Paper Towel Shelf

paper towel shelf

Created August 25, 2002 Copyright SuzShook
Made "Version-Independent" March 2009
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I just love shelves, almost as much as frames! I've done every single shelf tutorial I could find on the web, and decided to add a few of my own! This tutorial will teach you how to make the paper towel dispenser shelf my husband made for me a few years ago! It sits right above my laundry sink, and is decorated just as you see in the image above! Hope you enjoy hanging your own paper towels!



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 paper towel shelf - you can get it HERE. ~ ~ Unzip into the folder where you keep your current PSP work.
  • 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 yet!

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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, For this shelf, I used the Stained Wood pattern provided with the tutorial. Open this pattern now. You can use this one, or another of you own choosing. Note, however, that the darkening techniques I used work for the Stained Wood pattern - they may need to be adjusted if you use other wood patterns.

Set the Foreground Material to Pattern and select your wood pattern, Scale = 50%, Angle = 90 (grain up and down). Set the Background Material to Transparent (null).

Open the papertowel_shelf.psp image. Duplicate the image and close the original. Don't panic - all the selections are there - you just can't see them yet!

Add a new raster layer, naming it "leftfront-bottom". Load the leftfront-bottom selection from the alpha channel, Flood Fill with your wood pattern, and apply an Inner Bevel effect with the following settings:

inner bevel
Bevel (#2), Width (6), Smoothness (40), Depth (7), Ambience (4),
Shininess (0), Color (white), Angle (345), Intensity (39), Elevation (35)

Deselect and save!


STEP 2

Add a new raster layer, naming it "leftside". Load the leftside selection from the alpha channel, Flood Fill with your wood pattern, and darken its color by choosing Adjust...Brightness and Contrast...Brightness/Contrast with Brightness = -50 (minus 50) and Contrast = -40 (minus 40).

Deselect and save!


STEP 3

Add a new raster layer, naming it "leftfront-top". Load the leftfront-top selection from the alpha channel, Flood Fill with your wood pattern, and apply the same inner bevel as in STEP 1. Deselect.

Hide Layer1, and merge visible layers, renaming the merged layer "leftside". Duplicate this layer, mirror, and rename the duplicate layer "rightside".

Sharpen as needed. Activate the "rightside" layer. Select all, float, contract the selection by 1 and apply a Drop Shadow with the following settings:

Vertical Offset (12)
Horizontal Offset (-12)
Opacity (80)
Blur (43.2)
Color (black)

Deselect. Activate the "leftside" layer. Select all, float, contract the selection by 1 and apply the same drop shadow as above, EXCEPT changing the Horizontal offset to 12.

Deselect and save your work!


STEP 4

Activate the "rightside" layer. Add a new raster layer, naming it "front". Load the front selection from the alpha channel. Change the Angle of the foreground pattern to 0 (grain across), and Flood Fill the front selection. Apply the same inner bevel as in STEP 1. Modify the selection, contracting by 1, and apply a Drop Shadow with the following settings:

Vertical Offset (20)
Horizontal Offset (0)
Opacity (80)
Blur (43.2)
Color (black)

Deselect. Use the Move tool move tool (M) to re-position the sides as needed.

Save your work!


STEP 5

Activate the "front" layer. Add a new raster layer, naming it "top". Load the top selection from the alpha channel. Flood Fill with the wood pattern.

Deselect and save!


STEP 6

Add a new raster layer, naming it "topedge". Load the topedge selection from the alpha channel and Flood Fill with the wood pattern. Apply the same inner bevel as in STEP 1, changing the Angle to 280.

Deselect, and apply a Drop Shadow with the following settings:

Vertical Offset (4)
Horizontal Offset (0)
Opacity (80)
Blur (7.4)
Color (black)

Save your work!


STEP 7

Activate the "rightside" layer.

Add a new raster layer, naming it "dowel". Load the dowel selection from the alpha channel and Flood Fill it with the wood pattern. Apply an Inner Bevel effect with the following settings:

inner bevel
Bevel (#2), Width (11), Smoothness (63), Depth (26), Ambience (-46),
Shininess (4), Color (white), Angle (180), Intensity (48), Elevation (62)

Deselect. We now need to remove the extra beveling from the ends of the dowel. To do this, activate the Raster Deform tool (D), and drag both the center left and center right handles out (as shown below), increasing the width of the dowel.

deformation screen
Note: Even though the Pick tool pick tool (K) replaced the Raster Deform tool in PSP X, the Raster Deform tool is still available and can be selected using its shortcut key, D. The Raster Deform tool works much better for this particular action.

