PI5 Jukebox


Jukeboxes, those uniquely American icons of pizza parlors and drugstore lunch counters, are fast disappearing from the public landscape. Because they are increasingly rare, a lot of people who love them collect and restore jukeboxes.

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If you have fond memories of slipping quarters into the jukebox to play your favorite songs (over and over and over again!) why not make one for yourself? PI 5.0's wonderful new presets, gradients and shapes make it easy -- and a whole lot cheaper -- to build your very own jukebox. (Download ZIP kit)

There are a lot of steps in this tutorial, and you'll be making a lot of objects. If you're a PI newbie, please don't try this tutorial unless you're sure you're comfortable using the Path tool to make objects, and with editing them from the Material box and EasyPalette Galleries. This tutorial requires that you know how to duplicate and paste objects, and move them around or select them using the Pick or standard selection tool. Remember to save each object to your hard drive, as a UFO or to your EasyPalette Library, just in case disaster strikes.

Start by creating a new True Color file 300 x 450 pixels with a black canvas. Select the Path Drawing tool, Rounded Rectangle shape, 3D Round mode. Draw a tall, narrow shape like the one at left. Open the EasyPalette's Material Gallery, Plastic, and double click Remove Material. Doing so gets rid of any previously used presets and turns your object a pale gray color.

side piece shape

In the Attributes toolbar, click in the Color box and select Gradient Fill. When the Gradient Fill dialog box opens, pick the diagonal Fill type, Multiple-color and click in the associated color box. When the Palette Ramp Editor opens, select Palette 016. Click OK to close the box, then click OK to apply the gradient.

In the Attributes toolbar, click the Material button to open the Material box. Click the Shading tab and select Metallic, Gold, taking the default values. Click OK to apply.

add gradient

Right click on the gold cylinder object and Duplicate. Drag the duplicate over to the other side of the image. Switch to the Pick tool. Click on one object, then hold down on the Shift key while clicking the other one, so they're both selected. Choose Object, Align, Top, which lines the objects up on the same horizontal plane. You'll probably need to adjust the difference between them later, but leave them like this for now.

duplicate and align horizontally

Return to the Path Drawing tool. Click Shape, Custom Shape, to open the Custom Shape box. Select Arch 3.

Draw a large Arch shape like this one. Position it so that it overlaps the two cylinder objects slightly. Drag the Border slider in the Attributes toolbar down to the left to flatten out the surface of the object.

draw door shaped path

Notice that the Multiple color gradient fill and Metallic preset qualities from the cylinders "sticks" to the new object.

In the Attributes toolbar, click Shape, Custom Shape, to open the Custom Shape box. Pick the Half Circle shape. Draw a shape like the one at left. It should be wide enough to fill in the area between the two cylinders.

add half circle shape

If you don't get it the right size, use the Transform tool, Resize option, to make the shape the right size. Switch to the Pick tool. Use the Order options in the Attribute toolbar to send the new object to the back of the stack.

Select the Path Drawing tool and click on the new half circle shape to make it active. In the Attributes toolbar, click in the Color box and select Gradient fill. When the Gradient Fill box opens, select a radial gradient Fill type, and Multiple colors. Click in the Color box to open the Palette Ramp Editor. Select Palette 024. Now the Gradient Fill box looks like this.

gradient fill box

Drag the Border slider down to the left slowly. You'll notice that the gradient colors will concentrate around the edges of the object, creating a kind of rainbow edge effect, effortlessly.

gradient applied to half circle shape

Click on the larger arch shaped object to make it active. Apply the same Multiple color gradient fill to this object. In other words, click in the Attributes toolbar's Color box and choose Gradient fill. When the Gradient Fill box opens, select the radial gradient Fill type, select Multiple color, and click in the Color box to open the Palette Ramp Editor. Select Palette 024 again. Click OK to close the box, and click OK to close the Gradient Fill box. Drag the Border slider down to the left again to flatten the surface of the object and to distribute most of the gradient around the edges.

gradient applied to large arch object

Draw another Half Circle path object like this one. It should fit in the center top of the large arch shaped object. Open the EasyPalette's Material Gallery, 3D Collection, and double click Yellow to fill with this shaded yellow gradient. Click the base image to deactivate the object.

new half circle shape

In the Attributes toolbar click Shape, Custom Shape, to open the Custom Shape dialog box. Select Shape Edges 6. Draw a shape like this one in 3D Round. Position the new shape so that the upper half is in the yellow half circle object you just made. Click in the Attributes toolbar Color box to select Gradient Fill. Fill this new shape with the 024 Palette from the Palette Ramp Editor.

edges 6 shape

While the Edges 6 object is active, choose Edit, Mask Mode. Doing so covers everything but the object with a transparent red mask. Use the Zoom tool to Zoom In to 200%. Select the Paintbrush tool, black paint, Size=20, Transparency=0, Soft edge=5. Click Options and select Straight Lines. Start on the left by clicking, then drag straight across and click again.

mask mode to paint out bottom half

Doing so creates a straight, neat cutoff line. Click Options again and choose Freehand. Paint out the rest of the bottom half of the Edges 6 object. Choose Edit, and deselect Mask Mode.

