Antique Washstand

antique washstand

Created November 10, 2002 Copyright SuzShook
Made "Version-Independent" March 2009
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This tutorial is an attempt to replicate the antique washstand that my husband's parents bought when they set up housekeeping in the early 1900's! We now own this washstand, and I thought it would make a fun item to build with PSP! Hope you 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 the antique washstand - you can get it HERE. ~ ~ Unzip into the folder where you keep your current PSP work.

  • The caster I used for the antique washstand - 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'm using the ss-awswood.psp file provided with this tutorial. You can use this one, or another of your own choosing. If you are using the ss-awswood pattern, open it now.

Set the Foreground Material to Pattern and select your wood pattern. If you are using my wood pattern, set Scale = 40%, Angle = 0 (grain across). For this tutorial, I set the Background Material to the same wood pattern, with Angle = 90 (grain up and down) - this way, I had the wood pattern available in both directions and did not have to keep changing the angle! Flood fill with the Foreground pattern (left mouse button) when you want crosswise grain, and with the Background pattern (right mouse button) when you want up and down grain!

Note: All the drop shadows, cutouts, and 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-washstand.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!

Add a new raster layer, naming it "back". Load the back selection from the alpha channel and flood fill with either wood pattern - grain will not matter for this piece!

Deselect and save!


STEP 2

Add a new raster layer, naming it "backleg-right". Load the backleg-right selection from the alpha channel. Flood fill with the Background wood pattern, invert the selection, and apply a Drop Shadow with the following settings:

Vertical Offset (0)
Horizontal Offset (-2)
Opacity (75)
Blur (7)
Color (black)

Deselect. Duplicate the "backleg-right" layer, mirror the duplicate layer, and rename this layer "backleg-left".

Save your work.


STEP 3

Add a new raster layer, naming it "abovedoors-brace". Load the abovedoors-brace selection from the alpha channel. Flood fill with the Foreground wood pattern, float the selection, and apply a Cutout effect with the following settings:

Vertical Offset (0)
Horizontal Offset (0)
Opacity (100)
Blur (4)
Color (black)
the following cutout:

Deselect and save!


STEP 4

Add a new raster layer, naming it "belowdoors-brace". Load the belowdoors-brace selection from the alpha channel. Flood fill with the Foreground wood pattern, float the selection, and apply the same Cutout effect as in the previous step.

Deselect and save!


STEP 5

Add a new raster layer, naming it "bottom-brace". Load the bottom-brace selection from the alpha channel. Flood fill with the Foreground wood pattern, float the selection, and apply the same Cutout effect as in STEP 3.

Deselect and save!


STEP 6

Now let's build the door. Add a new raster layer, naming it "door". Load the door-h selection from the alpha channel. Flood fill with the Foreground wood pattern, float the selection, and apply the same Cutout effect as in STEP 3.

On the same layer, load the door-v selection from the alpha channel. Flood fill with the Background wood pattern, float the selection, and apply the same Cutout effect as in STEP 3. Deselect.

Using the Magic Wand tool, select the space in the middle of the door. Expand the selection by 1 pixel, invert the selection, and apply a Drop Shadow with the following settings:

Vertical Offset (0)
Horizontal Offset (0)
Opacity (61)
Blur (12.9)
Color (black)

Add a new raster layer, naming it "doorpanel", and move it BELOW the "door" layer in the Layer Palette. Load the doorpanel selection from the alpha channel, and flood fill with the Foreground pattern. Deselect.

Merge the "door" and "doorpanel" layers, renaming the merged layer "door-right". Duplicate this layer, mirror the duplicate layer, and rename as "door-left".

Save your work!


STEP 7

Add a new raster layer, naming it "drawer". Load the drawer selection from the alpha channel. Flood fill with the Foreground wood pattern, float the selection, and apply the same Cutout effect as in STEP 3.

Deselect and save!


