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Fun Lines
Requirements: Paint Shop Pro 7
Author: Richie Dumlao

One powerful feature that I like with PSP7 is the ability to draw a Point-to-Point line, edit and add nodes, hence you can form a shape and add a texture (gradient, pattern filled) even define your own line style. This tutorial will show you how to create some wires with this PSP7's feature.

Figure 1
1 Start a new 16 million colors image (any size and background color)

First, let's do some practice in drawing Point-to-Point lines.  Pick the Drawing Tool and under the Tool Options, choose Point-to-Point Line, Width = 1, Line Style = Dash with Arrowhead End (see figure 1)

  • To create a straight line -
    Left-click your image (Point 1) release the button while at Point 2 
  • To create a curved line -
    Left-click your mouse on your image (Point 1) and then release the mouse button.  Left-click at Point 2 and drag it in any direction.


Curved line after quitting the Node Edit
2 You can end the line or shape by pressing [CTRL+Q] = Quit Node Editing

Figure 2
3 If you wish to continue the line or shape - left-click somewhere in Point 3, and release the mouse button (see figure 2).  [CTRL+Q] to quit the node edit.

4 You can even customize the look of your line thus creating some nifty looking wires!  Start a new image and let's get started :)

Use these settings under the Draw Tool Options Window,
Type = Point-to-Point
Width = 10
Line Style = Small Dash
Anti-alias = Checked
Create as Vector = Checked
Close Path = Not checked

Once all are set, while still at the Draw Tool Option Window, click on Custom Button.  Left-click on the "Gap icon" and change the Gap value to 7 (see image below)

Then click Save as New, and enter "My Line" as the Styled Line Name.

5 Set foreground color to Red then set Fill Style to Solid Color and both Textures Style to NONE

Start drawing a curved line and your image should look something like as shown at the left after you quit editing.

Now, convert the current layer to Raster layer (Layers>Convert to Raster Layer)

6 Start drawing a curved line and your image should look something like as shown at the left after you quit editing.

Now, convert the current layer to Raster layer (Layers>Convert to Raster Layer)

Press [CTRL+A] to highlight all object on your image.  Pick the Selection Tool and left-click your mouse once anywhere on your image.  You will notice that the dash lines becomes your active selection.

7 While line selection is active, apply the Inner bevel filter (Effects>3D Effects>Inner Bevel) and follow the settings as shown below.

Here's another sample I did :)  Foreground color is set to gray, apply the Inner-Bevel filter and Edge-Enhance filter.
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