Home Canning Jars

canning jars

Created January 6, 2003 Copyright SuzShook
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Every year, my husband and I make relish and bread & butter pickles and all sorts of jams and jellies in the summer and fall, and then we give them away as Christmas gifts to our families, friends, and neighbors! I thought it might be nice to duplicate this process in PSP! So here's a tutorial that will show you how to make lovely home canning jars, filled or unfilled, labeled or unlabeled, to grace all your shelves and kitchen counters! This will be the easiest canning job you've ever undertaken! Enjoy!



I make my tutorials as brief as possible, without the customary paths, details, and how-to's. For those veterans among you, this will be welcome! But for those less familiar with PSP, I included a "Glossary" that contains all the details omitted in the tutorial. If you need a little extra help, check the Glossary section. Just click on the button below - the Glossary will open in a new window.

PSP glossary button


This tutorial assumes you have a working knowledge of Paint Shop Pro at the intermediate level (or advanced beginner level with the Glossary). It was originally written in and for PSP Version 7, and now made "version-independent". Screen shots for this tutorial can come from any version of PSP - where there are significant differences from version to version, a green "Version Note" will be included, along with multiple screen shots if necessary.

Where a note/tip refers to a version of PSP and all higher versions, a + sign will be used to indicate this. For example, if a note/tip applies to PSP X and higher versions, I will use the convention "PSP X+".

If you try this tutorial, and find something is inaccurate for your version of PSP, please EMAIL ME to let me know so I can fix it!

Screen shots in this tutorial are resized - your work will be larger than this!



Supplies - For this tutorial, you will need the following:
  • Paint Shop Pro - any version. The latest version of PSP can be found at the Corel site HERE.

  • The PSP file containing the selections for this tutorial - you can get it HERE. ~ ~ Unzip into the folder where you keep your current PSP work.

  • The veggie and fruit fillers I used for my jars (taken from actual photos of our filled canning jars!!)- you can get them HERE. ~ ~ Unzip into the folder where you keep your current PSP work.
  • Note: The selections for this tutorial are contained in alpha channels. When you open the PSP file provided, you will see only the checkerboard pattern background. Don't panic, the selections are there - you just can't see them yet!


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OK, now we're ready to begin! Grab your mouse and let's get started!

Remember to save often!

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STEP 1

Open the ss-canningjars.psp image. Duplicate the image and close the original. Don't panic - all the selections are there, stored in alpha channels - you just can't see them yet!

The second download for this tutorial contains genuine raspberry and peach jam fillers, as well as zucchini relish, bread and butter pickles, and salsa fillers, made from actual photos of our canning results! Open the filler you are going to use, set the foreground style to pattern, and select your filler. These fillers are delicious! I used the peach jam fill, Scale = 100%, Angle = 45.

You'll also want a printed or plaid fabric-type pattern for your jar topper. Finally, select a contrasting color for the string and bow - select a color from your topper material, and make it a few shades darker, if you want. I used green, #5D7B5D.

For some of the parts of the canning jar, I've included simple directions for "creating your own" using Bezier lines or vector shapes - even though the selections are provided in the alpha channels. These instructions are set off from the rest of the tutorial in red with a Do-It-Yourself label! Feel free to experiment, making your canning jars truly yours!


STEP 2

Add a new raster layer, naming it "jar". I provided three jar sizes for this tutorial - a tall jar, a short jar, and a round jar. Load whichever jar selection you want from the alpha channel. I'll be using the rounded jar for demonstration purposes. Apply a cutout effect with the following settings:

Vertical offset (0)
Horizontal offset (0)
Opacity (100)
Blur (22.5)
Color (black)

Instead of black for the cutout shadow, you may want your glass jar to have a colored tinge. For my round jar, I used my contrasting color, #5D7B5D, for the shadow color.

Keep selected and save!


STEP 3

Add a new raster layer, naming it "fill". Contract the selection by 2 pixels, and use the Flood Fill tool flood fill tool (F) to fill with your chosen fill. Move this layer below the "jar" layer on the Layer Palette.

Deselect and save!


STEP 4

Glass jars usually reflect some light along their edges, so we're going to add a highlight. Activate the "jar" layer and add a new raster layer, naming it "highlight". Reload whichever jar selection you are using - this will keep the highlight within the confines of the jar, preventing it from spilling over outside the jar! Set your Foreground Material to Color, and the color to white - Background Material should be Transparent (null).

