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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Multi-Colored Tinsel

This tutorial will show you how to make a 1 inch wide by 12 inch long piece of multi-colored tinsel in Paint Shop Pro.


Christmas Glitter Tiles

1.  Open up a new canvas 300 pixels high by 3600 pixels wide (at 300 dpi).  If you use a smaller canvas, you may wish to change the brush settings.

2.  Select the +Square 50 brush.  Make sure Load Variance is unchecked.

3.  Apply the following brush settings:

Size = 200
Hardness = 25
Step = 30
Density = 100
Thickness = 5
Rotation = 60
Opacity =100
Blend mode = Normal
Continuous = Unchecked
Wet look paint = Unchecked

4.  In the brush variance palette, apply the following settings:

Color blend = Normal
Color blend Jitter = 49
Hue = Normal
Hue Jitter = 0
Saturation = Normal
Saturation Jitter = 0
Lightness = Normal
Lightness Jitter = 0
Size = Normal
Size Jitter = 8
Opacity = Normal
Opacity Jitter = 0
Thickness = Normal
Thickness Jitter = 0
Rotation = Normal
Rotation Jitter = 100
Density = Normal
Density Jitter = 0
Fade rate = 100
Position Jitter = 23
Impressions per step = 1
Scale = Unchecked

5.  Open up two glitter tiles.  I used glitter tiles from my Holiday Train kit.  You can make your own tiles with my metallic glitter tutorial or you can use the Christmas glitter tiles that I provided with the supplies.

6.  Go to the Materials Palette and set one glitter tile as the foreground pattern and one glitter tile as the background pattern.

7.  On the left side of the canvas, left-click once with the mouse.

8.  On the right side of the canvas, hold down the shift key and left-click once with the mouse.

This will draw a piece of tinsel across the middle of the canvas.  If you want a wavy piece of tinsel or a shape, click and drag to draw in your desired shape.

Available in PDF.


  1. Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 21 Nov [LA 02:51pm, NY 05:51pm, UK 10:51pm] - 22 Nov [OZ 09:51am]).

  2. That is awesome! Thank you so much hon! I was just working on a scrap kit and needed some tinsel. This came in so handy and it's so easy to do! Happy Holidays!

  3. Thank you so much for this Freebie. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 3 post on Nov. 22, 2009. Thanks again.

  4. Wow how easy was that, lol! I just got done using your tutorial and it was so easy and fun! Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge with us!

    Scrappin Robyn

  5. Keep 'em coming as well as scripts I use jasc PSP v 9 and your scripts work well in it even on my vista laptop TYTYTY Hugs

  6. Excellent tutorial - learnt 2 things I never knew about PSP :D and lovely result, thank you

  7. thanks -- this makes awesome tinsel!!

  8. Thank you so much for this tut, and all the other beautiful Tuts you have. I learn something new everyday.


  9. thanks for the advice

  10. cool beans on the info

  11. I'd love to try this tutorial but I can't figure out how to download the glitter files. There are a zillion download links on 4shared and many lead to viruses and other malware.