PI6 Country Hat Boxes

Country HatboxesIf you like the country look, you'll love this tutorial, which was adapted, with her kind permission, from  Vrai Doyle's fantastic PSP tutorial.

There are a lot of steps in this tutorial, but it is not particularly difficult. Mostly it's about applying the same techniques over and over again to each object. You'll learn a couple of nifty tricks about editing presets, contouring with the airbrush, creating surface interest with lighthearted chalk "splatters," and using paint as object mode to "stitch" things together.

Hit Ctrl+N to access the New dialog box. Make a new True Color file 400 X 400 pixels, canvas=white.

Select the Path Drawing tool. In the Attributes toolbar, click Shape and select Rounded Rectangle, Mode=2D. Click in the Color box and mix a custom gray blue in the Ulead Color Picker. You can do this either by entering the RGB values (95, 111, 127) or by entering a Hex value (#5F6F7F). Click OK to select the color.

enter Hex or RGB values

Draw a rounded rectangle shape for the hatbox at the bottom of the stack. The corners will be much too rounded. In the Attributes toolbar, drag the Roundness slider down to 50, so the edges are squared off like this.

shape for bottom hatbox

Make the top of the hatbox next. Click Shape and select Rectangle. Draw a top for the box and position it on top of the box, covering the rounded edges on top.

make box top

While the box top is active, choose Object, Convert Object Type, From Path to Image. Click on the box itself and convert it to an Image object too.  Now you can paint on the objects.

Click on the box to select it. Select the Airbrush Paint tool. In the Attributes toolbar, select the Fat Stroke Preset from the dropdown list. Click in the color box and select black. Change the Transparency to 75. Note that editing the preset causes it to show "None" under Preset, but the preset attributes you want are still there.

Airbrush Attributes toolbar

To create contouring, spray lightly around the sides, and just under the box top. As you can see in the screen shotbelow (I'm using a Precise Shape cursor), you'll be holding the airbrush mostly off the confines of the object, just barely touching the sides of it.

creating shadows with Airbrush

Spray along the top to create a box top shadow. Since the top is on top of the stack of objects, you will get a nice clean line of paint. With the Pick tool, click on the hat box top to make it active. Spray lightly along the top and sides, as shown below.

Airbrush along hat box top

Since you'll be making several more hat boxes, this would be a good time to right click, Select All, then drag the hat box objects over to your EasyPalette. When the Add to EasyPalette dialog box opens, save the objects to a Library. That way if you need to take a break or the power goes off, you'll be able to recover your work up to this point.

Next let's make the maroon or wine colored hat box. Select the Path Drawing tool. Click Shape and select Rounded Rectangle. Click in the Color box and custom mix RGB=126, 38, 37, or just enter #7E2625 in the Ulead Color Picker. Draw a taller, less wide version of the first box. Drag the Roundness slider down to 45. Use the Rounded Rectangle shape to draw a top for the box. Again, drag the Roundness slider down to 45.

draw maroon hat box and top

With the Pick tool, select the hat box. Just as you did for the blue hat box, use the Airbrush to add shadows to the sides and under the box top. Then select the lid with the Pick tool, and Airbrush around it lightly.

Save this hatbox and top to your EasyPalette for later.

Select the Path Drawing tool. In the Attributes toolbar, click in the Color box and mix a custom cayenne color, RGB=185, 95, 55, or Hex value=B95F37. Draw a box slightly smaller than the last one. Drag the Roundness slider down to 35. Click Shape and select Rectangle. Make a rectangle shape for the top of the box.

third hatbox

With the Pick tool, select each object and Convert to Image object. Select the hat box and use the Airbrush to create contouring. Then select the top and Airbrush. Use the same settings used previously. Save the box objects to your EasyPalette for later.

airbrush on hatbox and top

Now let's make the last box, which is a muted pink color. Select the Path Drawing tool. Click Shape and select Rounded Rectangle. Click in the Color box and custom mix RGB=177, 105, 105, or just enter #B16969 in the Ulead Color Picker.

Draw the smallest box in the stack. Drag the Roundness slider down to 40. Click Shape and select Rectangle. Make a rectangle shape for the top of the box.

last hat box and top

Convert these objects to Image objects. Select each one and Airbrush contouring onto them. Save these objects to your EasyPalette.

last hatbox, with Airbrushing

Now that you've made all of the hat boxes, it's time to add some little paint splatters to give them that country look. Start with the blue hat box on the bottom of the stack. Select the hat box first to make it active. Now select the Chalk Paint tool. In the Attributes toolbar, select Splatter from the Preset dropdown list. Click in the Color box and change to black. Hit Ctrl+F3 to access the Brush Panel. Click the Options tab and edit the Transparency to 65. Click the Shape tab and edit the Weight value to 50. Lightly click along the Airbrushed shadows, as well as here and there, to add some paint splatters.

paint splatters added

By the way, if you think you'll ever want to use this edited Chalk preset again, you can save it to the EasyPalette. Just click the Add button in the Attributes toolbar. When the Add to EasyPalette dialog box opens, give the effect a name (e.g., splatter paint) and save it to My Gallery.

