This tutorial is written for PSP 8 but
can be done with PSP 7 or 9
You will need the Visman (VM) Toolbox
filter set from HERE
Unzip the filter your PSP plugins folder.
You can download my Tree Blossom tube
the tube is not zipped - you can save it directly to
your tubes folder.
The tube is in PSP 7 format for
compatibility with versions 7, 8 and 9.
a New Image 300 x 300 pixels, White background
New Raster layer
your tube tool, locate the tube, set the scale to
50 and click in the centre of the canvas
to add the tube.
Plugins, VM Toolbox, Zoom Blur.
Amount = 20, Adjust = 20
Distortion Effects, Twirl - Degrees= -110
the Layer pallet, slide the Layer Opacity to
Tool, twist around about a quarter of a turn (90
degrees) to fill in gap (althernaively, use Image,
Rotate, Free Rotate - Right, 90, All Layers
New Raster Layer
place tube in center of canvas again.
Deformation tool (Picker tool in PSP Photo XI) to rotate through about 30
degrees and move the tube up slightly from the
center of the canvas.
layer blend mode to Lighten
New Raster Layer
place tube in center of canvas.
tool (Picker tool in PSP Photo XI), move tube down a little and rotate about 20
Effects, Drop Shadow, H=2, V=2, Opacity=50,
Click the Text
Tool (the big A).
background colour to a deep red from the tube (use
the dropper over the tube once you have the colour
foreground material to null (no-entry sign)
the Options Pallet, make sure Create As is set to
Vector. I've used the font Monotype Corsiva,
size 48 - use whatever font/size you prefer.
Anti-Alias is ticked.
in the bottom area of the canvas.
name (or other text) in the box. Highlight
the text and adjust the formatting if necessary,
then click Apply.
Click on the
Object Selector tool (Picker tool in PSP Photo XI). Use the handles
on the sides of the text to adjust its size (this
is the advantage of creating text as Vector) and
use the center spot to drag it into position.
When you are
happy with the size/position of the text.....
Convert to Raster Layer
3D Effects, Inner Bevel - use these settings:
Profile 2 (the quarter circle)
Width = 2
Smoothness = 25
Depth = 3
Ambience = 0
Shininess = 50
Colour = White
Angle = 315
Intensity = 50
Elevation = 30
Note: If you
used a very different font/size text you may
need to adjust the width and depth of the bevel.
Merge All (flatten)
Save as .jpg
file (click Options and make sure your compression
is set to 1 - this retains the high image quality)