Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Christmas 2010:
A Retro Christmas (pixel)

Rooftop Santa (and Antenna)

This is my retro Christmas series. 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 rooftop Santa, and I'm throwing in the antenna here too, since it didn't really fit anywhwere else (and I didn't want to do a whole page just for that :o)

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 Santa and the antenna. 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.

  • Suit outline - 1, inside - 2, 3, 4, white
  • Hat outline - 1, inside - 2, 3; Fur outline - 4, inside - white
  • Belt - outline - black, inside - 9; buckle outline - 5, inside - 6
  • Face outline - 7, inside - 8
  • Boots outline - black, inside - 9

  • I set my fill tool to silver gradient and painted the antenna. You could just use a solid color as well if 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 save the santa and antenna each as separate psp files.

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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