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Dollhouse Series
Bedroom: Bed and Pillows


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

This tutorial is for the bed and pillows. All of the other items in the bedroom 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 bedroom, 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. The canvas includes layers, alpha selections, and the color chart you'll need for the tutorial.

My seamless fills.

You may download all of my materials here.

[Note: My image is just a guide. If you'd like to use different colors/textures, etc. in your interior, feel free to do so.]

Step 1. Open up the "dhbedcanvas" file you downloaded [PSP7 users - this should work for you too].

Also, go ahead and open up the seamless fills you downloaded.

Step 2. Go to your layers palette and make layer 01 active. Load selection 01 from alpha channel (selections>load/save selections>load selection from alpha channel - then navigate to the "01" selection. [ PSP 7 users, go to selections>load from alpha channel].

Flood fill with color #1. Contract by 1 (selections>modify>contract). Flood fill with the "dhbed2" pattern you downloaded (angle 0, scale 20).


Step 3. Make layer 2 active. Load selection 2. Flood fill with color 2. Contract by 1. Fill with color #3.


Step 4. Make layer 3 active. Load selection 03. Flood fill with color #4. Contract by 1. Flood fill with the "dhbed1" pattern (angle 342, scale 46).

Step 5. Make layer 04 active. Load selection 04. Flood fill with color 2. Contract by 1. Fill with color #3.

Step 6. Make layer 05 active. Load selection 05. Flood fill with color #4. Contract by 1. Flood fill with "dhbed1" pattern, angle 342, scale 20.

Step 7. Make layer 06 active. Load selection 06. Flood fill with color #2. Contract by 1. Flood fill with color #3.

Step 8. Repeat Step 6 for layer 07/selection 07.

Step 9. Make layer 08 active. Load selection 08. Flood fill with color #5. Contract by 1. Flood fill with color #6.

Step 10. Make layer 09 active. Load selection 09. Flood fill with color #1. Contract by 1. Flood fill with the "dhbed2" pattern, angle 0, scale 20.

Step 11. Now you just need to make some extra pillows for the bed. You'll find a tutorial for pillows here. You can do the tutorial as it is and use the colors given if you wish (depends on the color of your room decor).

You can use the pillows from that tut "as is" if you wish (I've used one of them for my bed), or you can change the colors/textures to suit your decor.

I made a variation where the whole pillow is one color (so you can skip steps 3 and 4 of the tut), and Do steps 1 and 2, and floodfill with a color or texture of your choice. I used color #6 for one of my pillows and the "dhbed3" seamless fill (which you downloaded) - angle 0, scale 20 for the other).

Then go to step 5 of the pillow tutorial and apply a cutout using the settings given there. The shadow color you use needs to be a color slightly darker than you main color.

Make as many pillows as you wish, then copy>paste as new layer onto your bed. You'll probably want to rotate them a bit, so use your deformation tool to do that.

Save each pillow as a psp file (you'll need some more pillows later for the chair).

Step 12. Now you just need to add some shading to the wood pieces of your bed. To do that, you'll follow these steps for each wood piece of your bed:

  • Make the layer active. Select and float it (selections>select all>selections>float). You'll see the marquee (marching ants) around the selection.
  • Add a new layer.
  • Choose your airbrush, and using the settings in the screenshot, spray some color around the area.
  • Choose your smudge brush, using settings in the screenshot, and soften the color out a bit.
Step 13. When you're satisfied with your bed, delete the color chart and background layers. Merge visible layers and save as a psp file.

What to do next

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

Have fun!

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