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Paint Shop Pro 7 Tutorials

Creating a Vector Christmas Stocking
Creating and Editing Vector Shapes - also Exporting Shapes

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This is an intermediate/advanced tutorial for PSP 7 users

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Part One

Dis Dat Designs PSP 7 Christmas Stocking Tutorial

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1. Create a new image 400 x 500 ~ choose FOREGROUND color: Null, BACKGROUND color: Red

Click on Preset Shapes tool: ROUND RECTANGLE, VECTOR, ANTI-ALIAS, Line info n/a.

Vector shape nodes ready for editing

Create a Round Rectangle for your stocking shape. Click the Vector OBJECT SELECT tool object select. On Tool Options, click EDIT NODE. Your rectangle shape is now ready to edit into the stocking shape.

Move the top node up

2. Move/Drag the top node in the bottom right corner up a few inches, making this the start of the toe area of the stocking.

Add two more nodes   Move nodes - step 4

3. While still in NODE EDIT, hold down the CTRL key and hover your mouse over the area where you moved the first node. Wait for the "+ add" to appear and add two new nodes to the shape ~ see my example image for step 3.

4. Move the nodes just added, over to the right. This should start to form the toe area shape. See my example image for step 4.

Use control arms - step 5   lenghen control arm

5. We need to edit the lines of our shape to make it appear smoother and less rigid. Click on the first node added, and locate the "Control Arms" control arms rotate and lengthen the arm so the line becomes smoother. If needed, you can move the node to position it better. See my example image for step 5.

6. Click on the original node that was moved previously in step 2 -- RIGHT-CLICK on the node, and choose NODE TYPE> ASYMMETRICAL - this adds both control arms to the node. Lengthen and Move the node where needed. See my example image for step 6.

final vector node placement

7. Keep working with each node -- change each node type to ASYMMETRICAL if needed and move and lengthen each one to make a more realistic stocking shape. I also added two more ASYMMETRICAL nodes on the left side of the shape to curve that side a little more. See my example image for step 7.

Part Two

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