Metal Plate Rack

plate rack

Created November 26, 2002 Copyright SuzShook
Made "Version-Independent" March 2009
Property of SuzShook

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This metal display rack makes it easy to display your plates and decorate your walls! This plate rack can be made of using PSP only, or using a Super BladePro metallic preset! This is a really simple tutorial - the fun's in the decorating!



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.
    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

Set the background style to Transparent (null). Set the foreground style to solid and color to black. Alternately, you can set the foreground color to white, and use one of the Sculpture presets, or a Super BladePro preset for your plate rack. If you decide to use white for your fill, hide the white background layer, or change it to a dark color. The instructions in this tutorial are for a black metal plate rack.

Open the ss-platerack.psp image. Duplicate the image and close the original. Don't panic - all you'll see is a white image, but don't worry, the selections are there - you just can't see them yet!

Add a new raster layer, naming it "back". Load the crossbars selection from the alpha channel and flood fill with black. On the same layer, load the toploops selection from the alpha channel and flood fill with black. Continuing on the same layer, load the backoutside selection from the alpha channel and flood fill with black. Load the backinside selection from the alpha channel and flood fill with black. And finally, load the platebraces-bottom selection from the alpha channel and flood fill with black. Deselect.

Apply an Inner Bevel effect using the Round preset distributed with Paint Shop Pro. Just in case you don't have this preset, here are the settings:

Round preset
Bevel (#2), Width (14), Smoothness (15), Depth (12), Ambience (0),
Shininess (50), Color (white), Angle (315), Intensity (27), Elevation (30)

As an alternative, for a gunmetal gray look, try the Metallic preset:

Metallic preset
Bevel (#1), Width (1), Smoothness (10), Depth (5), Ambience (0),
Shininess (80), Color (white), Angle (315), Intensity (25), Elevation (40)

Save your work!


STEP 2

Add a new raster layer, naming it "front". Load the platebraces-front selection from the alpha channel, flood fill with black, and apply the same inner bevel.

Deselect and save!

Essentially, you're done! To add plates to your plate rack, insert layers between the "back" and "front" layers, allowing your plates to rest on the bottom braces. You can find the tutorial for the Songbird Plates HERE!

Have fun with your Plate Rack! 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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