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This tutorial was created 1st June 2007©Copyright Artwork by EssexGirl
Updated using PSP2018 March 2018
please do not copy it, or put it anywhere else without my written permission.

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
Flaming Pear's SuperBladePro

Materials :-
The header image that you created on page 1
sg_silver SBP preset (as used on page 1)

some images have been made smaller to shorten file size

Step 1.
You should have your image from page 1 of the tutorial still open in PSP.
Go to File...Export...JPG Optimizer...
I usually use a compression value somewhere between 10 and 20,
you can vary it, higher values will give a lower file size, but
the quality starts to deteriorate, lower values give better quality,
but higher file sizes. It's a case of striking a balance that suits
you. You don't want your letter to be too heavy, but it's a shame
to ruin a beautiful peice of work by compressing too much.

Give it any name you want, I called mine 'fairytale-header'
You can save your jpg in any folder that you want, as long as you
remember where to find it when you create your letter.

Choose a light colour from your image for the foreground colour of
your palette, we will use this colour for making a background tile.
Minimize the image, just in case you want to pick other colours from it.

Step 2.
Open a new Image 300 X 300 and flood fill with your light colour
Go to Adjust... Add/Remove Noise... Add Noise...
Random, 50, Monochrome ticked

Go to Effects... Distortion Effects... Pixelate...
Symetric ticked, Block width = 5, Block Height = 5


Export as a .jpg into the same folder as your header, I named mine 'fairytale-bg',
don't clost this image yet, as we will use it as a pattern fill in the next step

Step 3.
Open the motif that you saved, or minimised earlier
Go to Image... Resize...
Resize by 50%, Bicubic, All Layers unticked
Go to Effects... 3D Effects... Drop Shadow
Vertical and Horizontal = 0
Opacity = 100
Blur = 15


Make the selection Tool active and click on the create selection
from layer opaque icon on the toolbar at the top, then go to

Image... Crop to Selection...



Add a New Layer, go to Layers.. Arrange... Send to Bottom...
Make the foreground of your palette Pattern fill and choose the
background tile that you just made as the pattern
Flood fill the layer with this pattern


Export as a .jpg into the same folder as the header and background
I named mine 'fairytale-motif'

Step 4.
If you want to make a button to add to the footer, open a
new image 175 x 50 Flood fill with your pattern, or pale colour
Apply an inner bevel of your choice
These are the settings that I used


Activate the Text Tool
Use a font of your choice
The size will depend on the font you use
Create as Vector
On the palette change the background to the colour that you want
to use for your text. I used black, but you could use a dark shade
from your image if you prefer. Make the palette foreground transparent.

Click the centre of the button image and Type
'Letter by' or 'Created by' and your name
(not mine I only wrote the tutorial, this is your creation)
When you are happy with the size and position of your text
Go to Layers...Convert to Raster Layer
You can add a small drop shadow to your text if you wish
I used Vertical and Horizontal=1, Opacity=50, Blur=5

Export as a jpg into the same folder as your header and background
I called mine 'fairytale-button'

Step 5.
Now you just need to add them to Letter Creator
Open Letter Creator

First select the Header tab


In the Header and Content section click on the 'image' icon


Use the navigation box to got to the folder that
you saved your jpgs in and open header(main) image

To make sure the image is centred in the headersection
Click the Text alignment dropdown list and choose center


Step 6.
Now that the header is in place we will sort out the
background and text colours, so open the 'Body' tab

In the Background section click on the image icon and choose
your background jpg, this will give you your background in a
single tile in the top left corner.
To tile the image click on the Tile icon

In the Text section you can choose your text and link
colours. I chose black for my text and used the dropper to
pick a dark colour from my header for the link colour.
You can also choose your font and font size, you can see
how it will look in your letter, from the preview window.

I left the Margins at the default settings

Step 7.
Open the Footer tab next
In the section 'Content and Layout' click the 'image' icon
and open your button image. To centre it choose the center alignment
in the same way as we did for the Headers.

Below your button you can add any credits that are appropriate.
If you have followed a tutorial to create your letter, you can include
a link to the tutorial if you wish. Highlight the text, or button image
that you want to turn into a link, click on the 'Link' icon and put the
url into to box provided to add a hyperlink

Step 8.
Open the 'Left' tab In the section 'Content and Layout'
click the 'image' icon and
open your motif image

Open the 'Right' tab and use the same steps to place the motif on this side

Step 9.
Open the 'Finish' tab.

Give your letter a name, the collection name is where Incredimail
will save your letter, you can call it whater you like, you can
even choose a category for your letter, you might want to keep
similar themes together

Click on the 'Save Project' button and save in the same folder as
your images, if you want to make changes later, you will be able
to open the project and change images, fonts, colours etc

When you have finished, click the 'Add to Incredimail button
and your letter will be added to Incredimail under the name and
category etc that you have chosen

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.
Thankyou to my very helpful testers
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