Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Pixel Stove


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Here is another pixel tutorial for PSP, a country stove. I've drawn it from scratch but am providing you with both selections and an outline to use. I had a lot of fun making this one and hope you enjoy it.


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 any location of your choice).

My pixel outline (in psp format).

You may download all of my materials here.

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

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Step 1. Open a new image 300 x 300, white background.

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

Step 2. NOTE: I'm providing you with both selection files and outlines, and you can use whichever suits you best. The outline has all the pieces merged together. The selections have the stove and pots separate.

I'm writing the tutorial using the selections. If you want to use the outline instead, just modify the instructions as you need to.

Add a new layer (name it "Outline"). Load the "01stove" selection now (go to selections>load from disk - then navigate to the location where you placed your selection files. Flood fill with black.

01stove

Step 3. NOTE: I like to put all of my colors on separate layers so I can change them later if I wish, but that's your choice. You can just floodfill right on the outline if you wish. If you want to do them on separate layers, just add a new layer for each color change, and place the layer underneath the outline layer. In the instructions below, I'll not tell you to do this, but will assume that you are using whichever of these methods suits you best.

NOTE 2. I've also decided to leave my outline color black throughout the tut. However, if you prefer, you could color yours.

Set your foreground color to #1 and your background color to #2. Choose your magic wand (tolerance about 10, feather 0). Click inside the areas that I've done (hold your shift key down while clicking).

Flood fill with color #1. Keep selected.

02stove

Step 4. Float the selection (go to selections>float; or, click "Ctrl+F" on your keyboard). Apply a cutout, using the settings in the screenshot. For the shadow color, right click on it, and you'll see the "recent colors." Choose color #2 (by sight) . Repeat the cutout, but change the horizontal and vertical to -2.

03stove  04stove

Step 5. Set your foreground color to #3 and your background color to #4 (note: the reason you set the background color is so it'll show up in your "recent colors" list when you apply your cutout).

Make your outline layer active. Choose your magic wand and select the areas I've done. Flood fill with color #3. Float. Apply cutouts same as before (use color #4 as the shadow color).

05stove

Step 6. Set your foreground color to color #5 and your background to #6. Make your outline layer active. Select the areas as I've done. Flood fill with color #5. Float. Apply cutout as before, using color #6 as your shadow color.

06stove

Step 7. Make your outline layer active. Choose your magic wand and select the burners on the stove. Flood fill with color #4.

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Step 8. Add a new layer and name it "pot1." Load selection "02pot1" from disk. Flood fill with black.

Set your foreground color to color #7 and your background to #8. Choose your magic wand and click inside the pot as I've done. Flood fill with color #7. Float. Apply cutout as before, using color #8 as shadow color.

08stove

Step 9. Choose your magic wand and click inside the areas as I've done. Flood fill with color #8. I didn't apply a cutout to this, but you could if you wanted to.

09stove

Step 10. Add a new layer. Name it "pot 2." Load selection "03pot2" from disk. Flood fill with black.

Set your foreground color to #7 and your background to #8. Choose your magic wand and select the area as I've done. Flood fill with color #7. Float. Apply cutout as before, using color #8 as the shadow color.

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Step 11. Choose your magic wand and select the areas I've selected. Flood fill with color #8.

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Step 12. Ok, now just a couple of finishing touches. Add a new layer and place it underneath your pot1 layers. Load the "04spoon" selection from disk and flood fill with black.

Set your foreground color to color #9 and your background to color #10. Choose your magic wand and select the inside of the spoon. Flood fill with color #9. Float. Apply cutout using color #10 as shadow color (note: you can skip the cutout if you wish).

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Step 13. I decided to add some smoke to the pot, but this is optional. If you want to add it, just add a new layer and place it underneath all the pot1 layer(s). Choose your tube tool, and choose the cloud (one comes with psp). Set the scale to 10 and the step to 500. Draw a couple of puffy clouds.

13stove

Choose your retouch tool, smudge brush, and use the settings in the screenshot. Smooth it out to look like wispy steam.

14stove  15stove

Step 14. I always save my files with all layers intact, so I can go back later and change things if I wish to. Once you're satisfied with your creation, delete the color chart layer, hide your background, and merge all visible layers.

16stove

And that's it. All finished. Hope you enjoyed the tut, and please let me know if you have any comments or questions.




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