How to Make a Vector Heart and Save It as a Preset Shape

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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 high beginners to intermediates to learn how to make a preset shape by vectors.  There is some vector work, but not much!  If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

To do this tutorial you will also need Paint Shop Pro.  I used Paint Shop Pro 7, but the steps used may also be done in Version 8 or 6.  You may download a free trial at Jasc.

Making a heart shape is rather simple to do, and to be honest you can probably download a heart preset shape, since they are very common. However, the purpose of this tutorial is to show you how to save vector shapes that you make.  So you can reuse them later.

Remember to save as a psp file often!

Before we begin, you might want to study the PSP tool bars.  I have labeled the tools on another page.  Click on the link and it will open a new page.  You may want to keep this page open while you work on the tutorial, to refer to the names now and then.  PSP Tools

Now that you have studied the tools, let's begin!

1.  Click New File in the top menu bar.  Enter these settings:  width=400, Height=400, Resolution=72.000 pixels/inch, Background color=transparent, image type=16.7 Million Colors (24 Bits). 

2.  Set your foreground color to null, and your background color to any color other than white.

3.From the left tool menu, choose preset shapes tool.  In the tool box, set the shape to the ellipse, check anti alias, and check create as a vector.  The line width does not matter.

4.    Use the shape tool to draw a circle on your new image.  Draw it large!

5.  In the left tool menu, choose the node edit tool (the last one in the tool bar;  It's white in the picture below.)

6.  In the tool options box, click on Node Edit/

7.  Your circle will now have nodes.  See picture below.

8.  Click on the bottom node, and vector arrow and tail will appear.  Grab the arrow head and pull it out and rotate it towards the center.  Grab the arrow tail and pull it out and rotate it towards the center.  See the picture below.  You should make a corner in the circle bottom.

9.  Click on the top node, and the arrow head and tail should appear.  Left-click on the node and drag it down about half the distance to the side nodes.  Make sure this node stays centered in the "heart" horizontally (side to side it is midway).

10.  Grab the arrow head and rotate it up and out a little bit.  Grab the arrow tail and ratate it up and out a little bit.  You should now have a heart shape, like in the picture below.

11.  If you are happy with your heart, skip to step # 14.

12.  I wanted the heart to have more point on the bottom, so I dragged the bottom node down a little bit.

13.  You can also make the tail narrower, after lowering the heart.  Just pull up on the arrow head and the arrow tail (see below).

14.  Now we want to save the heart as a preset shape, so that we can use it over and over again!    Right-click on the vector name in the Layer Palette. Right now it says ellipse.  Right-click on Ellipse and choose Rename.  Rename the shape.  I named mine PamHeart.

15.In the top menu, click on File > Export > Shape.

16.  In the Shape Library box, type in your name again.

Now you have saved your heart as a preset vector shape that you may use over and over again!

Now learn how to use your heart shape to make something!
Heart Bubble or Globe
Heart Frame (coming soon)
Lacy Heart Beat (written in PSP 8, but can be done in 7 or 6)


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