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Pilgrim Settlement Village


As Thanksgiving is approaching, I thought I'd make a Pilgrim settlement. This is the last tutorial in the series, and to do this one, you will need to have completed the settlement house and other items here.

This tutorial just shows you how I assembled all my pieces together to make the settlement you see pictured above. It's just a guideline - you are free to make your village in any way you like - get creative!

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

You will also need to have completed all the tutorials in this series, and have psp files for the following items:

  • the settlement house
  • ax
  • barrel
  • bench
  • chopping block and wood
  • fence

You'll also need some tubes of other items to decorate your village. I used pumpkins, turkeys, clouds, and trees (the pumpkins, turkeys, and clouds tubes come with PSP; if you don't have any tree tubes, just do a websearch for some). And of course, feel free to use other items as you wish.

I will tell you general guidelines to assemble your village - feel free to do yours in whatever way you wish.

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

Step 2. Flood fill with color #1. Choose your selections tool, rectangle. Draw a selection at the top of your canvas, approximately 1/5 of the way down. Flood fill this selection with color #2.

Step 3. I added my house first. Just copy and paste it as a new layer onto your canvas. Resize as you wish (I resized mine by 50%. I then duplicated the house twice and mirrored them (also resized one of them down again). I used the variations filter to change the color to a less saturated and more washed-out color (if you don't have the variations filter, you can do something similar using PSP's Colors>adjust>hue/saturation/brightness setting (you'll need to experiment to find something you like).

Step 4. Now just begin adding your other items. I put each item on its own layer - just makes it easier to move things around and organize. Arrange things as you like them (btw, the smoke from the chimneys is the cloud tube).

Step 5. I added a bit of shading to my graphic, but this is purely an optional thing. If you'd like to do that, add a new layer and place it on top of your background layer (underneath all the other layers).

Choose your airbrush, using the settings in the screenshot. Spray bits of colors #3, 4, and 5 on your canvas.


Step 6. Choose your retouch tool>smudge brush and use the settings in the screenshot. Smudge the colors around until you have something that you like.

Step 7. And that's it. When you're satisfied with your creation, save as a master psp file with all layers intact (that way you can go back later and change things if you wish). Then merge all layers and save as jpg or gif file.

And that's it, all done. I hope you've enjoyed this series of tutorials, and I'd love to see your results. And have a Happy Thanksgiving y'all!

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This tutorial was created on October 30, 2004.
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