Paint Shop BackgroundsMaking interesting and appealing Paint Shop backgrounds is the starting point for any digital scrapbook page.
They can be as simple as a plain white page or more interesting textures and patterns. You can even create your own pattern if you feel so inclined.
The thing to remember is that the background should support the page rather than being the most important and outstanding part of the page.
OK - so let's start with Patterns ...
The Patterns that can be used in Paint Shop backgrounds are found in the Materials Palette (outlined in red in the thumbnail image).
After choosing the Pattern icon, simply click on the Foreground and Stroke Properties box to bring up the Pattern selection screen.
The current pattern is visible and when the little arrow to the right of the current pattern is selected then all of the patterns available in Paint Shop Pro will appear ...
There are a little over 100 of them to choose from - wow!
Here is what you see ...
The Beach pattern is currently selected.
The angle of the pattern can be changed by spinning the little arm in the middle of the pattern or it can be adjusted in the Angle box.
The pattern can also be scaled from tiny to monstrous.
The really neat thing is that a Texture can also be applied to the Pattern - just put a check mark in the Texture box at the top.
Drop down the Textures box and choose from 50 or so different ones available.
The textures can also be scaled and their angled changed ...
That is a huge variety to choose from!
Oh ya - almost forgot - the pattern is applied by left clicking (or tapping with your pen) with the Flood Fill tool.
You can even grab the brush tool and paint the pattern in if you wish ...
Here are two sample backgrounds from this screen - the left one is the Beach pattern and the right one had a scaled down Daze texture added ... the addition of the texture made a difference in color and overall appearance.
This is the kind of activity that can consume an enormous amount of time - just to see what you can come up with! It is worth spending the time you need to get your Paint Shop backgrounds right - this is the foundation of your pages!
Now if this isn't enough - over 100 patterns and 50 or so textures that can be applied to those patterns - you can make your own patterns from your images or random paint strokes on a canvas ...
Make Your Own Patterns
OK - you can make your own patterns from images or just some doodling with the paint brush by going to Effects > Image Effects > Seamless Tiling ...
I messed with it for some time and was never completely satisfied with the results however that does not mean it will not do what you want it to do - give it a try ...
If you want the appearance of a paper or canvas on your Paint Shop backgroundsthen a texture is the way to go.
There are two different methods to apply a texture to your background.
The first and easiest method is found in the Effects menu - Effects > Texture Effects > Texture ...
The Textures are black and white by default and the color can be changed with the paint brush or the flood fill tool.
Each of the Textures (about 50 of them all together) can be modified in a variety of different ways - from size to light direction.
The second method is to go to the Materials Palette and apply a textture from there.
The variety of different effects will make you light headed.
You can ...
--> apply a texture from the colors palette
--> apply a texture from the gradient palette, or
--> apply a texture from the patterns palette
To apply a texture with color just click on the Foreground and Stroke Properties box (the top color) in the materials palette and click on the Color tab.
Put a checkmark in the Texture box, select a color and a texture and then click OK. To apply the colored texture select the Flood Fill Tool and click on the Background.
The colored texture will be applied. If you don't like it - Ctrl-Z, open the Materials Palette again and make some modifications and try again.
To apply a texture with a gradient just click on on the Foreground and Stroke Properties box (the top color) in the materials palette and click on the Gradient tab.
Put a checkmark in the Texture box, select a gradient and a texture and then click OK. To apply the gradient texture select the Flood Fill Tool and click on the Background.
The gradient texture will be applied. If you don't like it - Ctrl-Z, open the Materials Palette again and make some modifications and try again.
To apply a texture with a pattern just click on on the Foreground and Stroke Properties box (the top color) in the materials palette and click on the Pattern tab.
Put a checkmark in the Texture box, select a pattern and a texture and then click OK. To apply the patterned texture select the Flood Fill Tool and click on the Background.
The patterned texture will be applied. If you don't like it - Ctrl-Z, open the Materials Palette again and make some modifications and try again.
Its easy to see that there are an enormous amount of choices when creating Paint Shop backgrounds with textures.
Remember that Paint Shop backgrounds should support the scrapbook page rather than overwhelm the scrapbook page.
Now go and have some fun playing with all of the different options and create the perfect background for your project
Paint Shop Backgrounds
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