Balloon Fill Tag

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This tutorial is intended for beginners to learn how to create a text filled with a pattern.  If you have any questions, please feel free to Email  me.

To do this tutorial you will also need Paint Shop Pro.  I wrote this with  Paint Shop Pro X2, but the steps may also be done in any version.  You may download a free trial at Corel.

Remember to save as a psp file often!

Download Supplies.  The heart shape is to be placed in your Preset Shapes folder and the cloud tube is to be placed into your Picture Tube folder.  These folders are usually found in My Documents > My PSP Files.  The font file needs to be opened on your desktop and minimized.  The other files in the supply folder (balloon fill, streamers) will be opened in PSP during the tutorial.

1.  Open a new, transparent image, size 500 x 400.

2.  Open one of the fill patterns from the supply folder.

3.  In the Materials Palette (right side)  choose pattern for the foreground box.

4.  Click on the Arrow for the Drop-down menu of patterns.

5.  Find the pic of the pattern that you chose, click on it.

6.  Set Angle= 0, Scale = 100

7.  I've changed my mind.  I want the balloon fill pattern to fill the inside of the text (not outline the text).  So click on the Swap materials arrow (see red arrow in pic)

8.  Set the color box to a complimentary color.

9.  Choose the text tool.

10.  In the font options bar at the top, choose the font.  It needs to be a fat font.  I've included a font in the supply folder for you to use.  Set Size = 84 pixels, bold, Create as Vector, stroke width = 1

11.  A reminder:  This is what your color boxes should look like.  The balloon fill should be in the second box (background box).

12.  Left-click on image  and type your name.  Apply.

13.  Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow.  Apply these settings:  Vertical & Horizontal = 1, Opacity = 100, Blur = 2, color = black.

14.  Now we are going to draw the heart balloons.  I want mine to be red.  So set the background (lower box) to red.  Hide the foreground color by changing it to null.

15.  Choose the Custom Shapes tool

16.  Choose the shape for your balloon.  I chose the heart shape.  Check OFF Retain style, CHECK on Create as vector, check ON anti-alias

17.  Draw the shape.

18.  Right-click on the shape (top) layer in the Layer Palette and choose Convert to Raster Layer.

19.  Effects > 3D Effects > Inner Bevel.  Apply these settings:  bevel = pie shape, width = 20, smoothness =15, depth = 5, ambience = 0, shininess = 30, color = white, angle = 375, intensity = 30, elevator = 50

20.  Right-click on heart layer (top) and choose duplicate.

21.  Choose the raster deform tool.  Use it to resize the heart balloon by dragging one of the corners inward to the center.  Move the heart into a position over another letter.

22.  Open one of the streamers from the supply folder.  You can colorize it to match the colors in your picture.  Adjust > Hue/Saturation > Colorize 

23.  On the streamer image:  Edit > Copy

24.  click back on the balloon image.  Edit > Paste as new Layer.

25.  Drag the streamer layer below the heart layer. 

26.  Attach a streamer to each balloon that you've made.

27.  Choose the picture tube  and find the cloud tube.  I set the size at about 65%

28.  Layers > New Raster Layer.  Drag this layer BELOW the text layer.

29.  Left-click with the picture tube and place clouds under the text like so.

I also added a new raster layer above the text and placed a few clouds.

30.  Choose two colors from your balloon fill-- one to be the foreground, one to be the background.

31.  In the materials palette Properties, choose Gradient.  Choose the foreground-background gradient (for later versions:  Corel_06_029 )  Angle = 45, repeats = 5. 

32.  Layers > New Raster Layer

33.  Flood-fill the layer with this gradient

34.  Layers > Arrange > Send to Bottom

35.  Image Add Borders.  Symmetric, Size = 2, Color = dark color from image

36.  Embellish your tag (I added some cherubs).  Add your text and watermark.

37.  Save this as a JPEG.  File > Export > JPEG optimizer





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