Summer Steps

Summer Steps

Created May 22, 2002 Copyright SuzShook
Made "Version-Independent" March 2009
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This is a really different tutorial for me - I saw an image in one of my cross stitch catalogs, and thought I'd try to create it! And here is the result! I called it Summer Steps, because of all the plants and gardening supplies you can use to decorate the steps!



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 step selections - you can get them HERE. ~ ~ Unzip into your Selections folder.

  • The old wood pattern - 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 hammer and nails, and let's go build some steps!

Remember to save often!

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STEP 1

Let's start by setting up our Materials Palette.

Open the oldwood.jpg pattern you downloaded.

Set the Foreground Material to Color, and the color to dark grey - I used #808080. Set the Background Material to Color, and the color to black.

Set the Foreground Material to Pattern, using the oldwood image as your pattern, with Scale = 50 and Angle = 90.


STEP 2

Open a new transparent image, 344 x 382 pixels in size. Add a layer and call it "supports". Load the "supports" selection and FLOOD FILL flood fill tool with the oldwood pattern. Apply an Inner Bevel effect with these settings:

inner bevel
Bevel (#2), Width (3), Smoothness (8), Depth (19), Ambience (-37),
Shininess (10), Color (white), Angle (325), Intensity (36), Elevation (88)

Deselect and SAVE!


STEP 3

Add a layer and call it "steps". Load the "steps" selection. Change the Angle on the pattern to 45 and flood fill the selection with the oldwood pattern. Apply an Inner Bevel effect using the same settings as in STEP 2. Add a Drop Shadow with the following settings:

Vertical Offset (11)
Horizontal Offset (0)
Opacity (82)
Blur (22.2)
Color (black)

Repeat the Drop Shadow, same settings. Don't worry about the "extra" shadow below the supports and steps - this will be hidden eventually by grass and plants!

Deselect and SAVE!


STEP 4

Add a layer and call it "vtrim". Load the "vtrim" selection. Change the Angle on the pattern to 90 and flood fill the selection with the oldwood pattern. Apply an Inner Bevel effect with these settings:

inner bevel
Bevel (#9), Width (7), Smoothness (55), Depth (16), Ambience (-27),
Shininess (13), Color (white), Angle (135), Intensity (35), Elevation (88)

Deselect and SAVE!


STEP 5

Add a layer and call it "htrim". Load the "htrim" selection. Change the Angle on the pattern to 0 and flood fill the selection with the oldwood pattern. Apply an Inner Bevel effect using the same settings as in the previous step.

Deselect and SAVE!


STEP 6

Add a layer and call it "nails". Load the "nails" selection. Flood fill with black using the right mouse button and apply an Inner Bevel effect using the Round preset:

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

If you wish to make your own nails, use the PAINT BRUSH tool paint brush tool with Shape = Round, Size = 4, Hardness, Opacity and Density = 100, and Step = 25. Add black nails as shown, and then apply an Inner Bevel effect as above.

Deselect and SAVE! Here's what we have:

step 6 image

STEP 7

Set the Background Material to Gradient, choosing the #1 Foreground-Background gradient provided with PSP, with Style = Linear Gradient, Angle = 0, and Repeats = 0. Unless you've changed your colors, they should already be set (foreground - dark grey and background - black).

Activate the bottom layer (Raster 1). Add a layer and call it "shadow". Load the "shadow" selection. Using your right mouse button, Flood fill with the gradient to darken the area under the steps.

Deselect and SAVE!


STEP 8

That's it! Essentially, you're done! Now you can add your decorations - sky, grass, flowers, tools, and whatever else you want to have on your summer steps! Be sure to activate the top layer before adding all these goodies, and put each item on a separate layer so you can move them around until you get things the way you want them! When you're done, add Drop Shadows to all your items - I used a Drop Shadow with the following settings:

Vertical Offset (0)
Horizontal Offset (0)
Opacity (67)
Blur (14.8)
Color (black)

You might even want to add a frame - I made mine using the oldwood pattern.

Then all that's left to do is watermark, merge all layers, save, and you're finished!

Don't forget to sharpen your image if you resize it at this point!


Here's another Summer Steps image I made using other tubes for decoration:

Summer Steps 2


Hope you have enjoyed this tutorial as much as I did creating it!


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

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