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Christmas 2010:
A Retro Christmas (pixel)

Mailbox and Presents

This tutorial is part of my retro Christmas series for 2010.I haven't had much time or energy during most of the year to create, but did want to get some tuts up for Christmas. You'll find all the other tutorials in this series here.

This tutorial is for the mailox and presents pictured above.


For this tutorial, you will need the following:

Paint Shop Pro. This tutorial was written for versions 10 (PSP X) and 9. However, you should have no problems doing the tut in other versions as well. You can download the latest PSP version demo here.

My canvas with the pixel outline. You may download it here.

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


First, a few notes.....

My image is just a guide. Feel free to change the colors, or add other effects to your liking. I put everything on its own layer (and name each one). That way you can easily go back and change colors later and correct any mistakes you've made. It makes a lot of layers, but it also keeps things organized and will save you a lot of heartache, especially with an image that has as many pixels as this one.

It makes it easier if you enlarge your graphic (use your magnifier tool) so you can see the pixels clearly. Feel free to save my images in this tut too, and enlarge them as necessary to see.

The basic procedure for each piece will be the same. You'll add a new layer. Choose your paintbrush tool and set the size to 1 and paint the outline of the piece and then paint the inside, along with any shading. (Hint: to do the inside coloring, make the outline layer active, choose your magic wand and click inside the section you want to color - then apply the color on your new layer - just remember to make that layer active before you do so).

Step 1. Open up the pixel outline you downloaded. There are 3 layers - a background an outline for the mailbox, and an outline for the presents. outline layers. Make the outline you're working with visible and turn the others off until you need them. Add each layer of work on top of your outline layer.

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

I'll show you the colors I used for each section of the graphic - feel free to change these as you wish.

Mailbox
  • Post outline - 1; inside - 2
  • Box outline - 3; inside - 4, 5, 6
  • Snow on top of box outline - 7,8; inside - white
  • Garland - 29, 30, 31, 11


Presents
  • Present 1: 1, 10, 11, 12
  • Present 2: 13, 14, 15, 16, 11, 12
  • Present 3: 17, 18, 19, 20
  • Present 4: 21, 22, 23, 24
  • Present 5: 25, 26, 27, 28
Note: Presents 4 and 5 are just variations of color, but I thought I'd give it to you anyway. Feel free to make as many variations of the presents as you wish.


Step 2. Now take a look at your image and tweak anything you'd like to at this point. I always save all of my images with all layers intact, as a master file, in psp format (that way I can always go back later and change things around if I want to), so go ahead and save yours now if you wish. Then, delete the color chart, outlines, and background. Make all your mailbox ayers visible and hide everything else. Merge visible layers. Save as psp file. Repeat this process for each of the presents.
Now, continue working through this series of tutorials and have fun!


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This tutorial was created on November 3, 2010.
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