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Pixel Christmas Village 6:

This is my 2006 Christmas pixel village series. This is the final tutorial in the series, the one where you put everything together to make your village scene. Before you do this tutorial, you will need to complete all the others. If you haven't already done so, you'll find them all here.

I'll show you how I did my village, and you're welcome to create yours like mine. I designed the pieces of this village so you could mix and match, and arrange things to your own liking. Feel free to experiment and create your own village that suits you.

For this tutorial, you will need the following:

Paint Shop Pro. This tutorial was written for versions 10 (PSP X) and 9. However, you should have no problems doing the tut in other versions as well. You can download the latest PSP version demo here.

All of the pixel pieces in the series. You'll find them all here.

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

A Note before beginning. Put EVERYTHING on its own layer. It will make it sooooo much easier if you want to rearrange things or make a mistake! Even if I don't tell you in every step to add a new layer, you will know that you should do so anyway.

Step 1.First, you're going to need to decide how big you want your image to be. You can use all of the pieces in the series, or just some of them. I wanted to use all of my houses, so I had to have a canvas size to accommodate that.

Open up a new image, the size you want your finished village to be. Don't plan on resizing downward because your image will lose quality. Make the canvas the actual size you want the finished product to be. Mine is 600 x 400.

Step 2. Now you need to decide how you want your village arranged. I wanted sort of a hill in my background and two layers of houses. I think it's easier if you put all your houses in where you want them first. Then you can add other stuff around that.

Open up each of the houses you completed. Copy and paste as new layers onto your canvas and arrange them in a rough way (you can always move things around later - that's why you need to put everything on its own layer). Here's where I placed my houses.

Step 3. Next, add some sky and snow on the ground to give you a bit more structure.

Add a new layer and place it on top of your background layer (underneath all your houses). Flood fill with color #1.

Now choose your airbrush, using settings in the screenshot.

Spray white around to form snow wherever you want it.

Choose your smudge brush, using settings in the screenshot.

Soften the edges of the color. Here's how mine looks so far. Don't worry about it being perfect, you can go back later and fine tune.

Step 4. I added a path to define the scene a bit better. Add a new layer. Use your airbrush and spray on color #2. Smooth with your smudge brush.

Step 5. Add a new layer. Next, I added a fence at the front of the image. I used fence 1, the large garland, bows on the garland, and a wreath on the gate of the fence.

Then I added fence 2 behind the road.

Step 5. Next I added all the trees and bushes to my scene. I used ever variation I made (and of course just to remind you - put each tree and bush on it's own layer). Move the layers around - some will be on top of houses, some behind. Just arrange until you have something you like.

Step 6. I added my lamp posts along each side of my road.

Step 7. Add kids and the snowman.

Step 8. Add garlands and wreaths wherever you would like them. I added small garland to house #1, house #5, and house #3. I added a wreath to house #4.

Step 9. This is optional, but I wanted to add a little snow on top of things, to make it look as though they were a bit buried. To so so, just add a new layer on top of whatever item you want snow on. I'm choosing a lamp post and bushes to show you as an example. Choose your airbrush again, spray on white, and smooth with your smudge brush.

Step 10. I also wanted to add a few footprints to explain how those kids got out of their houses *grin*. Just add a new layer and spray color #2 in a sort of rough footprint pattern (change your airbrush settings down as you need to). Soften a wee bit with your smudge brush.

Step 11. Make your sky layer active. Add a new layer. Choose your paintbrush, size 1, and paint on some snowflakes. I also used my airbrush (change density down to about 5) and sprayed on some snow.

Step 12. Now take a look at your image and do your final tweaking. Move things around, add, delete, whatever you need to do to make the image appeal to you.

When you're satisfied, SAVE the image now as a master psp file with all layers intact. That way, you can go back later and revise the village as you wish.

Then, delete the color chart and merge all layers. Save in whatever format you prefer (mine's in .jpg).

WHEW!!!! Ya deserve a medal if you've come all the way to the end of this series with me. Congratulations!!! Yahoo! And please, be so kind as to show me any villages you make, I'd really love to see em!

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This tutorial was created on November 17, 2006.
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