Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Little Bears: Bed


I made some little bears and then I needed somewhere for them to rest, so I made a bed. This tutorial will show you how to make the bed. If you'd like to make the bears, you may find those tutorials here.

To do this tutorial, I assme that you have a basic understanding of PSP and its tools. I also provide screenshots to guide you along the way, and if you run into trouble I'll be glad to help you out.

For this tutorial, you will need the following:

Paint Shop Pro. I used version 7.04 but if you are familiar with PSP, you should be able to convert the tutorial without problems. You can download the latest PSP version demo here.

My selections. Place these in a folder of your choice (I usually keep my outside of PSP).

My seamless fill pattern tiles. You may download all of my materials here.

Step 1. Open a new image 300 x 350, white background.

Step 2. Add a new layer. Load selection 1 (go to selections>load from disk - then navigate to the location where you placed the selections. Flood fill with the "stained wood" pattern that comes with PSP (set scale to 40% and angle to 0). (If you wish, you can of course, use a different wood fill).


Step 3. Float the selection ("Ctrl+F" on your keyboard). Apply a cutout (go to effects>3d effects>cutout), using the settings in the screenshot.

Repeat the cutout, but change the horizontal and vertical to -3.


Step 4. Add a new layer. Load selection 2. Flood fill with same pattern as before. Float. Apply cutout, same as above.

Step 5. Add a new layer. Place it on top of your headboard but underneath your footboard. Open up the "bearbedfill" tile you downloaded. Set both your foreground and background patterns to it (scale=100%, angle=0). Choose your preset shapes tool, rectangle (antialias checked). Draw a rectangular shape for your bed.

Apply an inner bevel, using the settings in the screenshot.

06bearbed  06abearbed

Step 6.Next, you'll draw some pillows for your bed. You can make as many as you like. I've made some rectangular and some round. I'm providing you with all the fills that I used to make my pillows, but feel free to use your own if you wish.

Add a new layer. Set your foreground and background patterns to whichever tile you want to use. I'm using the "bearbedfill2" for this one. Set the scale to 10% and the angle to 90. Then choose your preset shapes tool, rounded rectangle (antialias checked). Draw a pillow shape.

Apply an inner bevel, using the same settings as above.


Step 7. Repeat this process to make all of your other pillows. Open up the seamless tiles you downloaded, and use the information below when using each. Apply an inner bevel, same settings as above.

08bearbed   "bearbedfill3" - scale=30%, angle=0

09bearbed  "bearbedfill4" - scale=30%, angle=0

10bearbed  "bearbedfill" - scale=50%, angle=0

11bearbed  "bearbedfill5" - scale=50%, angle=0

Step 8. Now all you need to do is arrange the pillows as you want them on your bed. I've put each pillow on a separate layer to make it easier to move them around. I've also rotated some of them. Just arrange them as you like. Once arranged, I applied a drop shadow to each pillow, using these settings (this is optional - I just wanted a little more definition):

vertical 1, horizontal 1, opacity 40, blur 7.

And here's how my bed looks.


Step 9. Now all you need to do is add your bears (or whatever you wish). Copy each bear and paste as a new layer. Arrange each as you wish. I added a couple more pillows for mine. I also applied a drop shadow to each bear. And that's it, all done!

I hope you've enjoyed the tutorial!

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This tutorial was created on June 11, 2004.
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