Are you kidding me? SB Tutorial

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By LismibaebisCreations
31 July 2016

Tutorial image:
Scrapkit "Danielle" by Tiny Turtle Designs
Purchased and used according to Terms

Skill Level: Advanced Beginners & Adventurous Others
Knowledge of using Filters is necessary (or learn how to get started with my ABC Tutorials)

This tutorial is my own creation; any resemblance to another tutorial is purely coincidental

Program shortcuts will be given in parentheses


Paint Shop Pro - I used X2
(Tutorial will work with other versions)
Free 30 day trial from Corel,
available here


Tube or Mist of choice
I used scrapkit elements to create a picture


FM Blend Emboss, available here
Gittes Plugins, available here
Simple Filters, available here

If you use PSP X4-X7, you can get the script for Image Flip and Mirror from creation Cassel

Performance Notes

This tutorial is in 2 parts:
- Preparation
- Background

The settings for different Tools and Effects will stay the same throughout the tutorial, unless new setting instructions are given

Don't forget to save your work often


Click on the arrow and drag it to mark the progress on this page.


1) Download and install filter if necessary
(If you install filters you need to restart PSP afterwards)

2) File > Open
Open image of choice

3) Window > Duplicate (Shift + D)
Close original

4) Image > Resize
Resample using = Bicubic
Lock aspect ratio = Checked
Resize all layers = Checked
Resolution = 72.000 Pixels / Inch
Width = Not bigger than 390 Pixels
Height = Not bigger than 390
Write down new height

5) Adjust > Sharpness > Unsharp Mask
Radius = 1.00, Strength = 47
Clipping = 5
Luminance only = Checked
(Or a setting of your liking)

6) Edit > Copy

7) Dropper Tool (E)
Choose a medium color as Foreground Color
(I chose #efe3ee)


8) Image > Canvas Size
Lock aspect ratio = Not Checked
Width = 2000 (or width of choice)
Height = Height of your image + 40 Pixels
Placement = Left Middle Arrow

9) Layers > New Raster Layer

10) Layers > Arrange > Send to Bottom

11) Flood Fill Tool (F)
Match mode = None
Use all layers = Not checked
Blend mode = Normal
Opacity = 100

12) Left click to flood fill with Foreground Color

13) Selections > Select All (Ctrl + A)

14) Edit > Paste Into Selection

15) Selections > Select None

16) Effects > Image Effects > Seamless Tiling


If you click on the arrow indicated by the hand, PSP will set it to default

17) Effects > Plugins > Simple Filters > 4 Way Average

18) Effects > Plugins > gittes plugins > gittes DiamondsMore

19) Layers > Duplicate

20) Image > Mirror

21) Layers Palette
Reduce opacity of Layer to 50

22) Layers > Merge > Merge Down

23) Effects > Plugins > FM Tile Tools > Blend Emboss
Horiz. Offset = -1.000
Vert. Offset = -1.000
Intensity = .250
Gray Level = 64
Red Blend = 0.938
Green Blend = 0.938
Blue Blend = 0.938
Edge Wrap = NOT checked

24) Effects > Image Effects > Seamless Tiling
Corner = Checked
Vertical = Checked
Vertical offset (%) = 0
Transition = 50

25) Layers > New Raster Layer

26) Flood Fill Tool
Left click to Flood fill new Layer with Foreground Color

27) Layers Palette
Change Blend Mode to Soft Light

28) Layers > New Raster Layer

29) Flood Fill Tool
Left click to flood fill new layer with Foreground color

30) Layers Palette
Reduce opacity to 82
(Or a setting of your liking)

31) Layers Palette
Activate Top Layer (Image)
Move Tool (M)
Move image to position of your liking

32) Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow
Vertical = 0, Horizontal = 0
Opacity = 50, Blur = 20.00
Color = Black
Shadow on new layer = Not checked
(Or a setting of your liking - if using a mist you might wish to leave this step out)

33) Layers > New Raster Layer

34) Add Watermark(s)

35) File > Export > JPEG Optimizer
Set Compression value to = 20 - 30
Chroma subsampling = YCbCr 1x1 1x1 1x1 (None)
Save Exif data = Not checked

You are done!
Now you can assemble the stationery in LC or OE/Windows Mail or Wikmail.
Please link the tutorial to this page.

I hope that you enjoyed doing this tutorial. If you have any questions, please email me: Lismibaebi at
I would love to see what you create with my tutorial.
Please link the tutorial to this page.

A special "Thank you" goes to my Tester Group.
Your help, support and patience has made all the difference.


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