Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Little Chest Series:


This vase is one of several items I made to go with a little chest I made. If you would like to make the chest and the other items, you may find them all on page 6 of my tutorials. Just 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 seamless fill tile.

My selections. Place these in a folder of your choice (I always place mine outside of PSP).

My "flowerbud" preset shape. Place this in your PSP preset shapes folder.

You may download all of my materials here.

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

Step 1. Open a new image 250 x 350, white background.

Open up your color chart and paste it as a new layer onto your canvas. Move it to the very top out of the way. When you need a color, just use your eye dropper to select it.

Step 2. Add a new layer. Load selection 1 (go to selections>load from disk - then navigate to the location where you placed the selections you downloaded). Flood fill with the "01vasefill" tile you downloaded.

Float the selection (go to selections>float). Set your background color to color #2. Apply a cutout using the settings in the screenshot. The shadow color is #2 from your color chart - just right click on the shadow color and you'll see the list of recent colors - just choose it). Repeat the cutout but change the horizontal and vertical to -3. Keep selected.

01vase  02vase

Step 3. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to #3. Choose your airbrush, using the settings in the screenshot. Spray on some color as it pleases you.

Add a new layer and place it underneath the outline layer. Flood fill with color #1.

03vase  04vase

Step 4. Add a new layer. Place it underneath the vase. Load selection 2. Flood fill with color #1.


Step 5. Add a new layer. Place it underneath the last layer. Set your foreground color to #4 and your background color to null. Choose your draw tool, single line, size 1. Draw a straight line. You're going to make a template and you'll then just copy and paste this to make more.


Step 6. Set your foreground and background colors to #3. Choose your preset shapes tool and navigate to the "pracken_flowerbud" shape that you downloaded. Use these settings: retain style unchecked, antialias checked, create as vector unchecked, line width 1.

Add a new layer. Draw some shapes on your stem. Make them different sizes.


When you're pleased with it, hide all layers but the stem and the buds and merge visible layers. Turn your other layers back on.

Step 7. Now just duplicate your flower layer as many times as you wish and arrange them. Rotate some of them, resize, shorten, etc. Also, if you wish, you can draw another line and place the buds differently so you'll have a second template. Here's how mine looked when done.


Step 8. And that's it, all there is to it! Save as a master psp file with all layers intact - it makes it easier to change things later. Once you are satisfied with your creation, delete the color chart layer, hide the background, and merge all visible layers. Save as a psp file.


I hope you've enjoyed the tutorial, and please let me hear from you!

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This tutorial was created on June 26, 2004.
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