Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Southwestern Series: Peace Pipe


I decided to make a southwestern series. 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.

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 seamless wood fill tile.

Eye Candy 4000 (optional) - you can do this tutorial without Eye Candy.

My Eye Candy Glass preset.

You may download all of my materials here.

Step 1.I am providing you with color swatches for all the colors you'll use in the tutorial. Right click on these and save to your computer, then open them up. When you need a color, just click on it with your eye dropper tool.


Open a new image 400 x 220, white background.

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 wood pattern you downloaded - change the scale to 200% and the angle to 50.

Step 3. Apply an inner bevel, using the settings in the screenshot.


Step 4. Add a new layer. Load selection 2. Flood fill with the wood tile, but change the scale to 100% and the angle to 0. Apply inner bevel as above.


Step 5. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to #1 and your background color to null. Choose your draw tool, freehand line, size 5. Draw two lines at the end of your pipe. Apply an inner bevel, same settings as above.


Step 6. Add a new layer. Now you'll draw the little strings down from the pipe. Use the same color as in previous step. Change the size of your freehand tool down to about 3. Draw 3 or 4 strings.

Repeat 3 more times. You'll have a total of 4 sets of strings (all are on separate layers). Arrange them similarly to mine.


Step 7. Add a new layer. Set your foreground and background colors to #1. Choose your preset shapes tool, rectangle (antialias checked). Draw a small rectangular shape on top of the lines you just drew. Select it by going to selections>select all>float. Apply an inner bevel using same settings as before.

Duplicate this layer 3 times. Arrange on top of your strings.


Step 8. Add a new layer. Now you'll add a feather on top of the pipe. Leave your foreground and background colors on #1. Choose your preset shapes tool, ellipse. Draw a small shape (screenshot is actual size).


Step 9. Now you'll shade your feather. This isn't an exact science, and your results will be a bit different from mine. Use colors #2, #3, and #4. With your airbrush spray on some color, similar to mine.

10swpipe   11swpipe

Step 10. Choose your retouch tool, smudge brush and use the settings in the screenshot. Smudge the colors around to soften them out.

12swpipe   13swpipe

Step 11. Change your brush size down to about 3 and pull some of the color out the end to make wispy bits. If you need to spray more color, do that too. When done, you should have something similar to this.


When you're satisfied with your creation, place it underneath the rectangular bit you drew in Step 7. Duplicate the layer and place at the end of the stick (under the rectangle), similar to this:


Step 12. Add a new layer. Now you'll just draw some more feathers. The technique you'll use will be the same as the last step.

Set your foreground and background colors to #5. Choose your preset shapes tool, ellipse. Draw a small oval shape. Choose color #6 and spray color around the inside. Then choose color #7 and spray in the very center. Use your smudge brush to soften out the colors (same settings as above, size 10). Then change the size down to 3 and pull wispy bits out on the ends and in the center. When done, you should have something similar to this.

16swpipe   17swpipe

Step 13. Now you just need to make some more feathers. You can draw more if you wish, or you can just make different colored versions of the one you just did (which is what I did).

To color it, just go to colors>adjust>hue/saturation/brightness, and find something that you like. Experiment with the settings. Make as many feathers as you wish. Arrange them around your strings as it pleases you - I've rotated some, and I placed one of the feathers underneath the strings.

I also resized some of them and placed at the bottom of the strings. Just arrange them as you like. Here's how mine looked when done.


Step 14. Almost done now...You just need to make some beads for your pipe. Add a new layer. Choose your preset shapes tool, ellipse, and draw a small circle for your bead. Flood fill with color of your choice (I've chose #5). Open Eye Candy-glass and apply the "pracken_bead" preset you downloaded. (Screenshot below is actual size). If you don't have Eye Candy, you can use one of PSP's inner bevels instead.


Make as many beads as you wish. You can change the color by using PSP's adjust color function (as you did above), or you can just draw more circles if you wish. Arrange the beads around your feathers and strings as you wish. Here's how I arranged mine.


When you're satisfied with your creation, hide the background and merge all visible layers. And that's it, all done! I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial!

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This tutorial was created on April 4, 2004.
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