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Gold Offset Frame

This tutorial was created 22th June 2003©Copyright Artwork by EssexGirl
Updated for PSP2018 March 2018
please do not copy it, or put it anywhere else without my written permission.

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Filters and programs used in this tutorial :-
Paint Shop Pro

Materials :-
My sg_gold-crystal pattern a zip file is Here
Place the bmp in the folder where you are keeping your patterns.

Some images have been made smaller and some just show a
partial image, to shorten file size

Step 1.
Open the image that you want to frame. The image that I am
using for this tutorial is the front cover from some music.

For the foreground fill style on the
materials palette choose pattern fill.

Click on the Foreground and Stroke Properties box to open
up the materials dialogue box, then click on the pattern
window and choose sg_gold-crystal from the dropdown list .
The texture box should be unticked.
Angle=0 Scale=100

Go to Image...Add Borders...
Untick the symmetric box and use these settings
top=5, right=5, bottom=0, left=0
colour=use a colour that is not on the outside edges
of your image, I used white.

You should now have a narrow border along the top and right
side of your image. Use the Magic Wand with these settings
Match mode=RGB Value
Sample merged=unticked
Antialias ticked
Click on the border to select it and flood fill the selection
with the sg_gold-crystal pattern (or another if you prefer).


Step 2.
Go to Selections...Invert...then go to
Effects...3D Effects...Cutout...use these settings
Vertical=0, Horizontal=0, Opacity=100,
Blur=20 colour=black

Select None.

Step 3.
Use the Dropper Tool to pick a colour from your image, left
clicking with it so that the colour appears as the foregound
colour in your materials palette. We will alternate this colour
with the gold borders on the frame. For the background of the
materials palette choose white.

Go to Image...Add Borders...
We need to change the colour so right click on the colour box
to bring up the 'recent colours' in the botton left
corner of the box are you foreground and background colours.
Choose the foreground colour.
The other settings stay the same as the last border.

Step 4.
Go to Image...Add Borders...
Right click on the colour box and change the
colour white.

The other settings stay the same as the last border.

Select the border with the Magic Wand and
flood fill with your gold pattern. De-select.

Step 5.
Repeat step 5. and step 6. once, then step 5 once more.
You should now have three gold borders and three coloured
borders running along the top and right side of your image.


Step 6.
Go to Image...Add Borders...
Change the colour back to white again.
We are going to change the settings as well this time.
We want this border to go all the way around the image,
so tick the symmetric box. Put 5 in the other boxes.

Select the border with the Magic Wand and flood fill with
your gold pattern, then de-select.


Step 7.
Go to Image...Add Borders...
Change back to your foreground colour.
This border should be on the left side and the bottom, so
untick the symmetric box and this time use these settings.
top=0, right=0, bottom=30, left=30


Step 8.
Nearly there :)
Go to Image...Add borders...
This border is the same colour as the last one, but
it goes all the way around the image. Don't change the
colour, tick the symmetric box and add a border of 5

One more to add. Go to Image...Add Borders...
change to white, add a symmetric border of 5.

Select the border with the Magic Wand
and flood fill with the gold pattern.


Step 9.
Activate the Magic Wand, change the Mode setting to Add.
We want to select the plain coloured borders, but not the gold.

Click on the wide coloured border that runs along the left
and bottom of the image and on each of the narrow coloured borders
that are in between the gold borders.
You may need to zoom in to select the narrow borders

Go to Effects...3D Effects...Cutout...
Apply these settings
Vertical=1, Horizontal=1, Opacity=80,
Blur=2 colour=black

Repeat the cutout but change the vertical and
horizontal values to minus 1 (-1)

Step 10.
Your foreground should still be the gold
pattern that we used earlier.

Make the paintbrush active and click on the brush tip
dropdown window to display your brush tips.

From the list choose the 'Line vertical'
I have marked it in this screenshot, (the other brushes
shown will probably be different to the ones you have.


On the tools options palette use these settings
Size=30, Hardness=50, Step=107, Density=100,
Thickness=1, Rotation=0, Opacity=100, Shape=square
(you can use the round shape if you prefer, it gives
a more feathery edge to the scallops).

Open the Brush Variance palette (F11 is the quickest way).
All the settings except the Rotation need to be on 'Normal'
The Rotation setting should be 'Repeating Fade In', you can
change it on the drop down list. The Jitter settings are all 0,
the Fade rate 100 and Impressions per step 1


Step 11.
We are going to use the brush to paint the gold scallops
down the left side and along the bottom of the frame.

Add a new raster layer.
With the Paint Brush click at the centre top of the wide
border on the left side of the image (shown in this screenshot)


Holding down the shift key click at the bottom of the border.


Holding down the shift key click at the right
end of the bottom border.


Step 12.
Go to Effects...3D Effects...Drop Shadow...
Vertical=0, Horizontal=0, Opacity=50, Blur=5
Go to Layers...Merge...Merge All

Here is an example using another sheet music cover


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