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Dollhouse Series
Bedroom: Lamp


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

This tutorial is for the lamp. 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 color chart. Copy this and save to your computer.

Step 1. Open a new image 200 x 200, white background. Copy the color chart and paste it as a new layer. Move to the top of your canvas, out of the way. When you need a color, just click on it with your eye dropper tool.

Step 2. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to black, background to color #1.

Choose your preset shapes tool>rectangle, using the settings in the screenshot.

Draw a small rectangle approximately 9 x 40 (watch the numbers at the bottom of your screen). You can draw your lamp larger or smaller - these numbers are just approximations.


Step 3. Add a new layer. Draw another rectangle at the bottom, approximately 22 x 14.

Step 4. Add a new layer. Set your foreground and backgrounds to a gold gradient of your choice (one comes with PSP (linear type, angle 90, repeats 0). Draw another small rectangle on top of the last one.

Add a new layer and place it underneath your lamp. Draw a small rectangle, using the gold gradient.

Step 6. Add a new layer and place it on top of your layers. Set foreground and background colors to #2.

Choose your preset shapes tool>rectangle (same settings as before, except check "create as vector."

Draw a small rectangle approximately 78 x 40 at the top of your lamp.

Step 7. Now you just need to edit it a wee bit. Choose your pen tool>edit mode.

Your image will look like this.

There are 4 nodes, one in each corner. Moving a node will change the shape of your rectangle. Move your mouse over the node on the top left. Move it inwards a bit. Do the same thing for the one on the top right. Adjust until it looks like a lamp shade. You should have something similar to this.

When you like your shape, go to your layers palette, right click on the layer>convert to raster layer.

Step 8. Duplicate the shade (right click on the layer>duplicate). Turn the original layer off and work on the duplicate.

Set your foreground color to color #3. Go to Effects>texture effects>blinds, and use the settings in the screenshot. The color is #3 (right click on the box and choose it from your list of recent colors).


Step 9. Now the shade needs to be adjusted a bit so the perspective looks right (you're still working on the duplicate of the shade and your original shade layer is turned off).

Choose your deformation tool. Hold your "Ctrl" key down and click on the box on the bottom left. Pull outwards a bit.

Hold down the Ctrl key again, move your mouse over the box at the top left, and move inwards.

Finally, put your mouse on the box at the top and pull up just a teensy bit (I've circled it in black in the screenshot).

Now you want to get rid of the overlapping bit. Go to your layers palette and click on the original shade layer. Select/float it (selections>select all>selections>float). You'll now see the shape of your selection on your shade, like this.


Now make your duplicate shade layer active again. Hit the delete key on your keyboard. The excess should now be gone.

Now you'll have two shade layers - the original one which you can now delete, and the duplicate one which has the perspective adjusted.

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 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 24, 2005.
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