Saving A Shape In PSP

©Doodles by LadyFox  12/17/03

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This tutorial was done with PSP8   

I write my tutorials following the steps I use to make my graphic. 
  My idea of a good tutorial is one that shows you how to do something and inspires you to add your own style

Paint Shop Pro  -  Download a trial version    
File containing my box graphic for you to practice with
Basic knowledge of vectors and layers
The graphic used is my creation and it is my gift to you  

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

Drag the arrow to mark your place

When You save things as a preset shape, PSP puts everything on one layer.  This can get very confusing later on if you use the shape then want to edit part of it.  You can spend a long time looking for the part you want to edit.

Go to the layer palette and click the + sign next to several of the layers. 
Notice that some layers have a lot of parts, while others only have one.
Also notice that there are only 3 basic shapes, ellipse, rectangle, and rounded rectangle used in this image.
See how this could get very confusing? 
So we are going to rename things so it will be easier to find later on.

I am going to start at the bottom of the stack and work my way up.
1. Lets Begin
Open Shape.psp or the image you want to work with
Shift + D to make a copy to work on
Close the original

File/Save as: boxes-1.psp

2. Box 1 Bottom
Click the + sign in front of box 1 base to show the sub-components

Double click on Rounded Rectangle
Change Rounded Rectangle to "box 1 base" in the window that pops up

Click OK

Click the - sign in front of box 1 base to contract for easier navigation

Click the + sign in front of box 1 base ribbon
Double click on Rectangle
Change Rectangle to "box 1 base ribbon" 
Click OK

Click the - sign in front of box 1 base ribbon
3.  Box 1 Top
Repeat the above steps for box 1 top, box 1 top ribbon

Click the glasses next to all the box 2 and box 3 layers, to turn them off

Click the glasses next to box 1 top & box 1 top ribbon

Click on either of the box one bottom layers 

Click on the Object Selection Tool

Go to the graphic and draw a box around the box bottom and the ribbon
Right click outside of the box and select Group from the drop down window

Notice that box 1 base ribbon no longer has a + mark

Click the + mark in front of box 1 base and you will see Group 1

Click the + sign in front of Group 1 and you will see
box 1 base, and box 1 base ribbon

You could now use the Object Selector Tool to move the bottom of the box 
around, rotate it etc. and the ribbon would go right along with the box

Just make sure if you try that out to use the undo arrow to get the box back where it started from

Double Click on Group 1 and rename it: box 1 bottom

Click the - marks in front of the layers to contract them

Click the glasses next to box 1 base to turn it off
Right Click on box 1 base ribbon and select Delete
That layer is now empty

Click the glasses next to both top layers to turn them back on
Follow the steps above to Group the box top and top ribbon

Double Click on Group 1 and rename it: box 1 top
If we had not renamed Group 1 on the bottom, this group would be Group 2
but naming everything makes it much easier later

Delete box 1 top ribbon

Turn box 1 base back on

Object Selection tool
Draw a box around both the top and bottom of the box
Right Click/Group

Notice now we have Group 1 with box bottom and box top below it
If you click the + signs you will find all the layers there

Double Click Group 1 and rename it: box 1

Delete the empty layer
4. Box 2
Repeat the steps for box 2
Group the bottom parts then 
Group the top parts then
Group the whole box

Make sure only the layers you want to group are visible
In box 2 the ribbon is in 3 pieces so I renamed them
Box 2 bottom ribbon left
Box 2 bottom ribbon right
Box 2 bottom ribbon center

You can find which part is which by clicking the glasses
Group the same as above
5. Box 3
For box 3 I grouped as above, except I made the bow it's own group
before grouping the box

I named the bow layers: knot
top left shading
top left loop
top right shading
top right loop
bottom left shading
bottom left loop
bottom left shading
bottom left loop

Notice we are now down to three vector layers 
6. Group The Stack
Object Selection Tool
Draw the box around the entire stack
Right Click/Group
Rename Group 1 to Boxes

Now there is only one Vector layer we are ready to export as a preset shape

Type boxes in the window
Click Ok
And we are done
7. Test The Shape
Now to test the shape 
Open a new image 400 x 400
Preset Shape Tool
Click the arrow next to the shape window and scroll until you find the boxes

Select your new shape
Retain style: checked
Anti-alias: checked
Create as Vector: checked
8. Experiment
Now draw out the shape, big, little experiment

Take a look at the layer palette now
click on the + marks and you will see that all the original layers are there
and everything is grouped nicely

Lets experiment a little to see why we went to all the trouble to rename and group the parts

Open a new graphic 200 x 200 and draw one set of the boxes
Turn off boxes 2 and 3
Click on box 1 top to make it the active group
Object Selection tool
Click on the top and move it or rotate it whatever

An open box 

Maybe you want to save it like that as a tube
Just Right Click on Vector 1 and select duplicate
Right click on Copy of Vector 1 and select
Convert to Raster Layer
Ctrl + C to copy
Ctrl + V to paste as New Image
File/Export/Picture Tube
Give it a name in the window that pops up 
Click OK and you have a new tube

You can undo back to the original stack 
Tube the other boxes separately if you want
or just follow the steps to save the stack as a tube

©Doodles by LadyFox  12/16/03
If you have any questions or need help,  feel free to email me LadyFox