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Frame Template

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Tutorial by Charlie

First, you need the plug-in Filters Unlimited 2.0 by I.C.Net Software, It is the only plug-in that you need for this tutorial, but it is NOT supplied with the tutorial nor is the link supplied. The inside dimensions of the frame template are approximately 270 X 450. 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 and includes only the “template” for the frame and a sample eml so that you can see the finished product in a stationery. 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! You can get the template for this frame Here. There is also an EML file included in the zip so you can see how it looks in a stationery. There is also a html file of this tutorial included in the zip. 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. Have fun!


( 1 ) Choose your image. Again, if you have to cut some of the image off, please do so. It is important to keep the image as close to 270 Wide X 450 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 270 wide by 450 high. With the second image, go to EFFECTS, SIMPLE and Quick Tile. You will be utilizing that tiled image later in the tutorial.


( 2) With your eyedropper, select 2 complimentary colors from your image … a lighter color in the foreground box, a darker color in the background box. Open the template, make a copy of it and close and save the original.


( 3 ) 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.


( 4 ) 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.


( 5 ) Choose EFFECTS, 3-D Effects, Cut-Out and apply the following settings: Vertical 7, Horizontal -9, Shadow Color Black, Opacity 45 to 70, Blur 26 to 28 and fill interior with color NOT checked. Keep selected.Frame Template


( 6 ) Repeat the cut-out, leaving all settings the same EXCEPT for the Vertical and Horizontal. Change the Vertical to -9 and the Horizontal to 7. Then choose SELECTIONS, Select None


( 7 ) With your magic wand (making sure that it is set at (Add-Shift), select the first thin grey border that is right up against the image AND the second thin grey border that is next to the yellow area, and flood fill them with your lighter foreground color.


( 8 ) Leave the border selected and choose EFFECTS, 3-D, Inner Bevel, with the following settings: Bevel #2, Width 4, Smoothness 6, Depth 1, Ambience 1, Shininess 8, Color White, Angle 328, Intensity 65, Elevation 16 and apply the bevel and go to SELECTIONS and Select None.


( 9 ) With your magic wand, select the yellow area and flood fill it with your darker background color. Keeping the area selected go to ADJUST, Add/Remove Noise, Add Noise with a dot in Uniform, 100% Noise and Monochrome. Apply the noise and keep selected.


( 10 ) Go up to EFFECTS, 3-D, Cut-out and apply a cut-out with the following settings: Vertical 2, Horizontal -2, Shadow Color Black, Opacity 75, Blur 4, Fill interior with color NOT checked. Apply the Cut-out. Then, apply the cut out a second time, but reverse the Vertical and Horizontal so that they are Vertical -2 and Horizontal 2. SELECTIONS, Select None.


( 11 ) With your magic wand (making sure it is set for the Add/Shift Mode) select the 4 light pink areas of the template and flood fill them with the lighter foreground color. Keeping it selected go to ADJUST and add noise with the exact same settings as previously used. Keeping the area selected, to up to EFFECTS, 3-D, cut-out and apply a cut-out with the following settings: Vertical -3, Horizontal 3, Shadow Color Black, Opacity 75 and Blur 4 and fill interior with color NOT checked. Apply the cut-out and then apply it the second time, changing the Vertical to 3 and the Horizontal to -3. SELECTIONS, and select none.


( 12 ) With your magic wand (again making sure that it is set for the mode Add/Shift) select the next 4 very thin hot pink borders and flood fill them with your lighter foreground color. Keeping the area selected, go to EFFECT, 3-D, Inner Bevel and using the same settings as previously, apply the inner bevel. Then go to SELECTIONS, Select None.


( 13 ) With your Magic Wand, select the large blue area in the template. Now open that copy of your main image that you tiled earlier and in your materials palette, set it for PATTERN and select that tiled image. Then flood fill the selected area with the tiled pattern. Keeping the area selected, go to ADJUST, Blur, Gaussian Blur and set it between 12 and 15 … or whatever you decide you like. Then go to EFFECTS, 3-D and cut-out, with the following settings: Vertical -4, Horizontal 4, Shadow Color Black, Opacity 60, Blur 20 and Fill Interior With Color NOT checked. Then apply another cut-out, reversing the Vertical to 4 and the Horizontal to -4. Go to SELECTIONS and Select None.


( 14 ) With your Magic Wand, (again making sure it is set at the Mode Add/Shift) select the 4 thin coral color borders and change your Material Palette back to Color instead of pattern and fill the borders with the light foreground color and then keeping them selected, apply the inner bevel with the same settings. Then go to SELECTIONS and select none.


( 15 ) Now go to the 4 very pale green wide borders and with your Magic Wand (set at Add/Shift) select the 4 areas and flood fill them with darker background color and keeping the area selected, go to EFFECTS, Filters Unlimited 2, Paper Textures, Canvas-Fine and apply the plug in. Then go to EFFECTS, 3-D and apply a cut out with the following settings: Vertical 2, Horizontal -2, Opacity 40, Blur 20, Fill interior with color NOT checked and then apply the cut out again, changing the Vertical to -2 and the Horizontal to 2. SELECTIONS and select none.


