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Southwestern Series: Pot 2


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 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). Download them here.

Step 1. Open a new image 250 x 250, white background.

Step 2. Add a new layer (name it "pot"). Load selection 1 (go to selections>load from disk - then navigate to the location where you placed the selection files). Flood fill with orange #EF663B.

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 1, horizontal 1, opacity 20, blur 3, color black. Repeat the cutout, but change the horizontal and vertical to -1. (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.

Choose your selection tool, any shape, and draw all around your pot to select it, then gently click inside it (you'll see marching ants around it). When you add shading, this will help you not go outside the lines.

Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to #A22706 and your background color to #F6B19E Choose your airbrush and use the settings in the screenshot. Spray color similar to mine.

02swpot2   03swpot2

Choose your retouch tool, smudge brush, with the settings in the screenshot. Smudge the colors a bit to soften them.

04swpot2   05swpot2

Step 5. Add a new layer. Place this layer underneath the "pot" layer. Load selection 2. Flood fill with #BA4424. Float the selection. Apply a cutout, same settings as before.


Step 6. Add a new layer. Place this on top of the "pot" layer. Load selection 3. Flood fill with #EF663B. Float. Apply cutout as before. Add shading if you wish, same as before.


Step 7. Add a new layer. Load selection 4 (cactus). Place this layer underneath the last layer. Flood fill with #34870D. Float. Apply cutout as before.

Add shading if you wish. Float the selection. Add a new layer. Colors I used were #194305 and #E1FAD4. Spray on similar to mine. Choose your smudge brush (same settings as before), and smudge to blend and soften.

08swpot2   08swpot2

Step 8. Add a new layer. Load selection 5. Place this layer underneath the cactus. Flood fill with #F843C5. Float. Apply cutout.

If you wish to apply shading, add a new layer and spray on these colors:#7A085B and #FFF1FB. Smudge.

10swpot2   11swpot2

Step 9. Add a new layer. Place this layer on top of the cactus. Load selection 6. Repeat step 8 above.


Step 11. Add a new layer. Place this layer on top of the last layer. Load selection 7. Flood fill with green #34870D. Float. Apply cutout. I didn't apply shading to this layer but feel free to do so if you wish.


Step 12. Add a new layer. Load selection 8. Flood fill with #2A5809. Float. Apply cutout. Now you'll just duplicate this layer as many times as you wish, and arrange on your cactus.


When you're satisfied with your creation, hide the background and merge visible layers. Save as a psp file. And that's it!

I hope you've enjoyed this tut!

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This tutorial was created on March 25, 2004.
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