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Creating Paper Textures
Created by: Charith Carne

This tutorial will show you how to make paper textures which can be used with your various paint tools in Paint Shop Pro.
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For this tutorial you'll need an image for converting to a texture. You can select one of the three images from the download file.
Open an image from your download that you want to use as a texture.
The best images to use are ones that have seamless edges so there will be a continuous pattern when using it with your graphics. We can make this a seamless pattern in Paint Shop Pro.
Click on the Selection tool, set to
Selection Type = Rectangle
Feather = 0
Antialias = unchecked
Make a Rectangle in the image leaving a fair amount of edge to allow for the seamless pattern transition.

Click on Selections || Convert to Seamless Pattern. A new window with your seamless pattern is opened.

Save the image as a texture file: Click on File || Save As:
Save As Type = Windows or OS/2 Bitmap (*.bmp)
File Name = your_filename (the extension .bmp is added automatically)
Save In = ...\Paint Shop Pro 7\Textures
Your texture is now ready to use as a paper texture with the painting, text, and vector tools as well as with PSP's Texture effect (Effects || Texture Effects || Texture). If you'd also like to use it as a pattern for the Sculpture effect (Effects || Texture Effects || Sculpture), save it into the folder "...\Paint Shop Pro 7\Patterns" as well.
Let's use our new paper texture! Click on File || New. Set your Width and Height to your preferences, make sure you select 16.7 million colors.
Click on one of the paint tools. I selected the Airbrush tool.
Set your foreground style to Solid Color (click on the little arrow in the Foreground-Style box and choose the icon on the left), then click into your Foreground-Style box and choose a foreground color of your preference.
Set your foreground texture to Texture (click on the little arrow in the Foreground-Texture box and choose the icon on the left), then click into the Foreground-Texture box and choose your new texture from the Textures drop-down list.
We are ready to paint the background of our image! Use the paper textures for painting text, Coloring Line Art for cartooning, etc. Scan in your own textures from fabrics, magazine pictures, and other interesting things. Once you have an image with a texture you like, just follow the steps of this tutorial to create your paper textures!
Have fun creating and experimenting with the Eraser tool using the paper texture options. Remember, some great effects can be found by exploring!

If you create some neat textures, you can always share them with other PSP users! Save your image and post it for others to save and convert to a paper texture file! :)