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.
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