Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Dollhouse Series
Living Room: More Picture Frames


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

This tutorial will show you how to make the picture frames hanging on the wall by the stairs. 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 it 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. Paste the color chart as a new layer onto your canvas and move it to the top out of your way. When you need a color, just click on it with your dropper tool.

Step 2. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to #1, background null. Choose your preset shapes tool, rectangle, using the settings in the screenshot.

Draw a small square, approximately 80 x 80 (watch the numbers at the bottom of your screen.


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

Duplicate your square twice. Line the other two up underneath.

Step 3. Choose your magic wand and click inside each frame. Selections>modify>expand by 2. Add a new layer and place it underneath the frames layer. Flood fill with color #2. Keep selected.

Now go to selections>modify>contract by 6. Hit the delete key on your keyboard. Keep selected.

Now apply a drop shadow, using settings in the screenshot. Keep selected.


Step 4. Expand the selection by 2. Add a new layer and place it underneath the mat. Flood fill with color #3 (this is your backing). Deselect.

Step 5. Now all you need to do is add whatever pictures you like to your frame. The pictures are going to be very small, so you don't need to worry too much about what they are.

I've used 3 of my little valenteenies (the cat, dog, and bear) - makes you wonder about the family that lives in this house doesn't it? *grin* If you'd like to use my valenteenies, you'll find those tutorials here.

Once you have your images ready, just paste them as new layers in between the mat and the backing layers.

Step 6. Add a new layer and place it underneath all of your frame layers. Set your foreground color to #4, background null.

Choose your pen tool, using the settings in the screenshot.

Draw two pieces of ribbon coming down the back. Add a new layer and place it on top of all the other layers. Draw a bow at the top.

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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This tutorial was created on May 4, 2005.
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