Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Western Town Series: Saloon


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This is my old western town series of tutorials. This tutorial will show you how to make the saloon (it's the first building on the right). If you would like to make the other items in this series, you will find them here.


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 selection files. Place these in your PSP selections folder, or a location of your choice. (Note: If you are having trouble getting the selections to work, then place them in PSP's selection folder - for some reason PSP sometimes won't recognize them in other locations).

My seamless fill tile.

You may download my materials here.

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


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

Step 2. Add a new layer. Load selection 1 (go to selections>load from disk - then navigate to the location where you placed the selection files). Flood fill with the seamless tile you downloaded ("saloonfill").

Float the selection (selections>float; OR, click "Ctrl+F" on your keyboard). Set your background color to color #1 (Note: you're doing this so the color will show up in your recent colors list). Apply a cutout (effects>3d effects>cutout), using the settings in the screenshot (the shadow color is color #1. Right click on the shadow color box and choose it from the colors there.

Repeat the cutout, but change the vertical and horizontal to -2.

Step 3. Repeat Step 2 for selection 2.

 

Step 4. Add a new layer. Load selection 3. Flood fill with color #2. Apply an inner bevel, using settings in the screenshot.

 

Step 5. Choose your magic wand and click inside each of the windows. Expand the selection by 1 (selections>modify>expand). Add a new layer and place it underneath the windows. Flood fill with color #3.

Float the selection and apply a cutout, using same settings as before (except change the vertical and horizonal to 1).

Step 6. Add a new layer and place it on top of the yellow layer you just did (but underneath the window frames. Add selection 4. Flood fill with color #4. Float the selection. Apply cutout, same as before (except change vertical, horizontal to 1 and the shadow color to black).

Add a new layer and place it on top of all the window layers. Set your foreground color to #2 and your background to null. Choose your draw tool, single line, size 3 (antialias checked). Draw some panes for your windows. Apply inner bevel, same settings as before.

Step 7. Add a new layer. Load selection 5. Flood fill with color #3. Float. Apply cutout, same settings as before (black shadow color, horizontal and vertical 1).

Step 8. Add a new layer. Load selection 6. Flood fill with color #2. Apply blinds (effects>texture effects>blinds), using settings in the screenshot.

 

Step 9. Add a new layer. Load selection 7. Flood fill with color #5. Apply inner bevel.

Step 10. Add a new layer. Load selection 8. Flood fill with color #2. Apply inner bevel

Step 11. Add a new layer. Load selection 9. Flood fill with color #5. Apply inner bevel.

Step 12. Repeat step 11 for selection 10.

Step 13. Add a new layer. Load selection 11. Flood fill with color #2. Apply inner bevel.

Step 14. Add a new layer. Load selection 12. Flood fill with color #5. Apply inner bevel.

Step 15. Add a new layer. Load selection 13. Flood fill with color #4. Float. Apply cutout using black as the shadow color, horizontal, vertical 2).

Step 16. Repeat Step 15 for selection 14.

This is what you should have so far.

Step 17. Add a new layer. Load selection 15. Flood fill with color #4. Apply inner bevel

Step 18. Add a new layer. Load selection 16. Flood fill with color #5. Apply inner bevel.

Step 19. Add a new layer. Load selection 17. Flood fill with color #2. Apply inner bevel.

Step 20. Add a new layer. Load selection 18. Flood fill with color #2. Contract by 3 (selections>modify>contract). Flood fill with color #6.

Step 21. Now to add your text. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to black and background to null. Choose your preset shapes tool, ellipse (retain style unchecked, antialias checked, create as vector checked, line width 1).

Now draw an elliptical shape approximately 90 x 40 (watch the numbers in the lower left of your screen. When you draw, begin at the lower left side of your sign and draw upwards (i.e., you start drawing from the bottom upwards v. starting at the top) - you're doing this so we can place your text at the bottom.

Choose your text tool and place it on the circle. When you see an "A" with a semi-circle appear (the A will look like a little rocking horse), cllick. Use the settings in the screenshot for your text (the color is color #5). Of course, you can use any font, color, and text that you choose.

You'll notice that your text is upside down. Don't worry, we'll fix that.

Add a new layer and place it underneath the text selection (on your layers palette, the text will be called "Floating Selection"). Then deselect.

Flip the image (image>flip) and then mirror it (image>mirror). It should now be right side up as it should be.

Now you can delete the vector circle you drew. Use your deformation tool to shape your text as you need to (I squished mine in a bit).

Step 22. And that's it, all finished. Delete your background and color chart layers. Merge visible layers and save as a psp file. It's ready to add to your western town.

I hope you enjoyed the tut, and please let me know if you experience any problems.





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