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This tutorial created May 11, 2002 and is the sole property of Bubbles' PSP 2002. Please do not remove from site or copy to another site UNLESS you have permission from me to do so. PSP groups, feel free to use my tutorials in your groups if you wish. I just ask that you let me know that you are using them and that you share the tutorial url and not the tutorial itself through email. If you should have any problems with this tutorial, don't hesitate to email me.

This tutorial is a bit lengthy because there are some areas I felt needed discussion on why I did certain steps. I have tried my best to explain each step that I felt would cause confusion but if for some reason I skipped something, please let me know.

For this tutorial you will need:

PAINT SHOP PRO (Trial Version)



SUPER BLADE PRO (optional: may use goldfill pattern,etc)

You will also need an image of your choice. (No longer than 350 in height; can be less). I want to thank Connie, who is a dear, sweet lady, for allowing me to use her Poser creation. It is entitled "JADA" and I fell in love with her when I first saw her. I just had to use her in a tutorial :) Connie was gracious enough to allow me to do so, and I appreciate her very much for entrusting JADA to me .

You will also need the template and you can download that here.

Okay, let's get started!!

1. Open up your graphic and template in PSP. Shift+D to make a copy of your graphic and template. Close both originals as we will be working with the copies of your image and template. Minimize your graphic for now.

2. With your magic wand, (tolerance 10, feather 0), while holding down the shift key, select all the white areas of your template. Effects/PluginFilters/Flaming Pear/Super Blade Pro and apply your favorite preset. I am using the gold2 preset. Selections/Select None.

3. Layers/New Raster Layer. Layers/Arrange/Send to Bottom. Your new layer should be your active layer. Click on your selection tool, (rectangle, feather 0), and draw out a selection the size of your graphic that you will be using in your frame. For example, my image is 248w X249h. I started at 40,50 and drew my selection across and down to 288,308. I chose to use this method to add my image to the center of the template instead of cut/paste into selection. I had originally used the cut/paste method but Connie pointed out how it distorted Jada's image, so I tried this way instead. After you have drawn out your rectangle selection, go to your graphic that you are inserting in the center of your template; Edit/Copy. Close your graphic and then go to your template image and Edit/Paste your graphic into your rectangle selection. You can deselect and center your graphic if you need to. Edit/Sharpen/Sharpen. Make your template layer your active layer. With your magic wand, (tolerance 0 feather 0) click in the center of your template. See below for what you should have at this point.

4. Selections/Modify/Expand by 1. Effects/3D Effects/Cutout with these settings: Opacity=65; Blur=15; Vertical=3; Horizontal=3. Repeat the cutout but change the vertical and horizontal settings to -3. Selections/Select None.

5. With your template layer your active layer, grab your magic wand and click on the transparent area surrounding your image. Selection/Modify/Expand by 1.

6. Layers/New Raster Layer. Layers/Arrange/Move Down. Keep that layer your active layer; your template outer edges should still be selected. Grab your dropper and select a color you wish to use in the selected areas of your template. I'm using #BD9A76. Click on your floodfill bucket and floodfill your selected areas. Do not deselect.

7. Effects/Texture Effects/Blinds using these settings: width=2; Opacity=43; light from left/top checked. Do not deselect.

8. Effects/PluginFilters/Fantastic Machines/Paint Engine using the Soft Outlines preset. Settings are shown below. Keep selected.

9. Effects/TextureEffects/Mosaic Glass using the settings shown below. Keep selected.

10. Layers/New Raster Layer. Layers/Arrange/Move Down. Floodfill this layer with black (#000000). Keep selected. Go to your layer palette and hide your template and graphic layer. All that should be visible is your mosaic glass layer and your black floodfill layer. Layers/Merge/Merge Visible these two layers. Set your foreground color to white (#FFFFFF). Go to Effects/Artistic Effects/Hot Wax Coating. Then go to Effects/Sharpen/Sharpen. Make visible your hidden layers. Selections/Select None.

11. Make your template layer active. With your magic wand, while holding down the shift key, select the remaining transparent areas (your four corners). Selections/Modify/Expand by 1. Layers/New Raster Layer. Layers/Arrange/Move Down. Floodfill your selected areas with either the same color you used before or use a contrasting color. I'm using #76634E. Effects/Texture Effects/Fine Leather using the setting shown below. Keep selected.

12. Effects/3D effects/InnerBevel using the pillow preset. Do not deselect.

13. Selection/Invert. Effects/3D Effects/Drop Shadow with the settings as shown: Opacity=80; Blur=13.6; Vertical=2; Horizontal=2. Repeat drop shadow using -2 for the vertical and horizontal setting this time. Selections/Select None.

14. Layers/Merge/Merge All (Flatten). Set your background color to white (#FFFFFF). Image/Add Borders 30 pixels symmetric checked. Grab your magic wand and click on the white border to select. Effects/PluginFilters/DC Special/PerssianRug using these settings: Xposition 39; Yposition=34. (Note: your settings may be a little different depending on the dimensions of your graphic.) Selections/Select None.

15. Layers/New Raster Layer. It's time to add the corner dings. I used Corners 1 size120 antialias and floating checked background color #FFFFFF and foreground color null. Click on your text tool to select your corner ding. Click okay once you have your settings for your ding like you want them. Your corner ding will be floating (selected) on your framed image. With your mover tool, position your ding in the left upper corner. Go to Effects/PluginFilters/FlamingPear/SuperBladePro and fill with your preset. Then go to Effects/3D Effects/Drop Shadow and use these settings: Opacity =100; Blur=1.5; Horizontal=1; Vertical=1. Deselect.

16. Go to your layer palette and duplicate your corner ding layer.(right click and select duplicate) Next go to Image/Mirror. You will now have a ding on the upper right corner. Right click on that layer and duplicate it. On the duplicated copy go to Image/Flip. You will have a ding on the lower right corner. Right click on that layer, duplicate it and go to Image/Mirror and you will have a ding on the left lower corner. Layers/Merge/Merge All (Flatten). Save and resize if necessary, remembering to go to Effects/Sharpen/Sharpen after you resize.

Here is another example of the tutorial using a silver preset and a different graphic.

This is Sherry's example of the tutorial. Sherry tests all my tutorials for me (and doesn't charge me a penny lol); I also want to thank all the other ladies at Dreamin PSP that helps test my tutorials also. They are a great bunch of ladies.

Try my Framed Template Bkg tutorial here

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