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Background Texture
Created by: Carolyn Ross

Background Texture V7

Although I've used text to create a background watermark, you could also use a dingbat font or a line drawing to create many textures as in the examples above. By making a selection you can fill it with your own unique texture and have it readily available in several of the effects that Paint Shop Pro 7 offers.

Standard Toolbar - New (image) button

Begin by creating a new image 200 x 200 pixels, 16 million colors, background transparent.

* For the most part, when you are creating an image to use as a texture design you will want to keep your design fairly small. Both the Sculpture and Texture filters allow you to enlarge or shrink the size of the design. The bucket tool however places the design at a fixed size. As this is text, you want it large enough that you can use the cutout filter and still see some area within the outlines of your text.

Tool Palette - Text tool

Using your text tool, pick out a font that you like to use and type your name with floating and antialias checked.

If you choose a font which is very bold, you can use the emboss filter on it or the cut-out filter to change the look of your text. We will use the cutout filter for this example. You may deselect your text at any time.

Cutout Settings

Go to Effects > 3D Effects > Cutout and use these settings.

Check Fill interior with color
Interior color = white
Opacity = 100
Blur = .8
Vertical and horizontal offsets = 1.

Image rotated left 45 degrees.

Use the rotate tool and rotate your design left 45 degrees.

Go to Image > Rotate

Crop Panel

Double click your crop tool and check "select opaque area, current layer" and then click "crop".

As the image appears under Textures.

Now save your selection in .bmp (format Windows, 8-bit) in the textures directory. (I called mine "single name.bmp" but you can use any unique name). It is transparent in the interior sections and your background color will show through.

Your image will now appear in the texture effects under Effects > Texture Effects > Textures. It will be listed towards the end of the drop down menu box.


To save the image for use as a pattern to use with the sculpture tool, save as a .bmp into the patterns directory (usually found under c:\program files\jasc\paint shop pro 7\patterns).

This will appear in the Sculpture effect under Image > Effects > Sculpture. It will appear at the end of the drop down box of pattern images.

Gradient and Texture Panel

Now to test your new texture.

Open a new image 200 x 200, transparent.
Using the fill tool pick linear gradient in any two colors you like.
Select your image as the paper texture, 100 percent opacity and 22 percent tolerance.

Embossed Effect

To get an embossed type of effect.

Create a new image and fill with your choice of fill (no texture).
Go to Effects > Texture Effects > Textures.
Choose your texture. Adjust the size with the slider under the example of your texture and watch your preview window to see when you like the effect.
Adjust any of the other sliders till the picture is the way you want it.

Scultpure and Multiply Blend

To use the texture with the Sculpture tool you need to first fill your layer with color.

Create a new layer and fill this one as well, the color won't matter.
Go to Effects > Texture Effects > Sculpture and choose your texture.
Pick a color for the layer.
Play with the sliders, watching the preview to get your effect.
Once you have done that you can further adjust the layer by using the layer palette Blend modes.