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Gravel and Stripe
Frame Tutorial

PSP X and X8

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This tutorial was created 11th March 2007©Copyright Artwork by EssexGirl
please do not copy it, or put it anywhere else without my written permission.
Updated 13th April 2016

*NOTE*
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
the link will open in a new window

Filters and programs used in this tutorial :-
Paint Shop Pro
Andrews filters 8, or Tramages

Materials :-Here
The zip contains my sg_gravel-pattern and a gold bead pattern. Open them in PSP
you will need to change the colour of the gravel pattern to match your image.

An image of your choice
I have used a Photo by Thomas Kelley on Unsplash

some images have been made smaller to shorten file size





Step 1.

Open the image that you are going to frame and resize if neccesary.
My image was approximately 650px wide, you can use whatever size you want to.

Use the dropper tool to select a dark colour from your image for your foreground
colour (left click) and a lighter colour for your background colour (right click).

Open the sg_gravel-pattern and the goldbead pattern.
Feel free to use your own patterns if you prefer.

Unless the image you are using is a similar colour to mine,
you need to change the colour of the sg_gravel-pattern, so add
a new layer to it, flood fill with either your background, or
foreground colour (or another colour from your image), then
change the Blend Mode of the layer to Color, or Color Legacy,
whichever you prefer and Merge All.
You can minimize the patterns. They will be available as patterns in your palette.

Make the foreground of your palette pattern fill and choose the goldbead pattern
Angle=0, Scale=100

Change the background of your palette to Pattern and choose the gravel pattern.
Angle=0, Scale=100

Note* The orientation of the image I used is landscape style, if you use
a portrait style image, like my example at the end of the tutorial, you
need to rotate it (Image..Rotate left or right), otherwise the kaleidoscope
settings given will give a different result. You can rotate
it back at the end of the tutorial.



Step 2.

That's the preparation done, so now with your image ready
Go to Selections...Select All...
Go to Image...Add Borders...
Symmetric=ticked
size=2
You can use any colour

Go to Selections...Invert...
Flood fill the selection with the goldbead pattern.
As the border is so narrow you may need to zoom in

Go to selections...Invert...
Effects...3D Effects...Cutout...
Vertical offset=0
Horizontal offset=0
Opacity=100
Blur=20
Colour=Black
Fill interior with colour=unticked

Select None



Step 3.
Go to Image...Add Borders...
Symmetric=ticked
size = 20
Right click on the colour box and choose your
foreground (dark)colour

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Select the border with the Magic Wand
Go to Effects...Plugins...Andrew's Filters 8
Tow the Line (or Tramages Tow the Line)
Control 0=18
Control 1=54
Control 2=48
Control 3=9

Effects...3D Effects...Cutout...
Vertical offset=2
Horizontal offset=2
Opacity=50
Blur=5
Colour=Black
Fill interior with colour=unticked

Repeat the cutout, changing the Horizontal
and Vertical offsets to -2 (minus2)

Select All

Go to Image...Add Borders...
Symmetric=ticked
size=2
Any colour
Selectsions...Invert...
Flood fill the selection with the goldbead pattern.
Select None

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Step 4.
Go to Image...Add Borders...
Symmetric=ticked
size = 30
Right click on the colour box and choose your
background (light) colour

Select the border using the Magic Wand
Go to Effects...Plugins...Andrew's Filters 8
Tow the Line (or Tramages Tow the Line)
(settings the same as previously)
Control 0=18
Control 1=54
Control 2=48
Control 3=9

Effects...3D Effects...Cutout...
(settings the same as previously)
Vertical offset=2
Horizontal offset=2
Opacity=50
Blur=5
Colour=Black
Fill interior with colour=unticked

Repeat the cutout, changing the Horizontal
and Vertical offsets to -2 (minus2)
Don't delelect yet

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Go to Layers...Add a new raster layer
Flood fill it with the gravel pattern which is in the background of your palette

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Step 5.
Go to Effect...Reflection Effects...Kaleidoscope...
Horizontal offset=0
Vertical offset=0
Rotation angle=135
Scale factor=3
Number of petals=4
Number of 0rbits=0
Radial suction=0
Edge mode=Wrap

Don't delselect yet

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Step 6.
Go to Layers...Duplicate...
Effect...Reflection Effects...Kaleidoscope...
Horizontal offset=0
Vertical offset=0
Rotation angle=90
Scale factor=-42 (minus 42)
Number of petals=4
Number of orbits=0
Radial suction=0
Edge mode=Repeat

Deselect

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Go to Effects...3D Effects...Drop Shadow
Vertical offset=1
Horizontal offset=1
Opacity=55
Blur=5
Repeat the drop shadow, changing the Vertical
and horizontal offsets to -1 (minus 1)

Go to Layers...Arrange...Move Down...(or open the layers
palette and drag this layer below the previous one).

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Go to Layers...Duplicate...
For this image I changed the layer Blend Mode to Multiply, to make
the corners behind the gravel pattern look a bit darker
but you could change it to Overly, Hard Light, Burn, or Dodge,
try the different blend modes to see what you like best.

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Go to the top layer (Raster 1)

Go to Effects...3D Effects...Drop Shadow
Vertical offset=1
Horizontal offset=1
Opacity=55
Blur=5
Repeat the drop shadow, changing the Vertical
and horizontal offsets to -1 (minus 1)

Go to Layers...Merge...Merge All...



Step 7.
Select All
Go to Image...Add Borders...
Symmetric=ticked
size=2
Selections... Invert...
fill the selection with the goldbead pattern.
Select None

Go to Image...Add Borders...
Symmetric=ticked
size = 20
Right click on the colour box and choose your
foreground (dark)colour

Select the border with the Magic Wand
Go to Effects...Plugins...Andrew's Filters 8
Tow the Line (or Tramages Tow the Line)
Control 0=18
Control 1=54
Control 2=48
Control 3=9

Effects...3D Effects...Cutout...
Vertical and Horizontal offsets=2
Opacity=50
Blur=5
Colour=Black
Fill interior with colour=unticked

Repeat the cutout, changing the Horizontal
and Vertical offsets to -2 (minus2)

Select All

Go to Image...Add Borders...
Symmetric=ticked
size=2
Selections... Invert... and flood
fill the selection with the goldbead pattern.

Select None

This is another example

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The kingfisher is from a Photo by Vincent van Zalinge on Unsplash



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