> Marble Rooms Part 1
Marble Room Part 1
Created by: CarolUK
|This tutorial will show you a simple way to make a
marble room, with steps, pillars and windows. You can vary the
number and position of all the elements in it, to make your own
First, you need to choose the marble for your room. The color
you choose is totally up to you. I chose a nice marble
from the many types at http://www.grsites.com
Be creative, use the colors that suit you best. This
tutorial is written for version 6. Version 5 users should
use the file above for their background layer, as their is no
Summer Field gradient available in version 5
a new image, 400x300, 72dpi, transparent background. You can
make a bigger image, of course, but I am using this size to keep
the tutorial images a reasonable size.
flood fill tool, null the background style and both foreground
and background Textures and set the foreground style to
gradient, and choose the Summer Field gradient, using these
Left click in your image to fill it with the
gradient. That will give you a nice sky in the top half of your
image. Don't worry about the green area at the bottom - we shall
be covering that up.
a new layer to your image and name it 'back wall'. Click on this
layer to make it active.
Now use the
selection tool, and in the tool options palette set:
Now put your cursor in the top left corner of the
image. Check in the status bar that it is at position 0,0. Click
and drag to select an area the whole width of the image and just
into the green, below the light colored line. The selection
should be 400x188 and the status bar figures will look like
this: (0, 0) -> (400, 188) = (400, 188) [2.128]
You Should now a selection like this one
sure that your marble image (that you downloaded, or you can use
any marble texture you like) is open in PSP. Set your background
style to texture, (the dots on the fly-out that appears when you
click on the triangle in the corner of the style).
Click on the
texture that appears in the style and you will get the small box
in the center of the image. Click on the arrow to the right of
the displayed texture, and the display on the left will appear.
Scroll to the top and you will see your marble displayed, as
mine is here. Click on it and OK
the box. Your marble will now show as the background fill.
Now click inside your selection to fill it with your selected
marble texture. You should now have something like this:
need to darken the back wall, because we'll be using the
original shade of the marble for the floor and the top of the
steps, so keeping your marble wall selected, use Colors ||
Adjust || Gamma Correction. In the Gamma Correction box, make
sure that all the sliders are showing the same figure. If they
are not, uncheck Link, move them till they are all the same, and
check Link again. With Link checked, draw one slider to 0.66.
The others will follow to the same figure. OK that, and your
wall will be darker. Release the selection (use Selection ||
the selection tool, still set at rectangle as before, and place
your cursor at 50,40. (use the status bar to make sure it is in
the right place. Drag down and right till the second pair of
figures in the status bar show 89,136.
sure you are still working on the back wall layer, and now hit
the delete key. A hole will appear in your marble wall, with the
sky showing through it. Release the selection. This rectangular
window is OK, but it would be nicer with a rounded top, so keep
the selection tool as the current tool, but change the selection
type to circle. Place your cursor at 69,40 and drag left till it
shows (50, 21) -> (88, 59) = (39 x 39) [1.000]. Your window
area will now look like the image on the right. Hit the delete
key again, and you have a nicely shaped window.
Release the selection, and then click inside the window
with the magic wand tool. Only the window should be
selected. If any of the marble area is selected, undo the
selection, and lower the tolerance figure on the tool options
palette to 4 and try again.
Now select the mover tool.
Right click inside your selected window and drag the selection
over to the right, leaving about half a centimeter of marble
between the window and the selection. The distance apart is not
critical, but make sure that you keep the selection level with
the window. Hit the delete key, and you have another window.
Repeat this until you have a row of windows all across the wall
- as many as you want. I made six altogether. Release the
selection. Your image should look something like this.
we have to give our windows some depth. Use Layers || Duplicate.
A new layer called 'copy of back wall' will be created. Once
again use Colors || Adjust || Gamma correction, still set at
0.66, which will darken this new layer even more. (You may
want to darken it a little bit more based on your preference,
and the color of your marble pattern.)
the mover tool,
drag this new layer down and to the right, till its top left
corner is at 12,12. There is now a bit of it below the level of
the back wall layer, which we must cut off. Use the selection
set the selection type to rectangle, and select a rectangle at
the bottom of the copy of back wall layer, which takes in all
the bit which is below the back wall level, and a little bit
more. Hit the delete key.
Now on the layer palette, take the copy of back wall
layer below the back wall, so that your layers look like this.
Your windows will look like the picture left. You
can adjust the depth of the window if it does not look quite
right to you by using the mover tool,
placing it on the rebate part of the window and moving it till
it looks right to you. If you do this, check that a bit of copy
of back wall layer has not become visible at the bottom right of
the back wall. Select and delete it if it has.