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 seamless fill tile.
My selection files. Place these in your PSP selections folder (or any location of your choice - I always place mine outside of PSP). You may download all of my materials here.
My color chart. Right click on it and save it to your computer.
Step 1. Open a new image 250 x 350, white background.
Open up your color chart and paste it as a new layer onto your canvas. Move it to the very top out of the way. When you need a color, just use your eye dropper to select it.
Step 2. Add a new layer (name it "one"). 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.
Step 3. Add a new layer (name it "two"). Load selection #2. Flood fill with color #2.
Step 4. Add a new layer (name it "three). Load selection 3. Flood fill with color #2. Contract by 1 (go to selections>modify>contract). Flood fill with color #1.
Step 5. Add a new layer (name it "four"). Load selection 4. Flood fill with color #2. Contract by 1. Flood fill with color #1.
Step 6. Add a new layer (name it "five"). Load selection 5. Flood fill with color #2.
Step 7. Repeat Step 6 for selection 6.
Step 7. Add a new layer (name it "seven"). Load selection 7. Flood fill with color #2.
Step 8. Repeat step 7 for selection 8.
Step 9. Add a new layer (name it "nine"). Load selection 9. Flood fill with color #3.
Step 10. Add a new layer (name it "ten"). Load selection 10. Flood fill with color #2.
This is what you should have so far.
Now if you like it this way you can stop here. But I wanted my cupboard to look more country, so I added some shading. To do that, continue on.
Step 11. I will show you how to shade one section of the cupboard and then you'll do the same procedure to each of the pieces.
Here are the colors you use for each piece:
You should have something similar to this (note: I chose not to shade the red piece at the top. You'll also notice that the blue pieces at the top back are not shaded. We'll fix those in just a minute).
You should now have three layers: a background, the merged cupboard, and a color chart.
Step 13. Now you just need to make the back of your cupboard red (or if you would rather leave it blue, just skip this step).
Make your merged cupboard layer active. Choose your magic wand (tolerance 10, feather 0). Click inside the shelves at the top. If you miss any blue bits, hold down your shift key and click them to make sure you get them all. Flood fill with color #3.
Step 14. Add a new layer and apply shading as before. Use colors #8 and 9. When done, you should have something similar to this.
Step 15. Add a new layer. Set your foreground and background colors to #2. Choose your preset shapes tool, ellipse, and draw a small circle for the door handle. If you wish, you can apply an inner bevel (I used the "plate" preset in psp).
Step 16. Your cupboard is now done. I added a cloth to mine, and if you'd like to do that, add a new layer. Load selection 11. Flood fill with the "ccfill" you downloaded (scale is 20%, angle is 0).
Hide your background layer, delete the color chart layer, and merge visible layers. Save as a psp file. And that's it, your cupboard is all finished.
You can decorate it with items of your choice, or you can use my tutorials. To find the tutorials, just go here.
I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial!