by Elizabeth Weaver
I've gotten some questions lately on how to do this, and see
them also in the forums, so here are two quick and easy ways to
get your fabulous backgrounds into those doodley shapes (or any
shape, for that matter). This method is how I fill the quick clicks
as well, and you may find more information where those are concerned
in the tutorials for using Quick Clicks.
So you have a shape, any shape, that you want to fill with a
background, or "paper". This example is a dribble from
one of my Art Dribbles kits.
Open the dribble (or any shape you choose).
Open your background and select/cut part of it to lay over the
shape, as a second layer. It will obscure your shape.
Now hide the top "paper" layer, and use your wand tool
to select all the bits of your shape that you want to be changed
into the background.
Change back to your "paper" layer again, and make it
visible. With the selection still showing, you can either copy
it to clipboard and paste as a new image, (results in one finished
layer) or invert the selection and Cut the "paper" away
from the selection (results in keeping your two layers intact).
If you are using this as a "paper" element, remember
to give it a drop shadow (not shown).
Another way in Paint Shop Pro to get a background into a shape
is to use it as you would a color fill. Open the background, and
shrink it so that it's open in your program but not necessarily
visible - it just has to be OPEN. Now go to your materials palette,
click with your eyedropper tool to change a fill, then find your
open background in the dropdown menu for "patterns"
and choose that one.
Lock layer transparency on the layer of the shape (it doesn't
need to be selected if you lock transparency) by clicking on the
padlock. Use your fill bucket to fill the layer with your chosen
The option of scale here enables you to choose a repeating smaller
pattern to fill (under 100, which is "normal" view)
or a larger pattern. Try a couple of different fill scales until
you find something you like.