Select View, Actual View to return to normal viewing. Use the Pick tool to position the object so that its bottom edge is even with the bottom of the yellow half circle object underneath it.

position over yellow half circle object

wooden textured objectSelect the Path Drawing tool. In the Attributes toolbar, click Shapes and select the Rounded Rectangle. Draw a small object like this one, just tall and wide enough to cover the top rounded part of the left cylinder. We're going to fill it with a wooden, metallic texture. First open the EasyPalette's Material Gallery, Plastic, and double click on Remove Material.

Click in the Attributes toolbar's Color box and select Natural Texture. When the Texture box opens, select Wood 2 and apply. Click the Attributes toolbar's Material button to open the Material dialog box. Click the Shading tab and select Metallic, Steel. This will darken the wood texture and make it shiny. Click the Bump tab and select Bump map. Browse your hard drive to the PI 5.0 Material folder and select Bump04b.jpg. Click OK to close the Material box and apply the preset. Return to the EasyPalette's Material Gallery, Reflection and double click on Chrome 1.

Right click and duplicate the object, then drag the duplicate over to the right side to hide the top of the other cylinder.

position one on each side

To make sure the new wooden objects are aligned, remember that you can use the Object, Align command. Click one object with the Pick or selection tool to select it, and Shift-click the other object, then choose Object, Align, Center Horizontally (since they're both the same size).

Choose the Path Drawing tool and draw a short, Rounded Rectangle object that just matches the width of the cylinders (see below). Right click and Duplicate the object, then paste it back into the image. Use the Pick to position these new objects at the bottom of the cylinder objects. Shift-click and use the Align command to align them.

make smaller ones for bottom of cylinders

Right click and Duplicate the first wooden object you made, the one at the tops of the cylinders. Duplicate it again. Position these duplicates at the bottom of each cylinder, butted up against the bottom of the little short ones you just made. Then duplicate the short little object 2X and put one underneath each of the longer ones at the bottoms of the cylinders, so they create "feet" at the bottom of the jukebox.

Select the Path Drawing tool. Click Shape and select Rectangle. Draw a tall narrow rectangle like this one. We'll use it to create a little perspective on the outside edges of the larger wooden objects at the bottom of the cylinders.

tall narrow wooden object

Position the object on the outer edge of the right side wooden object. Select the Transform tool. In the Attributes toolbar, select the Distort option. Drag the top right and bottom right control points up slightly to create an illusion of depth.

transform, distort option

Duplicate the object, paste it back into the image, then Edit, Rotate & Flip, Flip Horizontally. Position these side pieces on the outside edge of each tall wooden object.Duplicate the object, paste it back into the image, then Edit, Rotate & Flip, Flip Horizontally. Position these side pieces on the outside edge of each tall wooden object.

bottom of jukebox

Click Shape in the Attributes toolbar and select Circle. Draw a small 3D Round circle shape like this one.

little wooden ball

We're going to use this small round object to decorate the top and bottom of each large wooden object. Duplicate the circle object any way you like, either right click and Duplicate, hit Ctrl+C or click the Copy button. Then paste it back into the image as many times as you need to to decorate the larger wooden objects. Try to curve the line slightly downward to emphasize the roundness of the wooden objects. So far, your jukebox should look like this. If it doesn't, use the Pick tool and Order options to get everything lined up appropriately.

jukebox so far

Select the Path Drawing tool. Click anywhere in the base image to deselect any objects. In the Attributes toolbar, click Shapes and select Rectangle. Draw a tall narrow rectangle like this one to serve as the central decorative panel. Don't make it too wide, because there will be two smaller panels next to this one and you need room to fit all three of them. Use the Transform tool, Resize option, if necessary.

Drag the Border slider down to flatten the surface. From the EasyPalette's Material Gallery choose Plastic and double click Remove Material to get rid of the wood preset.

shape for decorative panel

Draw a narrow rectangle object that is shorter than the central panel. It should be about 3/4ths as high as the central panel.

Duplicate the new shorter panel and position one on each side of the central panel. Leave room between them because we'll be adding a border to each object. Shift-click and Align the smaller panels as shown.

