Playing with Brushes in PSP

©Doodles by LadyFox  01/26/07

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This tutorial was done with PSP9   
but could be done with version 8 or higher

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 
Basic knowledge of vectors and layers  

Remember to SaveOften
STEPS - These are the steps I used.

Drag the arrow to mark your place


I don't know where this Workshop is going to lead.
In fact, it is probably more of a series of mini workshops than a tutorial.

I had an idea for making a custom brush and in experimenting I learned a lot about working with brushes in PSP 8 and higher.

I probably won't cover all the things you can do with brushes but will share a couple of interesting discoveries I made along the way.


Exploring Brush Settings

New Image: 500x500
File/Save As: brush work

Flood Fill [F] Image with white
New Raster Layer


Setting Up The Brush 

Foreground Color: #f9750b
Background Color: #ffc077

Paint Brush [B]
Click the drop down arrow next to the brush tip window

Select +Square 25

Size: 25
Hardness: 100
Step: 10
Density: 100
Thickness: 100
Rotation: 0
Opacity: 100
Blend Mode: Normal
Continuous: NOT checked
Wet Look Paint: NOT Checked

Paint a short horizontal line
The size of the lines are not important we are just playing to see what can be done. Also don't worry if the line is not straight.  We are just exploring what the different settings do for now.


 First we will explore the main settings

Change Hardness to: 50
Paint another line
Notice this line is slightly blurred

Change Hardness to: 100
Density to: 50
Click once with the brush then paint a shot line next to it

Change Density to: 100
Change Opacity to: 50
Paint a short line

Change Opacity to: 100
Change Thickness to: 1
Change Step to 200

Paint a short line

Change Hardness to: 50

Paint a short line

I liked this setting and used it to decorate a greeting card


 Exploring the Brush Variance Palette

Change Hardness to: 100
Change Step to: 100

Tap the F11 key to open the Brush Variance Palette
Change Color blend to: 100

Paint a short line

Go here for an easy way to make plaid and stripes
Change Hardness to: 50
Change Step to: 200

Brush Variance Palette
Change size to : 5

Paint a short line

Brush Variance Palette
Change size back to 0

Click on the drop down arrow next to Rotation
Select: Oscillating Fade

Draw a line

Change Rotation to: Repeating Fade In

Brush Size to: 3
Thickness to: 100

Paint a line

Brush Variance Palette
Click the reset arrow to restore to default settings

Color Blend to: 100
Size to: 5
Position Jitter to: 250

Paint another line

Change Density to: 50
Paint another line

I liked these settings so I used them to decorate a couple more greeting cards

Click on the card to go to the tutorial

  This is the end of this segment. I hope you have learned a little of what can be done with the brushes in Paint Shop Pro.  I plan to add other segments as the inspiration strikes me.  Please send me an email message if you found this workshop useful.


©Doodles by LadyFox  01/26/07

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


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