Choose the Pen tool pen tool (V) with the following settings:

Mode (Draw Freehand)*
Connect Segments (UNchecked)
Create on Vector (UNchecked)
Show Nodes (UNchecked)
Anti-alias (CHECKED)
Line style (#1 Solid)
Line width (12)

canning jar highlight

*If you are using the tall or short jar, set the line Mode to "Draw Lines and Polylines", and draw a straight line, like this:

canning jar highlight

Now apply a Gaussian Blur with Radius of about 15.

Note: Though the highlight is shown BEFORE the label has been created, you may want to move the "highlight" layer above the label and text layers on the Layer Palette after you have completed STEPs 5 and 6! This is a matter of personal preference, and whether your label material is shiny enough to reflect light, like glass does!

Deselect and save!


STEP 5

Add a new raster layer, naming it "label". I've included two label styles in the alpha channels - the round label will work on any jar, and the rectangular label will work on both the short and tall jars.

Load the label selection you want from the alpha channel. I used the round label for my jar.

There are many ways you can make your label - on the peach jam jar, I flood filled with my chosen topper fill, contracted the selection by 5 pixels, and then flood filled with a very light shade of my contrasting color, #DAE0DA.

You can also add thin stripes to your label by repeatedly contracting and flood filling. Here an example using the rectangular label. For this one I flood filled with the dark green, contracted by 2, flood filled with the light green, contracted by 2, flood filled with the dark green again, contracted by 2, and finally flood filled with the light green again:

canning jar rectangular label

Here's another example using the round label, with a faded image in the background. For this label, I used a patterned fill, and then contracted by 5 pixels and flood filled with white. Finally I added another layer, added a tubed flower, and lowered the opacity on the tube layer to 35% - light enough to still add text!

canning jar round label

Deselect and save!


STEP 6

If you want to add text to your label, add a new raster layer, naming it "text". For my text, I used the Kinders font, Size = 10, using my dark green color. Center your text on the label.

Deselect and save!


STEP 7

Add a new raster layer, naming it "topper". Load the topper selection from the alpha channel, and flood fill with the fabric pattern you chose for your topper in STEP 1.

Keep selected, and add a new raster layer, naming it "toppershadow1". Invert the selection and apply a Drop Shadow effect with the following settings:

Vertical offset (-3)
Horizontal offset (0)
Opacity (65)
Blur (21)
Color (black)

Keep selected and add a new raster layer, naming it "toppershadow2". To get some shadow below the topper, invert the selection and apply a Drop Shadow effect with the following settings:

Vertical offset (3)
Horizontal offset (0)
Opacity (75)
Blur (35)
Color (black)

Still on the "toppershadow2" layer, load the jar selection again, invert the selection, and press DELETE - this will remove the extraneous shadow outside the jar, leaving it on the jar only!

You can merge the two shadow layers now, if you want to cut down on layers, naming the merged layer "toppershadow"

Do-It-Yourself: If you make many canning jars, you'll probably want to change the shape of the topper, to add variety to your jars. It's quite easy to do, using vectors. Just start with a Preset Shape ( preset shapes tool ) rounded rectangle created as a vector. Activate the Pen tool in Edit mode to see and manipulate the nodes - the rounded rectangle has eight nodes - you'll need to add maybe two more nodes at the red X's:

topper start

Move the nodes around to get the shape you want!

topper finished

Most often, I define my nodes as Cusp nodes - I find this usually gives me the flexibility I need. If the node handles are not visible, define the node as Symmetric to get the handles, and then redefine as Cusp! Then, shape your topper and you're in business!

Don't forget to save your topper shape, perhaps to an alpha channel, so you can use it again! To get the selection to save, use Selections...From Vector Object. You'll need this selection to do the shading at the beginning of this step!

Save your work!


STEP 8

Add a new raster layer, naming it "string" - this should be the topmost layer in the Layer Palette. Load the string selection from the alpha channel, and flood fill with your contrasting color - I used the dark green, #5D7B5D.

Keep selected, and add a new raster layer, naming it "stringshadow". To add a bit of shadow to the string, and give it some "volume", invert the selection and apply a Drop Shadow effect with the following settings:

Vertical offset (-1)
Horizontal offset (0)
Opacity (58)
Blur (0.9)
Color (black)

Invert the selection again, and apply a second Drop Shadow effect with the following settings:

Vertical offset (1)
Horizontal offset (0)
Opacity (100)
Blur (6.2)
Color (black)

Finally, to clean up any extraneous shadow, load the topper selection again, invert the selection, and press DELETE.

Deselect and save!

