Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Dollhouse Series
Bathroom: Commode


Welcome to my dollhouse series tutorials! This is the bathroom section of tutorials.

This tutorial will show you how to make the commode. All of the other items in the bathroom can be found on the main dollhouse tutorial page, which you will find here. If you haven't already done so, please go there and orient yourself to the dollhouse tutorials, and for important information you'll need to complete the series.

Once you complete the bathroom, and all the other rooms, you'll assemble them all into the completed dollhouse.

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This tutorial was written for Paint Shop Pro versions 9 and 7.04

For this tutorial, you will need the following:

Paint Shop Pro. I used version 9, and have made comments as appropriate for PSP 7 users. I didn't test it in PSP8, but you shoud be able to complete the tutorial in that version as well. You may download the latest PSP version demo here.

My canvas. Unzip it and open it up in PSP.

Eye Candy 4000 and my glass preset. Place the preset in your EC4000 glass folder. [Note: If you don't have Eye Candy, you can still do this tutorial].

You may download all of my materials here.

Step 1. Open up the "dhcommodecanvas" file you downloaded. [PSP7 users - this should work fine for you too]. This canvas includes two layers (background, color chart) and alpha selections.

Step 2. The selections are in the order you'll be loading them. To load from alpha channel, go to selections>load/save selections/load selection from alpha channel - then click on the box and navigate to the selection). [PSP 7 users: selections>load from alpha channel].

Add a new layer. Load selection 1 Flood fill with color #1. Open your Eye Candy filter>glass, and navigate to the "pracken_bathroom" setting you downloaded. Apply.

[Note: If you don't have Eye Candy, you can apply a cutout instead. First, float the selection (Ctrl+F), set your foreground color to color #2, and then go to effects>3d effects>cutout, and use these settings (right click on the shadow color box and choose #2 from the list of recent colors there).


Step 3. Add a new layer. Load selection 2. Flood fill with color #2. Contract by 1 (selections>modify>contract). Flood fill with color #1. Apply EC glass, same settings as before (or cutout).

Step 4. Add a new layer. Load selection 3. Flood fill with color #3. Apply EC glass (or cutout).

Step 5. Add a new layer. Load selection 4. Flood fill with color #2.

Step 6. Add a new layer. Load selection 5. Flood fill with a gold gradient of your choice (one comes with PSP). Set type to linear, angle 90, repeats 0.

Step 7. Add a new layer. Load selection 6. Flood fill with gold gradient, same settings.

Step 8. Set your foreground to gold gradient (same settings as before), background to null. Choose your pen tool>draw lines and polylines, using settings in the screenshot. [Note: PSP 7 users: draw tool>single line].

Add a new layer. Draw some lines on your commode, like this.

Step 9. Now you need to draw the handle. Set your foreground to color #4, background null. Add a new layer. Using your pen tool, draw a small line. Then switch to your preset shapes tool>ellipse (width 3) and draw a small circle).

Apply an inner bevel (effects>3d effects>inner bevel), using settings in the screenshot.


Step 10. Delete the color chart and background layers. Merge visible layers. Save as a PSP file.

What to do next

Now continue on through the bathroom tutorials, in order (go here to find the tutorials index, and scroll down to the bathroom section to find the others). Once you have all of the items in the bathroom section complete, then go here to assemble it.

Have fun!

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This tutorial was created on May 6, 2005.
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