Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Retro Graphics Series:
Retro Gas Station Series (pixel)

Gas Pumps

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 tutorial is for the gas pump. I've made one green and one red. I'll give you the colors I've used, but feel free to change things around as you wish. This tutorial is just a guide, and I assume that you know basics of pixel graphics.


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 canvas with the pixel outlines. I have zipped all the items need for this entire series together into one zip file. You may download the canvas 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. Open the canvas and make the pixel image you're working on the active layer (hide all the rest except the background). Then add a new layer. Choose your paintbrush tool and set the size to 1. 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 your canvas and make the pump outline layer active. 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.

  • Green Pump.
    Outline - 1, inside - 2, 3, white. Top circle outline - 4, inside - 5, 6, 7, black. Pump - black, 12, 13
  • Red Pump.
    Outline - 8, inside - 9, white. Top circle outline - 8, inside - 10, 11, black, white. Pump - black, 12, 13.


Step 2. I made two of each of my pumps, i.e., two red ones and 2 green ones. You can make them whatever color you wish, and as many as you wish.

Step 3. 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, outline, and background. Merge visible layers. Save as a PSP file (this is the image you'll need when you do the assembly tut). Now, continue working through this series of tutorials and have fun!


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This tutorial was created on April 10, 2016.
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