Country Backgrounds

blinds

tile 1

tile2

tile3

We will be making each background on this page.
I made them using psp x2 but you should be able to do them with older or newer versions.
Some of these were done using different colors so instead of repeating the tutorials, I'll just direct you to the original tutorials and tell you the colors I used on this page.
This is all my work. Any similarities to other tutorials is strictly coincidental.
You will need a good working knowledge of psp and using pixels in order to do these.
Let's get started.

For the outside background, click here to follow the procedure for making the background.
Substitute #be3e6e for the primary color and #e5e5e1 for the fill color on the blinds. Be sure to save as jpg.

For the inside background click here to follow the procedure for making the background.
I used #e5e5e1 for the background color.
All of these backgrounds can be made using any color you chose. I'm just giving you the colors I've used.

The final background is the square background. This one we will be making from beginning to end.
I actually made it three different ways and will explain each way to you.
The first way is the one on this page.

Step 1

Open a new transparent image, 54 x 54.
Pick two colors for your squares. One dark and one light.
I used #be3e6e and #e5e5e1.
I used #17070d for the spikes.
Feel free to use what ever colors you like.
Zoom in 800% so you can see what you're doing and turn on your grid set at one pixel.
Use your selection tool set to these settings.
Top 0
Left 0
Right 27
Bottom 27
selection tool
Flood fill the selection using your dark color.

Step 2

We're going to apply a cut out to this square so keep it selected, float and apply the cut out using these settings.
Vertical 0
Horizontal -3
Opacity 100
Blur 5
Shadow color #cd819c
Apply another cut out this time changing the Vertical to -2 and Horizontal to 0.
One of the changes I made in the tile was using a different color for the shadow.
If you use your light color, in my case #e5e5e1, it will make the finished background look lighter.
The directions for that tile and the one we're working on are all the same except for the shadow color.
Let's continue with this tile.

Step 3

Keep the square selected and set your airbrush to these settings.
Shape-square
Size-27
Hardness-12
Step-14
Density-11
Opacity-36
airbrush
Spray twice in the middle using your light color.
Add some noise using these settings.
noise
Deselect

Step 4

Duplicate this layer,
Image mirror,
Image flip.
Merge visible.

Step 5

Select inside the top right square, add a new layer and flood fill with your light color.
Use the same airbrush settings as in step 3 and spray twice in the middle of your square using your dark color.
Apply the same noise as before and deselect.
Duplicate this layer,
Image mirror,
Image flip.
Merge visible.
Now might be a good time to save if you haven't already.

Step 6

Add a new layer and with your paintbrush set to one pixel, we're going to add the spikes.
I used #17070d but you can use what ever color you want.
I will explain where I put my spikes but you might want to use my image as a guide.
spikes
Starting at the top left, one pixel from the left, I added two pixels. One on the outline of the square and one heading inside.
Count over nine pixels to the right and fill in the 10th pixel on the edge and one towards the center.
Count over nine again and do the same thing in the 10th pixel.
Starting at the top right of the square, count one pixel down and fill 4 pixels across.
Two will be inside the square and two will fill the top right square.
Make your way down the right side counting 9 pixels and at the 10th pixel, fill four more pixels.
Count down 9 more pixels and do the same thing at the 10th pixel.
Now we'll make our way along the bottom of the square starting one pixel from the edge and 4 pixels deep,
two inside the square and two inside the bottom left square.
Work your way along the bottom the same as you did on the right side counting 9 pixels and filling the 10th pixel.
You will do this two more time and then be ready for the left side.
Starting one pixel up, fill in 2 pixels going towards center of square.
Continue up the side counting 9 pixels and filling in the 10th pixel, two more times.
That's it for that one square.
You won't have to do this for each square because we're going to duplicate and mirror what we've just done.
So duplicate this layer, then image mirror.
Duplicate the mirrored layer and flip.
Duplicate the flipped layer and mirror.
If you did it all correctly, you should have spikes around each square.
finished tile
If you think you might make more tiles using different colors for the squares but the same colored spikes, you can turn off all the layers but the spike layers and merge visible. Save this layer to use on other tiles.
When you're done, merge visible and save the completed tile as a jpg.

I already explained how to create a slightly different look for this tile. (see step 2)
To do the third tile, eliminate steps 4 and 5 where it says to use your airbrush.
You still need to add noise to both colored squares.
If you like, you can wait to add the noise after you've added the spikes. This will give the spikes some style too.