Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Southwestern Series: Pot 1


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 tutorialinvolves selections, some preset shapes, and a little shading (which is optional). 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 preset shapes. Place these in your PSP preset shapes folder.

You may download all of my materials here.

Step 1. Open a new image 350 x 350, 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 blue #296FD6.


Step 3. Now you'll apply a cutout to the pot. To do so, float the selection (go to selections>float , OR, you could just hit the shortcut "ctrl+f" on your keyboard). Apply a cutout with these settings: vertical 2, horizontal 2, opacity 20, blur 3, color black. Repeat the cutout, but change the horizontal and vertical to -2. (NOTE: Each time I tell you to apply a cutout, these are the settings you will use).

Step 4. This step is adding the shading to the pot and is optional. If you like the look of your pot as is, you can skip this step. However, I think it adds character to the pot .

Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to a darker blue #184282 and your background color to a lighter blue #C2D6F4. Choose your airbrush and use the settings in the screenshot. Spray color similar to mine.

02swpot1   03swpot1

Choose your retouch tool, smudge brush, with the settings in the screenshot. Smudge the colors a bit to soften them. Don't worry about the bit in the middle of your pot, it'll be covered.

04swpot1   05swpot1

Step 5. Add a new layer. Set your foreground and background colors to yellow #FFD66B. Choose your preset shapes tool, rectangle (antialias checked). Draw a rectangular shape on your pot. Be sure to draw it longer than the pot itself - you'll get rid of the overlapping bits in a minute.

Float the selection (go to selections>select all>float). Apply cutout as before.


Step 6. Now to remove the overlapping bit. Make your blue pot layer active. Choose your selection tool, any shape, and draw all around the pot, then click inside to select it. You'll see marching ants around.


Go to selections>invert. Now make your yellow stripe layer active. Hit the "delete" key on your keyboard. Voila, overlapping edges all gone.


Step 7. Add shading using the same method you used above. The colors I used to spray on are: #F0AE10 (around the outside edges, and #FEEFCC insde). Smudge using the same settings as before. You should have something similar to this.


Step 8. Add a new layer. Load selection 2. Flood fill with orange #DE643E. Float. Apply cutout as before. If you wish to apply shading, follow the same technique as before and use these colors: #A3391D and #F7DAD3. Smudge as before.


Step 9. Now you'll add the leaves. Set your foreground and background colors to green #52A529.

I'm providing you with two different leaf shapes. To access them, just choose your preset shapes tool and navigate to the shapes you downloaded ("pracken_leafsw1" and "pracken_leafsw2").

Add a new layer. Draw a leaf shape. Now you have two choices:

  • You can just apply a cutout. Use the same settings as you used before.
  • Or, you can add shading to the leaves (which is what I did). If you choose to do this, just add a new layer. Set your foreground color to a darker green #295812, and your background color to a lighter green #D6F3C7. Spray color with your airbrush. Then smudge, as before.

11swpot1   12swpot1

Now all you need to do is add more leaves. If you've used shading, hide all layers except the leaf and its shading layer, then merge visible layers. Now you can duplicate this layer and arrange it around your pot as you wish ( I duplicated it 3 times). You'll need to rotate and mirror.

Then add a new layer and draw the leaf 2 shape. Apply inner bevel or shading. If you've shaded it, merge the layers then duplicate and arrange (I have a total of 6 of these leaves in mine). You'll need to rotate and mirror some of them. You may also want to erase overlapping bits. Just arrange into something that pleases you. When done, you should have something similar to this.


When you're satisfied with your creation, save as a master psp file with all layers intact (that way you can go back later and change things if you wish. Then, hide your background layer and merge visible layers. Save as a psp file. Voila, all done!

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This tutorial was created on March 25, 2004.
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