Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Santa's Workshop Series: Workshop

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

This is the first tutorial in the series. You'll make the shop so it'll be ready to add all of your other items to it.

You'll work your way through all the tutorials in the series, saving each item in PSP format. When finished with all the tutorials, you'll then assemble everything together.


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 seamless pattern fills.

My canvas with alpha selections. You may download all of my materials here.

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


I'll show you the colors and settings I used to make my workshop; however, please feel free to change things around in yours if you wish. Feel free to get creative and personalize!

Step 1. Open up the canvas with alpha selections you downloaded. The selections that you'll need for this tutorial are all saved to alpha channel and are in the order that you will load them.

Step 2. Open up the color chart you downloaded. Copy and paste it as a new layer onto your canvas. Move it to the top, out of your way. When you need a color, just click on it with your dropper tool.

Step 3. Add a new layer. Load selection 1 from alpha channel (go to Selections>Load/Save Selection>Load Selection from Alpha Channel.

To choose a selection, just click on the box to the left (it's circled in red in the screenshot) and navigate to the selection you want. It'll show up in the preview window on the right. Then just click "Load."

Flood fill with color #1. Apply an inner bevel, using settings in the screenshot.

 

Step 4. Choose your magic wand tool using settings in the screenshot.

Click inside the walls. Expand the selection by 1 (selections>modify>expand). Add a new layer and place it underneath your frame layer. Open up the "01shopfill" you downloaded (set size to about 50%). Flood fill your walls.

Step 5. Go back to your frame layer and click inside the floor area. Expand by 1. Add a new layer and place it underneath the frame layer. Flood fill with the "02shopfill" you downloaded (size about 50%).

Now you need to adjust the floor perspective a bit. Choose your deformation tool. Hold down the shift key, grab the box on the lower left, and pull outward. It'll go outside your canvas, but don't worry about that.

Then hold the Ctrl key down, grab the box on the upper left and push inward. You'll notice it has left some white area, but we'll fix that in a minute.

Now grab the box in the center left and pull straight out, to make sure the carpet covers the entire floor.

Now to get rid of the overlap. Make your frame layer active again. Choose your magic wand and click inside the floor area. Expand by 1. Invert the selection (selections>invert). Then make your floor layer active. Hit the delete key on your keyboard. The overlap should now be gone.

Step 6. Add a new layer. Load selection 2. Flood fill with color#1. Apply inner bevel, same settings as before.

Step 7. Turn off the visibility on all layers except for the frame pieces. Merge visible layers. Turn all layers back on.

Step 8. Choose your magic wand again and click inside each of the areas of your roof. Expand the selection by 1.

Add a new layer and place it underneath the frame layer. Flood fill with a gradient (or other pattern if you wish). I've chosen the "red-red" gradient that comes with PSP - style: linear, angle-180, repeats-1.

Step 9. Add a new layer. Load selection 3. Flood fill with color #1. Apply inner bevel.

Step 10. Add a new layer. Load selection 4. Flood fill with color #1. Apply inner bevel.

Step 11. Add a new layer. Load selection 5. Flood fill with color #2.

Step 12. Add a new layer. Load selection 6. Flood fill with color #1. Apply inner bevel.

Step 13. I decided to add some snow to my windows. Add a new layer. Just choose your paintbrush, size about 2 (or your airbrush) and spray on some snow bits.

Step 14. Save this image as a PSP file, with all layers intact (i.e., don't merge anything). That way it's easier to add items in places you want them later.

Now return to the Santa's Workshop Series and work your way through all the items there that you want to add to your workshop. When you've completed all the items, go to my assembly tutorial.

I hope you enjoy all the tuts!

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This tutorial was created on September 28, 2006.
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