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Raised Decoration Frame


This tutorial was created April 26th 2002©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
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 500 x 300 white
Add a new layer
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',
which I got from Jane's Place, there is a
link at the top of the page if you want to use
the same one.

I changed the scale to 80, but the size will
depend on what tube you use, so you may need
to adjust that. If yours is too large or too small
just delete and try again with a different scale.

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

This is how mine looked
(my image has been made smaller but you
can see the size of the tube in
relation to the image size)


Step 2.
Go to Layers...Duplicate...
Go to Image...Mirror...then Image...Flip...


We want to merge the sprays with the white layer.
Go to Layers...Merge...Merge All...
Rename the layer 'flower sprays'

Step 3.
Go to Effects...Plugins...
FM Tile Tool...Blend Emboss...
use these settings



Step 4.
Go to Masks...New...From Image...
Make the source window 'This Window',
Create mask from 'Source luminance'
Tick 'Invert mask data', click ok.
This is what you should have


Now go to Masks...Delete...
You will be asked if you would like the
mask merged with the current layer.
Click 'Yes'

Step 5.
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).


Step 6.
Add a new layer naming it 'frame'.
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=68, blur=8.6, colour=black

Next go to Layers...Duplicate...
Repeat the duplication two times more, then turn off
the visibility of your background layer by opening
the layers palette and clicking the glasses and go to
Layers...Merge...Merge Visible...
Rename the merged layer 'flower sprays'
Turn visibility back on


Step 7.
Make the bottom layer (frame) active. With the
Selection Tool type=elipse feather=0 antialias ticked
make an elipse starting at the centre, co-ordinates 250,150
and extending to co-ordinates 75,55.
Circled in this screenshot


Flood fill the selection with white.


Step 8.
Go to Selections...Modify...Contract...
and contract the selection by 20 pixels


Press the delete key and de-select.

Step 9.
Using the Magic Wand, match mode=RGB,
tolerance=0, feather=0, sample merged unticked
select the white ellipse shape


Go to Selections...Modify...Expand...
Expand the selection by 1 pixel

Go to Effects...Plugins...Flaming Pear...
SuperBladePro...and apply 'teal amber'

(It is one of SBP's own presets and will be
in the environments and textures folder).



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 the ellipse is wider than it's
height, so if you have a tall narrow picture go to Image...
Rotate...and with the all layers box ticked rotate by 90°

This is the picture I used (my cat).


My picture is 370 x 215 and it fits nicely behind
the eliptical hole without any need to rotate the frame.
If your picture is too large, or too small, go to
Image... Resize...and resize the image to a width not
less than 315 pixels and a height not less than 157 pixels.
It doesn't matter if The pic is a little larger than this
as long as the main features, come within this size, the rest
will be hidden by the frame.
Make sure that the retain aspect
ratio box is ticked so that the picture keeps it's shape.
You will need to go to Effects...Sharpen and sharpen
the picture after resizing.

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'
Go to Layers...Arrange...Send to Bottom


To make the picture recess more into the frame we are
going to add a cutout. Make the 'frame' layer active
and click in the centre with the Magic Wand.
The centre ellipse will be selected.


Go to Selections...Modify...Expand...
and expand the selection by 2 pixels.
Make the picture layer active and add a new layer.
Go to Effects...3D Effects...Cutout...
Use these settings

vertical=20, horizontal=20, opacity=43, blur=43.20

Add a new layer and repeat the cutout, but change
the horizontal and vertical settings to minus 20
then de-select


Step 12.
Go to Layers...Merge all...
Make the background colour of the palette white
Go to Image...Add Borders...
and add a symmetrical border of 20

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

Add a new layer.
Go to Effects...3D Effects...Cutout...
Change the opacity to 23 and change the
horizontal and vertical settings to 5

Add a new layer and repeat the cutout, changing
the vertical and horizontal figures to minus.
De-select. Merge all.
Resize (I made mine 400 x 252) then go to
Effects...Sharpen...Unsharp Mask...
Radius=2.00, Strength=50, Clipping=5

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