Click on the large central panel to make it active. Open the EasyPalette's Material Gallery, 3D Collection. Double click Yellow to apply. Click on each of the smaller panels and apply the same Yellow preset to them too.

all three panels with yellow Material Gallery preset

Now it's time to add an image to the central decorative panel. I used this peacock from Dover's "Art Nouveau Frames and Borders CD-ROM and Book," which has 199 copyright-free black and white images on CD. These images are a wonderful resource for web graphics, at 600 dpi in 6 different formats: TIFF, PICT, WMF, JPG, GIF and BMP. Use my peacock object if you want to, or use a selection from another piece of black and white clipart, converted to True Color. Try to pick a tall rectangular image to fit the panel.

peacock panel

Copy the image into the Clipboard and Paste it into the jukebox image. Position it over the larger panel. Use the Transform tool to resize it, if necessary, so that the edges all line up.

Right click on the peacock object and choose Properties. When the Object Properties box opens, select the "If Darker" Merge method and click OK. The white background will disappear and the peacock will be superimposed on the panel. If you have trouble finding objects, use the Layer Manager to click on a thumbnail and make a particular object active.

put peacock over large panel

In the Layer Manager, select the peacock object and then Shift-click the panel object. Choose Object, Combine as Single Object. 

Select the Linear Gradient Fill tool. In the Attributes toolbar, click in the Color box and choose Gradient Fill. When the Gradient Fill box opens, choose the diagonal Fill type and select Two color fill. Click in the beginning Color box and select a mustard color. Click in the ending Color box and choose a medium orange color. Click OK. In the Attributes toolbar, select the If Darker Merge method. Drag a diagonal fill from the upper left corner to the lower right corner.

add gradient fill, diagonally

While the large panel is still active, we'll add a small black border. Select the Paintbrush tool. In the Attributes toolbar, choose a Round brush, Size=3, Transparency=0, Soft edge=5. Now choose Effect, Paint on Edges. The Paintbrush attributes will be applied around the edges of the large decorative panel. Right click on the panel and choose Shadow. Choose the option that adds a shadow around all sides equally. Add a black shadow, 25% Transparency, 100% size and 3 pixels wide. Use this shadow around the smaller panels and other objects we'll make from now on if you think they need it to stand out better.

With the Path Drawing tool selected, click on one of the smaller decorative panels to select it. Choose Object, Convert Object Type, From Path to Image. Select the Linear Gradient Fill tool. Use the same Two color mustard to orange Gradient Fill that you used before, but drag the gradient straight across the panel, horizontally. Choose Effect, Paint on Edges, to add a border. Add the slight shadow by right clicking and choosing Shadow. Follow the same steps after clicking on the other small panel: Convert Object Type to Image, and fill with the Two color gradient. Choose Effect, Paint on Edges to add a border to the other small panel.

Add a decorative path object or dingbat text object to the small panels next. I'm using this object I made from an AI shape. Use this one or one of your own. Copy it into the Clipboard and paste it back onto the other panel.

small panel decoration

Center the design on each of the smaller decorative panels. Use the Pick tool to reposition objects as needed, or the Transform tool to resize objects, so that everything fits neatly in the bottom part of the jukebox.

all three panels decorated

Select the Path Drawing tool. Click Shape in the Attributes toolbar and choose Rectangle. Draw a short rectangle the same width as the large decorative panel. Don't make it too tall because you need to save some room for the "record selection box" above it.  Select the Pick tool and Send to Back from the Order options, so it's behind the large panel.

small rectangle shape

While this rectangle object is active, choose the EasyPalette's Material Gallery, Texture. Double click on Leaves to apply. We'll add a border to this rectangle too, but first select the Paintbrush tool and change the Size to 2. Now choose Effect, Paint on Edges. While the object is active, add a slight shadow, just like you did on the other panels.

Select the Path Drawing tool. Click in the base image to deactivate the leaf-filled object. Draw another small rectangle at the bottom of the large decorative panel. It should cover the bottom of the large decorative panel exactly.

This new rectangle will be filled with the Leaf preset, which we don't need now. Open the EasyPalette's Material Gallery, Plastic and double click Remove Material. From the Material Gallery select Texture and double click Wood 1. Select Reflection and double click Sand.

