I find that I use my dingbat fonts more
often, if I create shapes out of them and add them to my shape library.
I hope that you find you use your dingbats more often too......
These are all my own print
screens and my method for creating these dingshapes. Please do not
send this page in EMail or upload it to any other site. If you see
this tutorial anyplace else, please notify Tish.
This is my first tutorial,
and I learned a lot just doing this. LOL I hope my next one will
be more professional looking. If you have any problems following
this tutorial, please email me so I can learn too. : )
|Jasc Paint Shop Pro 7 +
Trial Version can be downloaded here:
Jasc Home Site
Dingbat of your Choice - I used Country
Country Cuties can be Downloaded here House
of Lime There are lots of wonderful Dingbats there, so
please come back to finish the tutorial. : )
*** TIP ***
You do NOT have to install the dingbat font in order to use
it in PSP or any other program. Just use your Explorer, find the
dingbat font of your choice:
- Double click on it so it is open on the window.
- Use the minus key to minimize it in your tray.
- When you go to the text tool in PSP and start scrolling thru
your fonts and dingbats, you will find the one you want listed,
even though it is not installed.
I used 600
wide and 200 high so I could fit as many dings as I wanted
to on one image. Country Cuties has a lot of shapes, but not
all the dingbats do, so you might want to adjust accordingly.
IF the dingbat you have selected has characters for all the
letters of the alphabet, you might want to break it up into
two shape libraries rather than creating one HUGE file. :
Colors - Foreground Null - Background, color of your choice-
Foreground and Textures Null - Make sure LOCK is checked.
**TIP - Don't use white or light colors. Black or dark grey
is best. **
As you can see from the image
below, I used size 26 and typed in as many dings across as I could.
8 - 10 is a good guide. Make sure vector and antialias are checked.
DO NOT Convert to raster layer or deselect at this time. DO
NOT Convert to raster layer at anytime during this tutorial.
Click on Objects, Convert Text to Curves and select
|You could export your shapes at this time, but it would
be better to identify your shapes with a name rather than the
letters of the alphabet. This is not a necessary step, it is
entirely up to you. You will still see the shapes in your shape
library if you do not give them a name, they will just have
letters of the alphabet instead of a name.
|Click on your layer palette - Click on the plus symbol
next to your vector layer. This opens up the layer of vectors
and you can see all the letters of the alphabet that you used.
Click on the first layer and you will see your vector tool move
over the letter of the alphabet that you have clicked on. Right
click, and rename the layer with a name that means something
to you. I have done a few layers for an example. You could also
name the layers with the name of the dingbat you are using.
Once you have renamed your layers
Click on Selections, Select NONE
File, Export, Shape
Name the shape library so you can share it with your friends.
: ) It is a good idea to name the file the same as the dingbat
Now, you can click on your presets shapes tool, and scroll
thru and you will find the new shapes library that you made.
If the shapes do not show up in your shape
library. Close out your PSP, use Explorer and find your PSP7
folder...... Under that folder, you should have a cache folder.
Delete the cache folder for shapes. ( NO, this does not remove
your shapes, just the cache file for shapes, and they will
rebuild the next time you open up your shape library ) Reopen
your PSP, and see if you can find your shapes. It is also
a good idea to move the shapes you make into a different folder
and have PSP point to it, so that if PSP should crash on you,
or you have to re-install it, you will not lose the shapes
that you create. : )
If you do NOT check Retain Style, you can use any color, pattern
or gradient you want to draw out your shapes. If you DO check retain
style, then the shape will be drawn with the color that you made
it in. You will want to experiment with using the foreground as
a color, background null, and then foreground null, and the background
with a color...... Just have fun. : )
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when you need them."
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