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Dollhouse Series
Kitchen: Curtains


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

This tutorial is for the kitchen curtains. This is a vector tutorial (easy, don't panic) and I provide you with screenshots to help you along the way.

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 seamless fill. You may download it here.

Step 1. Open up a new layer 300 x 200, white background.

Step 2. Set your foreground color to black, background to the "dhcurtainsfill" you downloaded. Set the angle to 0, scale to 15.

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

Draw a rectangle approximately 275 x 150 (watch the numbers at the bottom of your screen.


Step 3. Choose your pen tool Edit Mode
[PSP 7 users: choose your object selector tool>edit mode].

I find it easier to work with nodes with the visibility turned off. To do that, just click the "eye" symbol on your layers palette. Your image should look like this.


Step 4. Those 4 little boxes (one in each corner) are nodes. You're going to add some more nodes and then edit them to shape your curtains. Hold down the "Ctrl" key on your keyboard and move your mouse over the line at the bottom of the rectangle. Click on the line and you'll see"Add" appear. You'll also see a node has been added to the line. Now continue this all the way across the line, generally even spacing your nodes (it doesn't need to be perfect). When done, you should have something similar to this.

Now you're going to move every other node up just a wee bit. Start at the right side and put your mouse on the second node from the right (not the corner one, but the next one. Move up. Continue all the way across, moving every other node up. You should have something similar to this.

Now you're going to select all of these nodes. Hold down your shift key while clicking on each one of them (including the corner ones). They'll look like this when all selected.

Right click>node type>symmetric (this will make them nice and rounded). To check what your curtains look like, turn the layer back on. Here's mine so far.

If you want to change anything, just turn the layer visibility off, click your pen tool>node edit again, and move the nodes until they look the way you want. [PSP 7 users: click object selector tool>edit mode].

I wanted to make my ends just a bit shorter, so I moved those nodes up just a wee bit (the nodes I moved are circled in black in the screenshot below).

Turn your layer visibility back on. If it's like you want it, right click>apply. [PSP 7 users: right click>quit node editing].

Step 5. Choose your preset shapes>rectangle tool again, same settings as before. Foreground/background settings same as above except change the scale of your background fill to 50.

Draw a small rectangle at the top of your curtains.


Step 6. Now you can create a preset shape if you wish, to reuse later. Go to your layers palette, hold down the shift key while right clicking on each of the two rectangles you drew. They will now both appear in bold print. Right click>group. You'll now see both of these layers underneath "group 1." Rename "group 1" to whatever you want your preset shape to be named.

Click File>export>shape. Type in the name of your shape, then ok. Your shape should now appear in your list of preset shapes (check it if you wish to make sure).

Step 7. On your layers palette, click on the bottom curtain layer. Right click>create raster selection. You'll see the marquee (marching ants) around the outline of the shape.

Add a new layer. Flood fill with black. Contract by 1 (selections>modify>contract). Flood fill with the dhcurtainsfill, scale 15.

Step 8. Repeat this process for the top of the curtains, but change the fill scale to 50 (this layer should be on top).

You can now delete the vector layer as you no longer need it.

Step 9. Make the bottom of the curtains active. Select/float (go to selections>select all>selections>float). You're doing this so when you add shading, the color won't go outside the lines of your selection.

Set your foreground color to #5d3025 and your background color to #f3f2f2 (this makes it easier to switch back and forth as you're spraying colors).

Choose your airbrush, using the settings in the screenshot.


Add a new layer. Spray some color similar to mine.

Choose your retouch tool>smudge brush, using the settings in the screenshot. Soften out the color lines to look like folds in the fabric (yours will look better than the compressed screenshot below). If you need to, add more color with the airbrush and resmudge.

Step 9. Make the layer containing the top of your curtain active. Select/float it (selections>select all>selections>float). Apply a cutout (effects>3d effects>cutout), using the settings in the screenshot. The shadow color is #5d3025. Repeat the cutout, but change the horizontal and vertical to -3.


Step10. When you're satisfied with your curtains, delete the background layer and merge (layers>merge>merge visible. 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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