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Curve Frame Tutorial

PSP8, PSP9 and pspX

This tutorial was created 6th September 2005 ©Copyright Artwork by EssexGirl
please do not copy it, or put it anywhere else without my written permission.

*I have had to change the screenshots for this tutorial as
Caron Vinson's work (which I originally used) is no longer
available without a licence. I'm now using my own artwork :)

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when sites move, or close. Please let me know if you find any dead links
and I will do my best to update them or find alternatives.

Sometimes the links for filters change, it's difficult (and a lot of work) to
keep changing them on individual pages, so I have created a page with
links to filters and programs that I have used in my tutorials.
That way it is easier for me, because when there are changes I will
only have one page to update and hopefully better for you, because I'm
less likely to miss a page out when doing the updates :)

You will find links to filters/programs used in this tutorial Here
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Filters and programs used in this tutorial :-
Paint Shop Pro
Sandy Blair's Simple filters (top left mirror)
Greg's Factory Output Vol II (Pool Shadow)

Materials :-
There is a text file included in the zip,
if you don't know where to place the items.
An image to frame
My sg_corner12b tube and Speckle Goldfill pattern Here
I didn't create the gold pattern and I don't know
where it came from, but it's one of my favourites.
If anyone knows who the creator is please let me know.
You can use another gold pattern if you prefer

images have been made smaller to shorten file size

Step 1
Open the image you want to frame and resize it so that
the longest side is is no larger than 350 pixels.
Go to Layers...Promote Background Layer...(if your image is
already a layer this option will be greyed out)

Use the Eye Dropper to select a colour from your image as
the foreground colour on your materials palette.
Make the background colour black.
Now change the foreground on the palette to pattern and
from your list of patterns choose the Speckle Goldfill,
or a gold pattern of your choice.

Go to Image...Canvas Size...
The Lock aspect ratio box should be unticked
Add 150 to the width and height of your image, choosing
the centre box in the Placement section. The top, bottom,
left and right should all be 75


Step 2
Open the sg_corner12b tube
Go to Edit...Copy...
You can close the tube now
Make your main image active
Go to Layers...New Raster Layer...
Go to Edit...Paste...Paste as New Selection
placing the copy of the corner tube in the top
left corner at co-ordinates 0,0 you can see the
co-ordinates on the status bar.


Step 3 Go to Effects...Plugins...Simple...Top Left Mirror...then
Effects...Distortion Effects...Lens Distortion...
Use these settings
Distortion type=Pincushion
Edge mode=Transparent


Go to Adjust...Sharpness...Sharpen...
Go to Effects...3D Effects...Drop Shadow
Use these settings
Repeat the drop shadow, but change the
horizontal and vertical figures to minus 2 (-2)

Step 4
Add a new layer, then go to
Layers...Arrange...Send to Bottom
Using the Flood Fill Tool with these settings
Match mode=None
Sample Merged=unticked
Blend mode=Normal
Flood fill the layer with the gold pattern

Go to Selections...Select All...
Contract the selection by 5 pixels
Flood Fill with black (right click)

Go to Selections...Modify...Contract...
Contract the selection by 10 pixels
Flood fill the layer with the gold pattern

Go to Selections...Modify...Contract...
Contract the selection by 5 pixels
Change the foreground on the palette from pattern
to colour and flood fill with the colour that you
chose from your image at the beginning of the
tutorial, but don't deselect yet.


Step 5
Go to Adjust...Add/Remove Noise...Add Noise...
Use these settings
Gaussian 25%
Go to Effects...Plugins...
Greg's Factory Output Vol II...Pool Shadow
Use the default settings

Go to Selections...Float...then
Effects...3D Effects...Cutout...
Use these settings

Go to Layers...Merge...Merge All...
Resize if necessary.

Here is another example


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.
Thank you to my great testers

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