Curio Cabinet

curio cabinet

Created September 17, 2002 Copyright SuzShook
Made "Version-Independent" March 2009
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Found this cabinet while I was searching for more shelf tutorials, and I just loved it! Another wonderful wall decoration to display all those fabulous tubes I've been collecting! This tutorial will teach you how to make this fantastic Curio Cabinet with glass doors and lots of shelves! It has great possibilities for decorating your living room or dining room walls, and should be a welcome addition to your tubes and shelves collections! Hope you enjoy putting yours together!



I make my tutorials as brief as possible, without the customary paths, details, and how-to's. For those veterans among you, this will be welcome! But for those less familiar with PSP, I included a "Glossary" that contains all the details omitted in the tutorial. If you need a little extra help, check the Glossary section. Just click on the button below - the Glossary will open in a new window.

PSP glossary button


This tutorial assumes you have a working knowledge of Paint Shop Pro at the intermediate level (or advanced beginner level with the Glossary). It was originally written in and for PSP Version 7, and now made "version-independent". Screen shots for this tutorial can come from any version of PSP - where there are significant differences from version to version, a green "Version Note" will be included, along with multiple screen shots if necessary.

Where a note/tip refers to a version of PSP and all higher versions, a + sign will be used to indicate this. For example, if a note/tip applies to PSP X and higher versions, I will use the convention "PSP X+".

If you try this tutorial, and find something is inaccurate for your version of PSP, please EMAIL ME to let me know so I can fix it!

Screen shots in this tutorial are resized - your work will be larger than this!



Supplies - For this tutorial, you will need the following:
  • Paint Shop Pro - any version. The latest version of PSP can be found at the Corel site HERE.

  • The PSP file containing the selections for this tutorial - you can get it HERE. ~ ~ Unzip into the folder where you keep your current PSP work.

  • The wood pattern I used for the Curio Cabinet - you can get it HERE. ~ ~ Unzip into the folder where you keep your current PSP work.

  • The Metallic gradient I used for the Curio Cabinet - you can get it HERE. ~ ~ Unzip into your Gradients folder.

  • Note: The selections for this tutorial are contained in alpha channels. When you open the PSP file provided, you will see only a white background. Don't panic, the selections are there - you just can't see them!

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OK, now we're ready to begin! Grab your mouse and let's get started!

Remember to save often!

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STEP 1

For this shelf, I'm using the ss-medwood pattern provided with this tutorial. You can use this one, or another of your own choosing. If you are using the ss-medwood pattern, open it now.

Set the Foreground Material to Pattern and select your wood pattern, Scale = 100%, Angle = 0 (grain up and down). Set the Background Material to Transparent (null).

Open the ss-curiocabinet.psp image. Duplicate the image and close the original. Don't panic - though all you see is a white image, all the selections you'll need are really there - you just can't see them yet!

Add a new raster layer, naming it "back". Load the back selection from the alpha channel and use the Flood Fill tool flood fill tool (F) to fill with the wood pattern. Darken by choosing Adjust...Brightness and Contrast...Brightness/Contrast with Brightness = -41 (minus 41) and Contrast = -33 (minus 33).

Note: We will be using this technique to darken the wood repeatedly throughout this tutorial. Future references will just say "darken" or "darken as before", and will not repeat the path!

Deselect and save!


STEP 2

Add a new raster layer, naming it "bottombacktrim". Load the bottombacktrim selection from the alpha channel. Change the Angle of the foreground pattern to 90 (grain across), flood fill with the wood pattern, and apply an Inner Bevel effect with the following settings

inner bevel
Bevel (#2), Width (3), Smoothness (6), Depth (7), Ambience (2),
Shininess (37), Color (white), Angle (315), Intensity (30), Elevation (53)

Deselect and save!


STEP 3

Add a new raster layer, naming it "leftside". Load the leftside selection from the alpha channel. Change the Angle of the foreground pattern to 0, flood fill with the wood pattern, and darken as before. Deselect.

