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Font Frame Tutorial

PSP8 version

This tutorial was created 23rd July. 2005©Copyright Artwork by EssexGirl
please do not copy it, or put it anywhere else without my written permission.

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
Mura Meister Copies

Materials :-
There is a text file included in the zip, if you don't know where to place the items.
Designer Plus font available from House Of Lime Click on the Dings link
on the left side of the page. The font is listed as 'Plus'
You can use other fonts for different effects.
OPTIONAL: Speckle goldfill pattern and my anemone picture Here
You can use your own image and any gold pattern

some images have been made smaller to shorten file size

Step 1.
You can get lots of variations on this frame, by using
different fonts, so I hope you will experiment :)

Open a new image 600 x 600 Raster Background, Transparent.
Select the Flood Fill tool, then set up your materials palette as follows:-

For the Foreground and Stroke Properties use 'Pattern' and make
the pattern 'Speckle Goldfill' (or a gold pattern of your choice).
The 'Texture' should be 'None'.

For the Background and Fill Properties use 'Colour' and make the
colour Black (#000000). The 'Texture' should be 'None'.
Flood fill your image with black using the right mouse button.

Select the Text tool and use the following settings:-
Create as=Vector
Font=Designer Plus
Warp Text=It doesn't matter
Alignment=It doesn't matter
Font Style=Bold
Line Style=Solid
Make the Background on your materials palette 'Transparent'.

As we are using Vector text psp will automatically place it on
it's own vector layer, so we don't need to add a layer.

Click on your image with the Text tool.Type a capitol
letter (uppercase) C
Then click 'Apply'


I've cropped the edges from my screenshot, your
gold image will have more black around it :)

Go to Objects...Align...Center in Canvas...
Then go to Layers...Convert to Raster Layer

Step 2.
Go to effects...Plugins...Mura Meister...Copies...
From the dropdown list of presets (bottom left) choose
'Line', then change the 'Number' setting (top right)to 10.


Click OK


Step 3.
Go to Effects...Reflection Effects...Kaleidoscope...
Use these settings:-

Horizontal=0, Vertical=0, Rotation Angle=45, Scale Factor=minus 55, Petals=4, Orbits=0, Radial suction=35, Edge Mode=Wrap


Step 4.
Select the Magic Wand tool and use these settings:-
Match mode=RGB Value
Sample merged=Unticked
Click once in the empty area in the centre of the image
and once in the empty area at outside edge of the frame.
Go to Selections...Invert...
The selection should now run around both the inner
and outer edges of your gold frame.

go to Selections...Modify...Contract...
and contract the selection by 1 pixel

Activate the bottom layer of your image (Raster 1)
Go to Layers...New Raster Layer...
Change the Foreground and Stroke Properties of your
materials palette to dark red (#400000), or a colour
of your choice. Flood fill the selection


Go to Effects...3D Effects...Inner bevel...
Use these settings:-




Make the top layer (containing the gold frame) active.
Go to Effects...3D Effects...Drop Shadow...
Use these settings:-

Go to Layers...Merge...Merge Down...
Rename the layer frame 1. You should now have 2 layers,
your frame 1 and the black background.

Step 5.
Select the Text tool and use the following settings:-
Create as=Vector
Font=Designer Plus
Warp Text=It doesn't matter
Alignment=It doesn't matter
Font Style=Bold
Line Style=Solid
Change the Background on the materials palette to the gold pattern
you have been using and change the Foreground to Transparent.

Click on your image, this time Type a capitol
letter (uppercase) M
Go to Objects...Align...Centre in Canvas...
Go to Layer...Convert to Raster Layer.


Step 6.
Go to Effects...Plugins...Mura Meister...Copies...
Use the Line preset again, but this time change the 'Number' setting to 50


Go to Effects...Reflection Effects...Kaleidoscope...
Use the same settings as before (step 3) apart from the
scale factor, change that to -47 (minus 47). If you are
using a different font adjust the scale so that the outside
edge of the gold frame just reaches the edge of your image.


Step 7.
Go to Layers...Arrange...Move Down...


Make the bottom layer (Raster 1) active.
Activate the Selection tool, then click on the
Custom Selection Icon on the toolbar


Use these settings:-
Press the delete key on the keyboard, then de-select.


Go to Layers...Merge...Merge visible.
Save the frame so you can use it again later, or
you could, go to File...Export...and Export as
a Picture Frame, or Picture Tube.

To add a picture to the frame image that you have open, go to
the next step (Step 8), or if you have exported your frame as
a Picture Frame and would like to add that to a picture, close
your frame image and go to step 9.

Step 8
Add a new Layer, then go to Layers...Arrange...Send to bottom...

Activate the Selection tool, click on the Custom selection
icon on the toolbar and use the same settings as in step 7.

Open the picture that you want to frame. It should be square,
You are welcome to use my image if you wish, or one of your own.

Go to Edit...Copy...
You can close the picture now.
Go to Edit...Paste...Paste Into Selection...


You can add a drop shadow to the frame layer if you wish.
Then go to Merge...Merge All.
Resize as required, resample using Bicubic

Step 9
Open the picture that you want to frame. It should be square.
Go to Image...Picture Frame...
Click on the dropdown list (arrow 1 in the screenshot below)
and choose your frame. If your image has a lot of empty space
around the edges, you might want to have the frame placed 'inside
of the image', but if you want all of the picture to be visible
choose 'Frame outside of the image' (arrow 2 in the screenshot).


There are a couple of other things I'll mention here, although
what they do is fairly obvious. there are 3 other available options,
Flip frame, mirror frame and Rotate 90 ° CW.

If you have a frame that has a different pattern at the top to the
bottom and you want it the other way up you can flip it, the left
and right sides can be swapped by using mirror and if you have a
rectangular frame that is portrait style, but the picture that
you want to frame is landscape style, you can use the Rotate option.

These options are not applicable to the frame that we have made, as
it is the same on all sides, so just click OK.

Your image will have 2 layers, the picture will be on the bottom
and the frame on top. If you want to you can add a drop shadow
to your frame layer. Then go to Layers...Merge...Merge All.
Resize as required, resample using Bicubic

Here is another example.


For this frame I used a font called Curlz
and the letters Q and i

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