Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Chair

I know there are lots of chair tutorials out there, but I decided I'd do one anyway. I assume that you have basic familiarity with PSP and are comfortable working with layers.

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 files. Place these in your PSP selections folder (or another location of your choice, just remember where you place them). You may download them here.

The selections in this tutorial will be loaded in order.  If you keep your layers numbered in order, they will match, i.e., selection 1 will be on layer 1, etc.  That way it's easier to keep track of where you are in the tutorial.

Also, you'll notice that as you're loading the selections, they appear to be scattered pieces of the chair.  I've put them in that order because some of them have to go on top of others and underneath others.  Don't worry, when you're done, everything will be in its right place.  Also, don't worry about bits overlapping or not overlapping either - the selections will load in the exact location they need to be.  When you're all done, all the bits and pieces will be covered.

You'll be following the same basic steps for each selection you load.  You'll flood fill with a wood pattern in psp and my fabric pattern.  All the layers filled with the wood pattern will use an inner bevel width of 1.  All the layers filled with the fabric pattern will use an inner bevel width of 8 (to give them a bit more of a cushy look).

Note:  I always use a lot of layers when working in psp.  I put everything on a layer, even drop shadows.  I also save a master psp file with all layers intact.  Both of these steps make it easier to change things later if you wish.  Also, remember to save often!

Step 1. Open up a new image 300 x 400, background color of your choice.  For the tutorial, I've used white.

Step 2. Add a new layer.  Load selection 1 (go to selections>load from disk - then navigate to the folder where your selections are).   Set your "styles" foreground to pattern.  Select the "stained wood" pattern that comes with PSP.  Set the scale to 50, angle 7, and flood fill the selection.

Apply an inner bevel, using these settings [Note: for each inner bevel you apply, these settings will stay the same except for the width].

 

Step 3. Add a new layer.  Load selection 2.  Flood fill with wood, same settings except angle at 332.  Apply inner bevel as before.

Step 4. Add a new layer.  Load selection 3.  Repeat as in last step.

Step 5. Add a new layer.  Load  selection 4. Repeat last step except change the angle to 3.

Step 6. Add a new layer.  Load selection 5.  Set your style to pattern and open up the "chairfabric" tile you downloaded.  Set the size to 90, the angle to 93, and flood fill your selection.   Apply an inner bevel, same settings as before, except change the width to 8.

Step 7. Add a new layer.  Load selection 6.  Repeat the last step, same settings.

Step 8. Add a new layer.  Load  selection 7.  Flood fill  with the stained wood texture -  angle 3, size 50.

Apply inner bevel with same settings as before, but  change the  width to 1.

Step 9. Add a new layer.  Load  selection 8.  Repeat the last step, same settings.

Step 10. Add a new layer.  Load  selection 9.  Flood fill with the stained wood texture, size 50, angle 332.   Apply an inner bevel, same settings as before.

Step 11. Add a new layer.  Load  selection 10.  Flood fill  with the stained wood texture. same settings as before except change the angle to 7. Apply an inner bevel, same settings as before.

Step 12. Add a new  layer.  Load  selection 11.  Flood fill  with the stained wood texture, same settings as before except change the angle to 90.  Apply an inner bevel, same settings as before.

Step 13. Add a new layer.  Load  selection 12.  Flood fill  with the stained wood texture, same settings as before except change the angle to 7.  Apply an inner bevel, same settings as before.

Step 14. Add a new layer.  Load  selection 13.  Flood fill  with the stained wood texture - change the angle to 90.  Apply an inner bevel, same settings as before.

Step 15. Add a new layer.  Load selection 14.  Repeat the last step.

Step 16. Add a new layer.  Load  selection 15.  Flood fill  with the chairfabric.  Set the size to 80 and the angle to 61.   Apply an inner bevel,  same settings as before, except change the width to 8.

Step 17. Add a new layer.  Load  selection 16. Flood fill  with the wood texture.  Set the size at 50 and angle to 332. 
Apply an inner bevel, same settings as before, except change the width to 1.

Step 18. Add a new layer.  Load  selection 17.  Flood fill  with the wood texture, same settings as before, except change the angle to 7.  Apply an inner bevel, same settings as before.

Step 19. Add a new layer. Load selection 18. Flood fill with the wood texture - change the angle to 90. Apply an inner bevel, same settings as before.

Your chair is now complete.  Save a master psp file with all layers intact.  You can then change the colors, textures, etc. and give your chair an entirely new look.   Note:  Because of the way the layers need to be arranged, you won't be able to merge the chair and color it that way.

Here's a variation I made - this one's sort of a child's chair.  I filled the wood with a polkadot pattern (nice thing about that is you don't have to worry about the angle, any angle works just fine!).  I also added a bit at the top by copying that top bit and flipping it to make a larger back.

I hope  you've enjoyed this tutorial, and please let me know if you experience any problems!






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