Do-It-Yourself: If you want to draw your own string, use the Pen tool with the following settings:

Mode (Draw Point to Point - Bezier Curves)
Connect Segments (UNchecked)
Create on Vector (CHECKED)
Show Nodes (CHECKED)
Anti-alias (CHECKED)
Line style (#1 Solid)
Line width (3),

Position your cursor at the left side of the topper, where you want your line to begin (red dot 1 in the following diagram). Holding down the mouse button, drag to red dot 3 in the diagram. Release the mouse button. Now click at red dot 2 and drag away from red dot 4, so the circle control handle rests on red dot 4. This gives a slight curve to your string, which can be manipulated until you get what you want.

[For a complete discussion of drawing Bezier lines, see my Bezier Lines in PSP tutorial!]

canning jar bezier line

If you make your own string, don't forget to select it and save it to an alpha channel, so you can use it again. You'll also need this selection to apply the shading to the string at the beginning of this step!

Save your work!


STEP 9

Add a new raster layer, naming if "folds". Move this layer below the "string" layer. We're going to add some dark highlights to suggest the folds and gathering of the cloth topper where the string is tied around it. Set your Foreground Material to Color and use a dark grey or black for the color - Background Material should be set to Transparent (null). Use the Pen tool with the following settings:

Mode (Draw Freehand)
Connect Segments (UNchecked)
Create on Vector (UNchecked)
Show Nodes (UNchecked)
Anti-alias (CHECKED)
Line style (#1 Solid)
Line width (2),

Add some lines both above and below the string to simulate these folds, making sure the ends of the lines are hidden under the string:

topper gathers lines

When you have finished adding your lines, reload the topper selection and apply a small Gaussian Blur with a Radius of about 1.5 - the selection will keep the blur from spilling outside the topper.

You might want to soften those fold lines a bit more! Try using the Soften Brush tool soften brush tool, adjusting the settings to suit your tastes!

Deselect.


STEP 10

Activate the "stringshadow" layer. Add a new raster layer, naming it "bow". Load the bow selection from the alpha channel, and flood fill with the contrasting color - again, I used the dark green.

Add a new raster layer, naming it "bowshadow1". Invert the selection and apply a Drop Shadow effect with the following settings:

Vertical offset (-2)
Horizontal offset (0)
Opacity (65)
Blur (2.2)
Color (black)

Keep selected and add another raster layer, naming it "bowshadow2". Apply another Drop Shadow effect with the following settings:

Vertical offset (2)
Horizontal offset (0)
Opacity (65)
Blur (2.2)
Color (white)
Note: The shadow Color is white this time!

Change the Layer Blend Mode on this layer to Luminance, and lower the Opacity to about 45% - just enough to lighten the tops of your bow loops!

Invert the selection again, and add another raster layer, naming it "bowshadow3". This time, apply a Drop Shadow effect with these settings:

Vertical offset (2)
Horizontal offset (2)
Opacity (65)
Blur (6.2)
Color (black)
Note: The shadow Color changed back to black!

You can merge the three bow shadow layers now, if you want, naming the merged layer "bowshadow".

Do-It-Yourself: If you want to draw your own bow, use the Pen tool with the following settings:

Mode (Draw Freehand)
Connect Segments (UNchecked)
Create on Vector (UNchecked)
Show Nodes (UNchecked)
Anti-alias (CHECKED)
Line style (#1 Solid)
Line width (3)

And don't forget to select your bow and save the selection - you'll need this selection to do the shading described earlier in this step!



And that's it - you're done! You may have noticed that all the shading was done on separate layers! This was done intentionally, so that the color of the string and bow, and the fabric of the topper, could be changed easily without redoing the entire tutorial!

To make another canning jar, using a different topper fabric, all you have to do is activate the topper layer, click the Lock Transparency button on the Layer Palette, and flood fill with your new fabric! Same for the string and bow!

Note: Be sure to turn off Lock Transparency when you are done by re-clicking the Lock Transparency button!

So save your canning jar in PSP format as a model, and you can use it over and over again! The alpha channels are saved with the image, so you can create new labels at will!

Now for tubing your canning jar - to tube an empty jar so you can fill it later, duplicate the image and delete the "fill" and "text" layers, merge visible layers, and tube! You can even remove the label if you want, and tube that way! Or tube the filled canning jar! The possibilities are endless!

Here are some more canning jars - bread & butter pickles and some salsa - sitting on my Paper Towel Shelf!

canning jars on shelf

Here's another idea - decorative canning jars using solid fills, noise, and tubes instead of labels! Here's one with my signature hummer embossed on the side:

decorative canning jar

Have fun canning - definitely the easiest canning you'll ever do! Don't forget to sharpen if you resize!


If you have any problems, comments, or questions, please do not hesitate to Email me.


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