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Sinedots Mask Frame
Tutorial

PSP X and X2

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This tutorial was created 14th January 2002©Copyright Artwork by EssexGirl
Re written for PSPX and X2 3rd April 2010
please do not copy it, or put it anywhere else without my written permission.

*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
Dragonfly's Sinedots II
VM Toolbox

Materials :-
My sg_spiral1.cfg Here
(Unzip .cgf file into the folder you have made for Sinedots II)
A picture to put into the frame, if you haven't got anything suitable
and you want to use my cat picture you can download it Here

some images have been made smaller to shorten file size



step 1.
open a new image 75 x 200 transparent,
flood fill with black. (this is just to make
the image easier to see)
Add a new layer.

Go to Effects...Plugins...Sinedots...
and open the sg_spiral1.cfg choose the spiral1 preset.
if you are new to sinedots and don't know how to open
the .cfg file click HERE for more information

Some presets use different 'blend' settings and it is
important for this tutorial to make sure that the blend
in the sinedots setting is set to 'screen' like this:-

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Go to Edit...Copy...this image can now be closed



Step 2.
open a new image 400 x 400 transparent and flood fill with black
Add a new layer, then go to Edit...Paste as a New Selection...
in the top left corner (I used co-ordinates 0,0)

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De-select



Step 3.
Go to Layers...Duplicate...then Image...Flip...

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Go to Layers...Merge...Merge Down...



Step 4.
Go to Layers...Duplicate...then Image..Mirror...
Layers...Merge...Merge Down

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Step 5.
Layers...Duplicate...then Image...Free Rotate...
and rotate by 90° (either direction)

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Layers...Merge...Merge Down

If you want to save this sinedots frame as a mask to use again,
carry on with the next step. If you don't want to keep the mask
and are only using it for this tutorial it can be applied from
the current image, so go to step 7



Step 6.
Hide the black background layer, by clicking
the eye for that layer in the layers palette
Go to Layers...New Mask Layer...From Image...
Create Mask from source opacity
Invert mask data box = unticked

Go to Layers...Load/Save Mask...Save Mask to disk...
give it a name and save in the folder you use for your masks.
Close the image.



Step 7.
Open a new image 400 x 400 transparent.
Flood fill with a dark colour, I used black, then add another layer
and flood fill this with a pale colour I used #FFFFC0 (pale yellow).
The bottom colour (black) will show through the sinedots image
when the mask is applied.

If you saved your mask to disk go to step 9, if not follow step 8



Step 8.
Go to Layers...New Mask Layer...From Image...
Click on the drop down list for the Source window and choose
your sinedots image (mine was image 2). Create mask from
source opacity, if you tick the invert mask data box, you
will have a black sinedots image and a yellow background.

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if you untick the 'invert mask data' box the
colours will be reversed like this screenshot

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Go to Layers...Merge...Merge Group
Go to step 10



Step 9.
If you saved you mask to disk
Go to Layers...Load/Save Mask... Load mask from disk...
and choose the mask that you saved in step 6
Create mask from = Source luminance
Orientation = Fit to canvas
Options = Hide all mask
If you tick the invert mask data box, you will have
a black sinedots image and a yellow background.

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if you untick the 'invert mask data' box the
colours will be reversed like this screenshot

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



Step 10.
Add a new layer and using the Selection Tool
Selection type = circle
mode = Replace
Feather = 0
Anti-alias = ticked
Make a circle dragging from the centre of the image to the inner
points on the sinedots image (co-ordinates 200,200 to 75,75).
Flood fill the selection with a colour of your choice.
I used #004040 (dark blueish green).
De-select

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Step 11.
Open the picture you are going to put in your frame.
This is mine

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Use the Selection Tool with the same settings as in the
last step, make a circular selection containing the part of
your picture that you want to put in your frame

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Step 12.
Go to Effects...Plugins...VM Toolbox...Softborder
Using the default settings

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If you find that the 'softborder' fades out too
much of your picture try applying it before
making the selection, or lower the transition number.
Use undo to take you back if you want to try again.

Step 13.
While still selected go to Edit...Copy...
The picture is no longer needed
Go back to the sinedots frame, make sure you are on the top layer.
Paste as a new layer. If your picture is too large you can go to
Image...Resize...
Untick the all layers box and resize as necessary (the amount of
resizing will depend on the size of your picture.
You should have something similar to this

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Activate the Magic Wand and use these settings
Mode = Replace
Match mode = RGB Value
Tolerance = 0
Use all layers = ticked
Contiguous = ticked
Feather = 0
Anti-alias = ticked

click on the green ring around your picture you should
get two rows of marching ants like this screenshot

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Step 14.
Make the Layer with your green circle active
Go to Effects...3D Effects...Inner Bevel...
Using these settings
Bevel = 2
Width =9
Smoothness =15
Depth = 11
Ambience = -29 (minus 29)
Shininess = 38
Colour = white
Angle = 0
Intensity = 50
Elevation = 27

Effects...3D Effects...Drop Shadow...
and apply a small drop shadow with these settings.
Vertical and Horizontal = 2
Opacity = 75
Blur = 10
Colour = black

Then de-select

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Step 15.
To finish off
Go to Layers...Merge...and Merge All, then go to
Image...Add Borders...add a symetrical border of 20
In the same colour as the circle round your picture
Click on border with the Magic Wand tool to select it.
Apply an Inner Bevel with the same settings used previously.

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

You can get lots of different results by
varying the flood fills you use in step 7.

In this last picture I flood filled the first layer with a gradient
and the second layer with dark green. As a further variation I used Blade
Pro instead of the inner bevels on the inner circle and outer frame.
You can also use different sinedots presets and I have included two
extra ones in the sg_spiral1.cfg for you to play with.

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