Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Retro Graphics Series:
Retro Gas Station (pixel)

Assembly (Putting all the pieces together)

This tutorial is part of my retro graphics series, images from the 1950's and 1960's. If you want to find the other tutorials in this series, go here. This is the final tutorial, where you assemble all the pieces. You will need to have completed each image and saved in psp format. All the items in this series can be found

For this tutorial, you will need the following:

Paint Shop Pro. This tutorial was written for versions 9, X, and X2. However, you should have no problems doing the tut in other versions as well. You can download the latest PSP version demo

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

NOTE: Put EVERYTHING in the following steps on its own layer. It makes a lot of layers, but it will also make it much easier to rearrange things until you have them the way you want!

Step 1. If you want to make your image larger than mine, you'll need to open a new canvas. If you want it the same size as mine, just keep using the canvas you've been working with. Turn off visibility of all your layers except the background and the "entry" layer..

Step 2. Make your background layer active. Flood fill with color 1. Choose your rectangle selection tool and starting at the top of your image, draw a rectangle about 2/3 down. Flood fill with color 2. Your image should look like this.

Step 3. Now go ahead and add all the items you created for this tutorial, and place them as you wish on your canvas. Make sure to put each item on its own layer so you can rearrange things if you wish.

Step 4. I added some grass to my image. to do so, make your background layer active (the sky and ground one). Add a new layer. Draw a small rectangle for your grass and flood fill with color 5.

There are a couple of ways to make your grass. You can paint it pixel by pixel. Or you can use your airbrush and spray it on, using the colors I've given you (or use your own). Use colors 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.

I add some yellow flowers, by randomly painting them in with my paintbrush (size 1), using color 8

And finally, I erased a bit on the right side of my image as I didn't want the grass to come into the driveway. Here's how my grass looks.

Step 5. Next, I added clouds. You can draw these pixel by pixel if you wish, or you can use your cloud tube (which is what I did). Make your background sky/ground layer active. Add a new layer and choose your cloud tube. I used settings of: scale 25, step 479; placement mode random; selection mode random. Add as many clouds as you wish. I then lowered the opacity of the cloud layer to about 35.

Step 6. Now spend some time looking at your image. Tweak it until you have it the way you want. Then save it as a master PSP file with all layers intact. That way, you can go back later and change things around if you wish.

Then, delete the color charts, pixel outlines, and merge all layers. Save in format of your choice (psp, jpg, gif, etc.).

I hope you enjoyed this series of tuts. More retro tuts are on the way!

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This tutorial was created on April 10, 2016.
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