Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Silent Night (Pixel)

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I'm continuing my Christmas 2005 series. This is my third pixel village for this year. This one is loosely based on Bethlehem, with a little artistic liberty *grin*. If you'd like to do my other pixel villages, you'll find them here and here.


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. I'll show you the colors I used for each section of the graphic - feel free to change these as you wish.

To make it easier, I have numbered each of the buildings. Please refer to the numbers as you complete the image below.

Building 1
Outline 1
Inside - 2
Cutout - 1
Window inside - 3
Window inside cutout - 4


Building 2
Outline - 5
Inside - 6
Cutout - 5
Door outline - 7
Door inside - 8

Building 3
Outline 9
Inside - 10
Cutout - 9
Top band inside - 11
Door inside - 12
Windows inside - 3
Windows cutout - 4


Building 4
Outline - 13
Inside - 14
Cutout - 13
Windows - 3
Windows cutout - 4


Building 5
Outline - 7
Inside - 8
Cutout - 7
Band 1 - 15
Band 2 outline - 7
Band 2 inside - 14
Band 2 cutout - 7
Band 3 outline - 15
Band 3 inside - 16
Top bubble outline - 7
Top bubble inside - 8
Top outline - 15
Top inside - 16
Cross - 17, 18


Building 6
Outline - 19
Inside - 20
Cutout - 19
Windows inside - 3
Windows cutout - 4
Dome outline - 15
Dome inside - 16
Dome Cutout - 15
Dome Band outline - 19
Dome Band inside - 20
Dome Band inside cutout - 19
Dome top outline - 19
Dome top inside - 20
Dome top 2 outline & inside - 15
Cross - 17, 18


Building 7
Outline - 1
Inside - 2
Cutout - 1
Dome outline - 13
Dome inside - 2
Dome stripe inside - 1
Door - 1
Window inside - 3
Window cutout - 4


Building 8
Outline - 7
Inside - 8
Cutout - 7
Door outline - 15
Door inside - 16


Building 9
Outline - 5
Inside - 6
Cutout - 5
Window inside - 3
Window cutout - 4


Building 10
Outline - 13
Inside - 14
Cutout - 13
Window inside - 3
Window cutout - 4


Building 11
Outline - 7
Inside - 8
Cutout - 7
Windows - 3
Windows cutout - 4
Door inside - 21
Door inside cutout - 7


Building 12
Outline - 1
Inside - 2
Cutout - 1
Roof outline - 15
Roof inside - 16
Roof inside cutout - 15
Windows inside - 3
Windows cutout - 4


Building 13
Outline (including top bands)- 22
Inside - 23
Cutout - 22
Top bands 1, 3 inside - 24
Top band 2 inside - 5
Top ball inside - 22
Windows - 3
Windows cutout - 4


Building 14
Outline - 25
Inside - 26
Cutout - 25
Window - 3
Windows cutout - 4


Building 15
Outline - 27
Inside - 28
Cutout - 27
Band outline - 27
Band inside - 29
Window - 3
Windows cutout - 4


Building 16
Outline - 30
Inside - 31
Cutout - 30
Roof inside - 32
Roof cutout - 30
Window - 3
Windows cutout - 4


Building 17
Outline - 22
Inside - 23
Cutout - 22
Window - 3
Windows cutout - 4


Trees
Outline - 33
Inside - 34
Cutout - 33


Ground and Sky
Ground - white
Cutout - 29
Sky - 36
[Note: I'm only showing a small portion in the screenshot]


Text
Text - black
Box outline -23


Star
Outline - 5
Inside - 35


Step 3. I decided to make my star glow a bit, but that's optional. To do so, add a new layer and place it underneath your star layer. Set foreground to color #35. Choose your airbrush, using settings in the screenshot, and draw a little glow, similar to mine.

Step 4. I decided to add some stars/snow to my background. To do that, choose your paintbrush, size about 2, opacity about 70. Add a new layer. Paint on some dots. Change the size/opacity of your brush up/down as you need to to make the dots larger/smaller.

Step 5.When you're satisfied with your creation, delete the color chart and merge visible layers.

And that's it, all done. I hope you've enjoyed the tut!


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