In turn, use the Pick tool to select each of the other boxes and their tops, and add splatter paint to them. Try to get a nice, random look to the splatters. For the top two boxes and their lids, you might want to edit the Transparency to between 25 and 50, so the splatters will show up better. The boxes look like this now.

splatters added to all 4 boxes and their tops

With the Pick tool, select the maroon box to make it active. Select the Paintbrush tool. In the Attributes toolbar, select the Round Stroke 1 Preset. Edit the Size to 3 and Soft edge=3. Click Lines and select Straight Lines. Paint a vertical line as shown. Select the lid with the Pick, then switch back to the Paintbrush tool. Click Lines again and select Freehand. Edit Size to 2. Paint a curved line on the box top.

paint lines on maroon box and top

Edit the Paintbrush settings to Size=1, Soft edge=1. With the Pick tool, click on each box and top to select, then hit Shift+P to Paint on Edges. This will add a very narrow black line around each object. When you get done adding Paint on Edges to every object, click on the pink box, then hold down on the Shift key while selecting its top. Right click, Merge as Single Object.

While the Pink box object is active, select the Paintbrush tool. Click Lines and select Straight Lines. Paint a straight vertical line down the middle of the box.

paint vertical line down middle of pink box

Click lines and select Freehand. Now paint a curved vertical line just to the left of the line you just painted.

paint a vertical curved line

In the Attributes toolbar, select the Round Stroke 1 Preset. Edit the brush Size to 6.  Click to make 3 dots for buttons, in between the curved and straight vertical lines. Make another dot on the box top.

add button dots

Edit the brush Size to 3. Click Mode in the Attributes toolbar. Paint a loose, jaunty little bow on top of the pink box. Click Mode to exit Paint as Object mode. While the bow is active, choose the Pick tool. Right click on the pink box to select it too. Right click, Merge as Single Object.

add bow

Click on the cayenne box to make it active. Select the Paintbrush tool. Edit the brush Size to 1, Soft edge=1. Paint a curved line as shown here at left.

painted curved line on cayenne box

Select the Outline Drawing tool. Click Shape and select Custom Shape, Star 1. Click Color and select black, Mode=2D, Width=1, Style=Solid line. Draw a small star. Duplicate it 2X and distribute just to the right of the curved line.

stars added to cayenne box

Select the Path Drawing tool. Click Shape, Custom Shape, Heart. Mode=2D, color=very pale tan (RGB=239, 230, 220), or use a heart dingbat shape. I'm using my friend Leah's Hearts Galore font. Object, Convert Object Type, From Path to Image. Remember the splatter preset? Splatter a little with the Chalk tool on top of the heart.

add heart path or text object, splatter

Select the Path Drawing tool. Click Shape, Circle. Draw a small tan circle for a button. Duplicate it 6X, so you have 7 buttons. If you want to help them stand out better, add a black "glow" shadow, 2 pixels, Transparency=0, around each shadow, as well as around the heart.

add 7 buttons

Select the Pick tool. Select the maroon box, then hold down on the Shift key while clicking the top, all 7 buttons and the heart. When everything is selected at one time, right click and Merge as Single Object.

Select the Path Drawing tool. Click Shape, Bezier/Polygon. Click in the Color box and select a sunny yellow, RGB=255, 211, 80. Click and drag a star shape. Or if you don't want to make your own object, use another Custom Shape or dingbat. After making the shape, select the Paintbrush tool, black paint, Size=1, Soft edge=1. Select the Pick tool, then hit Shift+P to Paint on Edges around the star. Position the star on the right side of the blue hat box. If you want to, use your Splatter preset to add some splatters to the star.

make star, add splatters

Now we're getting to the last thing you need to add to the blue hat box. Select the Paintbrush tool, black paint, brush Size=1, Soft edge=1. Click on Mode to enter Paint as Object mode. Draw a little squiggly line for a string hanging out of the box. Have the string extend a little below the bottom of the box. Click Mode to exit Paint as Object mode. While the painted object is still active, switch to the Pick tool. Hold down on the Shift key while selecting the blue box, its top and the star object. Then right click, Merge as Single Object.

To add a little more country look, select the Paintbrush tool again, with the same settings used to paint the string. Click Lines and select Straight Lines. Click Mode to enter Paint as Object mode. Paint little straight line stitches in bunches of 2 around the hatboxes, "stitching" them to the background, using the image at the top of this page as a guide. Add stitches around the edges of the heart and star objects too.

When you're done stitching, click Mode to exit Paint as Object mode. Then right click, Select All Objects. Right click again, Merge as Single Object. Drag the hatbox object over to your EasyPalette and save it to My Library. You'll be able to use it any time you want to, on any color or texture background.

This tutorial uploaded 3/16/01

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