Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Pilgrim Settlement: Ax

(Updated October, 2006)


I've made a series of items for a Pilgrim settlement. This tutorial will show you how to make the ax (it's there in the bottom right corner, stuck in the chopping block). It's a quick little selection tutorial.

You will find the tutorials for the other items in the Pilgrim Settlement series here.

October, 2006: I'm using this ax in my Santa's Workshop tutorials, so be sure to check out that series of tuts. This tutorial was originally written in 2003 for PSP7. I've now updated it so users of later versions of PSP (8, 9, X) may also be able to do the tutorial.

For this tutorial, you will need the following:

Paint Shop Pro. You may download the latest version of PSP here. You should have no problems doing this tutorial in Versions 7, 8, 9, or X.

My canvas with selections saved to alpha channel. You may download it here.

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

Step 1. Open up the canvas with alpha selections 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.

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

Step 3. Add a new layer. Load selection 1 from alpha channel (go to Selections>Load/Save Selection>Load Selection 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."

Flood fill with color #1. Float the selection ("Ctrl+F" on your keyboard). Apply a cutout (effects>3d effects>cutout), using the settings in the screenshot.

Repeat the cutout, but change the horizontal and vertical to -1.


Step 3. Add a new layer. Load selection 2. Flood fill with color #2. Float. Apply cutout, same settings as before.

Step 4. Add a new layer. Load selection 3. Flood fill with color #1. Apply an inner bevel (effects>3d effects>inner bevel), using the settings in the screenshot.


Step 5. Delete the color chart and background layers (you're done with both of those). Merge visible layers. Save as a PSP file This file is now really easy to use, since it's transparent.

And that's it, all done! To use in your pilgrim settlement, you'll need to resize it down just a wee bit.

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This tutorial was created on October 30, 2004, updated on October 12, 2006.
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