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{ Frame Template Tutorial by Charlie. }


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This tutorial is written using Jasc Paint Shop Pro 9. It has been tested in 7 & 8 also. Sometimes, when you create a template ... and you begin to flood fill the areas and work with the template, you add a drop shadow ... and then when you go to work the next area, you're in trouble, because that area you have worked now has a drop shadow or a cut-out interfering with it. At the end of this tutorial, there is a little "work around" to show you how to solve that kind of problem. This tutorial calls for I.C.Net Software, Filters Unlimited 2 and for Simple Filters. Neither filter nor the link to the filters are provided. Supplies provided are the Frame Template that I made, the same image I used in this tut and an eml example so you can see the finished product in a stationery. Which you can get Here.
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( 1.) The template in this tut is a square that is 450 X 450. You will need to select a graphic that is as close to a square as possible. If you do not, it will be greatly distorted when you paste it into the selection. If you are not using the graphic supplied, please remember to choose your own colors to work the tut.
( 2 ) Open your image (or the one supplied) and make 2 copies of it. (HINT: an image, like the one supplied, that has nice light areas around the main subject works best). Close the original. Go to EFFECTS, Filters, Simple, Quick Tile and apply that to one of the copies and set it aside to use as fill later.
( 3 ) Open the template. Make a copy of it and close the original. Open your other copy of the image and click on IMAGE, Copy. Then, with your magic wand, with settings of Add/Shift, RGB Value, Tolerance 10, Contiguous Checked, Feather 0, click on the white inside area of the template and go to IMAGE, Paste Into Selection.
( 4 ) Go to EFFECTS, 3-D, Cut-Out and apply the cut-out with the following settings: Vertical 3, Horizontal -3, Color Black, Opacity 60, Blur 20, Fill Interior with color UNchecked. Then apply another cut-out using the same settings, except set Vertical at -3 and Horizontal at 3. SELECTIONS, Select None.
( 5 ) With your eye dropper, select a light foreground color and a dark background color from your graphic. Using your Magic Wand, with the same settings, click on the thin very pale blue border closed to your image and flood fill it with the darker background color. Keep selected.
( 6 ) Go to EFFECTS, 3-D, Inner bevel and at the top, under "presets" choose the "Metallic" preset and apply. SELECTIONS, Select None.
( 7 ) Using your magic wand, with the same settings, now select the next border colored pink and flood fill it with the lighter of your 2 colors. Keep selected and apply the same bevel. SELECTIONS, Select None.
( 8 ) Using the magic wand with the same settings, click on the next area, which is white. Open your materials palette and set the palette to pattern and choose the tiled pattern that you made from your image and flood fill this area with that tiled pattern. Keep Selected.
( 9 ) Go to ADJUST, Blur, Gaussian Blur and apply with a radius of 11 to 18. Keep selected and go to EFFECTS, Plug-Ins, I.C. Net Software, Filters Unlimited 2 and choose Paper Textures, Canvas Fine. SELECTIONS, Select None.
( 10 ) With you magic wand and the same settings, now select the outer thin green border and flood fill it with the darker background color. Keep selected and apply the inner bevel at the same settings. Keep selected.
( 11 ) Go to SELECTIONS, Selections Invert and apply a cut out with the following settings. Vertical 2, Horizontal -2, Color Black, Opacity 60, Blur 11 .. then apply another cut out but set Vertical to -2 and Horizontal to 2. SELECTIONS, Select None.
( 12 ) Open the copy of your tiled image and find an area that is filled with lots of color. Then using your SELECTION TOOL, in the tool options, choose the circle, and place your mouse on that area of the tiled image where there's lots of nice color and draw a circle. Looking down at the bottom right of your screen, draw that circle out to a size of about 60 X 60. Then choose EDIT, Copy ...
( 13 ) Go back to the template you are working on and with your magic wand at the same settings, click on the top blue circle. Go to LAYERS, New Raster Layer, Okay .. and then go to EDIT, Paste Into Selection. SELECTIONS, Select None.
( 14 ) Go to the Layers Palette and click on the BACKGROUND layer and with your magic wand, click on the bottom blue circle. Go to LAYERS, New Raster Layer, Okay .. and then go to EDIT, Paste Into Selection. SELECTIONS, Select None.
( 15 ) Click on the visibility toggle on your layers palette so that you cannot see your background...all you see are the 2 filled circles. In the layers palette, click one of those layers and go to LAYERS, Merge VISIBLE. Then turn your background layer back on and select that background layer.
( 16 ) With your magic wand at the same settings, click on the remaining undone areas of yellow and go to SELECTIONS, Modify, Expand and expand by 2 pixels. Then flood fill with the tiled pattern. Keep Selected.
( 17 ) Go to ADJUST, Blur, Gaussian Blur and apply a Gaussian blur of 4. Keep selected and go to ADJUST, Add/Remove Noise, Add Noise and add it at 100%. Keep Selected.
( 18 ) Go to EFFECTS, 3-D, Drop Shadow and apply a shadow with these settings: Vertical 3, Horizontal -3, Opacity 50, Blur 11 and Color Black. Then apply another drop shadow but change the Vertical to -3 and Horizontal to 3. SELECTIONS, Select None.
( 19 ) Go to the layers palette and choose the top "Merged Layer" and go to SELECTIONS, Select All, SELECTIONS, Float.
( 20 ) Go to ADJUST, Add/Remove Noise, and Add Noise at 100%. Keep Selected.
( 21 ) Go to EFFECTS, 3-D, Inner Bevel and use the exact same bevel as previously used. Keep Selected.
( 22 ) Then, go to EFFECTS 3-D, Drop shadow and apply ONE drop shadow with the settings: Vertical 4, Horizontal -4, Color Black, Opacity 50, Blur 11. SELECTIONS, Select None.
( 23 ) Layers, Merge All Flatten and re-size the entire image to the size you want. If necessary, sharpen.
( 24 ) Then, if you would like you can add some little "embellishment" to the frame. Now, if we had not placed the 2 blue circles on their own layer, there would have been a problem with drop shadows infringing onto the blue dot and then, when you selected it, it would not longer have been a dot. So when you make your own templates...remember, if you get into an area and that happens ... then just copy it to it's "own layer" on top of everything else ... and when you get to it ... there won't be any problem.
Hope you had fun .. and learned something. Have you made any templates yet? :>)
You can view more examples and get the zipped files for the templates Here

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