( 16 ) With your Magic Wand, now click on the final thin grey border that goes all the way around the frame and flood fill it with the lighter foreground color and keeping it selected, apply the inner bevel with the same settings. SELECTIONS, Select None .. re-size your work to the size you want …and, you are finished!!!


OR … you can add some corner embellishments of your choice to “dress it up” a bit! Now, remember that you can “rotate” the template so that you can make the frame and image wider and shorter instead of the way I have it turned. Have fun and also remember…try making your own templates! You can view more examples and get the zipped files for the templates Here

Scrap Blend 16

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Tutorial By Marleschka

This tutorial was made in PSP 8.1 but I am sure could be done in any version. For this I used a Scrap Kit from Graphics Funhouse who is no longer online. You can get it Here Tube is from Marcio C.
Mask is from PSP Pals You can get my zip file Here

Please Note: All LAYERS are turned off on the tube. You will also need the filter, Filters Unlimited2 Place the scrap kit in a folder of your choice, bring up the tube and mask in PSP. Go to your layers view all on the tube.


( 1 ) Open a new 700 x 550 Transparent Image.


( 2 ) From the scrap kit bring up Love_BG2_Saskia and Love_BG3_Saskia. Place your foreground pattern on Love_BG3_Saskia, Angle 0, Scale 20, and your background pattern on Love_BG2_Saskia, Angle 0, Scale 100.


( 3 ) New Layer and floodfill with your foreground pattern.


( 4 ) New Layer and floodfill with your background pattern.


( 5 ) Layers, new mask layer from image and find psp-palsmask_88. Apply with these settings, Source Luminance and Invert mask data checked.


( 6 ) Layers merge, merge group.Scrap Blend 16


( 7 ) Effects 3d effects dropshadow with these settings, V & H 1, Opacity 100, Blur 1 and color Black.


( 8 ) With your selection tool set to rectangle make a selection inside the center frame, layers merge, merge all. Effects 3D effects Cutout with these settings, V & H 5, Opacity 70 & Blur 30.69. Repeat with V & H at -5. Selections select none.


( 8 ) With your selection tool set to rectangle make a selection around the red line outside the center frame, selections invert.


( 9 ) Effects, Filters Unlimted2, Buttons & Frames, 3D Glass Frame1, Frame size 25. Selections, select none.


( 10 ) Selections, select all, Selections, modify by 3, selections invert and floodfill with your foreground pattern. Selections, select none.


( 11 ) From the scrap kit, Copy the tube, Love_Eyelett2_Saskia and paste as a new layer onto your image. Image resize and resize by 25%, all layers unchecked.Arrange it with the deform tool to the left of the frame, stretch it up and down. You can fix this after the next layer. Effects 3D effects, drop shadow with these settings, V & H 2, Opacity 70, Blur 5 and color black.


( 12 ) Layers duplicate and image mirror.


( 13 ) From the scrap kit, Copy the tube, Love_Chain_Saskia and paste as a new layer onto your image. Image resize and resize by 25% and again by 85% all layers unchecked. Place it at the top (see my image) then with the selection tool select the parts that hang over the sides and hit the delete key. Arrange it with your deform tool and stretch it out if nessesary.


( 14 ) Effects 3D effects, drop shadow with the same settings as before. Layers duplicate and image flip.


( 15 ) Now you can go back to your eyelet layers and fix them with the deform tool if nessesary. (see my image)


( 16 ) In the scrap kit, Copy the tube, Love_Anhänger2_Saskia, Unlock the layers and from the top layer merge, merge down on this tube, copy and paste as a new layer onto your image. Image resize and resize by 45% all layers unchecked. Adjust, Sharpness, Sharpen. Place it to the left of your image and so it is hanging from the top scroll of the mask (see my image).


( 17 ) With your selection tool set to point to point make a selection on the ring of the hanger around the scroll and hit delete. This is so it looks like it is hanging from the scroll ( see my image)


( 18 ) Once again paste as a new layer (it is still in your clipboard) Image mirror and resize this time by 55%, all layers unchecked. Place it to the right once again over the scroll of the mask and do the same as before (see my image)


( 19 ) With your Text Tool set to Vector, size 48 and find the font A&S; Black Swan. With your foreground set to nul and your background set to #302e2d write your text on each heart. I have written Love, You. Convert to a raster layer.


( 20 ) Copy the tube mc1822 and paste as a new layer. Image resize and resize by 75%, all layers unchecked. Move this tube below your hearts layers.


( 21 ) Still on the tube layer and with your selection tool set to rectangle make a selection around the inside of the frame, selections invert and hit delete to get rid of any overhang of the tube. Selections select none.


