Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Victorian House Series (pixel)

House 5

This is a tutorial for the Victorian house pictured above. It's part of a series I've created, all Victorian houses. You can make one or all of them, and then assemble into a village of your own liking.

This series of houses will span across both the free and members area of my site. I'll place thumbnails on the index pages of the series in both the free and members area (and will indicate where you can find the tutorial). In the free area, the series is here. In the members area, the series is here.

In this series, I'll provide you with general pixeling instructions for all the houses, my outlines, my example, and my color charts. You can then use your imagination and create your own houses.

For this tutorial, you will need the following:

Paint Shop Pro. This tutorial was written in PSP 10. However,since it's a pixel tutorial, you should have no problems doing the tut in other versions as well. You can download the latest PSP version demo here.

My canvas with the pixel outline. You may download it here.

First, a few notes.....

  • In this series of tutorials, I'll give you the colors I used, and any other special things I did, but this series is really about you. If you want to color the images like mine, feel free to do so, but also feel free to go your own way and personalize them to your own liking.
  • Each time you do a color change or major section, put it on its own layer (and name each one). That way you can easily go back and change colors later and correct any mistakes you've made. It makes a lot of layers, but it also keeps things organized and will save you a lot of heartache.
  • It makes it easier if you enlarge your graphic (use your magnifier tool) so you can see the pixels clearly. Feel free to save my images in this tut too, and enlarge them as necessary to see.
  • The basic procedure for each piece will be the same. You'll add a new layer. Choose your paintbrush tool, set the size to 1, and paint the outline of the piece, then paint the inside.
  • When coloring a lot of inside bits, or large areas, make the black outline layer active, choose your magic wand and click inside the section you want to color.Then make the layer you want the color on active and flood fill the color there.
  • When coloring long lines, put your paintbrush down on the start, hold down your shift key, pick up your paint brush and put it down on the end of the line. Voila, line colored.
  • On some areas, you'll want to add a little shading to give it depth. Usually this is a progressively lighter color than the outline of the piece (see my image for guidance on how I shaded.

Step 1. Open up the canvas you downloaded. There are two layers - a background layer and the pixel outline. You'll notice that some areas of the outline are in different colors - I've done that to make it easier for you to see the areas clearer.

Step 2. If you want to use my colors, copy the color charts in the tutorials (right click on them and save to yourcomputer), then paste as a new layer onto yourcanvas. Moveto the top out of your canvas, out of the way. When you need a color, just click on it with your dropper tool.

Step 3. I'm giving you a listing here of the colors I used for each area of the image - feel free to change these!!

  • Boards

  • Trim, Porch, Steps

  • Door, Windows, Curtains, Door

  • Roof, Chimneys

Ok, now you're ready to go. Go ahead and start pixeling!!.....If you are new to pixeling, or have never done one of my pixel tutorials before, and would like more detail about the process to follow, you can go here to see the illustrated steps.

Step 4. When you're finished with your image, save it with all layers intact as a master psp file (I named mine "vichouse5master." Then, delete the color charts, background, and outline layers. Merge visible. Save in as a transparent PSP file.

I hope you enjoy the series! And if you'd like to share your results with me, I'd love to see 'em (always!!).

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This tutorial was created on April 3, 2008.
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