Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Western Town Series: Dentist and Undertaker


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This is my old western town series of tutorials. This tutorial will show you how to make the dentist/undertaker office lol (it's the third building on the left). If you would like to make the other items in this series, you will find them 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 selection files. Place these in your PSP selections folder, or a location of your choice. here. (Note: If you are having trouble getting the selections to work, then place them in PSP's selection folder - for some reason PSP sometimes won't recognize them in other locations).

My color chart. Right click on this 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. Move it to the top of your canvas out of the way. When you need a color, just click on it with the eye dropper tool.

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 #1.

Float the selection (selections>float; OR, click "Ctrl+F" on your keyboard). Apply a cutout (effects>3d effects>cutout), using the settings in the screenshot.

Repeat the cutout, but change the vertical and horizontal to -2.

 

Step 3. Repeat Step 2 for selection 2.

Step 4. Add a new layer. Load selection 3. Flood fill with color #2. Apply an inner bevel (effects>3d effects>inner bevel), using the settings in the screenshot.

Repeat for selection 4.

 

Step 5. Add a new layer. Load selection 5. Flood fill with color #2. Float. Apply cutout, same settings as before, except change the horizontal and vertical to 1.

Repeat step 5 for selection 6.

Step 6. Add a new layer. Place it underneath the door and window frame layers. Set your foreground and background colors to color #2. Choose your preset shapes tool, rectangle, and draw a shape for your door. Erase any overlapping bits.

Select and float it (selections>select all>selections>float). Apply a cutout, using settings in the screenshot above, except change the horizontal and vertical to 1. Then repeat, changing to -1.

Repeat this process for the window, except use color #5 for your foreground and background.

Step 7. Add a new layer. Keep your foreground on color #2, but set your background to null. Choose your draw tool, single line, size 2, antialias checked. Draw some lines for your window panes. Apply an inner bevel, same settings as screenshot.

Set your foreground and background colors to black. Choose your preset shapes tool, ellipse, and draw a small circle for your doorknob. Apply inner bevel.

Step 8. Add a new layer. Load selection 7 from disk. Flood fill with color #4. Apply inner bevel.

Step 9. Add a new layer. Load selection 8. Flood fill with color #4. Float. Apply cutout, same settings as in screenshot.

Step 10. Add a new layer. Load selection 9. Flood fill with color #2. Float. Apply cutout, using settings as before (horizontal, vertical are 1).

Repeat step 9 for selection 10.

Step 12. Add a new layer. Load selection 11. Flood fill with color #4. Float. Apply cutout, same settings as before (vertical, horizontal =1).

Step 13. Add a new layer. Load selection 12. Flood fill with color #6. Apply inner bevel.

Step 14. Now to add your text. Choose your preset shapes tool with the settings in the screenshot. You're going to do just a tad of vectors, but not much. Don't panic!

Set your foreground color to color #6 (really, you can use any color because we're going to delete this later), and your background color to null. Draw a circular shape in the center of your building, approximately 70 x 65 (watch the numbers in the lower left of your screen).

 

Choose your object selector tool and click "node edit." Your circle will now look like this.

You'll note that there are 4 little boxes (nodes). Click on the bottom one then right click and choose Edit>Delete. Now you'll have 3 nodes left.

     

Choose your text tool and place it on the circle. When you see an "A" with a semi-circle appear, cllick. Use the settings in the screenshot for your text (the color is color #6). Of course, you can use any font, color, and text that you choose.

   

Add a new layer and place it underneath the text selection (on your layers palette, the text wil lbe called "Floating Selection"). Then deselect. Now you can delete the circle you drew. Apply an inner bevel to your text. Move your text into place. You should now have something similar to this.

I wanted my undertaker to also be the town dentist, so I added that to my sign as well. To do so, just add a new layer and apply text in the normal way. Apply an inner bevel.

Step 15. When you're satisfied with your creation, delete the color chart and background layers. Then merge visible layers and save as a psp file. It's now ready to add to your western town.

I hope you enjoyed the tut, and please let me know if you experience any problems.





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This tutorial was created on November 6, 2004.
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