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Cutouts used as Tubes
Created by: Yvonne

In this tutorial you will learn to make cutout images using dingbat fonts and turn them into tubes. You will also learn how to delete tubes.
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You can download the dingbat font in the download file (Dingbat Cats 2 of Listmageren) if you wish and install in your fonts directory, or you may use one of your own choosing.
Open a new image 300 X 300, transparent background, 16 mil colors.
Click on the Text tool, then in the center of your image. Select a text of your choice, I've used:

PSP 5:
Name = Dingbat Cats 2
(capital letter O)
Style = Bold
Size = 200
Antialias = checked
Floating = unchecked

PSP 6:
Name = Dingbat Cats 2
(capital letter O)
Size = 200
Create as = Floating
Antialias = checked
Text effects = Bold
(Color doesn't matter)

Do not deselect.
Apply a Cutout effect: Go to Image || Effects || Cutout:
Fill interior with color = unchecked
Shadow color = Black
Opacity = 45
Blur = 4
Vertical/Horizontal Offset = 3

Do not deselect.

Apply a Drop Shadow effect: Go to Image || Effects || Drop Shadow:
Color = White
Opacity = 100
Blur = 1
Vertical/Horizontal Offset = 1

You can play with the settings and change them to your preferences.
Sometimes no blur on the white drop shadow works better ... play with it to suit your preferences. Then click on OK and deselect by right-clicking into your image.

Go to File || Export || Picture Tube. Fill in the blanks, if necessary. Cell Arrangement and Placement options are filled in for you if you only have one image. Be sure to name your tube, and click on OK.

Your cutout image in the tube is ready to use. Open a new image, color of choice (I've found it doesn't seem to work well on black) and try out your tube!

If you find you don't like your new tube, you can open the "Tubes.ctl" file (located in your PaintShopPro5\Tubes folder) in Notepad and delete it:

Scroll down to the lines that have the title you just gave the new tube (there should be 8 lines). Highlight all 8 lines and delete them, then save your file.

You may have to exit out of tubes and reclick it on your toolbar for the change to take effect.

PSP 6 users can just delete the file from their PaintShopPro\Tubes folder.

Well, that's it folks! Happy Tubing ...