Create Your Own Picture Tubes

Create Your Own Picture Tubes

By Discovery Center Team

The Picture Tube tool allows you to stamp a graphic onto your image with a single click, or even spray a number of graphics to create a streamer effect. This is perfect for embellishing scrapbook photos, or creating your own picture frames.

In this tutorial you will learn how to:

  • Create your own Picture Tubes.
  • Use Picture Tubes to frame your photos.

Want to learn more? Watch our webinar on Working with Picture Tubes in PaintShop Pro for an in-depth look at how to use picture tubes and how to create your own. You can also visit our project page to download free samples of brushes and picture tubes for PaintShop Pro.

PaintShop Pro offers a variety of ways to create stunning images and enhance your photos. The Picture Tube tool allows you to stamp a graphic onto your image with a single click, or even spray a number of graphics to create a streamer effect. For example,you can place butterflies and beetles over a picnic setting, or frame a picture with a stream of flowers. PaintShop Pro offers a collection of Picture Tubes, but also allows you to create your own.
In this tutorial, you will learn how to create custom Picture Tubes that you can use to enhance your photos. Let’s get started!

Step 1Gather Your Materials

  • In this example I’ll be using spring flowers as a theme.
  • Choose a group of photos in which the object you want to turn into a Picture Tube stands out from its background; this way it will be easy to separate or remove the objects.

Step 2 – Remove Background

  • Use the Background Eraser tool from the Tools Toolbar to remove the background. For more information on the Background Eraser tool, check out our tutorial on Background Removal with Fine Detail.
  • Click and move the Background Eraser tool on the background of the image until it is completely removed.
  • You can adjust the size of the Background Eraser tool in the Tools Options palette for small areas such as the space in between the petals of the flower.
  • Zoom in to ensure that the background, including in smaller areas of the photo, is completely removed.
  • Repeat these steps for the remainder of the images.

Step 3 – Combine Images

  • Once you have removed the background on all the images that you will be using for your Picture Tube, it’s now time to combine them. Start by creating a new PaintShop Pro image by clicking File > New.
  • Next, set the following options:

1. Image Dimension – set the width and height of the canvas or image. This will determine the total number of Picture Tubes in the image. For this example, set the Width to 600 pixels and Height to 400 pixels.
2. Image Characteristics – select Raster Background as the layer type; Color depth of either 8 bits/channel or 16 bits/channel and enable the Transparent check box.

  • Open the images you’ll be using for the Picture Tube. Select an image using the Pick tool from the Tools tool bar.
  • While the image is selected, press Ctrl C on your keyboard to copy and then press Ctrl V to paste the image to the new blank PaintShop Pro image you created earlier. You can resize the image by clicking and dragging the small box or the handle around the image.
  • Repeat these steps until you have copied all of your images onto the new document. Position the images across the canvas and make sure that the images have equal spaces in between.
  • In the Layers Palette, right-click a layer and select Merge > Visible to create one Raster Layer.

Step 4 – Export as PSPTube

  • To save your project, click File > Export > Picture Tube.
  • In the Export Picture Tube dialog box, set the following options:

1. Cell arrangement – enter the number of cells across and down. Set the value of these fields to match the arrangement of images. In this example, the Cells Across field will be set to 3 and the Cell Down field to 2. The Total Cells field will then match the number of images placed in the tube file.
2. Placement options – just select the default options for this Picture Tube as you can change these options when applying the Picture Tube.
3. Tube name – enter the file name of the Picture Tube.

  • Click OK

Step 5 – Using Picture Tubes

  • Open an image in PaintShop Pro and click on the Picture Tube tool.
  • From the tool options palette, click the drop-down list and select the Picture Tube you have created from the list.
  • You can also change the size of the Picture Tube in the Tool Options Palette.
  • To use the Picture Tube like a rubber stamp, click once on the image and a random graphic will be placed.
  • To create a streamer of continuous graphics, hold down the left mouse button and drag the cursor around the image. This can be a fun way to create a custom picture frame.


Thanks for watching! We hope you found this tutorial helpful and we would love to hear your feedback in the Comments section below. And don’t forget to visit our social media pages and show us what you’ve learned by sharing your photos, videos and creative projects with us.

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Comments (2)

  • André BONNEVIALLE Reply

    Bonjour, est-ce que les tutos existent en français merci de votre réponse

    July 4, 2016 at 10:42 am
    • Adam Reply

      Hello André,

      Thank you for the feedback! We are always looking for ways to improve our tutorials, and while they are currently only offer our tutorials in English, comments like yours are important for helping us find ways to make them more informative and more accessible.

      All the best,
      Corel Discovery Center TEam

      July 4, 2016 at 1:42 pm

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