On the same layer, load the leftsidetrim selection, flood fill with the wood pattern, and apply the same Inner Bevel effect. Deselect.

Apply a Drop Shadow with the following settings:

Vertical Offset (0)
Horizontal Offset (6)
Opacity (87)
Blur (24.7)
Color (black)

Don't worry about the shadow that appears outside the shelf - we'll be cleaning that up later!

Duplicate the "leftside" layer, mirror the duplicate layer, merge these two layers, and rename the merged layer "sides".

Save your work!


STEP 4

Add a new raster layer, naming it "leftshelf". Load the leftshelf selection from the alpha channel. Change the Angle of the foreground pattern to 90, flood fill with the wood pattern, and darken as before. Repeat darkening.

On the same layer, load the leftshelftrim selection, flood will with the wood pattern, and apply the same Inner Bevel effect.

Deselect.

Apply a Drop Shadow with the following settings:

Vertical Offset (6)
Horizontal Offset (0)
Opacity (87)
Blur (22.2)
Color (black)

Repeat the Drop Shadow effect. Save your work!


STEP 5

Add a new raster layer, naming it "toprightshelf". Load the toprightshelf selection from the alpha channel, flood fill with the wood pattern, and darken as before. Repeat darkening.

On the same layer, load the toprightshelftrim selection, flood will with the wood pattern, and apply the same Inner Bevel effect.

Deselect. Apply the same Drop Shadow effect as in STEP 4. Repeat the Drop Shadow effect.

Save your work!


STEP 6

Add a new raster layer, naming it "middlerightshelf". Load the middlerightshelf selection from the alpha channel, flood fill with the wood pattern, and darken as before. Repeat darkening.

On the same layer, load the middlerightshelftrim selection, flood will with the wood pattern, and apply the same Inner Bevel effect.

Deselect. Apply the same Drop Shadow effect as in STEP 4. Repeat the Drop Shadow effect.

Save your work!


STEP 7

Add a new raster layer, naming it "centerdoortrim". Load the centerdoortrim selection from the alpha channel. Change the Angle of the foreground pattern to 0, flood fill with the wood pattern, and apply the same Inner Bevel effect.

Deselect and save your work!


STEP 8

Add a new raster layer, naming it "bottomdoortrim". Load the bottomdoortrim selection from the alpha channel. Change the Angle of the foreground pattern to 90, flood fill with the wood pattern, and apply the same Inner Bevel effect.

Deselect and save your work!


STEP 9

Add a new raster layer, naming it "topdoortrim". Load the topdoortrim selection from the alpha channel, flood fill with the wood pattern, and apply the same Inner Bevel effect.

Deselect and save your work!


STEP 10

Add a new raster layer, naming it "toptrim". Load the toptrim selection from the alpha channel, flood fill with the wood pattern, apply the same Inner Bevel effect EXCEPT change the Bevel to #6 and the Width to 7.

Deselect and save your work!


STEP 11

Now let's clean up those drop shadows a bit where they spilled over.

To make this whole process easier, let's merge all the shelf layers. Hide all layers, and then unhide the 3 shelf layers. Merge these layers, rename the merged layer "shelves", and then make all layers visible.

Make sure the "shelves" layer is activated, and load the cleanuparea selection. Press the DELETE key. Activate the "sides" layer, and repeat. Now all the drop shadow overflows should be gone!

Deselect and save!


STEP 12

Let's build a door! Activate the "toptrim" layer. Add a new raster layer, naming it "leftdoor". Load the leftdoor-h selection from the alpha channel and flood fill with the wood pattern.

On the same layer, load the leftdoor-v selection. Change the Angle of the Foreground Pattern to 0, and flood fill the selections with the wood pattern. Deselect, and apply the same Inner Bevel effect as in STEP 2 - don't forget to change the Bevel back to #2, and the Width back to 3.

Save your work!


