EZ Sandwich Text
tutorial by Whisper

This tutorial was created and put on this site on July 15, 2003.
It is property of and 2001-2003 to Whisper's Web Works.
Please do not copy or place this tutorial or any of the graphics on any site,
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For this tutorial you will need:
Paint Shop Pro 8  ~ download a trial version.
Font of your choice.  I am using Dreamgirl by Dinc! 


Open a new image:
500 x 150 pixels
Raster background
16.7 Million colors

Set the foreground to null and the background to black solid.

Select your text tool and set at:
Create as vector
font of choice
Size of choice, I am using 100
Stroke 0
Anti-alias checked

Type what you want - I typed "text", apply.

Objects > Align > Center in canvas.

Using your Object Selector tool,
right click on your text and Create raster selection.

Right click on the vector layer in the Layer Palette and convert to raster.
Rename this layer text.

Add a new raster layer and name it color fill.

Flood fill the selection with a bright color, I am using #5AF8F6.

Add a new raster layer and name it shadow.

Selections > Modify > Expand > 1 > ok.

Flood fill the selection with black.

Selections > Select none.

Move the text layer to the top of the Layer Palette.

Move the color fill layer so that it is the middle layer.

So now our Layer Palette should be:
color fill
Raster 1

Turn off the text layer by clicking on the little glasses of that layer.

Take your mover tool and move the fill layer about 4 pixels down and 4 pixels to the right.  Watch the numbers in the bottom right corner of your PSP window.

Turn off the color fill layer by clicking on the little glasses of that layer.

With your mover tool again move the shadow layer about 7 pixels down and 7 pixels to the right.

Right click on the shadow layer and duplicate.

Activate the shadow layer again.

Adjust > Blur > Gaussian Blur > 2 > ok.

Right click on any layer and Merge > Merge visible.

Save your text with the background of your choice.


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