Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Country Cupboard Series: Basket


This is my country cupboard series. You'll find all of the items you need for the cupboard here. As I find time, I'll be adding more items to my country cupboard series.

This tutorial is for the basket.


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.

Eye Candy 4000 (weave). And, my weave preset. Place this in the Weave folder in Eye Candy.

My selection files. Place these in your PSP selections folder (or any location of your choice - I always place mine outside of PSP).

My seamless fill tile.

You may download all of my materials here.


Step 1.Open a new image 200 x 200, 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 selection files). Flood fill with color #B27437. Keep selected.


Step 3. Apply Eye Candy weave, using my preset. Navigate to the Weave preset in Eye Candy and then click "settings." You'll see my "pracken_basket" preset there.


Step 4. Float the selection (click "ctrl+F" on your keyboard). Apply a cutout (go to effects>3d effects>cutout), and use the settings in the screenshot. Repeat but change the horizontal and vertical to -3.

03ccbasket  04ccbasket

Step 5. Apply an inner bevel, using settings in the screenshot.

06ccbasket  06ccbasket

Step 6. Add a new layer. Load selection 2. Flood fill with same color as before. Apply weave as before. Go to colors>adjust brigtness/contrast, and set brightness at -20, contrast at 0.

Float the selection (click "Ctrl" +F on your keyboard). Apply a cutout using same settings as above, except change the color to black.


Step 7. Add a new layer. Load selection 3. Flood fill with same color as before. Apply inner bevel, same as before except change the depth to 2.


Step 8. Add a new layer. Place it Load selection 4. Flood fill with same color as before. Apply Eye Candy weave as before. Apply inner bevel as in Step 7 above.


Duplicate the rim layer and place it on top of your handle layer. Gently erase the bits that overlap on the handle.

09accbasket  09bccbasket

Step 9. Add a new layer. Load selection 5. Flood fill with the tile you downloaded ("ccbasketfill").


Float the selection (hit "Ctrl+F" on your keyboard). Apply a cutout, using same settings as before, except change the color to #B01616 and the horizontal and vertical to 2.


Step 10. Add a new layer and place it underneath the bow you did in the last step. Set your foreground and background fills to the "ccbasket" tile. Choose your draw tool, freehand line, size about 10, antialias checked. Draw a couple of pieces down from your bow. Apply a cutout, same as in step 9 above.


Step 11. This step is optional, but I like the ends of the ribbon to be notched. Just choose your eraser brush, size 2, opacity 70, and erase a little bit out of the end of your ribbons.


Step 12. Your basket is now finished. Save as a master psp file with all layers intact (you'll need that when you go to fill it up).


Now you're ready to fill your basket with whatever goodies you want. Feel free to use your own materials here.

I filled my basket with apples. If you'd like to make mine, you'll find the tutorial for them here. I also made a basket with pinecones in it (it's on top of the cupboard). The tutorial for the pinecones is here.

When you're ready to fill your basket, just put each item on a new layer. All of the items should be underneath the bow, the strings, the basket handle, and the rim layers. Here's my finished product.


Hope you enjoyed the tut!

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This tutorial was created on May 24, 2004.
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