Wooden Curio Shelf

wood curio shelf

Created November 7, 2002 Copyright SuzShook
Made "Version-Independent" March 2009
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I'm in "shelf mode" again - just love shelves! This tutorial will teach you how to make a wonderful Wooden Curio Shelf with a heart cutout! It has great possibilities for decorating - can be used in the kitchen or dining room, or decorated with fancy knickknacks in just about any room! It should be a welcome addition to your tubes and shelves collections! 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.

  • The wood pattern I used for the curio shelf - 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-wcswood pattern provided with this tutorial. You can use this one, or another of your own choosing. If you are using the ss-wcswood pattern, open it now.

Set the Foreground Material to Pattern and select your wood pattern, Scale = 100%, Angle = 0 (grain across). Set the Background Material to Transparent (null).

Open the ss-curioshelf.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 "topback". Load the topback selection from the alpha channel and flood fill with the wood pattern. Darken by choosing Adjust...Brightness and Contrast...Brightness/Contrast with Brightness = -25 (minus 25) and Contrast = 0.

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

On the same layer, load the heart selection and press the DELETE key. Deselect. Apply an Inner Bevel effect with the following settings:

inner bevel
Bevel (#2), Width (3), Smoothness (6), Depth (7), Ambience (2),
Shininess (37), Color (white), Angle (315), Intensity (30), Elevation (53)

Deselect and save!


STEP 2

Add a new raster layer, naming it "bottomback". Load the bottomback selection from the alpha channel. Flood fill with the wood pattern, darken as before, and apply the same inner bevel as in STEP 1.

Deselect and save.


STEP 3

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

inner bevel
Bevel (#2), Width (14), Smoothness (15), Depth (5), Ambience (0),
Shininess (4), Color (white), Angle (315), Intensity (50), Elevation (30)

Apply a Drop Shadow with the following settings:

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

Deselect and save!


STEP 4

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

Vertical Offset (6)
Horizontal Offset (0)
Opacity (89)
Blur (19.8)
Color (black)

Deselect and save your work!


STEP 5

Add a new raster layer, naming it "shelves". Load the shelves selection from the alpha channel, and flood fill with the wood pattern. Darken as before.

Deselect and save your work!


STEP 6

Add a new raster layer, naming it "center". Load the center selection from the alpha channel. Change the Angle of the Foreground Pattern to 90 (grain up and down). Flood fill with the wood pattern, and apply an Inner Bevel with the same settings as in STEP 1.

Deselect and save your work!


STEP 7

Activate the "pegs" layer. Add a new raster layer, naming it "rightside". Load the rightside selection from the alpha channel. Flood fill with the wood pattern, darken as before, and apply an Inner Bevel with the same settings as in STEP 1.

On the same layer, load the rightsideedge selection from the alpha channel. Flood fill with the wood pattern, and apply the same inner bevel.

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

Save your work!



And that's it - you're done! To decorate your shelf, merge all layers except the white background layer and the "pegs" layer. Make sure the "pegs" layer is the topmost layer, and then place all decorative items (especially those hanging from the pegs) on layers BELOW the "pegs" layer.

If you wish to tube your wood curio shelf, delete the white background layer, merge all visible layers, and tube!

Here's another Wooden Curio Shelf done in a darker wood, with decorative vases and urns:

wooden curio shelf

Have fun with your Wooden Curio 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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