- Hello and welcome to my blog! I am Vivienne, living in the UK and married with a son who now lives in Perth, Australia and a daughter who has given me two gorgeous grandsons! Paint Shop has been my hobby for more years than I can remember and I love making tags. I have always loved doing tutorials written by others and a couple of years ago started writing them myself. As well as tag tutorials, I also have a Tips and Tricks page where you will find tutorials on basic Paint Shop techniques. I hope you enjoy my blog and have fun with my tutorials. Please be sure also to check out the Tag Gallery and see some of the awesome results to the tutorials!
In this tutorial I used a tube called “The Moonlight” from Suzanne Woolcott . Unfortunately Suzanne’s tubes are no longer ava...
In this tutorial I used the art of Elias Chatzoudis . I purchased my tube from PSP Tubes Emporium but Elias now sells his t...
Quick and easy tutorial using the art of Enys Guerrero . You can purchase Eny’s tubes at Creative Design Outlet . The ki...
In this tutorial I used the art of Enys Guerrero . You need a license to use Enys’ art, available at Creative Design Outle ...
In this tutorial I used a tube by Anna Liwanag. You can purchase Anna’s tubes at Creative Design Outlet . I used the free...
In this tutorial I used another fabulous cat from Jeff Haynie . I just love these cats! You can purchase the tubes ...
In this tutorial I used a cute tube “A Spidery Friend” from Jasmine Becket-Griffith . You can purchase the tube at Creative D...
In this tutorial I used the art of Enamorte . You need a license to use Enamorte’s art, available at Creative De...
In this tutorial I used the beautiful freebie kit “Fan Freebie Easter" From Graphics ofFantasy . No tubes are u...
In this tutorial I used the art of Anna Marine . You need a license to use Anna’s art, now available at Creative Design Outl...
Alicia Mujica - LDS1095
AMI - AMI5350
Arthur Crowe - AC495
Artistic Dreams Imaging - ADI-01632
Barbara Jensen - BJ0784
Celinart - C1841P
Creative Design Outlet - CDO-1951
CILM - CI-1360LM
Digital Chaos - DC-113
Dreamscape Imaging - DSI582
Elias Chatzoudis - EAS10253
Garv - KG2307
KATNKDA - NK1759
My Tubed Art - MTA_F133
My PSP Tubes - MPT1875
Myka Jelina - MK1328
Scraps and the City - SATC1209
Scraps & Co. - S&CO209
Suzanne Woolcott - SW169
Pics For Design - PFD_Dragonfly
PSP Project - TPP01390
Psp Tubes Emporium - PTE1351
Stickerchick – SC1875
TooshToosh - Toosh2548
Up Your Art - UYA0859
Verymany - VMT_Dragonfly
Zindy - ZZT439
Zlata_M - zlatam_dragonfly
Dees’Sign Depot – DD_CTVG
TinyTurtle Designs - TTD02490
Using additional fonts in Paint Shop
It is never a good idea to install additional fonts in your Windows fonts folder as this will seriously slow down your computer and can cause real issues;
instead you should use a font viewer.
There are several free font viewers, my favouite is
Keep all those fonts you collect in a folder somewhere safe,
open Font Frenzy and intially your Windows installed fonts with show,
click on the button at the top labelled
A menu will open, check the box "View Fonts in a Folder"
then click on "Select" and browse to the folder where you have saved those fonts.
The fonts in the folder with open in the programme.
You can change the size of the fonts in the bottom right hand corner
and you can change the text in the bottom left hand corner.
Once the fonts are opened in Font Frenzy they will show in your font list
in Paint Shop or any other programme which uses fonts.
Saving your tag on a transparent background (png
When you have finished your tag, close off any background layer you have used
(in my tutorials I always say to make a white background layer).
Next go to File - Export - Png Optimizer
Under the "Colors" tab use these settings
Kntbe "Transparency" tab use these settings
Ignore the rest of the tabs, leave them on the default settings, just click on OK and save your tag.
Downloading from 4Shared
I know some people have problems downloading from 4Shared and
end up installing their Installer which you don't want!
These are the buttons to press for a straight download.
Click the download button
Click off the pop up if you get it
Click on the free download
Now sign in with one of your media accounts or
make an account with 4Shared.
Thumbnail images of tubes and Paint Shop images.
There are two programmes you need installed to view thumbnails and Paint Shop Images.
Mystic Thumbs will work quietly in the background allowing you to
see thumbnails of many image types not supported by Windows.
This is now a pay for programme but you can
get the last freebie version
Thumbnail Handler is a free programme that allows you to
see thumbnails of Paint Shop images by
PSP closes when you use a plugin in
Vista, Windows 7 & 8.
A lot of older 8bf plugins won't work with the newer versions of Windows and
your PSP will close down when the plugins are used but
Filtermeister have designed a patch to make them compatible.
You can get the patch from their site herehttp://www.filtermeister.com/, the links is on the left hand side under
White edge on resizing
Importing filters into Filters Unlimited
Saving an animated tag in Animation Shop
to add text later.
Note: the materials palette in the newer versions has been completely changed, the HSL is now a slider and the values no longer match up with the colorizing adjustment.
Finally, there is the Color Changer Tool.
To use this tool, you first need select the original colour using your eye dropper tool
and set it as your background colour.
Now set your foreground colour to the new colour.
Open the Color Replacement tool and click on the area of colour you want to
change and it will be replaced with the new colour.
You may need to play around with the tolerance to get the best effect.
The tutorials are, unless otherwise stated, my idea and written by me, any similarity to any other tutorial is entirely coincidental. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of any material on this blog, without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Vivienne and Vivienne's Paintbox with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.
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