Pot Rack

pot rack

Created September 15, 2002 Copyright SuzShook
Made "Version-Independent" March 2009
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Found a very simple Pot Rack in a recent catalog, and decided it was just what I needed to display some of the fantastic pots and vases and urns I've been collecting! Will work in the kitchen, too, to load all those colorful Le Creuset pots and pans! This is a really easy one - 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.

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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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Set the foreground style to solid and color to black. Alternately, you can set your foreground color to white and use a BladePro or Super BladePro preset on your pot rack, or even the gold or copper sculpture effect, or you can set it to pattern and use a gold pattern. Set the background style to Transparent (null).

Open the ss-potrack.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 "backleg". Load the backleg selection from the alpha channel and flood fill with black. 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)

Deselect and save!


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

Deselect and save!


Add a new raster layer, naming it "leftleg". Load the leftleg selection from the alpha channel, flood fill with black, and apply the same inner bevel as in Step 1.

Deselect. Duplicate the "leftleg" layer, mirror the duplicate layer, and rename the duplicate layer "rightleg".

Save your work!

And that's it - you're done! If you wish to tube your pot rack, delete the white background layer, merge all visible layers, and tube! It's easier to decorate if you keep a PSP version of the pot rack - then you can place the pot layers above the "shelves" and "backleg" layers, and below the "leftleg" and "rightleg" layers!

Here's another decorated Pot Rack for the kitchen!

pot rack

Have fun with your Pot 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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