Heirloom Sewing with Paint Shop Pro 7

Another way to use a font to make lace

1. Open a new image, 200 by 200, transparent background, 16.7 million colors. Flood Fill with a background colour of your choice.

2. Create a new layer.

3. Click on the Draw Tool and use these settings

Type: single line
Width: 2
Line Style: select the solid line
Antialias, Create as vector and Close path boxes all unchecked.

4. Set up your colour in the Colors Palette selecting an off white colour for the stroke colour (I used #E4E8E1) and none for the fill.

5. Hold down the shift key and draw a straight line about 120 pixels long.

6. Create a new layer

7. Click on the Text tool and find Deco Borders:
size 52 uppercase E, stroke #EBE8E1, fill none, antialiased, floating

8. Zoom in a few times and then position the font so that it touches the line below it, but doesn't show below it. Look for pattern repeats and position the font so that they are centered over the line. (The font will be much wider than your image but as long as it remains floating you will be able to move it back and forth while you decide where you want it placed.) Deselect.

9. Drag the font layer below the line layer on the Layers Palette. Close off the background layer and then merge visible and then click on the merged layer. Reopen the background layer again.
10. Click on the Selections Tool icon, rectangular selection, anti alias not checked and carefully select a section the will tile to form your lace.
Where you select is purely up to you.

Because this has no background pattern to worry about at this stage, saving the selection to the Alpha Channel for safe keeping is not as important this time. I tend to rely on trial and error when looking for just the right places to cut. Like most things in PSP, the more often you do this step, the easier it gets to recognize exactly where to make the selection.

11. Close off the background layer again and click on the merged layer.

Ctrl C to copy and Ctrl V to paste as a new image. Minimize this new image while you test your lace's progress. Ctrl L to paste as a new layer on your original image and then Ctrl E to paste it again as a selection. Join the two together and check for continuity of design. There should be no discernible join.

12. If satisfied Ctrl Z a few times to the point where you have just your merged layer and your background layer is visible and your selection active. Click on the merged layer and go to the Selections menu... Invert. Press the delete key. Go to the Selections menu again... Select none.
13. Use Freehand Selection tool, antialias unchecked and select around outside border of your lace, but do not extend beyond it's outline.

14. Create a new layer. Name it lattice and drag it under the merged layer on the layers palette.

15. Flood Fill with lacelattice.psp at 40% size.
Slide the opacity of the lattice layer to around 68%

(Remember, if you have problems with the lacelattice fill being too dark, try resizing the actual fill first and then floodfilling at 100%.)

100% opacity68% opacity
Don't be tempted to drop the opacity back too much. While you are working close up it looks awful but when you zoom back to actual size it looks absolutely beautiful! (See finished lace below)

16. Selections... Select none.

Close the background layer and then merge visible.

17. Now, test your lace as before. If you are happy Ctrl Z a few times to get back to your background layer and your merged layer. Lift the merged layer onto the desktop and save this in psp format or export to tube.

Happy Lacemaking!!

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