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Dollhouse Series
Bedroom: Room Interior


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

This tutorial is for the interior of the bedroom - you will make the floor, walls, baseboards, windows, and curtains. Once you've completed the interior, it'll be ready to add all the other items you see in the screenshot (or items of your own choosing).

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.

My seamless fills.

You may download all of my materials here.

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

This canvas includes a background layer, color chart, housefront layer, and alpha The "housefront" layer is on top and you will always put everything underneath this layer. It's there just as a guide, so you can see how things will look in the dollhouse.

The selections are in the order you'll load them. To load a selection, go to selections>load/save selection>load selection from alpha channel. [Note: PSP 7 users, go to selections>load from alpha channel].

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 2. Add a new layer. Load selection 1. Open up the "dhbedroominterior1" seamless tile that you downloaded. Set your fill style to pattern and navigate to the tile - set angle 0, scale 100. Flood fill the wall

Add a new layer. Load selection 2. Flood fill with the same fill. Apply a cutout (effects>3d effects>cutout), using the settings in the screenshot.

01dhbedroominterior   02dhbedroominterior

Step 3. Add a new layer. Load selection 3. Open up the "dhbedroominterior2" tile. Flood fill (angle 0, scale 35).


Now you'll notice that it doesn't look right, so you're going to need to deform it a bit to get the perspective more realistic. To do that, choose your deformation tool

Hold your "Ctrl" key down and move your cursor over the top right corner (see the red arrow in the screenshot).

Move it inwards, like this.

Now hold down the Ctrl key again, move your cursor to the bottom right side and pull outward, like this.

And finally, move your cursor over the center box and pull out. You want to make sure that there are no white spots showing through, and that the pattern fills the entire area. Don't worry about the overlap, we'll fix that in a moment. You can continue to adjust the shape if you need to (I needed to pull the bottom out a bit more). When it looks like you want it, just click on your magic wand tool and it'll be deselected.

Now to get rid of the overlap. Load the selection again from alpha channel. Selections>invert. Hit the delete key on your keyboard.

Step 4. Add a new layer. Load selection 4. Flood fill with color #1. Apply an inner bevel (effects>3d effects>inner bevel), using the settings in the screenshot.

Repeat for the selection 5.


Step 5. Add a new layer.Load selection 6. Flood fill with color #1. Apply an inner bevel, same settings as above.

Repeat this process for selections 7, 8, and 9. Use color #1 for selections 7 and 8. Use a gold gradient (one comes with PSP) for selection 9 (angle 0, repeats 0).


Step 6. Add a new layer. Load selection 10. Open up the "dhbedroominterior3" seamless tile you downloaded (angle 0, scale 35), and flood fill the curtains.

Set your foreground color to #2. Float the selection (Ctrl+F on your keyboard) and apply a cutout (effects>3d effects>cutout), using the settings in the screenshot (right click on the shadow color and choose color #2 from the list of recent colors). Repeat the cutout, but change horizontal and vertical to -2.

Repeat this for selection 11.


Step 7. Turn all layers off except your window pieces (not the curtains). Merge visible layers. Turn other layers back on.

Choose your magic wand and click inside each pane of the windows (hold the shift key down while clicking to select them all). Then make your back wall layer active. Hit the delete key on your keyboard.

Step 8. Now your room is ready for decorating. You can delete the color chart now. Save your file as a psp file, with all layers intact and close the image for now. When you've made all your furnishings, you'll reopen your room interior image and paste items into it.

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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This tutorial was created on April 17, 2005.
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