Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Munster House: Part 1

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Ah, it's that time of year again (wasn't Halloween just here? *grin*). Here's my first Halloween tut for 2005. I decided to do a replica of the Munster house - remember that tv series? I've taken a few artistic liberties, but the house is basically accurate.

This tutorial is in two parts. In this first part, you will make the house. Part 2 of the tutorial will show you how to do the landscape and other items around the house. Feel free to decorate and embellish as you wish though, that's part of the fun.


For this tutorial, you will need the following:

Paint Shop Pro. This tutorial was written for versions 10 (PSP X), 9 and 7.04; however, if you are familiar with PSP, you should be able to convert the tutorial for use with other versions without problems. You can download the latest PSP version demo here.

My canvas with alpha channels.

My seamless texture fills.

Eye Candy 4000. This is a commercial filter from Alien Skin. It used to be a stand alone program, but its filters have been divided and contained in other filters created by Alien Skin. As a result, they discontinued Eye Candy 4000. You'll find the newer filters on Alien Skin's website here. The gradient glow function can be found in the Eye Candy 5: Impact filter. You can download a fully functional evaluation copy (for 30 days) here.

My Eye Candy gradient glow preset. Place this in your Eye Candy 4000 (or Eye Candy 5: Impact) gradients folder. [Note: You can do this tutorial without this filter].

You may download all of my materials here.

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

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Step 1. Open up the canvas with alpha channels you downloaded. The selections that you'll need for this tutorial are all saved to alpha channel and are in the order that you will load them. To load an item from alpha channel, go to Selections>Load/Save Selection>Load Selection from Alpha Channel. Make sure "Replace selection" is checked, and nothing else is checked. [Note: PSP 7 users: go to selections>load from alpha channel>.

To choose a selection, just click on the box to the left (it's circled in red in the screenshot) and navigate to the selection you want. It'll show up in the preview window on the right. Then just click "Load."

[Note: As you add layers, name them the same as the selections you load onto them. For example, layer 01 would contain selection 01, etc. This will help you keep things organized and follow the directions easier.]

Step 2. Copy your color chart and paste it as a new layer onto yourcanvas. Move it to the top out of the way. When you need a color, just click on it with your eye dropper tool.

Step 3. Add a new layer (name it "01"). Load selection 01 from alpha channel. Open up the "munsterfill1" texture you downloaded. Flood fill the selection - set angle to 0, scale to 25.

Apply an inner bevel (effects>3d effects>inner bevel), using settings in the screenshot. [Note: In each of the following steps when you apply an inner bevel, you will use the same settings as these].

Step 4. Add a new layer (name it "02"). Load selection 02. Flood fill with color #1. Apply an inner bevel, same settings as above.

Step 5. Choose your magic wand and click inside each of the window panes (hold down your shift key while clicking, to get them all). It should look like this.

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Now make layer 01 active. Hit the delete key on your keyboard. Keep selected. You should have this.

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Expand the selection by 1 (selections>modify>expand). Add a new layer and place it on top of layer 01 and underneath layer 02. Flood fill with black (or color of your choice).

I decided to only have one light on in the entire house, and that's the top middle window. It's up to you what you want to do about light - you may choose to have none or all of the windows lit. To light the window as I've done, make the black layer active. Choose your selection tool>rectangle, and draw a box around the top middle window.

Then click inside the box you drew. You should have this.

Flood fill with color #2.

Apply the Eye Candy gradient glow preset you downloaded("pracken_haunted"). To do so, go to Effects>Eye Candy 4000>Gradient Glow>Settings>pracken_haunted.

Step 6. Add a new layer (name it 03) and place it on top of all your layers. Load selection 3. Flood fill with color #1. Apply inner bevel.

Step 7. Add a new layer (name it 04). Load selection 4. Flood fill with the "munsterfill2" pattern you downloaded. Set angle to 0, scale to 20. Apply inner bevel.

Step 8. Add a new layer (name it 06). Load selection 6 (Sorry! When I did selection 5 and 6, I got them in reverse order). Flood fill with color #3. Apply inner bevel.

Step 9. Add a new layer (name it 05). Load selection 5. Flood fill with black. Apply inner bevel.

