Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Santa's Workshop Series: Wood

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

You'll complete all of the items that go into the workshop and then will put all the items together.

This tutorial is for the wood, and it's really, really quick and easy!

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.

Step 1. Open up a new image 125 x 150, white background.

Step 2. Set your foreground color to #9e7249 and your background to #a45820.

Choose your preset shapes tool>rectangle, using settings in the screenshot. [Note: You're drawing it using vectors, and it'll automatically be put on a new layer].

Draw a small rectangle.

Step 3. Save this image as is (i.e., in vector format). It makes it easier to manipulate the size later.

Step 4. When you're ready to add the wood to your workshop, you'll probably want to rotate it and make more than one piece.

Go to your layers palette, right click on the wood layer>duplicate. Turn the original off, and work on the duplicate. Choose your object selector tool .

Grab the handle (circled in red in the screenshot).

You'll see two arrows that look like they're chasing each other, like this: .

Now just turn your board as you wish.

When it looks the way you want, go to your layers palette, right click>convert to raster layer.

Step 5. Now just repeat this process for as many pieces of wood as you want for your workshop.

Step 6. Save it all as a PSP file (you should have a background layer, your original wood piece in vector format, and several raster layers of wood).

When you're ready to add the wood to your workshop later, just copy each raster layer and paste it as a new layer onto the workshop canvas.

What to do next: Return to the Santa's Workshop Series tutorials. Work your way through them, and when finished go to the Assembly tutorial.

Enjoy the tuts!

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This tutorial was created on September 26, 2006.
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