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Prim Shelf (Patriotic)

I really need to get back to making some more primitive images to use in my websets. And, since I don't have any prim tuts on my pages, I decided to make one for y'all. And since I don't have many patriotic type images on my site, I thought I'd add that in too. So here's a quick little patriotic primitive shelf. In this tut, you will draw all the pieces from scratch.

This is a fairly easy tutorial, but I do assume that you have a basic working knowledge of PSP and its tools


For this tutorial, you will need the following:

Paint Shop Pro.This tutorial was written for versions 10 (PSP X), and 9. If you have earlier versions, you should still be able to complete the tutorial by making some minor adjustments. You may download the latest PSP version demo here.

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


Step 1. Open up a new image approximately 350 x 350, white background.

Step 2.Open the color chart you saved. Copy and paste it as a new image onto your canvas. Move to the top out of the way. When you need a color, just click on it with your dropper tool.

Step 3.Add a new layer.Set your foreground color to black, background to color #1. Choose your preset shapes tool>rectangle, using settings in the screenshot. Make sure "create on vector" is checked and "antialias" is unchecked - prim graphics are not smooth, they're edgy and primitive.

Draw a rectangle on your canvas approximately 280 x 5 (watch the numbers at the bottom of your screen). When you draw using vectors, it will automatically be place on a new layer (I always name my layers, just to help keep things straight). When done, right click>apply (note: each time you draw using vectors in the steps below, you'll need to do this final apply-I won't tell you to do so in each step, but you'll know you need to do). Screenshot below is actual size.

Step 4. Draw a small rectangle underneath the first one (note: when you draw with vectors, it will automatically be placed on a new layer.

You can leave it like this if you like, but I wanted mine to be shaped a bit. To do so, choose your object selector tool. Place the mouse cursor over the node (box) at the bottom left of your rectangle. Hold down the Ctrl key and drag the box inward. When done, right click>apply.

When done, just click on your magic wand, to release the deformation tool. You should have something similar to this.

Step 5. Now draw a small vertical rectangle. Choose your object selector tool . Grab the long handle (it's circled in green in the screenshot) and rotate the rectangle like mine. Right click>apply when done.

Repeat for the right side of your shelf. Move both of these layers underneath your other vector layers. When done, you should have something like this.

Step 6. Now draw another horizontal rectangle at the bottom of your shelf. Move this layer underneath your other vector layers.

Step 7. Go to your layers palette, right click>convert to raster layer. You'll now have the shelf in raster format.

Step 8. Now to draw the flag. Set foreground color to black, background to white. Choose your preset shapes tool>rectangle again. Draw a rectangle approximately 112 x 160.

Change your background color to #2. Now draw a vertical rectangle down the flag and move it into position (use your object selector tool). Now go to your layers palette and right click on the red rectangle layer>copy. Right click again>paste new vector selection. Move into place. Repeat this process until you have the number of red stripes you want.(I have 7 red stripes and 6 white ones).

Step 9. Set foreground color to black, background to color #3. Draw a small blue rectangle and move to the top left of your flag.

Step 10. Set foreground color to null, background to white. Choose your preset shapes tool>star2. Draw a small star on the blue part of the flag. You can leave the star like this if you wish, but primitive stars are distorted. To do this, choose your object selector tool. Hold down the Ctrl key and shape your star until you have something that pleases you (just pull or push it with your mouse).

Go to your layers palette again and click on the star layer, right click>copy. Right click>paste new vector selection. Repeat until you have all the stars you want (don't forget to do a final apply on items). To move them around, just choose your object selector tool and click on the star, then move.

I made 13 stars for mine.

Step 11. Go to your layers palette. Right click on the flag layer>convert to raster layer. Arrange your flag on your shelf.

Step 12. Add a new layer. Set foreground color to #4, background to null. Choose your pen tool>draw freehand, using settings in the screenshot (make sure antialias is unchecked).

Draw some twigs.

Add a new layer. Set foreground color to null, background to #5. Choose your preset shapes tool>oval. Draw some little berries on your twigs (if you're feeling confident, you can put them all on one layer; however, I like putting mine all on separate layers so I can move them around if I wish).

Step 13. Now to draw the plates. Set foreground to black, background to color #3. FChoose your preset shapes tool>circle (anitalias unchecked, create on vector checked). Draw a shape for your plate. Right click on this layer on your layers palette and name it "plate bottom."

Change background color to white and draw a smaller circle inside the plate (name this one "plate center").

Change background color to #4 and use your star #2 preset shape (same as before) and draw a star inside the center of your plate. Use your object selector tool to deform the star, just as you did above (name this layer "star"). When done, you should have something like this.

Step 14. Now keep this plate vector layer as your original so you can make more plates. Go to your layers palette. Right click on the plate vector layer>duplicate. Turn the original off. Click on the duplicated layer>convert to raster layer.

To make the next plate, just go back to your original plate vector layers. You just need to change the colors. You should have 3 layers (plate bottom, plate center, and plate star). Change the plate bottom layer color to foreground-black, background-#4 (double click on the layer on your layers palette to change the color). Change the color of the plate center to foreground-black,background-#3. Change the star to foreground-black, center-white.

Duplicate the layer again. Convert the duplicated layer to raster (right click>convert to raster).

Repeat this process to make as many plates as you wish.

Step 15. Now to make the boxes. You'll make an original box and then make copies, changing the colors, just as you did for the plates.

Set foreground color to black, background to Color #4. Choose your preset shapes tool>rectangle (antialias unchecked, create on vector checked). Draw a small box.

Set foreground to white, background to null. Choose your pen tool>draw lines and polylines (create on vector checked). Draw a small horizontal line at the top of your box. Right click>apply.

Set foreground color to null, background to black. Choose your rectangle tool again, and draw a small box at the top, for your clasp. When done, you should have somethig like this.

Duplicate this layer and convert the duplicated layer to raster. Then use the original vector box to make additional boxes, changing the color (also the size if you wish). Move your boxes into place on your shelf.

Step 16. Make your flag layer active. Move the flat into position on your shelf, making the top just a wee bit higher than the bottom bit of your shelf. Then choose your paint brush, set color to black, and paint in a few pixels on each side of your flag, like mine. Use the matching flag color to color the inside. YOu want it to look as though it's draped around the shelf bit.

Step 17. Add a new layer. Choose your airbrush, using settings in the screenshot.

Add a new layer. Spray some black on your shelf and color #4 around the white bits of the plates. I also sprayed some black on my flag red bits (change your airbrush size down to about 3-4).

When your image is to your liking, Save the image as a master psp file with all layers intact (that way you can go back later and change things around if you wish. Name it something like "shelfmaster."

Then, delete the color chart and background layers. Merge visible layers. Save as a transparent psp file (or whatever format you prefer). Be sure to give it a different name than your master file.

And that's it. All done! I hope you've enjoyed the tut. Please let me know if you have any problems with it.




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