Well, all it took was completing my first
"pixel painting" tutorial and I was hooked.
This is hopefully only the first of many I will be
writing...I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

(Click on the above graphic for an explanation of the FBN skill ratings.)

This tutorial written by Cathy on December 12, 2003.
Written using Paint Shop Pro Version 8.1, but should
work fine with earlier versions.




For this tutorial you will need:

Paint Shop Pro, which you can get at the Jasc site.

My color swatch below, although I will give you the html code for the colors used.  Right click to save this swatch. Then open in PSP.

The best advice I can give you is to SAVE, SAVE, SAVE!!!  There's not much worse than losing all your hard work due to a program or computer lock up or melt down!!! your work often...I will be putting reminders throughout the tutorial:


This tutorial relies mostly on screenshots. I've included the number of pixels where necessary, but you will have to rely on the screenshots for the smaller number of pixels. As with any of my tutorials, please feel free to use any colors you like to create you own unique image.

Okay, let's get started...




1. Open a new image 200x200 pixels. Save this image as "my_jukebox" in psp format.

2. Rename your Raster 1 layer "pixels". (In earlier versions rename Layer1 to "pixels".

3. Click on your Paintbrush Tool, using the following settings:

4. Set your foreground color to black and paint the following:



5. Continue painting as follows (previously painted pixels have been changed to red):



6. Continue painting as follows (previously painted pixels have been changed to red):



7. The left half of your jukebox is done.

8. Layers/Duplicate.

9. Image/Mirror.

10. Right click on your "Copy of pixels" layer and choose Merge/Merge Down from the fly out window. (In earlier versions Merge/Merge Visible; rename your merged layer "pixels".)

You should now have this:





1. We need to tweak our image using our paint brush and eraser tool; based on the screenshot below (Blue: previously drawn pixels; Red: pixels to be erased; Black: pixels to be added):

2. Click on your eraser tool and use the following settings:

3. Erase the pixels shown in red above.

4. Click on your Paintbrush tool and paint in the pixels shown in black above.

5. Now we have the needle arm for our jukebox.

On to Part 2 (Coloring our jukebox)




All Art Work & Graphics Designed by Cathy
This tutorial originally posted on December 12, 2003
Copyright © 1999 - 2003 by Cathy.
All rights reserved.
Revised: April 06, 2008.