( 22 ) Back to your top layer. From the scrap kit bring up the tube Love_Bow1_Saskia. Copy and paste as a new layer onto your image. Image resize and resize by 15% and again by 75% all layers unchecked. Adjust sharpen, sharpen. Place it over one of your hearts. Duplicate and place on the other heart (see my image)


( 23 ) Once again paste as a new layer (it is still in your clipboard) Image resize and resize by 15% Adjust sharpen, sharpen. Place it at the bottom left (see my image) Duplicate and image mirror.


( 24 ) From the scrap kit bring up Love_Flower1_Saskia. Copy and paste as a new layer onto your image. Image resize and resize by 15% Adjust sharpen, sharpen. Place it at the top (see my image) Give it the same drop shadow, also with V & H at -2.


( 25 ) From the scrap kit bring up Love_Word_Saskia. Layers merge visible on this tube. Copy and paste as a new layer onto your image. Image resize and resize by 75% all layers unchecked. Place it toward the bottom (see my image)


( 26 ) Effects 3D effects, dropshadow with these settings V & H 1, Opacity 70, Blur 1 and color black.


( 27 ) Layer merge, merge visible. Place your name on it if you wish, save as a jpg and you are finished.


I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial.

Scrap Blend 27

Tutorial By Marleschka

This tutorial was made in PSP X2 but can be done in any version. For this tutorial I used a scrap kit by Charlie from here at PSP Pals, which you can get Here. You can download the parts individually or the whole kit. Tube of the girl is by Anne.

Please Note: Layers are turned off in the tube files. You can get my zipped file Here
You will also need the filter Alien Skin Eye Candy 5, Impact.

Place the mask in your masks folder.


( 1 ) Open a new transparent canvas 700×545. Flood fill with #ffffff.


( 2 ) New Layer. From the scrapkit bring up poinsettia-kit_bg3_psp-pals. In your foreground patterns find this pattern with these settings, Angle 0, Scale 150, flood fill your canvas with this pattern.


( 3 ) Layers. Load/Save Mask, Load Mask From Disc and find the poinsettia-mask. Apply with these settings checked, Source Luminance, Fit to Canvas, Hide all mask & Invert not checked. Layers merge, merge group.


( 4 ) From the scrapkit bring up poinsettia kit_frame 1_psp-pals. Copy and paste as a new layer onto your image.


( 5 ) With your magic wand and these settings, Mode: Add(Shift) Match Mode: RGB Value, Tolerance 0 & Contiguous ticked click inside all parts of the frame.


( 6 ) New Layer, layers arrange move down. Effects Alien Skin Eye Candy5 Impact, Glass. Click on Manage, then Import and scroll to the scrap-blend27 folder and then click on the poinsettia file I provided in the zipped file. Close the window then click on OK.


( 7 ) Click back on your frame layer and merge down.


( 8 ) Bring up the tube @nn_060807_photos_148_achild_tdstudio_small, copy and paste as a new layer onto your image. Image resize and resize by 75% all layers unchecked. Place her to the right in the frame. (see my image) Layers arrange move down.


( 9 ) Take your selection tool, rectangle and make a selection around the part of the girl that overlaps the frame at the bottom and hit your delete key.


(10) Take your Freehand selection tool set to point to point and make a selection around the cushion in the girls hand. Be careful around the fingers. Adjust Hue and Saturation, Colorise with these settings, Hue 207, Saturation 42. Keep the selection.Scrap Blend 27


(11 ) New layer. Selection modify contract by 3. From the scrapkit bring up poinsettia kit_watercolor_flower_psp-pals, copy and paste into the selection. Selections, select none. Layer merge, merge down.


(12) Effects 3d effects, drop shadow with these settings, Vertical -2, Horizontal 2, Opacity 100, Blur 10 and color #634a67.


(13 ) Click back on your frame layer, should be at the top. From the scrapkit bring up poinsettia kit_lacebow_psp-pals, copy and paste as a new layer onto your image. Image resize and resize by 45% all layers unchecked. Place it to the top right of the frame (see my image) Effects 3d effects dropshadow with these settings, V & H 2, Opacity 50, blur 10 and same color as before. Repeat with V & H at -2.


(14 ) From the scrapkit bring up poinsettia kit_butterfly_psp-pals, copy and paste as a new layer onto your image. Image resize and resize by 35% all layers unchecked. Image free rotate and rotate by 45 deg to the right. Place it at the bottom left of the frame. Give it the same dropshadow as before.


(15 ) Bring up the tube poinsettia-text, copy and paste as a new layer onto your image. Place it at the bottom left (see my image) Drag this layer below the frame layer.


(16 ) Place your name on it if you wish and layers merge, merge visible. Save as a jpg file and you are finished.


I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial.

Merry Christmas

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Tutorial By Marleschka

This tutorial was made in PSP X2 & Animation Shop but can be done in any version. For this tutorial you will need 2 tubes, a mask, a snow gif and a pic and you can get the ones I used Here
The tubes of Santa and the Christmas parcels I got them at Leilanas, who is no longer online, they are both included in the zipped file. The mask is from Git who is no longer online, place it in your masks folder. Of course if you wish to use your own tubes then please do.


( 1 ) Open a new 700 x 500 transparent Image.