Step 10. Add a new layer (name it 07). Load selection 7. Flood fill with color #4. Apply inner bevel.

Step 11. Add a new layer and place it underneath layer 7 (the one you just did above). Set your foreground to black, background null. Choose your pen tool>draw lines and polylines, using the settings in the screenshot. [Note: PSP 7 users: draw tool>draw single line].

Now draw some vertical lines on your balconies, evenly spacing them. Hint: Turn your grid on to help you line them up (view>grid. To turn grid off when done, just go to view>grid again). Apply inner bevel. When done, you should have something similar to this.

Step 12. Add a new layer and place it on top of all the other layers. Set your foreground to color #1, background null. Choose your pen tool again, same settings as before, except change the width to 5. Draw a vertical line on each side of your house. Apply an inner bevel.

Step 13. Add a new layer and place it underneath layer 04 (roof). Set foreground to color #1, background null. Choose your pen tool>draw freehand. [Note: PSP 7 users: draw tool>draw freehand]. Draw a little flag on top of your house.

Step 14. Add a new layer (name it 08), and place it on top of all of your other layers. Load selection 8. Flood fill with color #5. Apply inner bevel.

Step 15. Add a new layer (name it 09). Load selection 9. Flood fill with "munsterfill1" angle 0, scale 25.

Step 16. Add a new layer (name it 10). Load selection 10. Flood fill with black. Apply inner bevel.

Step 17. Add a new layer (name it 11). Load selection 11. Flood fill with the "munsterfill2", angle 0, scale 20. Apply inner bevel.

Step 18. Add a new layer (name it 12). Load selection 12. Flood fill with black. Apply inner bevel.

Step 19. Add a new layer (name it 13). Load selection 13. Flood fill with color 3. Apply an inner bevel.

Step 20. Add a new layer (name it 14). Load selection 14. Flood fill with color #1. Apply inner bevel.

Step 21. Choose your magic wand and click inside each of the panes of the window. Make layer 9 active. Hit the delete key on your keyboard. Expand the selection by 1 (selections>modify>expand). Add a new layer and place it underneath layer 9. Flood fill with black (or color of your choice).

Step 22. Add a new layer (name it 15), and place it on top of all other layers. Load selection 15. Flood fill with black. Apply inner bevel.

Step 23. Add a new layer (name it 16). Load selection 16. Flood fill with color #6. Apply inner bevel.

Choose your selection tool>triangle. Add a new layer and place it underneath layer 16. Draw a triangle to cover the inside space of the shape. Flood fill with "munsterfill1" - angle 0, scale 25.

 

Step 24. Add a new layer (name it 17). Load selection 17. Flood fill with color #3. Apply inner bevel.

Choose your magic wand and click inside each of the panels on the door. Expand by 1 (selections>modify>expand). Add a new layer and place it underneath layer 17. Flood fill with color #6. Apply an inner bevel.

Step 25. Add a new layer (name it 18), and place on top of all other layers. Load selection 18. Flood fill with black. Apply inner bevel.

Step 26. Add a new layer (name it 19). Load selection 19. Flood fill with the munsterfill1 tile - angle 0, scale 25. Apply inner bevel.

Step 27. Add a new layer (name it 20). Load selection 20. Flood fill with color #1. Apply inner bevel.

Step 28. Add a new layer (name it 21). Load selection 21. Flood fill with color #6. Apply inner bevel.

Step 29. Add a new layer (name it 22). Load selection 22. Flood fill with color #1. Apply inner bevel.

Step 30. Add a new layer. Set foreground to color #1, background null. Choose your pen tool>draw lines and polylines, same settings as above in Step 11, except change the width to 6. Draw a small vertical line down from the top, similar to mine. Apply inner bevel.

Step 31. Add a new layer (name it 23). Load selection 23. Flood fill with color #6. Apply inner bevel.

Step 32. Add a new layer (name it 24). Load selection 24. Flood fill with color #6. Apply inner bevel.

Step 33. Add a new layer (name it 25). Load selection 25. Flood fill with black. Apply inner bevel.

Step 34. Add a new layer (name it 26). Load selection 26. Flood fill with color #1. Apply inner bevel.

