Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Dollhouse Series
Kitchen: Country Star


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

This tutorial is for the country star (it's on the wall next to the curtains). 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 tutorials, and for important information you'll need to complete the series.

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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 file. Place these in your PSP selections folder. [This selection is in PSP 7 format, but it should work fine for PSP 9 users]. You may download my selection here.

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

Step 2. Add a new layer. Load selection "01countrystar_pracken" (selections>Load/Save selections>Load selections from disk) [PSP7 users click selections>load from disk].

Flood fill the selection with black.

Step 3. Choose your magic wand (tolerance 1, feather 0). Click inside the black area of the star. Expand the selection by 1 (selections>modify>expand).

Add a new layer and flood fill with color #1. Move this layer underneath the black outline layer.

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


Step 4. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to #2, background null. Choose your pen tool>draw freehand, using the settings in the screenshot. Draw some lines on your star, similar to mine. [PSP7 users: draw tool>freehand line].

Step 5. Now you're going to make a preset shape of a berry so you can use it to draw shapes onto your star.

Set your foreground color to black, background to #3. Choose your preset shapes tool, heart shape using the settings in the screenshot.

Draw a heart shape about 18 x 18 (watch the numbers at the bottom of your screen), [Note: the heart shape in the screenshot is enlarged to show detail, yours will be smaller].


Step 6. Choose your pen tool>draw lines and polylines, using the settings in the screenshot. Draw a line down the center of your heart. Right click>apply. [PSP7 users: Draw tool>single line].

Step 7. Now go to your layers palette. Hold down the shift key and right click on the line and heart layers (they'll be in bold print). Right click>Group.

You'll now have "Group 1" on your layers palette with your line and heart layers underneath. Right click on the "Group 1" layer and rename it whatever you'd like your preset shape to be named. I'm calling mine "pracken_berry."

Go to File>Export Shape> then type in the name of your shape (this is what will show up in your preset shapes list).

Click on your preset shapes tool and you should find your shape there. Click on it. Use the same settings as before, but check "retain style" and uncheck "create as vector." Now all you need to do is draw berries on your twigs wherever you want them.

When satisfied with your creation, delete the background and color chart layers, then 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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