Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Western Town Series: Hotel


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This is my old western town series of tutorials. This tutorial will show you how to make the hotel (it's the second building on the left) If you would like to make the other items in this series, you will find them here.


For this tutorial, you will need the following:

Paint Shop Pro. I used version 7.04 but if you are familiar with PSP, you should be able to convert the tutorial without problems. You can download the latest PSP version demo here.

My selection files. Place these in your PSP selections folder, or a location of your choice. You may download them here. (Note: If you are having trouble getting the selections to work, then place them in PSP's selection folder - for some reason PSP sometimes won't recognize them in other locations).

My color chart. Right click on this and save it to your computer.


Step 1. Open a new image 350 x 350, white background. Open up your color chart and paste it as a new layer. Move it to the top of your canvas out of the way. When you need a color, just click on it with the eye dropper tool.

Step 2. Add a new layer. Load selection 1 (go to selections>load from disk - then navigate to the location where you placed the selection files). Flood fill with color #1.

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

 

Step 3. Repeat for selection 2 and 3.

Step 4. Add a new layer. Load selection 4. Flood fill with color #2. Set your background color to color #3 (Note: you're doing this so it'll show up in your list of recent colors).

Float the selection (selections>float; OR, hit the "Ctrl+F" keys on your keyboard).

Apply a cutout, using the settings in the screenshot. The shadow color is color #3 (right click on the shadow color box and choose it from the recent colors displayed).

Repeat the cutout, but change the vertical and horizontal to -2. [Note: When you I tell you to apply a cutout in the steps below, you'll apply the cutout and then apply another one with the "minus" numbers].

 

Step 5. Repeat step 4 for selections 5 and 6 (except the flood fill color is #4).

Step 6. Add a new layer. Load selection 7. Flood fill with color #5. Float. Apply cutout, using same settings as before (change shadow color to black).

Step 7. Add a new layer. Load selection 8. Flood fill with color #6. Apply inner bevel, same settings as before.

Step 8. Add a new layer. Load selection 9 from disk. Flood fill with color #6. Apply an inner bevel, same settings as before.

Step 9. Set your foreground color to color #6 and your background to null. Choose your draw tool, single line, size 2 (antialias checked, create as vector unchecked). Draw some lines on your window for the panes. Apply an inner bevel, same settings as before. Duplicate this layer and place it on the other window.

Step 10. Repeat step 8 for selection 10.

 

Step 11. Add a new layer. Load selection 11. Flood fill with color #5. Apply cutout, same settings as before.

Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to black and background to null. Choose your draw tool, single line, size 2, and draw some panes for the windows. Duplicate this layer twice and place on the other two windows (erase any overlapping bits)

Step 12. Add a new layer. Load selection 12. Flood fill with color #1. Apply inner bevel.

Repeat Step 12 for selections 13 and 14.

Hide all layers except for the ones with selections 12, 13, and 14. Merge visible layers. Name this layer "ornament."

Now turn all your other layers back on.

Step 13. Add a new layer. Load selection 15. Flood fill with color #1. Apply inner bevel, same settings as before.

Step 14. Repeat Step 13 for selections 16 and 17.

Step 15. Add a new layer. Load selection 18. Flood fill with color #1. Apply an inner bevel.

Step 16. Add a new layer. Load selection 19. Set your background color to color #7. Flood fill with color #3. Float. Apply a cutout, same settings as before, but change the shadow color to #7.

Step 17. Repeat Step 16 for selection 20.

Step 18. Add a new layer. Load selection 21. Flood fill with color #1. Apply an inner bevel, same settings as before.

Step 19. Repeat for selection 22.

Step 20. Make the layer you named "ornament" active. Duplicate it. Choose your selection tool, rectangle, and cut away all but 1/2 of one of the circles. Copy it and paste it as a new layer ( place it on top of the building front layer (it's the one with selection 6 on it), but underneath all the other layers. Rotate it as you need to.

Duplicate the layer and place it on the other side of the building.

Step 21. Add a new layer. Set your foreground and background colors to color #2. Choose your text tool and a font of your choice (I've used Felix Titling, size 12). Use your deformation tool to rotate the text as necessary to fit onto your hotel. Apply a drop shadow using these settings: vertical 1, horizontal 1, opacity 100, blur 1.

Step 22. When you're satisfied with your hotel, delete the color chart and background layers. Then merge visible layers and save as a psp file. It's now ready to add to your western town.

I hope you enjoyed the tut, and please let me know if you experience any problems.





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This tutorial was created on August 27, 2004.
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