Butterfly Text Tag

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This tutorial was created for some friends of mine who wanted to begin learning more about PSP.  It is intended for beginners to learn how to create text on a path.  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 9, but the steps may also be done in any version.  You may download a free trial at Jasc.

Remember to save as a psp file often!

1.  Open new, transparent file, size = 500 x 500

2.  Flood-fill the image with white by choosing the paint can tool

3.  Choose the Ellipse Shapes tool.  In the shapes tool bar at the top menu, click on ellipse shape, width = 5, and choose a foreground color that will be different than the text color you will use. CHECK Create as Vector and SHOW Nodes.

4.  Draw a flat ellipse, see pic below.

5.  Choose the Text tool.  Choose your font.  A nice script text will do will.  And choose the size.  I chose 48 , but you may have to play with the size based on your name.  Choose LEFT justification.  Choose FLOATING.

6.  Hover the mouse cursor over the left node (by where the D is in my text) until the cursor turns into an A.  Left-click and type your text.  You want your text to go from left node to right node, covering the top half of the ellipse.  You may have to adjust the size, or type your text twice.

7.  Right-click on the floating text layer in the Layer Palette, and choose Promote Selection to Layer.

8.  Right-click on the vector layer and choose Delete.

9.  In the top menu, click Selections > Select None.

10.  Right-click on the Promoted Selection layer and choose Duplicate.

11.  In the top menu, click Image > Flip.

12.  In the Layer Palette, HIDE the bottom layer.

Right-click on the promoted selection layer and choose Merge > Merge Visible.

13.  Choose the Deformation tool (2nd tool in tool bar).  Drag the center rotate handle so that the text is at an angle.  Then Drag in the right bottom corner up towards the center to resize the text.  It should be about half the width and half the height.

14.  Right-click on the merged layer and choose Duplicate.

15.  In the top menu, click Image > Mirror

16.  With the mover tool, slide the wings together so that their corners touch.  Use the Deformation tool to resize one of the wings to be smaller than the other one.  See below.

17.  Right-click on one of the merged layers and choose Merge > Merge Visible

18.  Choose the Deformation Tool.  Drag the CENTER BOTTOM node up, so that the wing only takes up the top half of the image.

19.  Right-click on this merged layer and choose Duplicate.

20.  In the top menu, click Image > Flip.

21.  With the mover tool, move the two halves together so that they touch in the middle, see below.

22.  In the top menu, click Image > Rotate > Rotate Clockwise 90 degrees.

23.  In the top menu, click adjust > Sharpness > Sharpen More

24.  UNHIDE the bottom layer (white layer).  Right-click on that layer and choose Merge > Merge All (Flatten).

25.  Now save as a JPEG.  File > Export > JPEG Optimizer.


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