Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Southwestern Series: Drum

(Updated October, 2006)


I decided to make a few Southwestern items. As I find time, I will try to add to these. You may find the other southwestern items here.

This series of tutorials is relatively easy. They involve selections, some freehand drawing (easy), and a little shading. Although I assume that you have a basic working knowledge of PSP and its tools, most folks should be able to complete these tutorials without difficulty. I also provide screenshots to guide you along the way.

October, 2006: I'm using this drum in my Santa's Workshop tutorials, so be sure to check out that series of tuts. This tutorial was originally written in 2004 in PSP7. I've now updated it so users of later versions of PSP (8, 9, X) may also be able to do the tutorial.

For this tutorial, you will need the following:

Paint Shop Pro. You may download the latest version of PSP here. You should have no problems doing this tutorial in versions 7, 8, 9, or X.

My canvas with selections saved to alpha channel.

My seamless leather fills.

You may download all of my materials here.

A few words about organizing your work. I always put everything on its own layer. Sometimes it makes for a lot of layers, but PSP can handle it! And when you have things on separate layers, it makes it so much easier to go back and change things, or to fix errors.

Also, I name each layer. When I'm working with selections, I name the layer the same thing as the selection is named. For example, the layer I add selection 1 on would be named 1, selection 2 would be on layer 2, etc. When you end up with tons of layers, it's really helpful to have taken the time to name them all, so you can easily find what you're looking for.

Step 1. Open up the canvas with alpha selections you downloaded. The selections that you'll need for this tutorial are all saved to alpha channel and are in the order that you will load them.

Step 2. Add a new layer (name it "1"). Load selection 1 from alpha channel (go to Selections>Load/Save Selection>Load Selection from Alpha Channel).

To choose a selection, just click on the box to the left (it's circled in red in the screenshot) and navigate to the selection you want. It'll show up in the preview window on the right. Then just click "Load."

Flood fill with the "01drum" pattern you downloaded. Set the scale to 100% and the angle to 0.


Step 3. Add a new layer (name it "2"). Load selection 2. Flood fill with "02drum" pattern (set scale to about 70).

Float the selection (click "ctrl+F"). Apply a cutout using settings in the screenshot below. Repeat the cutout, but change the horizontal and vertical to -1.

02swdrum   04swdrum

Step 5. Now you're going to make some holes. Choose your selection tool, circle. Make layer 2 active and draw a small circle on the top part of the drum. Hit the "delete" key on your keyboard. You'll have a small transparent hole. Repeat this process all along the top of drum.

Repeat for the bottom. When done, you should have something like this.


Step 6. Make layer 1 active. Choose your selection tool and repeat Step 5 above - drawing circles and deleting. Use my sample below as a template for where to draw them.


Step 7. Add a new layer. Place it underneath layer 2. Choose your pen tool>draw lines and polylines, using settings in the screenshot.

Draw some lines on your drum, similar to mine. You want them to go from the holes on the drum up to the holes on the top of the drum. (They don't have to be perfect!!). Draw them at the top and bottom of your drum (the screenshot only shows the top, but be sure to do the bottom as well).


Select the lines you just drew by going to selections>select all>float. Or, you can do the same thing by choosing your selection tool (any shape), drawing all around the lines and the click inside on them. You'll see the marquee ("marching ants").

Apply an inner bevel, using the settings in the screenshot.

06swdrum   07swdrum

Step 8. Add a new layer. Place this on top of layer 2. Draw some more lines, similar to mine. You want these lines to go down to the holes in the drum on layer 1. Be sure to draw some at the bottom of your drum too. Apply inner bevel, same as above.


Step 9. Add a new layer. Choose your rope tube (one comes with PSP). Set the size to 10% and the step to 1. Just draw a knot on top where the two pieces of string join together. See the screenshot - the rope tube is applied on the white hole areas. In the screenshot below, I'm only showing one hole, but you'll do this to all the white areas on your drum (top and bottom). The area is circled in white in the screenshot so you can see it better.


Step 10. Add a new layer. I added a sun decoration to the front of my drum, but you could use anything you wish. To use the sun, add a new layer and load selection 3. Flood fill with the "02drum" pattern. Apply an inner bevel, same settings as before.


Step 11. Now to make some sticks for your drum. Add a new layer. (You may find it easier to turn visibility of your drum layers off while you draw the stick).

Set your foreground color to null and background to #CC6C1D. Choose your preset shapes tool>rectangle, antialias checked (nothing else checked), and draw a long rectangle for the stick.

Apply an inner bevel, same settings as before.

Step 12. Add a new layer. Set your background color to #6F4A41. Choose your preset shapes tool>ellipse, and draw a small shape at the end of your stick.

Apply an inner bevel, same settings as before, except change the smoothness to about 50.


Step 13. Add a new layer. Choose your rope tube again (same settings as before), and draw a little string to join the pieces of your stick.


Step 14. I added a drop shadow to my drum, to shade in the holes a bit (I used vertical 2, horizontal 2, opacity about 30, blur 8).

Step 15. Now take a look at your drum and see if there's anything you want to change - now's the time to do that. I always save two (and sometimes more) versions of my images. The first copy I save is a PSP file with all the layers intact. I name it something like "drum master." It's helpful if I want to go back later and make a different color or change something, I can easily do so with the layers intact.

Once I save the master file, I then save a transparent psp file. In this case, you'll save two - the drum and then the drum stick(s). Turn all layers off except your drum layers. Merge visible layers. Save your drum as a PSP file.

Turn all layers off except your drumstick pieces. Merge visible layers. Save your drumstick as a PSP file. When you use the image, just duplicate the drumstick if you want two of them.

And that's it, all done. Please let me know if you've experienced any problems with this tut.

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This tutorial was created on April 22, 2004, updated on October 10, 2006.
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