STEP 8

Add a new raster layer, naming it "frontleg-right". Load the frontleg-right selection from the alpha channel. Flood fill with the Background wood pattern, invert the selection, and apply a Drop Shadow with the following settings:

Vertical Offset (0)
Horizontal Offset (-2)
Opacity (75)
Blur (7)
Color (black)

Deselect. Duplicate the "frontleg-right" layer, mirror the duplicate layer, and rename this layer "frontleg-left".

Save your work.


STEP 9

Open the ss-awscaster.psp file provided with this tutorial. Copy the caster and returning to your washstand image, paste the caster as a new layer. Rename this layer "caster-frl". Move the caster off to the side of the washstand (otherwise it will be "lost" behind the washstand!!), and then move the "caster-frl" layer down in the layer stack to just above the white background layer. Now move the caster into position below the front right leg as shown below:

front right leg caster

Duplicate the "caster-frl" layer, mirror the duplicate, and rename the duplicate layer "caster-fll". Duplicate the "caster-frl" layer again, and move into position below the back right leg, renaming this layer "caster-brl". Finally, duplicate the "caster-brl" layer, mirror, and rename as "caster-bll". Now all 4 legs should have casters!

Save your work.


STEP 10

Activate the "frontleg-left" layer. Add a new raster layer, naming it "center". Load the center selection from the alpha channel. Flood fill with the Background wood pattern, and apply an Inner Bevel effect with the following settings:

inner bevel
Bevel (#2), Width (4), Smoothness (20), Depth (3), Ambience (-3),
Shininess (13), Color (white), Angle (315), Intensity (50), Elevation (30)

Deselect and save!


STEP 11

Add a new raster layer, naming it "top". Load the top selection from the alpha channel. Flood fill with the Foreground wood pattern, and apply the same Inner Bevel effect as in STEP 10.

Deselect and save!


STEP 12

Add a new raster layer, naming it "top-middlebrace". Load the top-middlebrace selection from the alpha channel. Flood fill with the Foreground wood pattern.

Deselect and save!


STEP 13

Add a new raster layer, naming it "towelbar". Load the towelbar selection from the alpha channel. Flood fill with the Foreground wood pattern and apply the same Inner Bevel effect as in STEP 10.

Deselect and save!


STEP 14

Add a new raster layer, naming it "top-towelrack-right". Load the top-towelrack-right selection from the alpha channel. Flood fill with the Background wood pattern. Deselect. Duplicate this layer, mirror the duplicate, and then merge these two layers ("top-towelrackright" and "Copy of top-towelrackright") with the "top-middlebrace" layer, renaming the merged layer as "top-towelrack". Now apply the same Inner Bevel effect as in STEP 10.

Save your work!


STEP 15

Add a new raster layer, naming it "knobs". Load the knobs selection from the alpha channel. Flood fill with the Foreground wood pattern, and apply the same Inner Bevel effect as in STEP 10. Contract the selection by 1 pixel and apply a Drop Shadow with the following settings:

Vertical Offset (0)
Horizontal Offset (0)
Opacity (100)
Blur (21)
Color (black)

Deselect and save!


STEP 16

Add a new raster layer, naming it "top-bottombrace". Load the top-bottombrace selection from the alpha channel. Flood fill with the Foreground wood pattern, and apply the following inner bevel:

inner bevel
Bevel (#2), Width (20), Smoothness (35), Depth (5), Ambience (0),
Shininess (30), Color (white), Angle (315), Intensity (50), Elevation (30)

Deselect and save!


STEP 17

Just one last item - need to get a shadow beneath the washstand. To do this, activate the backleg-left layer. Add a new raster layer, naming it "shadow". Load the shadow selection from the alpha channel and apply a Drop Shadow with the following settings, two or three times:

Vertical Offset (10)
Horizontal Offset (0)
Opacity (91)
Blur (81.5)
Color (black)

On that same layer, load the cleanup selection from the alpha channel, and press the DELETE key. This will remove the extraneous shadow along the sides of the washstand!

Deselect and save!



And that's it - you're done! If you wish to tube your washstand, delete the white background layer, merge all visible layers, and tube!

Here's another Antique Washstand done in a darker wood:

antique washstand

Have fun with your Antique Washstand! 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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