Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Dollhouse Series
Living Room: Coffee Table and End Tables


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

This tutorial is for the coffee table and end tables. 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 wood fill.

My preset shape. Place this in your PSP preset shapes folder. [Note: This shape was made in PSP 9 so it should work fine for PSP 9 users; however, after I made it, I realized it wouldn't work for PSP 7 or PSP 8 users. Therefore, I'm including the .jsl file for you. You can copy>paste it onto your image, or you can open it up and go to file>export>shape to add it to your preset shapes folder].

You may download all of my materials 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.

Coffee Table

Step 1. Open up a new image 200 x 200. Open up the color chart your 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. Set your foreground and background fills to pattern, and open up the "dhcoffeetable" fill you downloaded. Set the angle to 0, scale to 100.

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

Draw a rectangle approximately 6 x 60 (watch the numbers at the bottom of your screen). It'll automatically be placed on a new layer.


Edit>copy. Edit>paste as new vector selection. Move this to the other side of your canvas (you can adjust the actual placement in just a minute, for now just put it in approximately the right place.

Step 3. Draw another rectangle at the bottom, approximately 170 x 10.

Step 4. Set foreground and background to color #1. Draw another smaller strip at the bottom for the front.

Step 5. Make one of your leg layers active. Edit>copy. Edit>paste as new vector selection. Move the leg into place on the front of the table. Repeat and move to the other side of the table.

Go ahead and line everything up now. Use your grid to help you (view>grid). To make pieces longer/shorter, etc., click on your object selection tool and shape the piece as needed.

Step 6. Set foreground and background to the wood fill again, same settings as above. Draw a rectangle at the top of your table, approximately 172 x 25.

Right click on the rectangle>convert to path. Click on your pen tool then edit mode.

[Note: PSP 7 users: click on your object selector tool>node edit].

Your image will now look like this.

Those 4 little boxes you see are nodes. Moving them will change the shape of your rectangle.

Put your mouse over the node on the top left and move inwards a bit. Do the same thing to the node on the top right.

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

Step 7. Set your foreground color to color #2, background to #1. Choose your preset shape tool and navigate to the "pracken_ornament2" shape you downloaded (use the same preset shape settings as before). Draw a shape approximately 180 x 15 and move it to the front, similar to mine.

Step 8. You can save your table as a preset shape if you wish (I always save vector images as preset shapes). If you don't wish to do that, then skip on to Step 8.

If you do wish to save as a preset shape, go to your layers palette, hold down the shift key while right clicking on each vector layer. The print will be in bold now. Right click>group.

You'll now have all the layers underneath "group 1." Rename group 1 to whatever you want your preset shape to be named.

File>export>preset shape. Type in the shape name again, and click ok. Your shape should now show up in your preset shapes (check it if you wish).

Step 9. Now save a copy of your image as a psp file (name it something like "master"), with all layers intact. You'll need this image to make your end table too.

Step 10. Go to your layers palette . Right click on the vector layer>convert to raster layer. Delete your color chart and background layers. Save your table as a psp file and close the image.

End Table

Step 11. Now to make the end table. Open up the master image you saved.

Now all you need to do is resize things down a bit for your end table. Click on your object selector tool and move the side inward to make your table smaller (note: if you've grouped your layers, this will be easy to do. If you haven't grouped your layers, you'll need to hold down the Ctrl key and click on each one to select them all).

I decided that I didn't want the ornament on the end tables, so I've deleted that. Just go to your layers and click on the "pracken_ornament2" layer. Right click>cut.

Now you'll need to draw a rectangle to replace it. Just set foreground to color #3 and background to the wood pattern. Choose your preset shapes tool, rectangle, and draw a rectangle.

Step 12. I also changed the color of the bottom strip (it's pink). To do that, just go to it on your layers palette and double click. You'll see a vector property box. Click on the foreground color and change it to color #3. Click on the background color and change it to the wood pattern. Then click ok.

Step 13. Now you need to make the legs a little wider. To make that easier, ungroup the layers (right click on the group layer>ungroup). Now you can edit individual pieces. To do that, choose your object selector tool, then click on the piece.

When done, you should have something similar to this.

Step 14. If you want to save as a preset shape, just follow the same procedure as in Step 8 above.

Right click>convert to raster layer. Delete the color chart and background layers. Merge visible layers. Save as 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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