Mother's Day Tutorial

(Text on a Path)

picture of tut result

By LismibaebisCreations
May 2005
Revised 3 April 2022

Tutorial Image: ©tanatadesign
You can buy Tanya's artwork from different outlets.
I bought it from Creative Fabrica.
I have a subscription, pay monthly and can download what and as much as I want.
The image is from the album "Watercolor Baby Animals and Flowers".

picture of my Dad

This tutorial is dedicated to my Mum
Rosmarie Berger
1 March 1934 - 7 November 2008

Skill Level: Advanced Beginners & Adventurous Others
No outside Filters used

This tutorial is not just for Mother's Day, you can choose any text you want

This tutorial is my own creation; any resemblance to another tutorial is purely coincidental

Program shortcuts will be given in parentheses


Paint Shop Pro - I used X2
(Tutorial will work with other versions)
Free 30 day trial from Corel, available here


Tube of choice


jb-s063_gold, available here
(or a Pattern of your choice)
This will be known as "Gold Pattern" for the rest of the tutorial


Backdrop, available here
(It might already be part of your PSP version)


Font of choice, I used Dupree

Performance Notes

This tutorial is in 3 parts:
- Preparation
- Text
- Background

The settings for different Tools and Effects will stay the same throughout the tutorial, unless new setting instructions are given

Don't forget to save your work often


Click on the arrow and drag it to mark the progress on this page.


1) Download the Gold Pattern and place into your Pattern Folder
(I keep all "Extras" in a folder in "My Documents".
You can see here how I do it)

2) Download the Texture and place into your Texture Folder

3) Open tube of choice in PSP

4) Window > Duplicate (Shift + D)
Close original

5) Image > Resize
Lock aspect ratio = Checked
Resolution = 72.000
Resample using = Bicubic
Width = No greater than 500 pixels
Height = No greater than 450 pixels
Resize all layers = Checked

6) Adjust > Sharpness > Unsharp Mask
Radius = 1.00, Strength = 47
Clipping = 5
Luminance only = Checked
(Or a setting of your liking)

7) Edit > Copy

8) Dropper Tool (E)
Left click in graphic to choose a light color as Foreground Color (will be used as background)
(I chose #faeaeb)
Right click to choose a dark color as Background Color (will be used for the text)
(I chose #14334e)


9) File > New
Width = 700 Pixels
Height = 700
Resolution = 72.000 Pixels/inch
Raster Background = Checked
Color depth = RGB - 8 bits/channel
Transparent = checked

10) Edit > Paste as New Layer

11) Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow
Vertical & Horizontal = 0
Opacity = 70, Blur = 6.50
Color = Black
Shadow on New Layer = Not checked

12) Ellipse Tool (Q)
Mode = Ellipse
Show Nodes = Checked
Create On Vector = Checked
Line style = Solid
Width = 3.00
Anti-alias = Checked
Miter limit = Checked

13) Materials Palette
Turn off Background Color

14) Start drawing at the top left (above and off the left of your tube) and take it to the bottom right.
The ellipse must be bigger than your tube.
You can pull on the nodes top, left, right and bottom to make bigger, smaller, change shape of ellipse

15) Objects > Align > Center in Canvas

16) Move Tool (M)
Move the ellipse into place (if necessary)

17) Ellipse Tool
It should looks something like this:


18) Materials Palette
Turn Background Color back on
Change Foreground to Pattern
Pattern = Gold Pattern
Angle = 0, Scale = 100
Texture = Not checked

19) Text Tool (T)
Font = Your choice, I used Dupree
Size = According to font, I used 56
Font Style = Bold, Alignment = Center
Anti-alias = Sharp
Stroke width = 1.5
Create as = Floating
Leading = 0.000
Auto kern = Checked
Kerning = 0

20) At the top of the circle, move slightly to the right until you can see "A" and a small curved line below it and mouse click


(The hand indicates roughly where you should point the cursor)

21) Write your text and click on Apply

22) Layers > Promote Selection to Layer

23) Selections > Select None

24) Effects > 3D Effects > Inner Bevel
Bevel #2, Width = 6
Smoothness = 0, Depth = 3
Ambience = 0, Shininess = 10
Angle = 315
Intensity = 50, Elevation = 30
Color = White

25) Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow

26) Layers Palette
Activate Vector Layer

27) Layers > Delete
Answer yes to delete the layer

28) Move Tool
Move tube and text to your liking

29) Raster > New Raster Layer

30) Add Watermark(s)

31) Selection Tool (S)
Create selection from Merged opaque


32) Image > Crop to Selection

33) File > Export > PNG Organizer
16.7 Million Colors (24 Bit) = Checked
Alpha channel transparency = Checked
Existing image or layer transparency = Checked
Gamma = 45455
Non-Interlaced = Checked


34) Materials Palette
Change Foreground to Color
Texture = Not checked

35) File > New
Width = 200 Pixels
Height = 200

36) Flood Fill Tool (F)
Match mode = None
Use all layers = Not checked
Blend mode = Normal
Opacity = 100

37) Left click to flood fill with Foreground Color

38) Effects > Texture Effects > Texture > Backdrop
Size = 100 %, Smoothness = 0
Depth = 2, Ambience = 0
Shininess = 0, Angle = 315
Intensity = 50, Elevation = 30
Color = White

39) Effects > Image Effects > Seamless Tiling
Settings: Default

40) File > Export > JPEG Optimizer
Set compression value to = 10
Chroma subsampling = YCbCr 2x2 1x1 1x1
Save Exif data = Not checked

You are done!
Now you can assemble the stationery in email program of choice.

I hope that you enjoyed doing this tutorial.
If you have any questions, please email me: Lismibaebi at
I would love to see what you create with my tutorial.
Please link the tutorial to this page.

A special "Thank you" goes to the Testers from the Hootyworkshop.
Without you and Hooty's KnT Lessons I would never have got this far.


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