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"PSP Press Welcome" Sig Tag Tutorial

I created this due to many requests I have received for this tag.  There used to be a Greeting card site that would allow you to make a custom newspaper greeting but they have been offline for about a year now.  This tutorial was created on December 23, 2004.  If it bears any resemblance to another tutorial on the net, it is pure coincidence.  The skills that you will learn here are your own, and I hope that you will find them useful.  In this tutorial, I will assume that you have a basic working knowledge of PSP and it is made for intermediate and advanced skill levels.  Remember to save your work often.  Pictures used on the Newspaper in this tutorial are copyright of JASC Software .

Materials:

  • You will need Paint Shop Pro, of course.  I use Version 9.10, but it will also work in older versions.  You can download a trial version of Paint Shop Pro from JASC

  • My Newspaper template for PSP 9 here , PSP 8 here and PSP 7 here

  • Fonts needed are up to you.  Common newspaper fonts are Times New Roman, Arial, Lucida Sans Unicode, etc. but use what ever you prefer.  Many other fonts can be found here

Instructions:

 

Open the downloaded template and you will see a file with many layers and all but the first hidden.  Each layer is named for what it is.  These are meant to be more of a guide than anything else to help you with placement of the various sections of the tag.  I will walk you through the first couple of layers and leave the rest up to you!

 

Upon opening you will see this:

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This what the layer palette will look like:

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Unhide the date layer, select that layer, and you will now have this:

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Using your selection tool (use rectangle), drag a rectangle around the date like shown below and hit the delete key which will remove the text from that area.

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You may now re-add the date you wish to have in that area using your text tool.  Create as "floating" text.

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While text is still selected, drag text into proper placement and deselect.  I used Arial MT Bold for this section and lowered the layer opacity to 75% to blend.  I also used a dark grey instead of black for the lettering.

 

The rest of the process is the same for all the other text sections.  Just keep repeating until you have replaced each layers text with your own.

 

Tip:  Just work one layer at a time, replacing each section as you go with the text you want to have on your tag.  Leave layers with text not yet replaced hidden, so you know where you are.

 

Tip:  Always remember to select you newly unhidden layer before making your selection to avoid selecting the wrong section of text.

 

Tip:  When you get to the three columns, you may want to use extra spaces between words to "even out" the text in the column on the right and left hand sides like most newspapers do but this is up to you.

Export your finished file as a .gif or .jpg and your all set. 

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

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