Quilt Background

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©Doodles by LadyFox  01/08/09

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This tutorial was done with PSP9   
but could be done with other versions.

All of my tutorials are written following the steps I used to make my graphic.   
It is my hope that you will take what I provide 
and do your own thing with it. 



Paint Shop Pro -  Download a trial version 
Hatch fine - If you don't have it
Unzip and place in your Textures folder
Basic knowledge of vectors and layers  

Remember to SaveOften
STEPS - These are the steps I used
This tutorial uses a vector square but there is NO node editing

Drag the arrow to mark your place


Lets Begin

New Image  200x200
File/Save As: BG-quilt.pspimage


Create A New Styled Line

  Preset Shape Tool [P]
We will change the settings a little later
On the Tool Options Palette Click the drop down arrow next to Line Style

Scroll down and select: Small Dash
Click the drop down arrow again and click on Custom

1. Click on the first marker [it will turn green]
    Set Length to 10.00
2. Click the second marker [it will turn red]
    Set length to 9.00
3. Click Save as New

Give your new line a name
I always place a LF_ in front of the name for anything I create, lines, shapes, tubes etc. 
This forces them all to remain together so it is easier to find later
3.  OK now we are ready to make the background
  Set both Foreground and Background to #bbc19b

New Vector Layer

Preset Shape Tool [P]
Shape: Rectangle
Retain Style: NOT Checked
Anti-alias: NOT Checked
Create as vector: Checked
Line Style: + Solid
Width: 1.00
I am using the Preset Shape Tool
Because it does not require the Convert to Path step

Place the cursor at 50x50 and drag out a square to 150x150

Layers/ Duplicate

Pen Tool [V]
Mode: Edit
Click on the square to select it

Active Layer: Copy of Vector 1

Layer Palette
Right Click on Rectangle/ Properties

1. Remove the check mark next to Fill
2. Click the colored block under Stroke
    Change the color to #737a51
3. Click the drop down arrow next to Line Style
    Select your New Line

Pen Tool [V]
Click on any node to select them all

Tool Options Palette
Look for the Node Transform Icon
If you don't see a drop down arrow
You will need to click the expand arrow

Click the drop down arrow and select Contract
Set both contractions to 8.00
Click the Apply Arrow

Object Selection tool [O]
Draw a rectangle around the square
This selects both objects
Right Click/ Group

4. Arrange The Squares
  Move the square into the upper left hand corner
Note: Hold down the Ctrl Key and tap the arrow keys to line up the outer edges

Active Layer: Vector 1

Layers/ Duplicate
Image/ Mirror

Layers/ Duplicate
Image/ Flip

Layers/ Duplicate
Image/ Mirror

Active Layer: Vector 1
Layer Palette
Right Click on the First Group 1/ Ungroup
Select the first rectangle and slide it up to the empty Copy of Vector 1 Layer

Repeat for the remaining 3 Groups
You should now have all the stitching on one layer
To check just click the eye next to the layer with the stitches

Convert this layer to a Raster Layer
5. Add Texture
  Click the remaining Rectangle under Vector 1
Hold down the Shift Key
Click the remaining Rectangle in Copy [2] of Vector 1
Right Click/ Properties
Change both Stroke and Fill to #daddcc

Turn off the Stitch Layer
Right Click on any of the other layers/ merge/ Merge Visible
You will notice that that automatically converts it to a Raster layer

Active Layer/ Merged

Effects/ Texture Effects/ Texture

Turn on the stitch layer
Layers/ Merge/ Merge Visible

Your background is ready to use

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial


©Doodles by LadyFox  01/08/09

If you have any questions or need help,   feel free to email me LadyFox


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