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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Conversation Heart

This tutorial will show you how to make a conversation heart (aka candy heart) in Paint Shop Pro.


Engraved Text Script

1.  Open up a new canvas 600 x 600.

2.  Select a color for your heart and set it as your background color.  Click the circle with the slash on the foreground color so that the foreground is transparent.

3.  Go to Preset Shapes and select your heart preset shape.  Make sure you install the objecten.jsl preset shapes if you want to use my heart.  The heart that I used is Heart 1.

Retain style = Unchecked
Anti-alias = Checked
Create as Vector = Checked

4.  Draw out the heart on your canvas.

5.  Get the selection from the vector object.

6.  Right-click on the layer in the layer palette and convert the layer from a vector to a raster.

7.  Use Extrude from Eye Candy 5 Impact to create the 3D.

Extrude Direction = 350
Extrude Distance = 60.00
Taper = 1
Smoothness = 100
Color of Side Faces = Color from Original
Light Direction = 50
Highlight Brightness = 66
Highlight Color = White
Shadowing = 40

8.  Ctrl + D to select none.

9.  Add Noise (Adjust > Add/Remove Noise > Add Noise).

Noise = 30
Monochrome = Checked

10.  Smooth using Edge Preserving Smooth (Adjust > Add/Remove Noise > Edge Preserving Smooth).

12.  Go to the Freehand Selection tool and use it to select the bevel or area that was created with the Extrude plugin.  I chose Point to point as my selection type as I find it easier to make selections with point to point.

Selection type = Point to point
Mode = Add
Feather = 0
Smoothing = 3
Anti-alias = Checked

13.  Go to the Magic Wand tool and set the mode to Remove.

Mode = Remove
Match mode = RGB
Tolerance = 35
Sample merged = Unchecked
Contiguous = Unchecked
Feather = 0
Anti-alias = Checked

14.  Click the transparent area in the existing selection in order to remove it.


15.  Promote the selection to a layer.

16.  Motion blur to soften up the edge.

Angle = 90.00
Strength = 30

17.  Add noise a second time using the previous settings.

18.  Average the noise to create the candy texture.

Filter aperture = 5

The basic heart is now complete.

1.  Choose your color and write the text as a vector.

2.  Place the text where desired and then obtain the selection from the vector (Selections > From Vector Object).

3.  Duplicate the layer (Layer > Duplicate).

4.  Run my engraved text script to make the text look like it has been stamped into the candy or you can follow my engraved text tutorial.

5.  Ctrl + D to select none.

6.  Blur the text by averaging (Blur > Average).

Filter aperture = 5

Here is the final product.


  1. Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the CraftCrave DigiFree search engine today (look for timestamp: [21 Jan 07:50am GMT]).

  2. 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 Jan. 21, 2010. Thanks again.


  4. Thanks for this tut Spencer- will enjoy trying this one:)

  5. Any chance of this tut becoming a full script??