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This tutorial created June 24, 2001 and is copyrighted to Bubbles' PSP 2002. Any similiarity between this and any other tutorial is entirely by coincidence as this is purely the results of my playing around with PSP. PSP groups, if you would like to use this tutorial for your PSP groups, please feel free to; there is no need to email me for request. I always love hearing if anyone is using my tutorials, so it would be nice to hear from you if you do use them. I do ask that you share the link to the tutorials and not the tutorial itself. If you have any question regarding this tutorial, feel free to email me.


For this tutorial you will need:

Paint Shop Pro (Trial version)

Super Blade Pro (Optional)

You will also need the mask that is used for this tutorial. I downloaded this mask from Sweetie's Spot. She has several pages of fantastic masks. Be sure to drop by and pay her a visit.

You will need an image. If you wish to use the same image that I am using, click here. This graphic is entitled "Portrait of a Woman"; the artist is Mary Helen Carlisle.

Corner Ding (optional)



Ready to start?? Let's go!!


1. Open your image in PSP; Shift+D to make a copy of your image. Close the original as we will be working with the copy of the graphic. Colors/Greyscale. Colors/Increase Color Depth/16 million colors.

2. Effects/Enchance Photo/Manual Color Correction using these settings: Preserve lightness checked; Color category-foliage; Preset colors-forest hazy. (You may choose to select a different color). Click on the Custom Color square and get the html color # for the color you choose to use; you will need it later. If you are using the same color as I am, then I have provided that number in the screenshot below.

3. Go to Layers/Duplicate and that will duplicate your background layer. You should now have two layers showing on your layer palette; the background layer (which is your graphic) and the copy of background layer (which should be your active layer). Effects/Blur/Gaussian Blur Radius of 8.00

4. Lower the opacity of your active layer (copy of background layer ) to 50%. Layers/Merge/Merge Visible. The screenshot below shows what your layer palette should look like.

5. Layers/New Raster Layer. Remember the html color # that I told you to grab when you enhanced your photo? Make that color your foreground color. If you are using the same color as I am (forest hazy) then the html # is 3A5D69. Select your floodfill bucket and floodfill your layer with your foreground color. Effects/Texture Effects/Blinds using the following settings: Width-4; Opacity-44; Light from left/top checked.

6. Effects/Texture Effects/Weave using the following settings: Gap Size-2; Width=3; Opacity-50; Fill gaps checked.

7. Effects/Artistic Effects/Topography using the following settings: Width-50; Density-85; Angle-45; Color-White

8. Masks/Load from Disk/ts_mask65.

9. Masks/Delete. Merge into the current layer? YES! Layers/Merge/Merge All (Flatten). Set your bkg color to white (#FFFFFF). Image/Add Borders 3 pixels symmetric checked. With your magic wand (tolerance 0 feather 0), click on your white border to select. Apply your favorite Bladepro preset or floodfill with color/pattern fill of your choice. I'm using the preset Black Glass. Selections/Invert. Effects/3D Effects/Cutout using these settings: Opacity 100; Blur 21.3; Vertical 5; Horizontal 5; repeat cutout except change your vertical and horizontal setting to -5. Selections/Select None.

10. Toggle your colors so that your foreground color (#3A5D69) is now your background color. Image/Add Borders 3 pixels symmetric checked. Grab your magic wand and click on your border to select. Effects/3D Effects/Inner Bevel using the settings shown below. Selections/Select None.

11. Toggle your bkg/foreground colors once again so that white is now your background color. Image/Add Borders 3 pixels symmetric checked. Apply your Blade Pro preset or color/patternfill of your choice. Selections/Select None.

12. Toggle your bkg/foreground colors so that your foreground color (#3A5D69) is once again your bkground color. Image/Add Borders 30 pixels symmetric checked. Grab your magic wand and select your border. Effects/Texture Effects/Blinds using the same settings as before: Width 4; Opacity 44; Color Black; Light from left/top checked.

13. Effects/Texture Effects/Weave using the same settins as before: Gap Size 2; Width 3; Opacity 50; Fill Gaps checked; Weave and Gap Color Black.

14. Effects/Artistic Effects/Topography using the same settings as before: Width 50; Density 85; Angle 45. Colors/Adjust Brightness/Contrast using these settings: Brightness 15; Contrast 5. Do not deselect.

15. Selections/Invert. Effects/3D Effects/Drop Shadow using these settings: Opacity 73; Blur 13.6; Vertical 5; Horizontal 5. Repeat drop shadow changing the vertical and horizontal to -5. Selections/Select None.

16. With your bkg color set to white (#FFFFFF), Image/Add Borders 3 pixels symmetric checked. With your magic wand, select the white border and apply your Bladepro preset or color/patternfill of your choice. Effects/3D Effects/Drop Shadow using these settings: Opacity 75; Blur 2.5 Vertical 1; Horizontal 1; repeat drop shadow except change the vertical and horizontal settings to -1.

17. Layers/New Raster Layer. It's time to add our corners to our frame. Bkg color set to white (#FFFFFF) and foreground color null. Open your text tool and select your corner ding that you want to use. I'm using Corners 1 Cap letter C size 90. See settings below.

18. Position your ding on the top left corner; keep selected. Apply your Blade Pro preset or color/patternfill. Effects/3D Effects/Drop Shadow using these settings: Opacity 75; Blur 2.5; Vertical 1; Horizontal 1. Selections/Select None. Layers/Duplicate. Image/Mirror. You should now have a ding on the top right corner. Layers/Duplicate. Image/Flip. You will now have a corner ding on the bottom right corner. One more time, go to Layers/Duplicate. Image/Mirror. You should have a corner ding on the left bottom corner. Layers/Merge/Merge All (flatten). Resize your frame if necessary, remembering to go to Effects/Sharpen/Sharpen after you resize. Save your frame and that's it. Your frame is finished.

This is another result created by Sherry. Thank you Sherry for testing this tutorial for me.











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