( 2 ) Have your foreground color on #ffffff and your background color on #99b2db. Flood fill your canvas with #ffffff


( 3 ) New layer and flood fill with your background color.


( 4 ) Layers, Load, Save Mask, Load Mask From Disc and find the mask I supplied and apply with these settings. Source Luminance, Fit to Canvas & Hide All Mask checked. Layers merge, merge group.


( 5 ) Take your freehand selection tool set to point to point and make a selection all the way around the wide blue line of the mask, when you come to the star just go around the outer blue lines of the points of the star inside the mask.


( 6 ) Selections modify and expand by 2 pixels. New layer. Layers, arrange, move down. Copy the pic and paste into selection. Keep the selection.


( 7 ) New layer. Effects 3d effects cutout and apply with these settings. V & H 0, Opacity 100, Blur 35 & color black. Selections, select none.


( 8 ) Click back on your mask layer. Please note: If you want the small inner stars to show more, then with your freehand selction tool make a selection all the way around those stars and the strings if you want. No need to be absolutely accurate with the selection, just don’t go over the wide blue line. Selections float, selections defloat. New layer and with your floodfill tool fill the selection with whatever color you want or a nice pattern. Selections select none. Layers merge, merge down.Merry Christmas


( 9 ) Copy and paste the presents tube as a new layer. If you are using Leilana’s tube, resize by 15%, all layers unchecked and again by 25%. Place it on the doorstep. Effects 3d effects dropshadow with these settings. V-1, H 1, Opacity 50, Blur 1 & color black.


( 10 ) Copy and paste the Santa tube as a new layer. If you are using Leilana’s tube, resize by 45% and again by 75%, all layers unchecked. Place him where you want. Effects 3d effects dropshadow with these settings. V & H -3, Opacity 50, Blur 10 & color black.


( 11 ) With a nice font and your foreground color turned off write Merry Christmas or whatever you like and place it inside the star. Give it a nice dropshadow.


( 12 ) New Layer & flood fill with #ffffff, selections select all, selections modify by 4 and hit delete on your keyboard. Selections, selct none.


( 13 ) Go to your layer pallet and hide all layers except for the house and the white background. Make sure you are on the white background, layers merge, merge visible. Hide this merged layer and open all the remaining layers and merge them visible.


( 14 ) Click back on the first merged layer, the one with the house and edit copy.


( 15 ) Open Animation Shop, edit paste as a new animation. Duplicate it by 10 frames. Edit, select all.


( 16 ) Open the merry-xmas-snow gif I supplied in Animation Shop, select all, edit copy and go back to your grapic. Edit paste into selected frame.


( 17 ) Back to PSP and click on your second merged layer, edit copy.


( 18 ) Back to Animation Shop. Click on the propagate paste button at the top, edit paste into selected frame. View your animation, if all is OK then go to file optimization wizard. Click next and then under Better Image Quality slide the slider down 1 then continue. This file is rather large but sliding the slider down one doesn’t do it any damage and makes the file smaller.


( 19 ) Save as a gif file and you are finished.


I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial.


Another example of this tutorial below using different tubes. Reduced in size.

Scrap Blend 20

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Tutorial By Marleschka

This tutorial was made in PSPX2 but can be done in any version. For this tutorial I used a Scrap Kit from Mysterious Scrapgirl who unfortunately is no longer online. I am supplying the Scrapkit here and because of it’s size I have broken them into 5 seperate files which you can get Here Here Here Here And Here Unzip them all into the one folder.

You can get the pic and the mask I used Here

Place the scrap kit in a folder of your choice. Place the mask in your masks folder.


( 1 ) Open a new 700 x 600 transparent Image. Flood fill with color #440b07


( 2 ) New layer. Selections, select all. From the scrap kit copy MSG Autumn Colors Paper 6 and paste into the selection. Selections, select none.


( 3 ) New layer. Selections, select all. From the scrap kit copy MSG Autumn Colors Paper 1 and paste into the selection. Selections, select none.


( 4 ) Layers, Load/Save Mask and find the mask you saved with these settings, Source Luminance, Fit to canvas & Hide all masks ticked. Layers merge, merge group.


( 5 ) From the scrap kit bring up MSG Autumn Colors Flower frame. This has a selection which you can copy and paste the scrap-blend20-pic into or a pic of your choice. Selections, select none. Layers merge, merge visible.


( 6) Copy the frame and paste as a new layer onto your image. Image resize and resize by 55%. Adjust sharpen, sharpen. ( Please remember to sharpen after every resize, saves me from repeating myself) Place it to the center left of the mask. (see my image) With your pic (deformation tool) pull it out a little on each side to make it a little wider.Scrap Blend 20


( 7 ) Effects 3d effects drop shadow with these settings. V 0, H 0, Opacity 70 and blur 15.


( 8 ) From the scrap kit copy MSG Autumn Colors Banner and paste as a new layer onto your image. Image resize and resize by 85%. Take it with your pic (deformation tool) to above the frame (see my image) and pull it out a little to fit the mask. Drag this layer below the frame.