If necessary, select the Transform tool, Resize option, to size the wooden rectangle to fit the bottom of the large decorative panel. Add a slight shadow all around the edges of the wood rectangle object.

wooden rectangle

Choose the Path Drawing tool. In the Attributes toolbar, click Circle and draw a small circle object the size of the one at left. In the Mode dropdown list, select 3D Pipe. Your circle will turn into a fat little donut. Drag the Border slider way down to make a narrow circular frame. Add a slight shadow around all edges.

add circle object

In the Attributes toolbar, select 3D Round from the Mode dropdown list. Draw a small circle object that will just fit inside the wooden frame you just made. Open the EasyPalette's Material Gallery, Plastic. Double click Remove Material to get rid of the Wood preset. Click in the Attributes toolbar's Color box and choose Gradient Fill. When the Gradient Fill box opens, choose Two color fill, with a radial gradient Fill type. Click OK to apply.

Drag the Border slider down to flatten the surface of the 3D Round circle object. Switch to the Pick tool. Center the small orange circle on the wood frame, then use the Order options in the Attributes toolbar to Send Back, so the orange circle is behind the wood frame.

adding orange circle, send to back

Use a dingbat star or a star from the Shape or Web Library to decorate the middle of the orange circle.  I used 3D Round and a bright yellow-gold preset on my star. Place the star in the center of the orange circle object and add a slight shadow all around the edges. Resize and reposition objects as needed, then right click and Merge All. Now the jukebox looks like this.

jukebox so far

Select the Path Drawing tool and click Shape in the Attributes toolbar. Select Rectangle. Draw a wide rectangle in the top of the jukebox. It should cover almost all of the Leaf-filled rectangle above the decorative panel and it will represent the metallic box where you flip through the jukebox's choices to select a record.

From the EasyPalette's  Material Gallery choose Plastic and double click Remove Material.  Select Metallic and double click Silver 1 to apply. Add a slight shadow all around the edges. Click in the base image to deselect the rectangle.

record selection box

Draw a small rectangle like this one. I don't know what these things are called, technically, but I'm calling them flippers because you flip them in the record selection box. Add a slight shadow all around the edges.

make first small flipper

Duplicate the flipper 5 or 6 times and paste them back into the image. Stack them up evenly on the left, then stack the same number on the right side. The middle should look like the pages of an open book.

stack up flippers on each side

With the Path Drawing tool still set to Rectangle, draw a narrow rectangle object just slightly taller than the flippers. Duplicate the object and paste it back into the image. Position on on each end of the flippers.

add silver bars to ends

With the Path Drawing tool still set to Rectangle, draw a short rectangle just wide enough to cover the top of all the flippers (but not the bars on the sides), as shown at left. From the EasyPalette's Material Gallery choose Metallic and double click on Steel 1.

add bars at top and bottom of flippers

Add a slight shadow all around. Draw another bar, slightly less tall, to cover the bottom of the flippers. Add a slight shadow all around to this bar too. Add some teensy tiny text at 3 or 4 point size on the two center flippers. Rotate the text a couple of degrees so it slants slightly. Right click and Merge All.

Now we'll make an orange-tinted glass overlay to cover the half circle that holds the Edges 6 shape. Select the Path Drawing tool. In the Attributes toolbar, click Shape, Custom Shape. When the Custom Shape dialog box opens, select Half Circle. Draw a half circle object the exact same size as the half circle in the base image. If you don't get the size right, delete the object, or use the Transform tool to resize it.

Open the EasyPalette's Material Gallery. Select Plastic and double click Remove Material. Select 3D Collection and double click Clear Glass. It won't look too good over the yellow, but hold on. In the Attributes toolbar, click the Material button to open the Material box. From the Color/Texture tab, click in the One color Color box and select a medium orange color (RGB=225, 101, 0). Click the Transparency tab. Change the Transparency to 99% and click OK. Drag the orange-tinted glass overlay onto its matching object in the top part of the jukebox.

Use the Path Drawing tool, Shape set to Rectangle, to draw a rectangle just wide enough to cover the bottom of the glass overlay.

add a bar for the bottom of half circle shape

Open the EasyPalette's Material Gallery and choose Plastic. Double click Remove Material. From Plastic, double click on Red Rim to apply this preset to the bar. Apply a slight shadow around all edges. Here's what the top of the jukebox looks like now, with all the newly added objects. Right click and Merge All.

top of jukebox with new objects added

The last thing we need to finish the jukebox is a top decoration. In keeping with the art nouveau theme, I've used this object I created from the Dover CD mentioned at the beginning of the tutorial. You can use this one, or another one of your choice.

decoration for top of jukebox

Finally, here's the finished jukebox in all its glory!

completed jukebox

If you really want to gild the lily, check this out. You can add animation and music to the jukebox. I sliced my jukebox up in the Image Slicer and used Creative Particle, Bubbles to add animated bubbles to the cylinders on the sides, and a row of flashing lights at the top of the jukebox.

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