Needlepoint Without Plugins

Needlepoint Tutorial by QuickCreations

This tutorial is my original work and may not be copied, placed on a CD, posted on any other site or translated without my expressed written consent. Please do not send the tutorial itself through email. If you have any questions or problems please feel free to email me.

Updated: September 6, 2011
PSP Versions: X2, XI & X
Original Tutorial Date: May 22, 2002 for PSP 7

This tutorial has been offline since November 3, 2004 when I realized PSP changed some of it's features and I could not get the same results in current versions of the program. I've played with my original settings from time to time and I've finally come close enough to the original tutorial to post this updated version. I hope you enjoy it.

I wish to thank Daniel for the inspiration for this tutorial back in 2002. He created a needlepoint tutorial for PhotoImpact and I loved the results. It inspired me to find a way to recreate the results in PSP. You can find his tutorial HERE.

Here's what you'll need:
Paint Shop Pro Screen shots are PSP X2
You'll also need an image to work with. I suggest something without too much detail. If you crop your image to a square shape you'll get a nice scallop edge when we get to the frame section but this is optional (see my examples at the end of the tutorial for the difference this makes in the finished frame). You can of course, always frame the image however you'd like. If your making your own frame start after step 11 to finish with your own frame.

Let's get started:

1) Duplicate your image (shift + D), minimize one copy for later.

2) EFFECTS | TEXTURE EFFECTS | TILES | with these settings:

Tiles setting

3) | ADJUST | BLUR | MOTION BLUR | with these settings: Angle= 312; Strength= 34%

4) | ADJUST | BRIGHTNESS and CONTRAST | BRIGHTNESS/CONTRAST: Brightness= 78 Contrast= 48


6) Make the copy of your image active, EDIT | COPY | then, click on your needlepoint image and EDIT | PASTE AS A NEW LAYER. You can delete the copy image now.

7) On the layer palette, change the layer blend mode to MULTIPLY and lower the opacity to 60%.


9) | IMAGE | ADD BORDERS "10" with Symmetric check marked, pick a color that is not similar to the color of your edges.

10) Select your magic wand.

Magic Wand Settings

Click on your border , select your flood fill tool and fill with a color in your image, keep in mind this will be the color of the scallop edges on the frame.

Then go to | EFFECTS | 3D EFFECTS | INNER BEVEL | with these settings:

Inner Bevel Settings

11 ) | EFFECTS | 3D EFFECTS | DROP SHADOW | with these settings:

Cutout Settings


12) Go to | IMAGE | ADD BORDERS | "20" with Symmetric check marked with another color from your image.

13) Select your border with the magic wand and go to | EFFECTS | TEXTURE EFFECTS | BLINDS | with these settings:

Blinds Setting

14) | EFFECTS | DISTORTION EFFECTS | CURLICUES | with these settings:

**Keep in mind, if your image is rectangle shape you will not have the same size scallop edge around your image.**

Curlicues Setting

Repeat the Curlicues effect two more times or as many times as you need to get a nice full scallop edge. | SELECTIONS | SELECT NONE |

15) | IMAGE | ADD BORDERS | by 10 ( same color you used in your first border).

16) Select your magic wand (same settings as before).

Magic Wand Settings

Then go to | EFFECTS | 3D EFFECTS | INNER BEVEL | with these settings:

Inner Bevel Settings

17 ) | EFFECTS | 3D EFFECTS | DROP SHADOW | with these settings:

Cutout Settings

Repeat the drop shadow changing the Vertical and Horizontal settings to -7.

That's it!!! I bet you thought I couldn't do it without some kind of plug-in, huh? LOL

Here's a few more examples:

Example done in PSP X1

Needlepoint Example 2 ©QuickCreations
Example done in PSP X (rectangle shape image)

Thank you for trying the tutorial, I hope your enjoyed it

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