( 9 ) Effects 3d effects drop shadow with these settings. V 2, H 0, Opacity 40 and blur 5.


( 10 ) Back to the top layer. From the scrap kit copy MSG Autumn Colors Beads and paste as a new layer onto your image. Image resize and resize by 50%. Place it to the left on the banner.


( 11 ) Effects 3d effects drop shadow with these settings. V 1, H 1, Opacity 40 and blur 5. Repeat with V & H at -1.


( 12 ) From the scrap kit copy MSG Autumn Colors Brad 2 and paste as a new layer onto your image. Image resize and resize by 25%. Place it on top of the colored beads and give it the same drop shadow as before. Layers duplicate. Place it on the other side of the banner.


( 13) From the scrap kit copy MSG Autumn Colors Heart 1 and paste as a new layer onto your image. Image resize and resize by 40%. Drag this layer below the brad on the right side and give it the same drop shadow as before.


( 14 ) Back to the top layer. From the scrap kit copy MSG Autumn Colors Flowers 2 and paste as a new layer onto your image. Image resize and resize by 50%. Place it in the bottom left of your image (see my image) Effects, Edge Effects, Enhance. Give it the same drop shadow as before.


( 15 ) From the scrap kit copy MSG Autumn Colors Bow and paste as a new layer onto your image. Image resize and resize by 30%. I erased the top bits from the bow but it is upto you. I then turned it with the pic (deformation tool) and place it at the bottom of the flowers (see my image) Give it the same drop shadow.


( 16 ) From the scrap kit copy MSG Autumn Colors Caterpillar 3 and paste as a new layer onto your image. Image resize and resize by 35%. Place him at the bottom and give him this drop shadow V -2, H 0, Opacity 40 and Blur 5.


( 17 ) From the scrap kit copy MSG Autumn Colors Journal and paste as a new layer onto your image. Image resize and resize by 35%. Place it at the bottom and give it this drop shadow V 2, H 2, Opacity 30 and Blur 10. Repeat with V & H at -2.


( 18 ) From the scrap kit copy MSG Autumn Colors Frog 2 and paste as a new layer onto your image. Image resize and resize by 25% and again at 85%. Place him on top of the journal and give him this drop shadow, V & H -1, Opacity 50 and blur 4.


( 19 ) From the scrap kit copy MSG Autumn Colors Frog 1 and paste as a new layer onto your image. Image resize and resize by 25%. Place him at the top on the banner (see my image) and give him the same drop shadow.


( 20 ) Go to your picture tube tool, find the tube Autumn Leaves which comes standard with PSP. Add a new layer and with the tube tool at size 50 stamp some leaves on the lattice part of the mask (see my image) Also go to the layer underneath your mask layer, make a new layer and add some leaves there also. I also clicked on the layers underneath the frogs and caterpillar and added a leaf. (see my image)


( 21 ) From the scrap kit copy MSG Autumn Colors Butterfly 3 and paste as a new layer onto your image. Image resize and resize by 25%. Place it at the top of the leaves or wherever you want. Give it the same dropshadow.


( 22 ) From the scrap kit copy MSG Autumn Colors Caterpillar 1 and paste as a new layer onto your image. Image resize and resize by 25%. Give it the same dropshadow.


( 23 ) Now do the same with MSG Autumn Caterpillar 2, the ladybug and whatever else you wish to put on the leaves.


( 24 ) Place your name on it if you wish. Layers merge, merge visible. Resize if you wish and you are finished.


I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial.

Playing With Tubes

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Tutorial by Charlie

With this tutorial, I have supplied a tube, a frame, a brush and a textured background, which you can get Here (When you choose your own tube, you can have fun coming up with a textured background that reflects your main image!) The brush was made by me for this tutorial from a combination of font parts and preset shapes … and you have permission to use it as you like. Unzip the file and place the brush in your PSP brush folder.

There are a number of ways to accomplish this .. what I do? I put the brush on my desk top, then I open PSP and go to FILE, IMPORT, CUSTOM BRUSH. When the dialog box opens, I choose OPEN and at the top LOOK IN and I browse to my Desktop, locate the brush, click on it and ADD ALL and it will now be imported into PSP 9 as a custom brush.

Place the frame in your PSP Frames Folder and open the Flowers tube and the Textured Background in Paint Shop Pro. For the stationery that I wanted to make with this image, I needed the finished image, 2 backgrounds and a glitter or satin background. What you do about your backgrounds will depend on how you want to use what you make.


1.) There are so many neat things that you can do with tubes. I was playing around and decided to give this a try. Open the tube in PSP.


2.) In your Materials Palette, place the following 2 colors, #d4ddc2 as your foreground color and #7f8c52 as your background color. If you use a tube of your own choice, then you will need to select a light and dark shade of the same color from your own tube.


3.) With your Flowers tube active, choose LAYERS, ADD NEW RASTER LAYER and name this layer POOL SHADOW. In your layers palette, drag it under the Flowers Layer. Then, flood fill the POOL SHADOW LAYER with the background (darker) color.


