Digital Card Making with PSP

I love making my own greetings cards and thought that the card challenges would be a lot of fun. I have a lot of paper and pens...and the other things one would need to make great cards. I found myself trying to keep up with what is new on the market... then I realize all the stuff, the papers, glue, and stamps were getting very costly and I was running out of space to store it all.

That is when I decided to make elements for my cards in Paint Shop Pro aka PSP. PSP is a software that I have been teaching myself since version 3. Now using version 13 I have learned that the program can also create images and paint them as well. Light bulb went off...why not use it to make my cards and not just some elements for the cards. And so digital card making began for me...and boy has it saved me money.

This blog now consist of my creations that I have made using nothing but PSP. I found the challenge for me is to teach myself how to meet the different card challenges within PSP.

Well that is how all this digital stuff began...Just thought I share.


Sunday, November 15, 2009

Painting Images using PSP

While making a card today I was painting the image and thought to myself that those of you that do not use PSP might be interested in how I get the finished product. Well it is all about the layers. The best way that I can explain layers to you is that each element of the image is a separate picture that I paint. I break it up mainly by colors. I will use the last card I did...the one with the little girl singing. I broke it down like this...I selected her skin and chose the color then flood filled it with the chosen color. I then painted highlights and shadows on another layer to add dimension. Next was the dress...I selected the dress and instead of a color I chose a pattern and flood filled the selection and save it as another small picture (layer). The hair, shoes, and sock were all done the same way, each as it own small picture or layer. Now I have five separate layers that make up the image.

The reason for the layers is, if I wanted to change something I don't have to undo the whole thing...just the layer that I want to change. Once I am satisfy with the different elements of the image I merge or put them back together. I now have a completely painted image in a single layer.

I hope that helps you to better understand the process of digitally painting an image using layers. Just thought I share.


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