Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Southwestern Series: Teepee (or Tipi)

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I am continuing with my southwestern series. As I find time, I will try to add more. You will find the other southwestern items here.

I've made two versions of this teepee - one with the door closed and one with it open, so you can choose which you'd like to make - or of course, you can make both if you wish.

I assume that you have a basic working knowledge of PSP and are comfortable working with layers. However, don't be afraid to try the tutorial - I provide screenshots to guide you, and if you run into any difficulty, you can always email me and I'll be glad to assist.

Both versions of the tutorial use the same steps down to step # 11.

[NOTE: This tutorial has been graciously translated into Dutch by Harriėt. Thanks Harriėt!!!! For the Dutch version of this tutorial, click here].


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 a folder of your choice (I usually place mine outside of PSP).

My fills, rug, and sun design.

My stylized line. Place this in your PSP lines folder.

You may download all of my materials here.

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

teepeecolors


Step 1. Open a new image 400 x 500, white background. Copy your color chart and paste it as a new layer onto your canvas. Move it to the top out of the way. When you need a color, just click on it with your eye dropper tool.

Step 2. Add a new layer. Name this layer "tent center." Load selection 1 (go to selections>load from disk - then navigate to the location where you placed the selection files). Flood fill with color #1.

Select and float it (hit the "Ctrl+F" keys). You'll see marching ants around the selection.

Set your background color to color #2. Apply a cutout (go to effects>3d effects>cutout), using the settings in the screenshot. The shadow color is #2 (right click on the shadow colors box and you'll see it in your recent colors list. Just check on it).

Repeat the cutout but change the horizontal and vertical to -3.

 

Step 3. Repeat step 2 above for selections #2 (name the layer "tent right")and #3 (name this layer "tent left'). This is what you should now have.


Step 4. To Decorate the Outside:

You can decorate the outside anyway you like. If you'd like to do my decorations, continue with this step. If you want to do your own, go ahead and do them now and then just skip to step 5.

Bottom Triangular Strip

Set your foreground and background colors to color #3. Choose your preset shapes tool, and use the settings in the screenshot.

Draw a small triangular shape at the bottom. Copy this triangle and paste as a new selection. Continue doing this until you have triangles all the way across the left side of the tent bottom. When done, you should have something similar to this.

Duplicate this layer (go to Layers>duplicate OR right click on the layer in your Layer Palette and click duplicate). Flip it (go to Image>flip). Select it (go to selections>select all>selections>float). Flood fill with color #4.

Move it into position on top of the yellow layer. It will probably overlap a bit, but don't worry, we'll get rid of that in a minute. It should look something similar to this.

Make your left tent layer active. Go to selections>select all>selections>float. You'll see marching ants around it.

Now make your yellow and red design layer active. Then go to selections>invert. Hit the delete key on your keyboard. The overlap should now be gone.

Duplicate your triangular shape layer, mirror it, and place it on the right side of your teepee.

Sun Design

To add the sun design, just open it up (it's in transparent psp format). Copy it, and paste as a new layer on the left side of your teepee. Duplicate and place it on the right side. Align as you wish.

Top Stripes

Add a new layer. Set your foreground and background color to color #3. Choose your draw tool, and use the settings in the screenshot. Draw a small line.

Correct the overlapping bit by using the same method as you used above when you did the red and yellow triangles.

 

Duplicate this layer. Mirror it (go to Image>mirror). Place it on the right side of your teepee.

Add a new layer and make a black stripe the same way. You're done with the decorating, and this is what you should now have.

Step 5. Add a new layer. Place it underneath the "left tent" and "right tent" layers, but on top of the "center tent" layer.

Load selection 4. Flood fill with color #1. Float the selection ("Ctrl+F"). Apply a cutout using same settings as before. Repeat but change horizontal and vertical to -3.

Step 6. Add a new layer and place it on top of the last layer. Set your foreground color to black and your background to null.