4.) Keeping your Pool Shadow Layer Active, go to EFFECTS PLUG-INS FILTER FACTORY A POOL SHADOW and leave all the settings alone except for the bottom 2. Change them to 72 and 106


5.) With the Pool Shadow Layer still active, go to LAYERS ADD NEW RASTER LAYER Name the layer BACKGROUND Then, in your layers palette, drag that background layer under the Pool Shadow Layer … and flood fill that layer with the background (darker) color.Playing With Tubes


6.) In your layers Palette, make the Pool Shadow Layer active Open the c_textured BG and go to EDIT COPY Click on the image you have been working on and go to EDIT PASTE AS A NEW LAYER


7.) In your layers palette, lower the opacity of this new layer to 30


8.) Go to LAYERS MERGE ALL FLATTEN


9.) Go to your Tools and choose the Paintbrush tool and in your TOOL OPTIONS, browse to the brush c_my_edging2


10.) Place the brush over your merged image, making sure you have it placed so that it meets the 4 sides and hold your mouse very steady and left click .. if you would like the brush to be a little bolder, then left click twice. In my sample, I clicked twice.


11.) Then, go to IMAGE ADD BORDERS, with a white color, symmetrical and a setting of 8


12.) With your magic wand set at a tolerance of zero, click on the 8 pixel border and flood fill it with the foreground (lighter) color.


13.) Then, go to EFFECTS PLUG-INS-FILTER FACTORY A POOL SHADOW and use the same settings as previous used. Select None


14.) Go to IMAGE ADD BORDERS COLOR WHITE Symmetrical 35


15.) With your magic wand, still set at a tolerance of zero, click on the white, 35 pixel border and flood fill it with the foreground (lighter) color.


16.) Go to EFFECTS PLUG-INS I.C. NET SOFTWARE FILTERS UNLIMITED 2.0 PAPER TEXTURES WALLPAPER FINE and use the default settings


17.) Then choose SELECTIONS INVERT


18.) Go to EFFECTS 3 D Drop Shadow, with the following settings: Vertical -1 Horizontal -2 Opacity 72 Blur 21 Color Black and SELECT NONE


19.) Go to IMAGE ADD BORDERS Color, White Symmetrical 20


20.) Keeping that 20 pixel border selected, go to LAYERS ADD A NEW RASTER LAYER and then flood fill that new layer with the foreground (lighter) color


21.) Go to EFFECTS PLUG-INS I.C. NET SOFTWARE FILTERS UNLIMITED 2.0 PAPER TEXTURES WALLPAPER FINE and use the default settings


22.) Keeping that 20 pixel border selected, go to IMAGE PICTURE FRAME Browse to cphotoedge2 and select it, with a dot in Frame Canvas and a dot in Frame Outside Of The Image Nothing else should have a dot. Hit okay. When you do that the image will “jump” and you will have a white fringed border and a black solid border.


23.) SELECT NONE and MERGE VISIBLE (Make sure you MERGE VISIBLE)


24.) With your magic wand set at a tolerance of 60, click on the black border and then go to EDIT CLEAR then SELECT NONE


25.) With your magic wand, now select the white irregular border and then flood fill it with the foreground (lighter) color.


26.) Go to EFFECTS PLUG-INS I.C. NET SOFTWARE FILTERS UNLIMITED 2.0 PAPER TEXTURES WALLPAPER FINE and use the default settings


27.) Keeping the area selected, go to EFFECT 3D INNER BEVEL, with these settings: Bevel 2 Width 4 Smoothness 4 Depth 2 Ambience 10 Shininess 52 Color White Angle 315 Intensity 25 Elevation 51 SELECT NONE


I exported the image as a transparent gif because I wanted it to appear as it does in the stationery sample. You will have to decide how you want to use the image you make and save it accordingly. I hope you had fun .. learned that the “PICTURE FRAME” option in PSP can be fun to work with if you don’t use it .. and also .. that you can fool around, create your own brushes from fonts or selections .. and create!!!! :>) Hugs Charlie

Baby It’s Cold Outside Tutorial By Marleschka

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This tutorial was made in PSP 8.1 but can be done in any version. For this tutorial all you need is in the zip file which you can get Here Tubes are from Suzi Sgai and Lamanouche Design
You will need the filter Greg’s Factory Output Vol 11

Please note all layers are turned off on the tubes


( 1 ) Open a new 600 x 450 transparent Image. Place you foreground on #D3E4FF and your background on #294C80. In your foreground make a foreground/background Linear gradient set to angle 0, repeats 0.


( 2 ) New layer. Flood fill with this gradient.


( 3 ) New Layer, selections, select all. Copy the tube winter_wonders and paste it into the selection. Selections select none. With your mover tool move it up a little. Place the blend mode on Luminance.


( 4 ) Go to the tube SS_1954, copy and paste as a new layer onto your image. Image resize and resize by 85%, all layers unchecked. Place her to the left. We will move her properly after the next layer.


