Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Western Town Series: Quick Cactus


This is my old western town series of tutorials. This tutorial will show you how to make the sign (it's there in the front left). It's really quick and easy. If you would like to make the other items in this series, you will find them here.

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 selection files. Place these in your PSP selections folder, or a location of your choice. You may download them here. (Note: If you are having trouble getting the selections to work, then place them in PSP's selection folder - for some reason PSP sometimes won't recognize them in other locations).

My color chart. Right click on this and save it to your computer.

Step 1. Open a new image 250 x 250, white background. Open up your color chart and paste it as a new layer. Move it to the top of your canvas out of the way. When you need a color, just click on it with the eye dropper tool.

Step 2. Add a new layer. Load selection 1 (go to selections>load from disk - then navigate to the location where you placed the selection files). Flood fill with color #1.

Set your background color to color #2 (so it'll show up in your recent colors list). Float the selection ("Ctrl+F" on your keyboard). Apply a cutout, using the settings in the screenshot (the shadow color is #2 - just click on the box and choose it from the recent colors list). Keep your cactus selected.


Step 3. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to #2 and your background to #3 (that way, you can switch back and forth between them as you need to). Choose your airbrush, using the settings in the screenshot. Spray a little of color #1 as I've done.


Step 4. Choose your retouch tool>smudge brush, using the settings in the screenshot. Soften the colors out a bit.p>


Step 5. Add a new layer. Choose your airbrush again. Change the size to 2. Draw some lines on your cactus with color 1. Draw some more with color #2.

Step 6. And that's it. When you're satisfied with your cactus, hide the color chart and background layer. Then merge visible layers and save as a psp file. It's now ready to add to your western town.

I've made another variation of the cactus too, and if you'd like to do that one, it's selection 2. You just repeat all the above steps.

I hope you enjoyed the tut, and please let me know if you experience any problems.

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This tutorial was created on November 8, 2004.
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