, and you will lose the individual vector objects.

  • Create a new image - 400x400 white background

  • Layers – New Vector Layer

  • Choose a colour and set your Foreground colour (left box) to a dark shade of that colour, and set your Background colour (right box) to a light shade of that colour, on the colour pallet.   Make sure both foreground and background colours are set to be solid colours.

  • Make sure your Tool Options pallet is turned on (showing).

Draw The Rectangle:

  • Select the Shapes tool

  • On the Tool Options, make sure Create As Vector is ticked and that Retain Style is NOT ticked

  • From the pull down list on the Tool Options pallet, choose the Rectangle tool.

  • Point somewhere in the upper left area of your image and drag diagonally down to the right lower area to draw a rectangle.

  • Click on the Object Selector tool

  • Click on your rectangle (you will know it is selected when there is a fine line around it with handles on the corners and sides)

  • Adjust the size/shape of your rectangle (by dragging the handles) so that there is some space all around it.   Even if it looks OK, practice changing its size/shape.

  • Click on the Properties button on the Tool Options pallet.

  • Change the Stroke Width to 12

  • You can change your line and fill colours in this window at any time.

  • When you are happy with your settings, click OK

Add some text:

  • Click on the Text tool

  • Click somewhere on your image above or below the rectangle.  This is important: If you click inside the rectangle PSP will try to fit your text around the inside edge of the rectangle.

  • Type in the text you want e.g. “Congratulations”, “Great Work!”, or your name. 

  • Change the Fill colour for the text to the same colour as used for the outline of the rectangle. PSP 7 do this by clicking the block of colour in the Properties window, PSP 8 use to main colour pallet.

  • Highlight the text and then choose your text size and font.  I used size 26 Lucida Calligraphy (kerned at –65 to push the letters closer together). 

  • Click the symbol on the Stroke colour box, and turn off the line (select the symbol).  For PSP 8 I think you do this on the main colour pallet.

  • Click OK

Position The Text:

  • Click on the Object Selector tool

  • Point at one of the letters in your text and drag it into the middle of the rectangle.

  • Point at the Rotation handle for your text.  When you see your mouse pointer change shape to rounded arrows, press the mouse button down, and hold it down while you drag the rotation handle to make the text go diagonally from the bottom left corner to the top right corner of the rectangle. 

  • Drag the handle on a corner of your text object to adjust the size of the text so it fits just inside the rectangle without touching the dark line around the edge.  You will probably need to adjust the angle of the text using the rotation handle again once you are happy with its size.

Draw A Star:
  • Set your foreground colour to the dark version of your colour (if its not already set to it) and set the background colour to white.  Make sure they are both set to be solid colours and not set to null.

  • Click the Shapes tool.

  • On the Tool Options, scroll down the preset shapes to find the four pointed star (Star 1) and click on it.  Set the Width to 1.

  • Point somewhere in the upper left part of your picture and drag diagonally down to the right to draw a star about ½ the height of the rectangle.

  • Click the Object Selector tool 

  • Point at the centre of the star and adjust its position so that the left and top points go over the outer edge of the rectangle.


Tutorial continues on another page....

Part B

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