Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Dollhouse Series
Living Room: Picture Frame


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

This tutorial is for the picture frame (on the back wall). All of the other items in the living room 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 living room, 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. Right click on this and save to your computer.

My image is just a guide. If you'd like to use different colors/textures, etc., feel free to do so.

Step 1. Open up a new image 200 x 200, white background. Copy the color chart and paste 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 dropper tool.

Step 2. Set your foreground to color #1, background null. Choose your preset shapes tool>rectangle, and use the settings in the screenshot.

Draw a small shape approximately 45 x 50 (watch the numbers at the bottom of your screen).

Step 3. Now you need to edit this shape just a wee bit. But first, you need to get it ready to edit. Right click on it>convert to path.

Choose your pen tool>edit mode.

[PSP 7 users: choose your object selector tool>node edit].

Your image will look like this.

Hold down your Ctrl key and move your mouse over the line at the top, about in the center. You'll see a "+Add" appear. Click on the line and you will have added a node. (I've circled it in red in the screenshot).

Move the node up a bit.

Hold your shift key down and click on the 3 nodes at the top of your frame, to select them all. It'll look like this.

Right click>node type>symmetric.

Now you need to shape it just a wee bit. I've turned the visiblity of the layer off for just a moment to make it easier for you to see. Notice the sides of the frame are not smooth and even?

We need to fix that. Click on the top left node. You'll see a line with a circle on one end and an arrow on the other end.

Move the node down just a bit. Then grab the round end of the line and pull it down to make the side line smooth. Feel free to adjust this as you need to in order to get a nice smooth, rounded shape.


Then repeat to the other side. When you're satisfied with your shape, right click>apply. [PSP 7 users: right click>quit node editing].

Step 4. Now you can save this as a preset shape if you wish (I find that this shape comes in handy). If you don't wish to save it, just skip to Step 5.

To save it, go to your layers palette, right click on the layer and rename it to whatever you want your shape to be called. Then click file>export>shape. Type in the name again>ok. It should now appear in your preset shapes list.

Step 5. Right click on the layer>convert to raster layer. Apply an inner bevel (effects>3d effects>inner bevel), using the settings in the screenshot.


Step 6. Choose your magic wand and click inside the frame. Selections>modify>expand by 4.

Add a new layer and place it underneath the frame. Flood fill with color #2.

Save a copy of this as a psp file with all layers intact (you'll need it in this format to add a picture or other item).

Step 7. Now you need to add whatever you like to the frame. I've added a saltbox. You'll find the tutorial for it here.

Once you you have your image, just copy and paste it in between the two layers of your frame.

I also applied a drop shadow (effects>3d effects>drop shadow) to mine, but that's optional - these are the settings: vertical 2, horizontal 1, opacity 40, blur 1. color black.

You'll need another frame for your wall. I just made another variation of the saltbox and used that for my second one.

Step 8. When you're satisfied with your frame, delete the color chart and background layers. Merge visible layers. Save as a PSP file.

What to do next

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

Have fun!

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