Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Dollhouse Series
Kitchen: Cannisters


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

This tutorial is for the cannisters (there on top of the refrigerator). All of the other items in the kitchen 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 series, and my suggestions for completing the tutorials.

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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 selection files. Place these in your PSP selections folder. You may download them here.[NOTE: I'm including selections for both PSP7 and PSP9. Just use the ones that fit your version of PSP and delete the others].

You'll also need my color chart. Right click on it and save it to your computer (or alternatively, click on it and drag it onto your PSP canvas).


Step 1. Open a new image 120 x 160. Copy and paste the color chart as a new layer and move it to the top of your canvas out of the way. When you need a color, just click on it with the dropper tool.

Step 2. Add a new layer. Load selection 1. Flood fill with color 1. Set your foreground color to #2 (note: you're doing this so it'll show up in your list of recent colors).

Float the selection (Ctrl+F on your keyboard). Apply a cutout using color #2 as the shadow color (right click on the shadow color box and it'll show up in your list of recent colors).


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

Step 3. Add a new layer. Load selection 2. Flood fill with color #3. Float. Apply cutout using color #4 as shadow color.

Step 4. Repeat Step 3 for selection 3.

Step 5. Set your foreground color to black, background to null. Choose your pen tool>Draw lines and polylines, width 3, antialias checked. Draw a small line across the top.

Step 6. You can go ahead and delete the color chart now. Hide the background layer and merge visible layers (layers>merge>merge visible).

If you wish, add a new layer and add text. Choose a font and color you like - I'm using Tempus Sans, color #1. I've made 3 cannisters, so I wanted 3 different texts. Put each on a different layer (I've got coffee, sugar, and flour).

Step 7. You can go ahead and delete your color chart layer, as you're done with it now. Hide the background layer and the flour and sugar layers. You should now have visible the cannister and the coffee text layer. Merge visible layers. Edit>copy>paste as new image. Save as a psp file. Close this image.

Return to your cannister canvas and undo the merge (hit your undo arrow, or edit>undo). Now hide the coffee layer and make the flour layer visible. Merge visible. Copy as psp file same as you did with the coffee layer.

Repeat for the sugar layer. When done, you should have 3 cannisters, all saved in psp format. Step 8. Close all images. Open up a new layer approximately 275 x 150. Open each of your cannisters, copy them, and then paste as new layers onto the new canvas. Arrange the 3 cannisters as you like them. I resized a couple of mine down a bit. Once they are in an arrangement you like, delete the background layer. Merge visible layers. Save as a psp file.

What to do next

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

Have fun!

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