( 5 ) Go to the tube curtains, copy and paste as a new layer onto your image. Place the blend mode on LuminanceL.


( 6) Now you can move your lady tube untill she sits just against the side of the curtain. Place the blend mode on LuminanceL.


( 7 ) Go to the layer of the scene, make this the visible layer and take your eraser set to size 40, hardness 0 and opacity 50 and erase what lays over the ladies face and down the side of the curtain ( see my image )


( 8 ) With your background on #D3E4FF, take a nice font, vector checked, I used Tempus Sans ITC size 24 and write your text. Convert to a raster layer and add this dropshadow. V & H 1, Opacity 50 and blur 5.


( 9 ) Layers Merge, Merge All.


( 10 ) Image add borders 2, color #294C80.


( 11 ) Image add borders 2, color ##D3E4FF.


( 12) Image add borders 2, color #294C80.


( 13 ) Image add borders 2, color ##D3E4FF.


( 14 ) Image add borders 25, color #294C80.


( 15 ) Select this border with your magic wand. Effects Greg’s Factory Output Vol 11, Pool Shadow with default settings. Keep the selection.


( 16 ) Effects, 3d effects, inner bevel with these settings, Bevel 2, Width 15, Smoothness 15, Depth 9, Ambience -15, Shininess 6, Angle 315, Intensity 33 and Elevation 90. Selections, select none.Baby It's Cold Outside Tutorial


( 17 ) Image add borders 2, color ##D3E4FF.


( 18 ) Resize to 450 in height, aspect ratio checked and all layers checked and you are finished.


I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial.


Another example of this tutorial below using different tubes and colors, reduced in size.

Behind A Veil

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Tutorial By Marleschka

This tutorial was made in PSP 8.1 but can be done in any version.For this tutorial you will need 3 tubes and you can get the ones I used Here Of course if you wish to use your own then please do.


( 1 ) Open a new 600 x 450 transparent Image. Place you foreground on #1A1E16, your background on #FEFEFE. In your foreground make a gradient of foreground-background, style linear, angle 0 and repeats 0. If you are using your own tubes then choose a dark foreground and light background color.


( 2 ) New layer. Flood fill with this gradient.


( 3 ) New layer. Selections, select all. Copy the tube of the veil and paste into the selection. Selections, select none.


( 4 ) Copy the tube of the lady and paste as a new layer. Put her to the left of your image. Drag this layer below the veil layer. With your deform tool place her so her eyes are looking through the veil. ( See my image ) Behind A Veil


( 5 ) Go to the tube of the poppies and resize to 450 in height, all layers ticked.


( 6 ) Still with the poppies tube, click on the larger poppy layer and Image mirror. Copy.


( 7 ) Paste as a new layer and place it to the right. Use your deform tool to place it. Lower the opacity of this layer to what you like. Mine is at 95.


( 8 ) Back to your poppy tube and click on the smaller poppy layer. Copy.


( 9 ) Paste as a new layer and with the deform tool place it beside the larger poppy. Again lower the opacity to what you like.


( 10 ) Layers merge, merge visible.


( 11 ) Take a nice font and write something at the top. I use the font Sheer Elegance, size 30 and color #1A1E16. Give it a drop shadow with these settings, V & H 1, Opacity 50 Blur 3 and color #1A1E16.


( 12 ) Layer merge, merge all.


( 13 ) Image add borders 1 color #1A1E16.


( 14 ) Image add borders 5, color red. Select this border and fill with a nice silver metalic gradient. Image 3d effects Inner bevel and use the cushion preset. Selections invert, Effects 3d effects, cutout with these settings, V & H, 0, Opacity 30, Blur 42.57, color black. Selections, select none.


( 15 ) Image add borders 1 color #1A1E16.


( 17 ) Resize to your original size.


( 16 ) Add your name and you are finished.


I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial.

A Book Of Love

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Tutorial By Marleschka

This tutorial was made in PSP X2 but can be done in any version. For this tutorial all you need is in the zip file which you can get Here Tubes are from Jet who is no longer online. All of the book tubes are made by me.

PLEASE NOTE, ALL LAYERS IN THE TUBE FILES ARE TURNED OFF.


( 1 ) Open a new 700 x 500 transparent Image. Choose a light color from your tube for the foreground and a dark color for your background. Here I have placed my foreground on #c3b89d and my background on #0a0b10. In your foreground make a foreground/background Linear gradient set to angle 40, repeats 1, invert checked.


( 2 ) Flood fill your canvas with this gradient. Adjust Blur, Gaussian Blur set to 20.


( 3 ) New layer, selections, select all. Go to the graphic a-book-of-love-pic, copy and paste into the selection. Selections, select none. Image mirror. Place the blend mode on LuminanceL and reduce the opacity to 50.


( 4 ) New Layer, selections, select all. Copy the tube book-large and paste it into the selection. Selections select none. With your mover tool move it down and to the left a little.


