Make Script

 

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This tutorial is intended for beginners to learn how to create a script for making buttons.  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!

1.  If you cannot see the script toolbar at the top, you need to open it.  View > toolbars > script

2.  Click on the record button.  Note:  it doesn't matter how fast you go through the tutorial to make the script.  It records the steps, not how much time you took.

3.  Set your foreground to black, and your background to red.  The colors do not matter here.  We're going to fix the script so that someone can use the script to make their button any color or pattern.

4.  Choose the Ellipse shape.  Set it to circle, create on vector, stroke  = 0.00

5.  Open new, transparent image, size 500 x 500 pixels.

6.  Start your cursor at 100, 100 on the image.  You can tell where your cursor is at by looking for the black tick lines (see the arrows in the picture).  Start at 100, 100 and then drag the circle out to SIZE 200 x 200

If you look at the bottom of the screen, you can see the locations

(101,101)  represents where I started.  (301, 301) represents where I stopped.  After the = sign (200 x 200) represents the size of my selection.  (301 - 101 = 200!)  Release the mouse when you have that size.

7.  Right-click on the circle and choose Convert to Raster Layer.

8.  Choose the Selection tool and choose the layer opaque icon.  This will put a selection box around your button with little space left.

9.  Image > Crop to Selection

10.  Effects > 3D Effects > Inner Bevel.  Apply:  Bevel = pie shape, width = 25, smoothness = 10, depth = 10 - 20, ambience = 0, shininess = 30, color = white, angle = 156, intensity = 67, elevation = 30

11.  Layers > Arrange > Move Down

12.  Choose the paintbrush tool.  Set size = 18, hardness = 100, step = 1, density = 100

13.  In the layer palette, click on the top blank layer.  On the image, Hover the mouse over (100, 100) -- the center-- and left-click once.

14.  Effects > Image Effects > Offset.  Horizontal  - 20 (NEGATIVE) and vertical = 20 (POSITIVE), Custom, Transparent

15.  In the layer palette, right-click and choose Duplicate

16.  Image > Mirror

17.  Right-click on top layer and choose Duplicate.

18.  Image > Flip

19.  Right-click on top layer and choose Duplicate

20.  Image > Mirror

21.  Right-click on top layer, Merge > Merge Down.

22.  Repeat Step 21 until all BLACK circle layers are merged.  You should be left with 2 layers -- 4 black circles on top layer, one big button layer on bottom.

23.  Selections > Select All.  Selection > Float .  Selections > Defloat

24.  In the layer palette, click on the BOTTOM layer.

25.  Press the DELETE key on keyboard.

26.  Selection > Modify > Expand Selection -- expand by 3 pixels

27.  Effects > 3D Effects > Inner Bevel.  apply same settings

28.  Selections > Select None

29.  Right-click on TOP layer and choose DELETE

30.  Click on the Save Script Recording Button

31.  In the Save AS box:  Set the Save In folder to the Scripts-Trusted folder in PSP

give it a filename,
Take the CHECK OFF Save Materials (this will allow you to use any patterns you want with the script)
CHECK Remove Undone Commands.

Click on the Save.

 

Now your script is ready for making buttons of any color/pattern you want Test it out!

1.  Set the foreground to any color.  Then set it to NULL
2.  Set the background to the pattern of your choice.
3.  Choose your Buttonmaker script and then press the start button and watch the script go!

 


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