Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Santa's Workshop Series: Assembly

This tutorial is part of my Santa's Workshop series. You'll find all of the tutorials in this series here.

This is the last tutorial in the series. In order to complete this one, you will need to have completed all the tutorials in the series, and saved the items in PSP format.


For this tutorial, you will need the following:

Paint Shop Pro.This tutorial was written in version X, but if you're using earlier versions of PSP, you should still be able to complete the tut without problems. You may download the latest PSP version demo here.

My gradient. Place this in your PSP gradients folder. You may download it here.

All of the items you've completed in this tutorial series, and any other items you want to add to your workshop.

A sparkle tube of your choice. The sparkle tubes I used in this tutorial can be found here. Many thanks to purpletoad for these lovely sparkles!


Step 1. Open up the workshop (you made it in the first tutorial of this series). It should be in PSP format, with all layers intact.

Step 2. Open up the shelf psp file you made. Copy and paste them as a new layer onto your canvas.

Choose your magic wand and click inside each of the shelves. Expand the selection by 1 (selections>modify>expand). Add a new layer and place it underneath the shelf. Flood fill with the "pracken_christmas2" gradient you downloaded (style: linear, angle: 180, repeats: 0). Or, if you wish, you can floodfill with something else - I wanted a bit of color contrast for mine).

Step 3. I decided to decorate my shelf with some holly sprigs. To do that, add a new layer and open up the holly PSP file you created. Copy it and paste as a new layer onto your canvas. Copy and paste as many times as you wish. When done, hide all layers except the holly and merge visible layers.

I also applied a drop shadow, using settings in the screenshot.

     

Step 4.Next you need to add your toys. Open up a toy of your choice. Copy and paste it as a new layer onto your canvas. Resize so it'll fit onto the shelf. (Note: Make sure all the toy layers you add are underneath the holly and the shelf layers).

Copy and paste your toys as many times as you need. When I completed a group of toys, e.g., the raggedy dolls, I merged that group and applied a drop shadow (using same settings as before) to each group.

Here's my toy shelf.

Step 5. Open up the bench, table, and ladder files you made. Copy and paste each one onto a separate layer onto your canvas (place thelayers on top of all your other layers).

Arrange the furniture pieces as you wish.

Step 6.Open up your elves and Santa layers. Copy and paste them as new layers onto your canvas, and arrange. If you're arranging your Santa at the green table as I've done, make sure the table is on top of Santa (we'll fix it in a sec).

Now we'll just work our way around the room from left to right (makes it easier for me to stay focused that way lol). You'll need to rezise most items down to fit. If you want to rotate them, choose your deformation tool and move into a position you like.

Step 7.Open up the wood you made. Copy and paste as a new layer onto your canvas. Apply drop shadow as above. Copy and paste this layer as many times as you wish. I've stacked mine against the wall.

Step 8. Open up the ax you made. Copy and paste as a new layer onto your canvas. Arrange as you wish. Again, mine's stacked against the wall. Apply drop shadow.

Step 9. Open your saw and paste as a new layer. (From this point forward, I'm not going to keep repeating resize, rotate, drop shadow, etc. You'll know to do those things with each piece you add now).

Step 10.Copy and paste your screwdriver as a new layer onto your canvas. Here's what I have so far.

Step 11.I wanted some screws and nails on the floor. To do that, add a new layer. Set foreground color to black. Choose your paintbrush and paint a "t" shape. You'll use the same shape for both the screws and nails.

Copy and paste as new layer wherever you want your screws and nails to be. Rotate as you wish. Here are mine.

Step 12. Open up your saltbox house and paste as layer wherever you wish. I made another copy and changed the color a bit.

Step 13. Open up the paintbrushes and container you made. Paste them into position on your canvas.

Step 14. Now to get that table off of Santa! *grin* Make the table layer active. Lower the opacity down to about 70. Choose your eraser brush and erase the bits of the table that overlap onto Santa (except for the bits of his clothing). You want his hands and arms on top of the table and everything else underneath).

 

Step 15. Open up one of the pencils you made and paste it as a new layer onto the top of all your other layers. You'll need to erase the overlapping bit off of Santa's hand. You want it to look as though he's grasping the pencil.

Step 16. Open up the paperpad you made. Paste it as a new layer on top of the table layer. Erase the overlapping bit on Santa's hand. You want it to look as though the pad is underneath his hand.

Step 17. Add a new layer. Set foreground to color #bcd4cc. Choose your paintbrush (size 1) and draw some scribble on your pad.

Step 18. Open up your vice and move it into position (I have mine on the end of Santa's table).

Step 19. Open up your pencils and container, and past layers into position on the table.

Step 20. If you've placed your elf 3 on the ladder, you'll need to overlap the bit on top of his foot.

Step 21. Open up Santa's bag you made and paste it as a new layer onto your canvas. I've moved mine into the right corner.

Step 22. I decided to decorate the roof of my house. I used my cotton snowflake, pinecones, and holly. Just open these items, copy and paste them as layers, and arrange as you like. Like before, I merged groups of items and applied drop shadows to everything.

Step 23. Add a new layer. Open up a sparkle tube of your choice. Apply sparkles wherever your fancy strikes you.

Step 24. when you're satisfied with your image, delete the background layer. Merge visible layers. Save as a Psp file.

I truly hope you've enjoyed making this series of tutorials. And please, please, pleeeeze show me your results!

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Credits: The sparkle tube used in this tutorial can be found here. Many thanks to purpletoad for these lovely sparkles!

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This tutorial was created on September 28, 2006.
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