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Raised Decoration Frame

This tutorial was created April 26th 2002©Copyright
Artwork by EssexGirl rewritten for PSPX and X2 2nd April 2010
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
Super Blade Pro
FM Tiles Tool

Materials :-
There is a text file included in the zip, if you don't know where to place the items.
My SBP preset (sg_golden jelly)and the spray tube Here
You could use a different tube if you prefer.

some images have been made smaller to shorten file size

Step 1.
Open a new image 750 x 450 white
Now we are going to add the tubed decoration.
A corner spray of flowers and branches works well.
I am using a tube called 'chestnutcorner'
Open your tube, Go to Edit...Copy...
The tube can now be closed. On your image, go to
Edit...Paste as New Layer...

My tube was larger than I wanted, so I had to resize the it
Image... Resize...80%
All Layers = unticked
The amount of resizing will depend on what tube you use, so
you may need to adjust that. If yours is too large or too small
just undo and try again.

Use the mover tool to place the picture in the top right corner.

This is how mine looked


Step 2.
Go to Layers...Duplicate...
Go to Image...Mirror... Mirror Horizontal (mirror in older versions)
then Image...Mirror... Mirror Vertical... (flip in older versions)


Next we want to merge the two tubed layers together,
but keep the white background on a seperate layer
Go to Layers...Merge...Merge Down...
Rename the layer 'flower sprays'

Step 3.
Go to Effects...Plugins... FM Tile Tool...Blend Emboss...
only the intensity setting is changed the other settings are as the default



Go to Layers...Merge...Merge Visible...

Step 4.
Go to Layers...New Mask Layer...From Image...
The source window should be your image
Create mask from 'Source luminance'
Tick 'Invert mask data', click ok.
This is what you should have


Now go to Layers...Merge...Merge Group...

Step 5.
Go to Selections...Select All
Go to Effects...Plugins...Flaming Pear...SuperBladePro
and apply my sg_golden jelly preset. (You will have to
navigate to the folder you have placed it in).
Then Select None


Step 6.
Add a new layer naming it 'frame 1'.
Flood fill with a dark colour I used #004040.
Go to Layers...Arrange...
Send to Bottom


The 'flower sprays' need a drop shadow and some
duplicating to make them stand out. I found that
I got a better result by doing the drop shadow first
and then duplicating the layer complete with shadow,
so make the 'flower spray' layer active, then go to
Effects...3D Effects...Drop Shadow...
Use these settings.

Horizontal = 5
Vertical = 5
Opacity = 70
Blur = 10
Colour = black

Next go to Layers...Duplicate...
Layers...Merge...Merge Down...
Rename the merged layer 'leaf sprays'


Step 7.
Make the bottom layer (frame 1) active.
Go to Layers...New Raster Layer...name this layer 'frame 2'
Activate the Selection Tool
Delection type = elipse
Mode = Replace
Feather = 0
Anti-alias = ticked
We are going to make a ellipse starting in the centre, you can either
look at the co-ordinates on the bottom toolbar and start at 375, 225,
(half the image width and height), or you can go to
Go to View Grid... then
View... Grid, Guide and Snap Properties...
change the current image settings to 375 horizontal 225 vertical (if you make
a different size image put half the width and height if your image into the boxes


Now you can see exactly where the centre is
Click on the centre and drag the ellipse out. The size is up to you,
I extended mine so that some of the leaves would hang over the edge
Here is my screenshot


You can turn the grid off again now

Flood fill the selection with white.


Step 8.
Go to Selections...Modify...Contract...
and contract the selection by 25 pixels


We will be using this selection again later, so
Go to Selections...Load/Save Selection...
Save Selection to Alpha Channel...name it ellipse

Press the delete key and Select None.


Step 9.
Go to Selections...Select All...

Go to Effects...Plugins...Flaming Pear...
SuperBladePro...and apply a preset of your choice
for this example I used 'Gold Furnace'
(It is one of SBP's own presets and will be
in the environments and textures folder).

Apply a drop shadow with the same settings as in step 6

Select None.


Step 10.
Open the picture that you want to put in the frame,
hold down the shift key and press D to make a duplicate
and close the original (then if you mess up while resizing
there's no chance of ruining the original).

You can use any picture that you like, (but if you have a
tall narrow picture you will have to rotate the frame image
go to Image... Rotate...either Left or Right)

I used a cat Photo by Erik-Jan Leusink on Unsplash

Resize your picture so that it wull fit into your frame
When your picture is a suitable size go to Edit...Copy...now you can close it.

Step 11.
Back to your main image and Paste as a new layer,
Name this layer 'picture'
On the layers Palette drag picture layer down so that
it is between the layers 'frame 1' and 'frame2'
Use the Mover Tool to adjust its position in the frame


Now we will get rid of the parts of the picture outside the
ellipse, so we need the selection that was saved earlier.
Go to Selections...Load/Save Selection...
Load Selection from Alpha Channel...load the ellipse selection
Go to Selections...Modify...Expand...
Expand the selection by 1 pixel
Go to Selections...Invert...
Click the Delete key, then Select None


Step 12.
Go to Image...Add Borders...
and add a symmetrical border of 25 in white

Select the border with the Magic Wand
and apply the same SuperBladePro preset
we used on the elipse (Gold Furnace)
Go to Selections...Invert...

Go to Effects...3D Effects...Cutout...
Horizontal and Vertical = 0
Opacity = 100
Blur = 20
Colour = Black

Fill interior with colour = unticked
Select None. Resize if necessary

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