Choose the Selection tool selection tool (S), Selection type = Rounded Rectangle, and draw a rectangle from coordinates (72,181) to coordinates (428,230). Invert the selection, and press the DELETE key. Deselect; sharpen as needed. Then apply a Drop Shadow with the following settings:

Vertical Offset (0)
Horizontal Offset (-3)
Opacity (100)
Blur (0)
Color (black)

Repeat the drop shadow, changing the Horizontal offset to 3.

Save your work!


STEP 8

Add a new raster layer, naming it "paper towels". Set the foreground style to solid and color to offwhite - I used #EFEDED. Load the paper towels selection from the alpha channel and Flood Fill with your offwhite color. If you want "quilted" paper towels, you can apply a texture! Then apply the following inner bevel:

inner bevel
Bevel (#2), Width (13), Smoothness (0), Depth (3), Ambience (17),
Shininess (0), Color (white), Angle (27), Intensity (32), Elevation (40)

Deselect and save!


STEP 9

To add a highlight so you can see the edge of the next paper towel sheet, choose the Selection tool and draw a rectangle around the top 2/3 of the paper towel roll. Click inside the selection - the selection marquee should surround just the top of the paper towel roll:

selection
Note: In this image, the "front", "top", and "top edge" layers have been hidden
so the selection is more easily visible.

Promote this selection to a layer. Deselect, and then activate the Raster Deform tool. With the CTRL key pressed, drag one of the lower corner handles out 2 or 3 pixels.

Activate the "paper towels" layer. Reload the paper towels selection from the alpha channel. Contract the selection by 1 and apply a Drop Shadow with the following settings:

Vertical Offset (20)
Horizontal Offset (0)
Opacity (80)
Blur (43.2)
Color (black)
Deselect and save!

STEP 10

If you DO NOT want colored borders on your paper towels, go on to Step 11!

Hide all layers except the "Promoted Selection" layer.

Add a new raster layer above the "Promoted Selection" layer, and select a small design to place along the sides of the paper towel roll. Duplicate the design layer several times. Move each image into place along the border, being careful to follow the curve of the paper towel roll. Do not worry about parts of your design falling outside the paper towel roll - we will fix that shortly! I used a small tole flower tube for my border. When you have finished placing your design along both edges, hide the "Promoted Selection" layer - all layers should be hidden except the border image layers. Merge visible layers, and rename the merged layer "top decorations". Unhide the "Promoted Selection" layer.

To erase any parts of images that may have fallen outside the towel roll, activate the "Promoted Selection" layer, select all, float, and invert the selection. Now activate the "top decorations" layer and press the DELETE key! Deselect.

Repeat the above for the lower section of the paper towel roll - the "paper towels" layer - this time adding your decoration layers below the "Promoted Selection" layer. Again, do not worry about going above or below the bottom 1/3 of the paper towel roll. Because these layers are below the "Promoted Selection" layer, anything you place above the bottom 1/3 of the roll will be hidden behind the top paper towel! Any parts of images that fall below the paper towel roll will be removed just like before! When you have finished placing your design along both edges of the lower part of the paper towel roll, hide all but the border image layers, merge visible layers, and rename the merged layer "bottom decorations". Unhide the "paper towels" layer.

To erase any parts of images that may have fallen outside the towel roll, activate the "bottom decorations" layer, reload the paper towels selection from the alpha channel, invert the selection and press the DELETE key!

Deselect, unhide all layers, and save! Your paper towels are now quilted and bordered. I found that my decorations looked more realistic if I lowered the opacity on both decorations layers to about 52.


STEP 11

Activate the "Promoted Selection" layer, and apply a Drop Shadow with the following settings:

Vertical Offset (1)
Horizontal Offset (0)
Opacity (22)
Blur (7.1)
Color (black)



That's it - you're done! Merge all visible layers except the white background, which you can delete, and tube your image! Don't forget to sharpen if you resize!

Now it's time to decorate! I used the mini bookshelf that's on my paper towel shelf, and a variation of Christina's bear! Have fun with yours!


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


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