Add a new layer and place it underneath layer 26. Set foreground to color #1, background null. Choose your pen tool>draw lines and polylines. Draw a vertical line, width about 6. Draw a horizontal line, width about 3. Apply inner bevel.

Turn all layers off except for the window pieces. Merge visible layers. Turn all layers back on. Choose your magic wand and click inside the window panes. Make layer 19 active. Hit the delete key on your keyboard. Expand the selection by 1 (selections>modify>expand). Add a new layer and place it underneath layer 19. Flood fill with black.

Step 35. Add a new layer (name it 27), and place on top of all layers. Load selection 27. Flood fill with black. Apply inner bevel.

Step 36. Add a new layer (name it 28). Load selection 28. Flood fill with color #1. Apply inner bevel.

Add a new layer and place it underneath layer 28. Set foreground to color #1, background null. Choose your pen tool>draw lines and polylines. Draw a vertical line, width about 4. Draw 3 horizontal lines, width about 3. Apply inner bevel. Turn all layers off except for the window pieces. Merge visible layers. Turn all layers back on. Choose your magic wand and click inside the window panes. Make layer 19 active. Hit the delete key on your keyboard. Expand the selection by 1 (selections>modify>expand). Add a new layer and place it underneath layer 19. Flood fill with black.

Step 37. Add a new layer (name it 29), and place on top of all other layers. Flood fill with color #5. Apply inner bevel.

Step 38. Add a new layer (name it 30). Load selection 30. Flood fill with color #1. Apply inner bevel.

Step 39. Add a new layer. Set foreground to black, background null. Choose your pen tool>draw lines and polylines. Change the width to about 4. Draw a small horizontal line at the top of your window, similar to mine. Apply inner bevel.

Step 40. Add a new layer (name it 31). Load selection 31. Flood fill with black. Apply inner bevel.

Step 41. Add a new layer (name it 32). Load selection 32. Flood fill with color #5. Apply inner bevel.

Step 42. Add a new layer (name it 33). Load selection 33. Flood fill with color #1. Apply inner bevel.

Step 43. Add a new layer. Set foreground to color #5, background null. Choose your pen tool>draw lines and polylines, width 3. Draw two tiny little horizontal lines, similar to mine. Apply inner bevel.

Step 44. Add a new layer. Set foreground to color #3, background null. Choose your draw tool again and draw 4 vertical lines in approximately the same position as mine. Apply inner bevel.

Step 45. Add a new layer (name it 34). Load selection 34. Flood fill with color #4. Apply inner bevel.

Repeat for selection 35.

Step 46. Add a new layer (name it 36). Flood fill with color #4. Apply inner bevel.

Step 47. Add a new layer and place it underneath layer 36. Set foreground to black, background null. Choose your pen tool>draw lines and polylines, width 3. Draw some vertical lines for your balcony (turn the grid on to help you line them up evenly). Apply inner bevel.

Step 48. Add a new layer and place it underneath layer 19. Set foreground to color #1, background null. Choose your pen tool>draw freehand. [Note: PSP 7 users: draw tool>draw freehand]. Draw a little flag on top of your house.

Step 49. Add a new layer (name it 37) and place it on top of all other layers. Load selection 37. Flood fill with the munsterfill1, angle 0, scale 25. Apply inner bevel.

Step 50. Add a new layer (name it 38). Load selection 38. Flood fill with munsterfill2, angle 0, scale 20.

Step 51. Add a new layer. Set foreground to black, background null. Choose your pen tool>draw lines and polylines, width about 6. Draw a horizontal line on the front of the roof, similar to mine. Apply inner bevel.

Step 52. Add a new layer. Choose your pen tool again, width about 2. Draw some horizontal lines at the bottom of the door, for steps, similar to mine. Step 53. Add a new layer (name it 39). Load selection 39. Flood fill with black. Contract by 1. Flood fill with color #5.

Step 53. Save a copy of your image in psp format with all layers intact. That way you can go back later and change things if you wish.

Step 54. If you're satisfied with your house, delete the background layer. Merge all layers. Save as a psp file.

To decorate the house like mine, go to Part 2 of the tutorial

I hope you're enjoying it so far!




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