Teddy Bear Shelf

teddy bear shelf

Created November 14, 2002 Copyright SuzShook
Made "Version-Independent" March 2009
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Recently, a friend sent me an image of some Cherished Teddies displayed on a gate shelf, and asked me if I thought I could come up with something similar! So I did! This tutorial will help you, too, to make a Teddy Bear Shelf for your "prize guys"! Thanks, Tish, for the challenge and inspiration! Enjoy putting yours together!



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!
  • The wood pattern I used for this shelf - you can get it HERE. ~ ~ Unzip into the folder where you keep your current PSP work.


  • The hinge and handle I used for the teddy bear shelf - you can get them 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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STEP 1

For this shelf, I'm using the ss-tbswood.bmp pattern provided with this tutorial. You can use this one, or another of your own choosing, or you might even want to make your shelf in painted wood! If you are using the ss-tbswood pattern, open it now.

Set the foreground style to pattern and select your wood pattern. If you are using my wood pattern, set Scale = 70%, Angle = 41 (grain at an angle).

Note: The inner bevels I used in this tutorial seemed to work well with the wood pattern I selected. However, for other wood patterns, you may need to make adjustments to these settings. Use what works for you!

Open the ss-teddyshelf.psp image. Duplicate the image and close the original. Don't panic - all the selections are there, stored in alpha channels - you just can't see them yet!


STEP 2

Add a new raster layer, naming it "brace". Load the brace selection from the alpha channel and flood fill with the wood pattern. Apply the following inner bevel:

inner bevel
Bevel (#2), Width (4), Smoothness (0), Depth (3), Ambience (-4),
Shininess (0), Color (white), Angle (326), Intensity (33), Elevation (53)

Deselect and save!


STEP 3

Add a new raster layer, naming it "posts". Load the posts selection from the alpha channel. Change the Angle of the foreground pattern to 90 (grain up and down) and flood fill the posts with the wood pattern. Apply the same inner bevel as in Step 2, EXCEPT change the Bevel to #1 ( inner bevel #1 ).

Deselect and save!


STEP 4

Add a new raster layer, naming it "shelves". Load the shelves selection from the alpha channel. Change the Angle of the foreground pattern to 0 (grain across) and flood fill the shelves with the wood pattern. Darken the shelves by choosing Adjust...Brightness and Contrast...Brightness/Contrast with Brightness = -16 (minus 16) and Contrast = -1 (minus 1).

Deselect and save!


STEP 5

Add a new raster layer, naming it "edges". Load the edges selection from the alpha channel. Flood fill with the wood pattern, and apply the same inner bevel as in Step 2 - don't forget to change the Bevel back to #2 ( img src="vi-bevel2.jpg" width=26 height=26 alt="inner bevel #2"> )!

Contract the selection by 1 pixel, and apply a Drop Shadow with the following settings:

Vertical offset (10)
Horizontal offset (0)
Opacity (91)
Blur (29.6)
Shadow color (black)

Deselect and save!


STEP 6

Now let's add the hardware! I've provided both a hinge and a handle to enhance the "gate-look" of the teddy bear shelf, but feel free to use your own gate hardware. If you are using the hardware provided with the tutorial, open the ss-tbshinge.psp and ss-tbshandle.psp files. Copy the hinge.

Returning to the shelf image, add a new raster layer, naming it "hinges". Paste the hinge as a new selection, moving into place below the top shelf on the first post (see opening image).

When you have this hinge placed, paste a second hinge as a new selection on the same layer, moving into place above the bottom shelf. Deselect.

Add a new raster layer, naming it "handle". Copy the door handle image, and returning to your shelf image, paste as a new selection, moving into place below the top shelf on the sixth post (see opening image). Deselect.

To give the handle a bit of a drop shadow, with your Selection tool, draw a rectangle around just the center part of the handle (Image 1). Click inside your selection - the selection marquee should move to that part of the handle within the original rectangle - the "pull" part of the handle (Image 2):

selecting door handle
door handle only selected
Image 1 Image 2

Defloat the image, and then apply a Drop Shadow with the following settings to the selected portion of the door handle:

Vertical offset (1)
Horizontal offset (3)
Opacity (91)
Blur (7.4)
Shadow color (black)

Deselect and save!



And that's it - you're done! You can delete the white background layer, merge all visible layers and tube if you wish! And then, add the teddy bears - after all, it IS a Teddy Bear Shelf!

Here's another Teddy Bear Shelf done in a country green (#80A68D). For this one, I added some uniform noise (15%), and applied a fine leather texture effect, with Color (black), Angle (239), Blur (4), Number of furrows (3), Length of furrows (4), and Transparency (252):

antique washstand

Have fun with your Teddy Bear Shelf! 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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