Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Christmas Village (Pixel)


I'm continuing my Christmas 2005 series, another pixel tutorial. I wanted to make a little village and this is what I came up with. There's a lot of coloring in this tut, but I really love the result, and hope you will too.

For this tutorial, you will need the following:

Paint Shop Pro. This tutorial was written for versions 10 (PSP X), 9 and 7.04 You can download the latest PSP version demo here.

My pixel outline in psp format. You may download it here.

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

My image is just a guide. Feel free to change the colors, apply cutouts or not, or add other effects to your liking. I put everything 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. Set your brush size to 1 and paint the outline of the piece in a darker color and then paint the inside in a lighter color (Hint: to do the inside coloring, make the outline layer active, choose your magic wand and click inside the section you want to color - then apply the color on your new layer).

I've applied a cutout to some pieces, usually using the same color as its outline color. To apply the cutout, select and float the selection (selections>select all>selections>float). You'll see the marquee ("marching ants") around the selection. Apply a cutout (effects>3d effects>cutout), using the settings in the screenshot (the shadow color will change for each selection). For some items, I repeated the cutout, changing the horizontal and vertical to -1 instead. Just play with the settings, it's a bit of a personal preference.

[Hint: When you're going to add a cutout, set your foreground or background color to the shadow color you're going to use. Then, when you apply your cutout, just right click on the shadow color box and choose the color from the recent colors displayed there.]

Step 1. Open up the pixel outline you downloaded. There are two layers - a background and the outline layer.

Open up the color chart you saved. Move it to the top of your graphic out of the way. When you need a color, just click on it with your dropper tool

Step 2. Here are the colors I've used for each section of the graphic.

Outline 1
Inside - 2
Cutout - 1

Lamp Post
[Note: I'm just showing one lamp post, but you'll do all 4 the same]
Post outline - 3
Post inside - 4
Garland - 1
Ribbon outline - 5
Ribbon inside - 6

Lamp Post Top
Outline 7
Inside - 8
Candle Outline - 9
Candle Inside - 10
Light back - 11

House 1 (the one on the left)
House, windows, door, steps outline - 12
House inside - 13
House cutout - 12
Windows, doors, steps inside - 14
Windows, doors cutout - 12
Windows inside - 11
Wreath - 15, 16, 6
Roof outline - 17
Roof inside - 18
Rood cutout - 19


House 2
House outline - 20
House inside - 21
House cutout - 20

Windows top:
Outline bottom - 12
Inside bottom - 11
Outline top - 20
Inside top - 24

Windows Middle:
Outside outline - 12
Inside - 22
Little windows outline - 20
Little windows inside - 11

Outline - 12
Inside - 22
Inside top - 24

Outline - black
Inside- 25
Cutout - 26

Same as for house 1

Candle - 6, 12, 9

House 3
House outline - 25, 27
Windows outline - 27
House inside - 28
House cutout - 26
Windows inside - 11
Steps outline - 27
Steps inside - 29
Door, top of door, trim inside - 14
Chimney outline - 12
Chimney inside - 6
Christmas tree - 1, 2, 9, 30, 31, 18, 32
Wreath - same as house 1


House 4
House, windows, roof outline - 33
House, roof inside - 34
House, roof inside cutout - 33
House trim inside - 35
Door - 24
Windows inside - 24, 11
Chimney outline - black
Chimney inside - 26
Candles - 6, 12, 9
Wreath - same as house 1

Sky, Snow
Sky - 36
Snow - 37
Snow cutout - 28
[Note: I'm only showing a small section in the screenshot, but you'll do it all]

Step 3. I decided to add snow to my village, but that's optional. To do so, just choose your paintbrush, size about 2, opacity about 70. Add a new layer. Paint on some dots of snow. Change the size/opacity of your brush up/down as you need to to make the flakes different.

Step 4.When you're satisfied with your image, merge all layers. And that's it, all finished! Whew!!!! I know there was a lot of coloring in this one. Please let me know if you have any problems with the tut, and as always, I'd love to see your results.

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This tutorial was created on November 16, 2005.
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