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Sand and Sea Frame

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This tutorial was created 9th April 2007©Copyright Artwork by EssexGirl
Updated for PSP X8
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

Materials :-
An image of your choice
speckle goldfill pattern and Joyce mask Here
these were not created by me but I'd like to thank whoever did create them.

some images have been made smaller to shorten file size



Although I named this tutorial 'Sand and Sea Frame' I was just influenced by
the picure I framed, the frame itself has nothing to do with sand, or sea.

This tutorial is in two parts, on this page we will create the
framed image. If you want to go on to make some side panels and
create an Incredimail Letter with your image you can go on to page 2.
Experienced letter creators please feel free to do your own thing ;)

Step 1.
Open the Joyce mask in psp
Go to Image...Rotate Right...
minimise the mask so it's out of the way

Open the image that you want to frame. This tutorial uses a portrait style image. If
you want to use a landscape style image you could rotate it left, or right, then at the
end of the tutorial rotate the image back again , it would make an interesting variation.

Resize your image so that the width is 450 pixels, psp will automatically set the height.

Use the dropper tool to select a dark colour from your image for
your background colour (right click), or use black #000000.

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



Step 2.
Your image needs to be a background not a layer.
Go to Layers...Merge...Merge All (if this option
is greyed out your image is already a background)

Go to Selections...Select All...
Effects...3D Effects...Cutout....
Use these settings :-
Horizontal offset=0
Vertical offset=0
Opacity=100
Blur=25
Colour=Black
Fill interior with colour= unticked

Select None



Step 3.
Go to Image...Add Borders...
We are going to create a different size border
for the top and bottom than for the sides, so
untick the symmetric box
Left and Right=60
Top and Bottom =75
Right click on the colour box and choose your background (dark) colour



Step 4.
Go to Layers...New Raster Layer...
Flood fill the new layer with your pattern
(the speckle goldfill)

Go to Layers...New Mask Layer...From Image...
In the Source Window dropdown list choose 'Joyce'
Create mask from Source luminance
Invert mask data = unticked

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Go to Layers...Merge...Merge Group...



Step 5.

Activate the Selection Tool
Selection type=Rectangle Mode=Replace
Feather=0
Antialias=unticked

Select a strip approximately 5 to 10 pixels wide down the left
side where the image meets the border, running from the
top of the horizontal gold panel at the top, of the image
to the bottom of horizontal gold panel at the bottom of
the image (see screenshot below)

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Add a new raster layer
Flood fill with the speckle goldfill pattern

Deselect
Go to Layers...Duplicate...
then Image...Mirror...Mirror Horizontal...(in older versions Image...Mirror...)

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Step 6.
Hide the background layer by clicking the eye
for that layer in the layers palette, go to
Layers...Merge...Merge Visible...
Unhide the layer by clicking the eye again

Go to Effects...3D Effects...Drop Shadow
(if your background colour is black you may
not need the drop shadow, so this is optional)
Horizontal and Vertical offsets=1
Opacity=75
Blur=5

Go to Layers...Merge...Merge All (flatten)



Step 7.
Open up the Joyce mask that you minimised earlier. We are going to
rotate it back to it's original position before applying again.
Go to Image...Rotate Left...
minimise the mask so it's out of the way

Back on the image we are working on, go to
Image...Add Borders...
Symmetric box-unticked
Left and Right=75
Top and bottom=80
Colour= your background (dark) colour

Step 8.
(this step is the same as step 4) Go to Layers...New Raster Layer...
Flood fill the new layer with your background pattern
(the speckle goldfill)

Go to Layers...New Mask Layer...From Image...
In the Source Window dropdown list choose 'Joyce'
Create mask from Source luminance
Invert mask data = unticked

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Go to Layers...Merge...Merge Group...



Step 9.
Select a strip of about 5 to 10 pixels similar to what we did in step 5
but this time the selected strip runs horizontally and goes right
across the image like this screenshot.

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Add a new raster layer
Flood fill with the speckle goldfill pattern

Select None
Go to Layers...Duplicate...
then Image...Mirror...Mirror Vertical (in older versions ..Image...Flip..)

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Step 10.
(this step is the same as step 6) Hide the background layer by clicking the eye
for that layer in the layers palette, go to
Layers...Merge...Merge Visible...
Unhide the layer by clicking the eye again

Go to Effects...3D Effects...Drop Shadow
(if your background colour is black you may
not need the drop shadow, so this is optional)
Horizontal and Vertical offsets=1
Opacity=75
Blur=5

Go to Layers...Merge...Merge All (flatten)



Step 11.
Go to Selections...Select All...
Image...Add Borders...
Tick the symmetric box
Add a symmetric border of between 5 and 10 pixels
the colour doesn't matter
Go to Selections...Invert...
Flood fill with speckle goldfill
Before you deselect you can add the following drop shadow,
here again if your background colour is black you may
not need it, so it's is optional)
Effects...3D Effects...Drop Shadow
Horizontal and Vertical offsets=1
Opacity=75
Blur=5
repeat the drop shadow using minus 1 for the
horizontal and vertical offsets

Select None

If you want to create side panels to go with your image
and to make it into an Incredimail letter go to
Page 2 Here



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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.
Thankyou Kevin for testing this tutorial

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