Choose your draw tool, and use the settings in the screenshot. The line style is the "pracken_teepee2" line you downloaded. Just click on the arrow and navigate to it. Draw some lines down your teepee front, similar to mine.

 

Step 7. Add a new layer and place it underneath all the other layers except your background layer. Set your foreground color to color #5 and your background color to null.

Choose your draw tool, single line, size about 3-4. Draw some vertical lines. Teepee poles were not perfect, so yours don't have to be either, just draw enough to support your teepee.

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

 

Step 8. Draw some more lines at the bottom of your tent. Apply an inner bevel, same as above.

This step is optional, but real teepees had support poles to hold open the flaps at the top of the tent (for ventilation). Add a new layer and place it on top of the last layer. Draw a line and connect it to the flap at the top of the tent. Apply an inner bevel as before. Duplicate, mirror, and paste to the other side of the tent.

Step10. Make your "tent center" layer active. Choose your selections tool, ellipse, antialias checked, feather 1. Draw a shape in about the center of the tent section. Hit the delete key on your keyboard.


If you're making the teepee with the door flap closed, continue with Step 11. If you're making the teepee with the door flap open, skip to Step 13.


Step11. Choose your magic wand and click inside the circle you just drew. Expand the selection by 3 (go to selections>expand). Add a new layer and place it underneath the "center tent" layer. Flood fill with color #3.

Step12. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to color #5 and your background color to null. Choose your draw tool, single line, size 1 and draw a vertical line down the center of your flap. Lower the opacity of this layer down to about 50.

If you've made the teepee with the door closed, then you're all done! Delete the color chart, hide the background and merge visible layers.

Step13. If you're making the teepee with the door open, continue with this step.

Add a new layer and place it underneath all the other layers except the background. Choose your selections tool, rectangle, and draw a shape that goes up about 2/3 of the circlular opening in the front of your tent.

Flood fill with the "teepeefloor" tile you downloaded.

 

Add a new layer. With your selection tool, draw another rectangle for the wall and flood fill with color #2.

Add a new layer (make sure it's on top of the wall layer you just did). Set your foreground color to color #5 and your background color to null. Choose your preset shapes tool, single line, size 2, and draw a vertical line at the back of your tent. Lower the opacity of the layer to about 40.

Step14. Now to draw the fire circle. Add a new layer. Set your foreground and background colors to color #8. Choose your preset shapes tool, ellipse, and draw a small circle on the floor.

Add a new layer. Now you'll add some rocks. Choose the "river rocks" tube that comes with PSP - set the scale to 10. Draw some rocks in a circle, similar to this.

Add a new layer. Choose the "fire" tube that comes with PSP (set the scale to about 10) and add a few flames to the center of your rocks.

Step15. Add a new layer. Choose your selections tool, rectangle, and draw a small shape for the sofa. Flood fill with the "teepeesofa" fill you downloaded. Float the selection ("Ctrl+F"). Apply a cutout (same settings as before), except use color #9 as the shadow color.

If you wish, you can add some pillows. Just add a new layer. Draw a small rectangle and flood fill with a color or pattern of your choice.

Step16. Open up the "teepeerug" you downloaded. Copy it and paste it as a new layer onto your canvas. Resize it down to 20%. Choose your Deformation tool. Hold down on your Ctrl key while pulling the bottom out a bit and the top in a bit.

Step17. Add a new layer. Place it on top of all your other layers. Load selection 5. Flood fill with color #3. Float ("Ctrl+F"). Apply a cutout, same as before except use color #6 as your shadow color. Duplicate this layer and move it into place on the other side of the tent.

Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to color #5 and your background color to null. Choose your draw tool, single line, size 1. Draw lines to hold open your door flaps.

And that's it, your teepee is all finished. 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 around if you wish). Then hide the background layer, delete the color chart layer, and merge visible layers.

I really liked making this teepee, and hope you've had some fun with it as well. Let me know if you have any problems, and of course, any feedback is always welcome!





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