This is the last tutorial in the Textboxes/Frames series. In the previous tutorial I showed you how to create unique textboxes/frames using the Vector Paint script. In this tutorial we will be using the script Vector Tube which works along the same lines as the Vector Paint script but it uses your existing PSP Tubes instead of a paint brush. What a handy little tool to have to make extra special textboxes/frames! I am sure you will love this script just as much as the Vector Paint script!
This tutorial was written in Corel Paint Shop Pro X but will work in earlier and newer versions.
Vector Tube script. You can find it HERE! Read and follow the instructions for installation of the script.
Got the script? Opened your PSP? Ready? And we are off!
Step 1 – Create a new file using the following settings:
Step 2 – Set your background color to white and your foreground color to any color (not real important since we will be using Tubes and not using the foreground color). For this tutorial I set my foreground color to black.
Step 3 – Click on your preset shapes tool and select the rectangle shape.
On the top of your toolbar, for the shapes tool, use the following settings:
Mode: Draw Rectangle
Create On Vector : Checked
Horizontal Radius: 45.00
Vertical Radius: 45.00
Line Style: Solid
Starting at the top left (give yourself space at the top, bottom and sides for the effect we will be adding) and click your left mouse button then drag to the bottom right hand corner. Release your mouse button when you have reached the location where you want your shape to stop. Your image will appear as below.
Step 4 – Using your Pick Tool (For PSP 9 and earlier this would be the Raster Deform Tool)
select the rectangle we just created and right click. Select Convert to Path.
Step 5 – Make sure your Script Tool is on the toolbar. If it is not, go to View, Toolbars and select Script:
Now click on the dropdown box button on your script selection tool:
And then find the script you downloaded titled VectorTube:
Step 6 – Click on your Picture Tube Tool:
and select the picture tube you would like to use. Adjust your settings according to the size and the tube that you will be using. For this tutorial I am using a fruit tube I have and using the following settings:
Placement Mode: Random
Selection Mode: Random
You will need to play with these settings to achieve the look you want depending on your tube being used.
Step 7 – Once you have your settings to your liking, press the Play button on your script toolbar.
The script will run and my image now appears as below (Yours will vary depending on the tube you have chosen):
Step 8 – Your Layers Pallet will appear as below:
Be sure the Stroked Objects is your active layer and go to Edit/Copy. Then Edit/Paste as a New Image. And our fruit textbox now appears as below:
You can continue using the same shape you made earlier and select the Edit/Undo Script option and change your picture tube as often as you would like to make different Picture Tube Textbox Effects. Here are some more samples using different Tubes with varying settings:
This is one of the most fun scripts to play with. The possibilities are endless with this script. There are many tubes out on the internet for free, or you can create your own to use. You can create unique textboxes/frames to meet any of your design needs. It is great to use to create journal tags, candy wrapper textboxes, picture frames, and so much more! Do I really have to say it again?? Go! Get out of here and go play! Be creative! And most importantly….have fun learning your Paint Shop Pro! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and the Textboxes/Frames series!