Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Little Chest Series:
Chest


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I've made a series of items to go on this little chest. This tutorial will teach you how to do the chest. If you want to make the items I've placed on mine, you may find them all on page 6 of my tutorials. Just click 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 seamless fill tile.

The chest outline, which is in psp format.

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 350 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. Open up the chest outline you downloaded (it's in psp format). Copy it (go to edit>copy) and then paste it onto the new image you just opened (go to edit>paste as new layer). Name this layer "outline."

You should now have 2 layers - a background and the outline layer.

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Step 3. Choose your magic wand (tolerance about 80) and click inside the areas as I've done in the screenshot below. Expand the selection by 1 (go to selections>modify>expand).

Add a new layer and place it underneath the outline layer. Flood fill with color #1.

Set your background color to #2 (note: the reason you are doing this is so the color will show up in your recent colors list when you apply a cutout).

Float the selection (go to selections>float). Apply a cutout using the settings in the screenshot (go to effects>3d effects>cutout). For the shadow color, use #2 (right click on the shadow color box and you'll see your list of recent colors. Choose the #2 color). Repeat the cutout but change the horizontal and vertical to -3.

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Step 4. Make the outline layer active. Choose your magic wand and select the areas as I've done in the screenshot. Expand the selection by 1. Add a new layer and place it underneath the outline. Flood fill with color #3. I didn't apply a cutout to this, but you could if you wanted to.

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Step 5. Make the outline layer active. Choose your magic wand and select the areas as I've done. Expand by 1. Add a new layer and place it underneath the outline. Flood fill with color #4. Float. Set your background color to #5. Apply a cutout using color #5 as your shadow color. Repeat the cutout but change the horizontal and vertical to -3.

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Step 6. Make your outline layer active. Select the knobs. Expand by 1. Add a new layer and place it underneath the outline. Flood fill with color #5. I didn't apply a cutout to these, but you can if you want.

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Step 7. Make your outline layer active. Select the areas as I've done. Expand by 1. Add a new layer and place it underneath the outline layer. Flood fill with color #4. Float the selection. Set your background color to #5. Apply a cutout as before.

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Step 8. This step is optional. I wanted the outline of my decoration not to be black. If you like it black, then just skip this step. To change the color, make the outline layer active. Choose your selection tool (rectangle) and draw around the decoration, as I've done in the screenshot. Then, click inside it to select it.

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Step 9. Now flood fill it (or paint it) with color #6.

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Your chest is now done. If you want to add the cloth to the top as I've done, continue on to the next step.

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Step 10. Set your foreground color to #7. Open up the "01chestfill" tile that you downloaded and set your background to it (scale=70%, angle=0). Choose your preset shapes tool, triangle (antialias checked, create as vector unchecked, line width 1).

Add a new layer (put it on top of the outline layer). Draw a triangular shape on top of your chest.

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And that's it, all done. Save as a master psp file with all layers intact. That way you can go back later and change colors if you wish. When you're satisfied with your creation, delete the color chart, hide the background layer, and then merge all visible layers. Save as a psp file (or whatever format you like).

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You can leave the chest as it is, or if you want to decorate it with the items as I've done at the top of the page, just go to page 6 of my tutorials to find the items.

I hope you've enjoyed the tutorial, and please let me hear from you!





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This tutorial was created on June 26, 2004.
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