( 5 ) With your magic wand, antialias checked, click inside the white part of the book. Selections, Load Save Selection, Save selection to alpha channel and click OK. Keep the selection.


( 6 ) New Layer. Floodfill with your gradient. New layer. Go to the graphic a-book-of-love-pic, copy and paste into the selection. Selections, select none. Place the blend mode on LuminanceL and reduce the opacity to 20.


( 7) Back to your book layer and with your magic wand, antialias checked, Mode Add(shift) click inside the light grey lines of the pages, zoom in with your zoom tool and flood fill with your light color.A Book Of Love


( 8 ) Now click inside the dark grey lines and floodfill with your dark color. Selections, select none.


( 9 ) Back to your top layer. Copy the tube jet-couple01s-juni-2008 and paste as a new layer. Resize by 75% and then 85%, all layers unchecked. Place the couple nicely inside the book. There is some overhang at the bottom but we will fix that now.


( 10 ) Selections, Load Save Selection, Load Selection From Alpha Channel and load the selection you saved earlier, selections invert and press the delete key. Selections, select none.


( 11 ) Effects 3D Effects, Drop Shadow with these settings V -4, H -4, Opacity 50, Blur 15 and color black.


( 12 ) Layers duplicate, Image Flip, layers move down. With your mover tool move it down untill you can match the mans fingers. Reload the selection from the alpha channel and hit delete. Place the opacity of this layer on 20.


( 13) Make sure you are on your top layer. New Layer, Load the selection again, selections, Modify, Select, Selections Borders with these settings, Outside Checked, Anti-alias checked and Border Width 2. Floodfill with your dark color. Selections, select none.


( 14 ) In your layer pallet close off the bottom 2 layers and merge the other layers visible. Open up your closed layers. Make sure you are on the merged layer.


( 15 ) Effects 3D Effects, Drop Shadow with the same settings as before.


( 16 ) Copy the tube small-book ( I have included a blank small book for you if you are using a different tube, just make it up the same as you have here for the large book) and paste as a new layer. Move it to the left.


( 17 ) Now go to the merged layer (the book) and with your deformation tool (pic) pull the book in a little at both sides. You can go back to this when you have all the little pics in position.


( 18 ) Go back to your top layer (the small book) Layers Duplicate and move it down so the small lines meet on the left side. Duplicate again and do the same. Do this untill you have 4 pics down in a row.


( 19 ) Layers merge down and merge down 3 times. Layers duplicate and image mirror. Now you can go to your book layer again and with the deformation tool ( pic ) bring the book in at both sides until it looks how you want it.


( 20 ) Take a nice font and write what you would like on your book ( See my image )


( 21 ) Layers, Merge, Merge Visible. Selections, select all, selections, modify by 2, selections invert and flood fill with your dark color and you are finished.


I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial.


Another 2 examples of this tutorial below using different colors and tubes. Reduced in size.

Falling In Love

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Tutorial By Marleschka

This tutorial was made in PSP X2 but can be done in any version. For this tutorial all you need is in the zip file which you can get Here, Tube is from Sarita. Mask is from Zuzzana

PLEASE NOTE, ALL LAYERS IN THE TUBE FILES ARE TURNED OFF. Place the masks in your masks folder. Place the preset shape heart7-kris in your Preset Shapes folder. Bring up the brush in PSP and go to File, Export, Custom Brush, give it a name and hit OK.

This is a very quick and simple tutorial.


( 1 ) Open a new 700 x 500 transparent Image.


( 2 ) Place your foreground on #000000 and your background on #fad154 or whatever color you would like to use.


( 3 ) Flood fill your image with #000000


( 4 ) New Layer, flood fill this layer with #fad154.


( 5 ) Layers, Load/Save mask. Load Mask from disc and find the zuz_mask9 and apply with these settings ticked, Source Luminance, Fit to layer, and hide all mask. Layers merge, merge group.


( 6 ) Bring up the tube sfcouple1 and apply the mask 20/20 to it with the same settings. Copy and paste as a new layer onto your image.


( 7) Image resize and resize by 75%, all layers unchecked. Place it to the left and over the edge of the frame of your mask (see my image) Layers arrange, move down.


( 8 ) With your eraser tool, size 16, hardness 100 and opacity 100 wipe away down the side of the tube where it still shows through the mask.Falling In Love


( 9 ) New Layer. Go to your brush tool and find the brush you saved at the beginning of this tutorial and stamp it onto your image with the background color. (see my image)


( 10 ) Copy the tube falling-in-love-tag and paste as a new layer onto your image, place it down the bottom of the frame of the mask (see my image)


( 11 ) Go to your preset shapes tool and find heart7-kris. Settings, Antialias and Create as Vector checked, Line Style Solid and Width 1. With your foreground on #fad154 draw out a nice heart at the top of the mask (see my image) Convert to a raster layer.


( 12 ) Take a nice font and with your text tool write your name inside the tag. Layers merge, merge all.


( 13 ) Save as a JPG and you are finished.


I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial.


Another 2 examples of this tutorial below using different colors and tubes. Reduced in size.