Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Victorian House Series (pixel)

House 1

After receiving many requests for more pixel villages, I decided to create a series of Victorian houses that you can make and assemble into your own village.

This is the first tutorial in the series, and you'll be making the house above.

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.

You will find links to all the tutorials in this series here. Some of these tutorials are going to be in the free area of my site and some will be in the members area (I've noted which are which in the thumbnails on the main page). To have access to the entire series, you can join the members area. To do so, go here to join.

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.

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

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 ofinside 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 pixel outline you downloaded. There are two layers - a background and the outline layer. Make the outline layer visible and add all of your other layers on top of it.

Open up the color chart you saved. Copy and paste it as a new layer onto your image. Move it to the top, out of the way. When you need a color, just click on it with your dropper tool.

Step 2. Boards

  • Vertical trim on house outline-1, inside-2
  • Boards outline-3, inside-4
  • Bottom of house-3
  • Little boxes-3,white

Step 3. Trim

  • Trim outline-6, insides-7,8, 9, 10
  • Boxy trim outline-11, inside-12,13
  • Trim over door outline-12, inside-20

Step 4. Windows and Door

  • Windows outline-19, inside-20
  • Curtains-21, 22, 23
  • Light inside windows-13
  • Doorframe outline-19, inside-20
  • Door outline-11, inside-6,8, light-13
  • Pink inside bits above window in center-10

Step 5. Railings

  • Vertical rails-14,15
  • Horizontal rails-16,17,18

Step 6. Roof and Chimneys

  • Shingles outline-16, inside-24
  • Cupolas-16,17,18
  • Chimneys-25, 26, 27

Step 7. Steps

  • Steps-26,27,28

Step 8. Now take a look at your image and tweak anything you'd like to at this point. Save your image as a master psp file with all layers intact (that makes it easy to go back later and change things or create a different version of the house). I named mine "Vichouse1master."

Then, delete the color chart and background layers. Merge all layers. Save in psp format, and name it something different than your master (I named mine "vichouse1").

You'll find the other victorian houses in this series here.

Enjoy the series!

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This tutorial was created on February 18, 2008.
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