Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Saltbox Ensemble:
Sheraton Mirror

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This is a series of 3 tutorials - you'll make the chest, the saltbox houses, and the sheraton mirror. You will be making everything you see in this tutorial from scratch. The tutorials use vectors (easy ones, don't panic!), some shading, and some simple drawing. And best of all, when you're finished, you will know you made every single piece yourself!

This is the tutorial for the mirror. You'll find the tutorials for the chest here and the saltbox houses here .

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This tutorial was written for Paint Shop Pro versions 9 and 7.

For this tutorial, you will need the following:

Paint Shop Pro. I used version 9 and I've also included comments, as appropriate, for PSP 7 users. You should be able to do the tutorial using other versions of the program as well. You may download the latest PSP version demo here.

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


Step 1. Open up a new image 300 x 300, white background. Copy>paste as new layer the color chart you downloaded, and move it to the top of your canvas, out of your way. When you need a color, just click on it with your dropper tool.

Step 2. Set your foreground color to color #1, background null. Choose your preset shapes tool, rectangle, and use the settings in the screenshot. [Note: Since toolbars can be customized, yours may look a little different than mine].

[PSP7 users: your settings will look like this:]

Draw a rectangle approximately 110 x 180 (watch the numbers in the bottom of your screen). [Note: When you create items using vectors, they will automatically be placed on a new layer. Also, to keep things organized, I always name my layers]. The screenshot below has been resized down, your graphic will be larger.

     

Step 3. Keep foreground color on #1, but change background color to #2.

Using your preset shapes tool>rectangle again, same settings as before, except change the width to 1, draw a rectangle, slightly longer than the frame you just drew.

Edit>copy. Edit>paste>paste as new vector selection. Place this selection alongside the first one. Repeat and place this one next to the second one. Right click>apply. You should have something similar to this.

Hold down the shift key, go to the layers palette and click on each of the three layers you just did. They should appear in bold print now. Edit>copy. Edit>paste>paste as new vector selection. Move these to the other side of your mirror.

Step 4. Draw a small rectangle at the bottom of the mirror. Copy and paste it as a new vector selection, twice. It should look like this.

Step 5. Draw a small rectangle at the top of the mirror.

You're going to edit this just a wee bit. To do that, you need to convert to path. Right click>convert to path.

Click on your pen tool and then click on Edit mode

[PSP7 Users: click your object selector tool, then Node Edit].

Move your mouse to the end of the rectangle, in about the center of the side. Hold down your "Ctrl" key and click your mouse. You've added a node. Repeat to the other end. (The nodes I added are indicated by the red arrows in the screenshot).

Move the nodes out a bit. Right click>apply. [PSP7 users: right click>quit node editing]. Then turn the layer visibility back on.

 

Step 6. Set foreground and background colors to #1. Draw a small rectangle at the top of your mirror, at the bottom of the last rectangle you drew (it's kind of hard to see in the screenshot, so I've indicated it with an arrow).

Step 7. Set foreground to color #1, background to color #2. Draw another rectangle at the top of the mirror.

Right click>convert to path. Click the pen tool>edit mode. [PSP7 users: object selector tool>node edit].

Move the nodes at the top out a bit.

Hold your shift key down and click on the nodes on the top left and top right. Right click>node type>symmetric.

Now move the nodes in a bit to shape the ends. You can check your progress by turning the layer visibility on. When satisfied, right click>apply. [PSP7 users: object selector tool>node edit].

 

Step 8. Draw a small rectangle about 1/3 of the way down from the top.

Step 9. Set your foreground to color #3, background to color #4. Now change the foreground and background fills to gradient, and choose #1 foreground-background, linear style, angle 270.

Draw a rectangular shape for the mirror. Move it underneath all the other layers.

Step 10. Now you can make a preset shape out of this if you wish (if you don't just skip to Step 11).

Hold down the shift key while clicking on each of the vector layers on your layers palette. When done, they should all be "bolded." Right click>Group. Right click on the "group" layer and rename it to whatever you want your preset shape to be named.

Click edit>export>shape. Type in the name of your shape. It should now be saved. To check, just click on your preset shapes tool and navigate to it among your shapes. Try it!

Step 11. You're done with the vectors now. Right click on the vector layer on your layers palette, then click convert to raster layer.

Step 12. Now to add some shading. Selections>select all>selections>float. You'll see the "marching ants" around your chest. [Note: you're doing this so you can add shading and it won't go outside the lines of your mirror].

Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to black.

Choose your airbrush, using the settings in the screenshot.

Spray some color on similar to mine. Feel free to experiment with this - you want it to look sort of "primitive" so you can play with the settings to suit your own tastes).

Choose your smudge brush, using the settings in the screenshot. [PSP7 users: retouch tool>smudge brush].

Soften the colors out just a bit - not too much. (screenshot is enlarged on a small section of the frame to show you how mine looks after smudging).

Step 13. When you're satisfied with your creation, turn the visibility of the background layer and the color chart layers off. Merge visible layers (layers>merge visible). Turn your color chart and background layers back on.

Step 14. Now we'll made the scene for the top part of the mirror (or if you wish, you can use something different).

Choose your magic wand and click inside the top part of the mirror. Selections>modify Add a new layer and flood fill with color #5. Move this layer underneath your mirror.

Step 15. Open up one of the saltbox houses you've made (if you haven't made one yet, you'll find the tutorial here). Copy it (edit>copy). Return to your mirror canvas. Edit>paste>paste as new layer. Resize it down, then sharpen.

Step 16. Now to make the fence. There is a tutorial for a fence in my pilgrim house series, and you'll find it here.

Just change the colors of the fence to suit you (I've used color #1). [Note: The tutorial was written in PSP 7.04, but PSP 9 users should have no problem following it. Basically, you're going to be using vectors and editing them the same as you've done in this tutorial].

When done with your fence, copy it (edit>copy). Return to your mirror canvas. Edit>paste>paste as new layer. Move this layer underneath the mirror layer, but on top of the house. Resize, sharpen.

Step 17. Add a new layer and place it behind the house layer. Choose your airbrush, same settings as before, except change the size to 10. Spray on some color in the shape of hills. Use colors #6, 7, and 8.

Step 18. Choose your smudge brush (same settings as before), and soften the hills out a bit. Feel free to add more color if you need to.

Step 19. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to #9. Choose your airbrush, same settings as before, except change the size to 2 and density to 50. Draw some trees.

Step 20. Add a new layer. Place it behind the house and trees, but on top of the hills.

Set your foreground color to #10. Choose your airbrush (change size to about 6). Spray some color for the ground. No need to smudge this.

Step 21. When you're satisfied with your creation, delete the background layer and the color chart. Merge visible layers. Save as a psp file.

You'll find the tutorials for the chest here and the saltbox houses here .

Once you've made all the pieces (chest, saltboxes, and mirror), open up a new image 600 x 600, white background. Copy each piece and paste it as a new layer onto your new canvas. Arrange as you wish. My finished product is at the top of the page.

I hope you've enjoyed this series of tutorials, and please give me a holler if you need any assistance.




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