Wall Organizer

wall organizer

Created August 28, 2002 Copyright SuzShook
Made "Version-Independent" March 2009
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I'm still in my "shelf mode" - just love shelves! This tutorial will teach you how to make the wall organizer my husband made for me a few years ago! It's in my kitchen, and always has current mail in the mail slots, waiting to go out - that's actually why he made it, 'cause we needed a spot to keep the bills until we mailed them! Hope you enjoy making your own wall organizer!



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.

  • The Finished Wood pattern - 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

For this shelf, I used the Finished Wood pattern provided with the tutorial. Open this pattern now. You can use this one, or another of you own choosing. Note, however, that the darkening techniques I used work for the Finished Wood pattern - they may need to be adjusted if you use other wood patterns.

Set the Foreground Material to Pattern and select the Finished Wood pattern, Scale = 50%, Angle = 0 (grain across). Set the Background Material to Color, and the color to white.

Open the wallorganizer.psp image. Duplicate the image and close the original. Don't panic - all the selections are there - you just can't see them yet!

Add a new raster layer, naming it "topback". Load the topback selection from the alpha channel, Flood Fill with your wood pattern, and apply an Inner Bevel Effect with the following settings:

inner bevel
Bevel (#2), Width (6), Smoothness (40), Depth (4), Ambience (4),
Shininess (0), Color (white), Angle (180), Intensity (37), Elevation (40)

Deselect and save!


STEP 2

Add a new raster layer, naming it "leftside". Load the leftside-topfront selection from the alpha channel. Change the Angle of the foreground pattern to 90 (grain up and down). Flood Fill with your wood pattern, and darken by choosing Colors...Adjust...Brightness/Contrast with Brightness = -20 (minus 20) and Contrast = 0. Deselect.

Note: We will be using this technique to darken the wood repeatedly throughout this tutorial. Future references will just say "darken as before", and will not repeat the path!

On the same layer, load the leftside selection from the alpha channel, Flood Fill with the wood pattern, and darken as before, same settings.

On the same layer, load the leftside-topback selection from the alpha channel, Flood Fill with the wood pattern, and darken as before, this time changing the Brightness to -50 (minus 50).

Finally, still on the same layer, load the leftside-edge selection from the alpha channel, Flood Fill with the wood pattern, and darken as before, changing Brightness back to -20 (minus 20). Then apply an Inner Bevel Effect with the following settings:

inner bevel
Bevel (#2), Width (6), Smoothness (40), Depth (7), Ambience (4),
Shininess (0), Color (white), Angle (180), Intensity (65), Elevation (40)

Deselect. Duplicate this layer, mirror, and rename the duplicate layer "rightside".

Save your work!


STEP 3

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. Darken as before, same settings.

Deselect and save your work!


STEP 4

Add a new raster layer, naming it "smalldividers-sides". Load the smalldividers-sides selection from the alpha channel. Change the Angle of the foreground pattern to 90 (grain up and down), and Flood Fill the selection. Darken as before, changing Brightness to -40 (minus 40).

Deselect and save!


STEP 5

Add a new raster layer, naming it "dividers-sides". Load the dividers-sides selection from the alpha channel and Flood Fill with the wood pattern. Darken as before, same settings.

Deselect and save your work!


STEP 6

Add a new raster layer, naming it "shelfedges". Load the shelfedges selection from the alpha channel. Change the Angle of the foreground pattern to 0 (grain across), and Flood Fill with the wood pattern. Apply an Inner Bevel Effect with the following settings:

inner bevel
Bevel (#2), Width (6), Smoothness (40), Depth (7), Ambience (4),
Shininess (0), Color (white), Angle (0), Intensity (42), Elevation (47)

Add a Drop Shadow with the following settings:

Vertical Offset (6)
Horizontal Offset (0)
Opacity (80)
Blur (35.8)
Color (black)

Repeat the drop shadow.

Deselect and save your work!


STEP 7

Add a new raster layer, naming it "drawer". Load the drawer selection from the alpha channel and Flood Fill with the wood pattern. Float the selection and apply a Cutout effect with the following settings:

Vertical Offset (0)
Horizontal Offset (0)
Opacity (100)
Blur (11.3)
Color (black)

On the same layer, load the drawertrim selection from the alpha channel. Change the Angle of the foreground pattern to 90 (grain up and down), and Flood Fill with the wood pattern. Darken as before, changing Brightness to -50 (minus 50).

Deselect and save!


STEP 8

Add a new raster layer, naming it "knob". Load the knob selection from the alpha channel. Flood Fill with white, and apply an Inner Bevel Effect with the following settings:

inner bevel
Bevel (#3), Width (1), Smoothness (100), Depth (24), Ambience (-42),
Shininess (31), Color (white), Angle (315), Intensity (50), Elevation (60)

Contract the selection by 6 and Flood Fill with white again. Apply some gold for the screw - I used Super BladePro, with the gold furnace preset, but you can use any gold pattern or SBP preset you want.

Deselect. Apply a Drop Shadow with the following settings:

Vertical Offset (2)
Horizontal Offset (2)
Opacity (87)
Blur (9.9)
Color (black)

Save your work!


STEP 9

Add a new raster layer, naming it "dividers". Load the dividers selection from the alpha channel, Flood Fill with your wood pattern, and darken as before, changing the Brightness to -20 (minus 20). Then apply an Inner Bevel with the same settings as in STEP 2.

Deselect and save!


STEP 10

Add a new raster layer, naming it "smalldividers-fronts". Load the smalldividers-fronts selection from the alpha channel. Flood Fill with the wood pattern, and darken as before, and apply an Inner Bevel with the same settings as in STEP 2.

Deselect and save!


And that's it - you're done! Merge all visible layers except the white layer, which can be deleted, and tube. Then it's time to decorate! Have fun with your wall organizer! 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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