Joyce and Ben's Garden Frame & BG Tutorial

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By LismibaebisCreations
9 October 2017

I have used one of my own photographs for this tutorial

This tutorial is dedicated to Joyce (1930 - 2015) and Ben Pawson (1932 - 2015).
A wonderful couple, always thinking of others, much loved by all who knew them.
United in death as in life - Ben survived his wife by 4 days.

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



Needed

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



Image

Graphic of choice



Mask

lbm86, available here
OR mask of your choice



Pattern

Gold pattern Arguld10, available here
OR pattern of your choice



Filters

< I.C.NET Software > Filters Unlimited
FunHouse Filter > Radial Zigzag**** available here
Simple Filters, available here

**** Radial Zigzag might show in the Distort filter instead of FunHouse



Performance Notes

This tutorial is in 4 parts:
- Preparation
- Frame Pattern
- Frame
- Background A or Background B (resized)

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


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



Preparation

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

2) Download the Mask and save to your Mask Folder

3) File > Open
Open image of choice

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

5) Image > Resize
Settings:
Resample using = Bicubic
Lock aspect ratio = Checked
Resize all layers = Checked
Resolution = 72.000 Pixels / Inch
Width = Not more than 500 Pixels
Height = Not more than 400

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

7) Dropper Tool (E)
Left click to choose a
light Foreground color
(I chose #ffe2ff)

8) Window > Duplicate
Minimize



Pattern

9) Crop Tool (R)
Settings:
Width = 100, Height = 100
Units = Pixels

Move the square with the middle node to select the area of choice

Screenshot

Click check mark to crop

10) Effects > Plugins > Simple > Pizza Slice Mirror

11) Effects > Plugins > I.C.NET Software > Filters Unlimited 2.0 > Tile & Mirror > Mirrored & Scaled

12) Effects > Image Effects > Seamless Tiling
Settings: Default
Corner = Checked
Bidirectional = Checked
Horizontal offset (%) = 0
Vertical offset (%) = 0
Transition (%) = 50
Linear = Checked

This will be called Frame Pattern for the rest of the tutorial

13) Materials Palette
Change Background to Pattern
Settings:
Frame Pattern
Angle = 0, Scale = 40
Texture = Not checked
AND
Change Foreground to Pattern
Settings:
Arguld10
Angle = 0, Scale = 100
Texture = Not checked

14) Minimize pattern
Do NOT close



Frame

15) Restore Up the spare graphic

16) Layers > Promote Background Layer

17) Layers > Duplicate

18) Effects > Plugins > FunHouse > Radial ZigZag
Settings:
Roughness = 0
Amplitude = 195
Frequency = 163

19) Layers > Arrange > Move Down

20) Activate Top Layer
Layers > Load/Save Mask > Load Mask From Disk
Settings:
Mask = lbm86
Source luminance = Checked
Fit to canvas = Checked
Invert Transparency = Not checked
Show all mask = Checked

21) Layers > Merge > Merge Group

22) Optional:
Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow
Settings:
Horizontal & Vertical = 0
Opacity = 60, Blur = 12.00
Color = Black
Shadow on new layer = Not checked
(Or a setting of your liking)

23) Selections > Select All

24) Layers > New Raster Layer

25) Effects > 3D Effects > Cutout
Settings:
Vertical & Horizontal = 0
Opacity = 75, Blur = 25.00
Color = Black
Fill interior with color = Not checked

26) Image > Add Borders
Settings:
Symmetric = Checked
Size in pixels = 1
Color = Black

27) Image > Add Borders
Settings:
Size in pixels = 2
Color = Foreground Color

28) Image > Add Borders
Settings:
Size in pixels = 5
Color = Any color not in image

29) Magic Wand Tool
Settings:
Mode = Replace
Match mode = RGB Value
Tolerance = 0
Use all layers = Not checked
Contiguous = Checked
Feather = 0
Anti-alias = Checked Outside

