For this tutorial, you will need:

Paint Shop Pro, which you can get at the Jasc site.
I used a font called "Thong".  Click here for zip file containing this font.
My color swatch:


Right click and save to your hard drive.

The best advice I can give you for any tutorial is: "SAVE OFTEN".  There's not much worse than losing your work due to PSP crashing or a computer glitch.  I will be putting reminders along the way to save your work

1. Open a new image 350x200, transparent background, 16 million colors. (You may need to make your canvas wider if you have a longer name.) 

2. Save your image as "ribbon_text.psp".  You can now save your image at any time by pressing Ctrl+S or hitting the save icon .

3. Set your background color to white.

~~~ RIBBON TEXT ~~~

1. Using your Eye Dropper Tool , right click on each color in the color swatch, from left to right.  When you're done, your foreground color should be pink.  (I'll explain this step later...LOL)

2. Click on your text tool.

3. Left click in your canvas to open the Text Entry box.

4. In your drop down text list, click on the font "Thong" (or you may choose another font).

5. In the Text Entry screen, type your name.

6. Text size: 100 (just type this number in the text size box).

7. Click on the bold "B" button.

8. Antialias and Vector checked.

9. Click OK.

10. Objects/Align/Center in Canvas.

REMINDER: 

10. Duplicate this layer (Layer 2) four times.
(Right click Layer2 in your Layer Palette box and click duplicate in the fly out menu.)

11. Deselect (Selections/Select None)

12. Expand your layers and rename them as follows:

13. Click on your Object Selector Tool .

14. Double click on your name under the "green" layer to open the Text Entry box.

15. Right click on the Stroke color box.  This will open up a box with your recent colors.  (All the colors from the color swatch should be available in the bottom half of this box - which is why we clicked them all earlier!)  Click on the light green to change your stroke color and click Okay.

16. You will now see a box surrounding your text:

17. Place two guides on your canvas:
     Vertical: 177; Horizontal: 102
     (You can learn about the guides  with my PSP Guides Tutorial.)

We will be moving each layer 2 pixels to the right and 2 pixels down
and the guides make it much easier, but they are not necessary, if you feel comfortable doing it by "sight".

18. Zoom in on your image and grab the middle square.  Drag this square to line it up with the intersection of your guides:

         

REMINDER: 

19. Move your guides to 179 and 104.

20. Click on your Object Selector Tool .

21. Double click on your name under the "blue" layer to open the Text Entry box.

22. Right click on the Stroke color box.  Click on the light blue to change your stroke color and click Okay.

23. Drag this text to the intersection of your guides.

REMINDER: 

24. Move your guides to 181 and 106.

25. Click on your Object Selector Tool .

26. Double click on your name under the "yellow" layer to open the Text Entry box.

27. Right click on the Stroke color box.  Click on the yellow to change your stroke color and click Okay.

28. Drag this text to the intersection of your guides.

REMINDER: 

29. Move your guides to 183 and 108.

30. Click on your Object Selector Tool .

32. Double click on your name under the "yellow" layer to open the Text Entry box.

33. Right click on the Stroke color box.  Click on the yellow to change your stroke color and click Okay.

34. Drag this text to the intersection of your guides.

35. Duplicate your image. 

36. Save and close your original - make sure you save as PSP7 compatible to preserve your vectors.  You can open at any time and change the colors of your text for use on different backgrounds.

37. With your duplicate copy, decide whether you want your text as is or if you'd like your text to have sharp edges.  Here are examples of both:

Here are examples using different fonts

 

 

 


 

 

 



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