Do you use the picture tube tool in Paint Shop Pro? Its
more than a simple stamping tool, it can be a brush tool to create
elaborate lace, stitching, beaded items, braids, ribbons, and garland!
Have you ever created your own Paint Shop Pro picture tube?
Using this tutorial, you can create a PSP picture tube that will
look much like a pipe cleaner or chenille stems.
If you open some picture tubes, you will see that some have several
images, evenly spaced. For a fuzzy, irregular edge I chose
a font with shapes. Thinking that a snowflake font might work well,
I visited dafont.com and chose a free font called Faux Snow (created
by Brian Kent). Install the font. To create a stem that
seems to have a wire down the middle, I decided to use a gradient
color arranged in a sunburst with the darker color in the center.
I decided on upper case D, G, I, and K.
||Make this gradient your background
color (to use with text). Create a new document and type
the upper case letters D, G, I, and K - but do this one at a
time so the gradient will apply to that snowflake alone. While
the snowflake is still selected, move it into position (I used
the grid and snap to grid - my document is 480 x 160 and my
grids are set at 40, the font size I used is 72)
|Merge visible layers and File >
Export > Picture Tube. The settings are determined
by the rows and columns -- we have created 6 cells across and
2 cells down. The placement should be set at Continuous,
the step size at 8, and the Selection Mode as Incremental. The
scale is 100 and choose a name for your tube - I chose chenille.
After exporting your Picture Tube it's ready to use!
Create a new document and select your Picture Tube tool.
In the toolbar, find the drop down box to select a tube to
use. Leave the settings as we have them for now -- if
you decide you'd like to increase or decrease the size, change
the scale from 100% upwards or down -- but leave the other
settings the same.
For more fun, download the Vector Tube script at this
website, unzip it and place it in your Scripts-Restricted
folder. There is also a script for brushes. This
script allows you to draw a vector line or use a vector shape
and then choose a tube (or brush) to paint it with (image
to the right was painted on a vector line).
After using the script, you'll want to go to the Corel
Paint Shop Pro website and find the tube of Scrapbooking
Embellishments (there are stitches in it). Using this
tube and the script, you can stitch along vector lines and
Then visit this
site shows how to create a tube that will look like crochet.