STEP 13

On the "leftdoor" layer, click in the space in the middle of the door with the Magic Wand tool magic wand tool. Modify this selection, expanding by 10 pixels. Activate the "toptrim" layer, and add a new raster layer, naming it "leftdoorglass". Flood fill with the Metallic gradient provided with this tutorial (Style = Linear Gradient, Angle = 45, and Repeats = 0). Lower the opacity on this layer to about 10 - 15.

Deselect, and then merge the "leftdoor" and "leftdoorglass" layers, renaming the merged layer "leftdoor". Duplicate this layer, mirror the duplicate layer, and rename the duplicate layer "rightdoor".

Save your work!


STEP 14

Add a new raster layer, naming it "rightknob". Change the Foreground Material to Transparent (null) and the Background Material to Color, and set the color to white. Choose the Preset Shapes tool preset shapes tool (P), and select the Ellipse shape from the drop-list, with the following settings:

Retain style (UNchecked)
Create as vector (UNchecked)
Anti-alias (CHECKED)
Line style (#1 Solid)
Line width (1)

Using the RIGHT mouse button, and with the SHIFT key pressed, draw a 15-pixel circle starting at coordinates (151,216). Apply an an Inner Bevel effect with the following settings:

inner bevel
Bevel (#1), Width (1), Smoothness (10), Depth (5), Ambience (0),
Shininess (80), Color (#808080), Angle (315), Intensity (25), Elevation (40)

Apply a Drop Shadow with the following settings:

Vertical Offset (2)
Horizontal Offset (2)
Opacity (82)
Blur (5.5)
Color (black)

Duplicate the "rightknob" layer and rename the duplicate layer "leftknob". With the Move tool move tool (M), move the left knob into place on the left door, using the guides if necessary to assist in exact placement.

Save your work!


STEP 15

Activate the "topdoortrim" layer, and add a new raster layer, naming it "decodoorleft". Load the decodoorleft selection and flood fill with white. Deselect, and then apply the same Inner Bevel effect as in STEP 14.

Save your work!


STEP 16

Add a new raster layer, naming it "decodoorright". Repeat STEP 15 using the decodoorright selection.

Save your work!


STEP 17

Add a new raster layer, naming it "decotop". Load the decotop selection from the alpha channel and flood fill with white (it will be easier to see what you're doing on this layer if you hide the bottom white layer!!!). Deselect and then apply the same Inner Bevel effect as in the previous step.

Save your work!


STEP 18

Just about done, now! Just need to add the metal trim and hooks to the bottom of the cabinet! Add a new raster layer, naming it "metaltrim-bottom". Load the metaltrim-bottom selection from the alpha channel. Flood fill with white, deselect, and apply the same Inner Bevel effect we've been using for the metal decorations EXCEPT change the Depth to 1.

Deselect and save your work!


STEP 19

Add a new raster layer, naming it "hooks". Load the hooks selection from the alpha channel. Flood fill with white, deselect, and apply the same Inner Bevel effect, changing the Depth back to 5.


STEP 20

Add a new raster layer, naming it "screws". Load the screws selection from the alpha channel. Flood fill with white, deselect, and apply the same Inner Bevel effect.


And that's it - you're done! If you wish to tube your curio cabinet, delete the white background layer, merge all visible layers, and tube! If you wish to place items behind the doors, you might want to save your image with 3 layers:

  • Merge all the back layers ("back", "sides", "bottombacktrim", "screws", "hooks", and "metaltrim-bottom") and call the merged layer "back".
  • Keep the shelves on a layer by themselves - this makes decorating easier.
  • Merge all the other layers, and call this layer "front".

Items placed between the "back" and "front" layers will appear as if behind the doors. Place items below the "shelves" layer to make them appear to be back further on the shelves. Other decorative items can be hung from the metal hooks - if you do this, be sure to erase that part of the hook that is overlapped by the item hanging from it!

Here's the Curio Cabinet decorated with some of my favorite vases:

curio cabinet

Have fun with your Curio Cabinet! Don't forget to sharpen if you resize!


If you have any problems, comments, or questions, please do not hesitate to Email me.


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