Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Dollhouse Series
Living Room: Floor Lamp

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

This tutorial is for the floor lamp - you'll use vectors, but very easy ones. 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 it 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 100 x 200. Open up the color chart you downloaded. Paste it as a new layer onto your canvas and move to the top out of the way. When you need a color, just click on it with your dropper tool.

Step 2. Add a new layer. Set your foreground and background colors to color #1. Choose your preset shapes tool>ellipse, and use the settings in the screenshot.

Draw a small shape approximately 26 x 15 (watch the numbers at the bottom of your screen).

 

Step 3. Set your foreground and background colors to color #3. Choose your preset shapes tool>rectangle (same settings as before). Draw a rectangle approximately 5 x 130.

Step 4. Set your preset shapes tool to triangle and draw a shape approximaely 40 x 15 at the top of your lamp.

Right click on the rectangle>convert to path. Choose your pen tool>edit mode. [Note: PSP 7 users, choose your object selector tool>node edit].

Your image will look like this:

Hold down the shift key while clicking on each of the nodes (those little boxes). They'll all be a solid color now. Right click>node type>symmetric. Your image will look like this.

Put your mouse over the node at the top right. You'll see a line appear with an arrow on one end and a little circle on the other. Grab one end of the line (either the arrow or circle) and pull it into a shape like mine. Repeat for the node on the other side.

When your shape looks the way you want it, right click>apply. [Note: PSP 7 users: right click>quit node editing].

Step 4. Choose your pen tool>draw lines and polylines, using the settings in the screenshot. [PSP 7 users: draw tool>single line].

Set your foreground to color #4, background null. Draw a small line at the top of your lamp. Right click>apply.

Now change the foreground to color #5, background null. and draw another line slightly shorter than the first one. Right click>apply.

Draw another line on the pole (use color #4).

Step 5. Now you can save this as a preset shape if you wish (I always save vector images as preset shapes). If you don't want to do so, just skip to Step 6.

To save as a preset shape, go to your layers palette. Hold your shift key down while right clicking on each of the vector layers. They'll now be in bold print. Right click>group. Your layers will now all be under "Group 1." Rename "Group 1" to whatever you want your preset shape to be named. Then go to File>export>shape. Type the name of your shape again, then ok. The shape will now show up in your preset shapes list.

Step 6. Make the lamp bottom layer active (the first piece you drew). Right click on the layer>create raster selection.

Add a new layer. Flood fill with color #1. Float the selection (Ctrl+F). Apply a cutout (effects>3d effects>cutout) using the settings in the screenshot (shadow color is color #2).

 

Step 7. Make the pole layer active. Right click>create raster selection. Add a new layer and place it on top of the lamp bottom. Flood fill with color #3.

Float (Ctrl+F). Apply cutout,using same settings as before, except change horizontal and vertical to 1 and blur to 2.

Repeat the cutout, changing horizontal and vertical to -1.

Step 8. Go to your layers palette and make the top of the lamp layer active. Right click>create raster selection. Add a new layer and place it on top of the pole layer. Flood fill with color #3. Float. Apply cutout, changing vertical to 1, horizontal to -1, blur to 10.

Step 9. Add a new layer. Choose your paintbrush, size 1 and paint a line using color #4. Paint another one using color #3.

Add a new layer and place it underneath your lamp. Paint another line for the switch, using color #4. [Note: You could create raster layers from your vector image for each of these pieces, but it's easier just to paint them on I think].

Step 10. You can now delete the vector layer, color chart, and background layer. Then merge visible layers (layers>merge visible). 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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