30) Select new border

31) Flood Fill Tool (F)
Settings:
Match mode = None
Use all layers = Not Checked
Blend mode = Normal
Opacity = 100

32) Left click to flood fill new Layer with Gold Pattern

33) Effects > 3D Effects > Inner Bevel
Settings:
Bevel = #1, Width = 3
Smoothness = 0, Depth = 4
Ambience = 0, Shininess = 0
Color = White, Angle = 315
Intensity = 50, Elevation = 30

34) Image > Add Borders
Settings:
Size in pixels = 2
Color = Foreground Color

35) Image > Add Borders
Settings:
Size in pixels = 1
Color = Black

36) Image > Add Borders
Settings:
Size in pixels = 35
Color = Any color not in image

37) Magic Wand Tool
Select new border

38) Right click to flood fill new border with Frame Pattern

39) Effects > 3D Effects > Inner Bevel
Settings:
Bevel = #2, Width = 20
Smoothness = 10, Depth = 10
Ambience = 10, Shininess = 2
Color = White, Angle = 315
Intensity = 50, Elevation = 30****

****Optional:
If your pattern is very light, you may want to lower Ambience to a minus number and Intensity = 30, Elevation = 50

40) Image > Add Borders
Settings:
Size in pixels = 1
Color = Black

41) Image > Add Borders
Settings:
Size in pixels = 2
Color = Foreground Color

42) Image > Add Borders
Settings:
Size in pixels = 5
Color = Any color not in image

43) Magic Wand Tool
Select new border

44) Flood Fill Tool
Left click to flood fill new border with Gold Pattern

45) Effects > 3D Effects > Inner Bevel
Settings:
Bevel = #1, Width = 3
Smoothness = 0, Depth = 4
Ambience = 0, Shininess = 0
Color = White, Angle = 315
Intensity = 50, Elevation = 30

46) Image > Add Borders
Settings:
Size in pixels = 2
Color = Foreground Color

47) Image > Add Borders
Settings:
Size in pixels = 1
Color = Black

48) Selections > Select None

49) Layers > New Raster Layer

50) Add Watermark(s)

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

Do NOT Close Frame



Background for all

52) Selection Tool (S) > Custom selection

Screenshot

Settings:
Top = 0
Left = 0, Right = 150
Bottom = 150

53) Edit > Copy Merged

54) Edit > Paste As New Image

55) Effects > Plugins > Simple > Top Left Mirror

56) Effects > Geometric Effects > Circle
Settings:
Edge mode = Transparent

57) Edit > Repeat Circle



Background A

58) Image > Canvas Size
Settings:
Lock aspect ratio = Not Checked
Width = 2000 Pixels or width of choice
Height = 200
Placement = Left Middle Arrow
Left = 5



Background B

58a) Image > Resize
Settings:
Width = 100 Pixels
Height = 100

58b) Image > Canvas Size
Settings:
Lock aspect ratio = Not Checked
Width = 2000 Pixels or width of choice
Height = 150
Placement = Left Middle Arrow
Left = 5



Background for all

59) Materials Palette
Change Foreground to Color
Settings:
Foreground Color
Texture = Not checked
AND
Background Frame Pattern
Settings:
Scale = 50

60) Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow

61) Layers > New Raster Layer

62) Layers > Arrange > Move Down

63) Flood Fill Tool
Right click to flood fill new Layer with Frame Pattern

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

65) Layers > New Raster Layer

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

67) Layers Palette
Change Blend mode to Soft Light

68) Layers > New Raster Layer

69) Flood Fill Tool
Left click to flood fill new Layer with Foreground Color
OR new Color of choice

70) Layers Palette
Reduce opacity of your Layer to 76
(Or a setting of your liking)

71) File > Export > JPEG Optimizer

You are done!
Now you can assemble the stationery in LC or OE/Windows Mail or Wikmail.

I hope that you enjoyed doing this tutorial. If you have any questions, please email me:
Lismibaebi at gmail.com
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.

smilie


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