Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Country Cupboard Series:


I made a country cupboard and then decided to make some items to go on it. This tutorial is the cupboard itself. You'll find the tutorials for all the items on the cupboard here. As I find time, I'll be adding more items to my country cupboard series.

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 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.

  • Make layer "one" active. (note: you may want to hide layers you're not working on if that makes it easier for you ).
  • To make the shading easier, you'll float the selection (go to selections>select all>selections>float). OR, an easier way to do this is choose your selections tool (any shape) and draw all around the image. Then click inside it and it'll be selected and floated (you'll see marching ants).
  • Add a new layer.
  • To shade, you'll always use a darker color around the outside and a lighter color on the inside. For this selection, you'll use colors #4 and 5. Set your foreground color to one and your background color to the other.
  • Choose your airbrush and use the settings in the screenshot. Spray some color, similar to mine (Note: You don't need to spray the top of this piece, just the bottom).
  • 09cc   11cc

  • Choose your retouch tool, smudge brush with the settings in the screenshot (feel free to adjust these as you like). Smudge the colors a bit, to soften - you're going for sort of a country look.
  • 12cc   13cc

  • Now just repeat this process for each of the pieces. Feel free to adjust the airbrush and smudge brush sizes up or down as you need to.
  • Here are the colors you use for each piece:

    • For layers three, four, and ten (the blue layers): use colors #4 and 5 to shade.
    • For layers two, five, six, seven, and eight (the brown layers): use colors #6 and 7 to shade.

    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).


Step 12. When you like the look of your cupboard, save as a master psp file, with all layers intact. That way you can go back later and change things as you wish. Then, hide your background layer and your color chart layer and merge visible layers.

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!

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This tutorial was created on May 24, 2004.
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