Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Pilgrim Settlement: Fence


I've made a series of items for a Pilgrim settlement. This tutorial will show you how to make the fence. This tutorial uses vectors, but they're easy, so most folks should be able to do the tutorial without difficulty.

You will find the tutorials for the other items in the series 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.

Step 1. Open a new image 225 x 100, white background.

Step 2. Set your foreground color to #544F43 and your background color to #7D7369. Choose your preset shapes tool, rectangle (retain style unchecked, antialias checked, create as vector checked, line width 1).

Draw a small rectangle approximately 8 x 43 (watch the numbers in the lower left of your screen). Screenshot of the post is actual size.


Step 3. Click on your object selector tool and then on your post. Your graphic will look like mine, and your tool option box will look like this.


Step 4. Click "node edit." Your post will now look like this (screenshot enlarged).

Step 5. Hold your "Ctrl" key down while hovering your cursor over the top of the post. You'll see "add" then click on the top line to add a node. Then move it up to form a triangular shape at the top of your post.


Step 6. Right click anywhere on your canvas then click "quit node editing." Click the layer on your layettes palette. Right click and choose "convert to raster layer." Turn this layer off for the moment.

Step 7. Choose your preset shapes tool again and draw a horizontal rectangle, approximately 190 x 4 (you can make it larger or smaller, depending on how big you want your fence to be). Click the layer on your layers palette, right click and choose "convert to raster layer."

Step 8. Now all you need to do is assemble your pieces. Duplicate the layer you just did and place it underneath. Make your post layer active and place it at the end of your fence. Duplicate it and place at the other end. [Hint: turn your grid on to help you line the pieces up. Go to view>grid]

Now just duplicate the post as many times as you want and place it on your fence. When you're satisfied with your creation, save as a master psp file with all layers intact (that way you can change your fence later if you wish).

Now hide the background layer and merge visible layers. Save as a psp file.

See, told ya the vectors weren't that bad *grin.*

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This tutorial was created on October 30, 2004.
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