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This tutorial is written using Jasc Paint Shop Pro 9. It has been tested in 7 & 8 also. The inside dimensions of the frame template are approximately 275 X 225. You will be "pasting your image into the selected area" so it is important to downsize your image or use an image that is as close to those dimensions as possible. If you don't, it will be greatly distorted. This tutorial assumes that you have a working knowledge of Paint Shop Pro. If you use the template to make your frame, you will see how easy it is to create a frame from a template and by using your own imagination, you can create a great variety of templates for your own personal use. Create the frame templates and just save them as a psp image or a jpg for yourself for future use! In creating this template, I chose to use varied colors. Since there are no "web shots" for you to fall back on, that way I can just tell you what "colored area" we will be working on. I will not write any additional "Frame Template Tutorials". If you have tried both of them, by now you understand how you can change the colors, textures, cut-out, bevels, etc., and can also see that you can create your own templates to make the frames truly your own! Have fun. The items supplied are the image that I used, the 2 gradients that I created for versions 7, 8 & 9, the template that I created and the final product in a sample eml form for you to see how it could look as stationery, which you can get Here
Outside filters SIMPLE_Quick Tile-No other outside plug-ins are needed. The Simple Filter is not provided nor is the link provided
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1.) Please Note: If you are using your own image, please REMEMBER to select a lighter color for your foreground and a darker color for your background...that is complimentary to your image. If you're using your own image, you will also need to select a gradient that is complimentary to the image you choose and then you will need to make a copy of your image and tile it. Again, if you have to cut some of the image off, please do so. It is important to keep the image as close to 275 Wide X 225 High. After you choose your image make 2 copies and put your original away. Resize one of them as closely as you can to the size of 275 wide by 225 high. If you are using the image provided, then make 2 copies of it and close the original. With the second copy of the image, go to EFFECTS, SIMPLE and Quick Tile. You will be utilizing that tiled image later in the tutorial. (The template provided in this tutorial is a smaller template, if you want a larger one, you will have to re-size it). Also, place the gradient provided in your gradients folder. Please remember, that each graphic is different and you may need to adjust the intensity of your cut-out and shadows or the amount of noise you add, according to each different graphic.
2.) In your Materials Palette, for your foreground color choose #ddd1d5 and for your background color choose #99919c.
3.) Open the template, make a copy of it and close and save the original.
4.) Choose your "Magic Wand" tool with the Mode set at Add (Shift), Match Mode at RGB Value, Tolerance at 10, Sample Merged NOT checked, Contiguous checked, Feather 0 and Anti-alias NOT checked. Then, select the white portion of the template.
5.) Click on the image you choose and go to EDIT, Copy. Then go back to the template and choose EDIT, Paste Into Selection. Keep selected.
6.) Choose EFFECTS, 3-D Effects, Cut-Out and apply the following settings: Vertical 6, Horizontal -6, Shadow Color Black, Opacity 45 to 70, Blur 13 to 25 and fill interior with color NOT checked. Keep selected.
7.) Repeat the cut-out, leaving all settings the same EXCEPT for the Vertical and Horizontal. Change the Vertical to -6 and the Horizontal to 6. Then choose SELECTIONS, Select None.
8.) With your magic wand (making sure that it is set at (Add-Shift), and your tolerance set at 10, select the first thin beige or pale yellow border that is right up against the image , and flood fill them with your lighter foreground color.
9.) Choose EFFECTS, 3-D and Inner Bevel, and at the top you will see "presets". Click on arrow and got toward the very bottom of the choices and choose "Metallic" and apply. SELECTIONS, Select None.
10.) With your "Magic Wand" tool with the Mode set at Add (Shift), Match Mode at RGB Value, Tolerance at 10, Sample Merged NOT checked, Contiguous checked, Feather 0 and Anti-alias NOT checked, select all the larger pink areas of the template and flood fill this area with the tiled pattern. Choose ADJUST, Blur, Gaussian Blur and apply a blur of 10.
11.) Keeping the area selected, go to ADJUST, Add/Remove Noise, Add noise, Uniform, 14%, Monochrome.Keep the area selected.
12.) Again, keeping the area selected, go to EFFECTS, 3-D, Cut-out with these settings: Horizontal 3, Vertical -3, Opacity 70 and Blur 6, Shadow Black, and fill interior with color NON selected. Then apply the cut-out again, changing the Vertical to 3 and the Horizontal to -3 SELECTIONS, Select None.
13.) With your magic wand at the same settings, now select the very thin pale blue/green border that is closest to your image. When you select that area, you will also see that small areas running next to some of the orange border will be selected. It should be. Then flood fill it with the lighter foreground color and apply the same metallic inner bevel. SELECTIONS, select none.
14.) Next, with your magic wand at the same settings, go around and select all the orange areas. Change your Materials Palette to Gradient Fill and select the gradient provided, Style Linear, Angle 31, Repeats 3 and then fill this area with Gradient supplied. Then choose, EFFECTS, 3-D, Cut-Out, Vertical -2, Horizontal 2, Opacity 70, Blur 6, Color Black and Fill With Interior Color NOT checked. Apply another cut out but reverse the Vertical to 2 and the Horizontal to -2 SELECTIONS, select none.
15.) With your magic wand at the same settings, now select the very thin light blue border and flood fill it with the lighter foreground color and apply the inner bevel with the exact same setting. SELECTIONS, select none.
16.) Now select the purple colored border with your magic wand (at the same settings) and flood fill this area with your tiled image, Apply a Gaussian blur of 10, SELECTIONS, select none.
17.) With your magic wand at the same settings now select the final 2 yellow borders and flood fill them with the darker background color, apply the inner bevel at the same setting SELECTIONS and Select None. That's it. Again, please play with what you fill the various areas with ... try different textures .. try patterns where you had solid and solid where you had patterns. And, please .. try making your own templates. It's a lot of fun!
You can view more examples and get the zipped files for the templates Here
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