Teardrop Shelf

Created August 22, 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 wooden teardrop-shaped shelf I received as a Christmas gift a few years ago. It's not only fun to make, but it's a ball to decorate, too!



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 wood patterns I used for the teardrop shelf - you can get them HERE. ~ ~ Unzip into the folder where you keep your current PSP work.

  • The teardrop preset shape (in case you don't have it) - you can get it HERE. ~ ~ Unzip into your Preset Shapes folder.

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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 used the two wood patterns provided with this tutorial. You can use these, or others of your own choosing. Set the Foreground Material to Pattern and select a dark wood pattern - I used the Finished Wood pattern provided, Scale = 100%, Angle = 90. Set the Background Material to Transparent (null).

Open a new transparent image, 400 x 600 - this will give you plenty of space to work. Choose the Preset Shapes tool preset shapes tool (P), and select the Teardrop 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 (9),
Note: If you do not have the Tear Drop shape, one has been provided with this tutorial called TearDrop.PspShape. Unzip into your Preset Shapes folder.

Add a new raster layer, naming it "front", and draw a teardrop from coordinates (50,50) to coordinates (300,500). Apply an Inner Bevel effect with the following settings:

inner bevel
Bevel (#2), Width (8), Smoothness (40), Depth (16), Ambience (-27),
Shininess (37), Color (white), Angle (135), Intensity (31), Elevation (88)

With the Magic Wand tool magic wand tool, click outside the teardrop shape, invert the selection, and save the selection to the alpha channel, naming it "front".

Deselect and save.


STEP 2

Add a new raster layer, naming it "back", and draw a teardrop from coordinates (50,50) to coordinates (295,470). Apply the same inner bevel as in STEP 1.

Adjust the position of the back as needed, and move the "back" layer below the "front" layer on the Layer Palette. Save your work!


STEP 3

Activate the "front" layer. Add a layer, naming it "topbrace". With the Selection tool selection tool (S) set to Triangle, make a triangle which covers the top of the teardrop. It can be any size, as long as it covers the tip of the teardrop:

selection for top brace

Flood fill the triangle with the darker wood pattern. With the "topbrace" layer still active, load the "front" selection from the alpha channel, contract the selection by 9 pixels, invert the selection, and press the DELETE key! Deselect and apply the same inner bevel as in STEP 1. Save your work!


STEP 4

Add a new raster layer, naming it "bottom shelf". Change the Foreground Pattern to a light wood pattern - I used the Pine pattern provided with this tutorial, Scale = 50%, Angle = 0. Click on the Swap Materials button ( swap materials icon ) to exchange the Foreground and Background materials.

Choose the Preset Shapes tool again, this time with Shape Type of Rectangle, and Line width of 1.

Draw a rectangle that is about 16 pixels in height across the bottom of the teardrop frame. Don't worry about the width of the rectangle - just as long as it's as wide as the teardrop frame:

bottom shelf

Use the Pick tool pick tool (K) with the CTRL key pressed to drag either top corner handle of the rectangle toward the center so that the back corners are just at the back edge of the frame:

bottom shelf after deformation
Version Note: The Pick tool was new in PSP X - in prior versions, use the Raster Deform tool raster deform tool (D). Note that the Raster Deform tool is still available in higher levels of PSP - it's not on the default Tool toolbar, but it still exists, can be accessed by its former Shortcut key, D, and can even be moved back to the Tools toolbar if desired using PSP's Customize facility.

Don't worry about the front edge for now - we'll fix that in a bit. Sharpen as needed, and save your work!


STEP 5

Add a new raster layer, naming it "bottom shelf edge". With the Preset Shapes tool, make another rectangle 15 pixels in height along the bottom of the bottom shelf. Again, don't worry if the rectangle is wider than the teardrop frame - we'll be fixing that next!

Choose Adjust...Brightness and Contrast...Brightness/Contrast with Brightness = 60 and Contrast = 0 to lighten the color of this piece of wood.

Position the bottom shelf edge rectangle so that it just meets the bottom shelf at the front edge of the frame:

bottom shelf

Hide all layers except the "bottom shelf" and "bottom shelf edge" layers, and merge visible, renaming the merged layer "bottom shelf". Unhide all layers. With the "bottom shelf" layer active, load the "front" selection from the alpha channel, contract the selection by 6 pixels, invert the selection, and press the DELETE key! Cleaned that up, didn't we!

Deselect and save.


STEP 6

Add a new raster layer, naming it "center support". Change the Angle of the background pattern to 90. With the Preset Shapes tool, draw a narrow rectangle that extends from the top brace to the bottom shelf, overlapping both, as shown here:

center support

Apply an Inner Bevel effect with the following settings:

inner bevel
Bevel (#8), Width (25), Smoothness (100), Depth (11), Ambience (0),
Shininess (19), Color (white), Angle (357), Intensity (48), Elevation (29)

Use the Move tool move tool (M) to center if necessary. Save your work!


STEP 7

Activate the "bottom shelf" layer. Add a new raster layer, naming it "middle shelf". Change the Angle of the background pattern back to 0. With the Preset Shapes tool, draw a rectangular shelf on the right side of the center support, about 1/3 of the way up the support. To give it the proper perspective, this rectangle should have just a bit less height than the bottom shelf, about 12-13 pixels. Though this rectangle can extend outside the right side of the frame, its left side should be "hidden" behind the center support - use the Move tool to adjust as necessary.

Use the Pick tool with the SHIFT key pressed to drag the top right corner handle of the rectangle toward the center so that it just meets the back edge of the frame. Sharpen as needed, and save your work!


STEP 8

Add a new raster layer, naming it "middle shelf edge". Now repeat STEP 5, creating the middle shelf edge, lightening its color, merging it with the middle shelf, and deleting the excess outside the frame.


STEP 9

Add a new raster layer, naming it "top shelf". With the Preset Shapes tool, draw a rectangular shelf on the left side of the center support, about 2/3 of the way up the support. Again, for perspective, this rectangle should have just a bit less height than the middle shelf, about 8 pixels. Make sure the right side of the rectangle is "hidden" under the center support.

Use the Pick tool with the SHIFT key pressed to drag the top left corner handle of the rectangle toward the center so that it just meets the back edge of the frame. Sharpen as needed, and save your work!


STEP 10

Add a new raster layer, naming it "top shelf edge". Repeat STEP 5 for the top shelf.


STEP 11

Merge visible layers. Move the teardrop shelf down so you have room to add the rope. Add a new raster layer, naming it "rope", and move this layer below the merged layer on the Layer Palette. Using the Rope tube supplied with PSP, with Scale = 37, draw a loop of rope to hang the shelf from. You may want to darken this rope's color - I used Adjust...Brightness and Contrast...Brightness/Contrast with Brightness = -78 (minus 78) and Contrast = 0 to accomplish this!


That's it - you're done! Merge all visible layers and tube your image! Don't forget to sharpen if you resize! Now the fun begins - decorating the Teardrop Shelf! Enjoy!


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


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