Brushed Photo Frame Tag

This tutorial was created June 16, 2005.
©Copyright Ginny Hopping/Bunny's Attic.

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This tutorial was written using PSP9.

I have included lots of instructions and screen shots with the hope that anyone can do this
tutorial. I have most of my favorite effects on a tool bar but have included the path to each
effect so it will be easy to find them if you are new to PSP. If you are more advanced, feel
free to move ahead at your own pace ! Sorry, I do not offer help with Version 7 any longer.
I hope you enjoy doing this tutorial and if you have any questions/comments
you can write me here ..... ginny_hopping at yahoo dot com.

~ You will need ~

Paint Shop Pro 9, a 30 day trial can be downloaded here.
The zip with the image "PinkTulips.jpg", brush "gh_photoframe" and my tube "softpinktulips_gh".
I do not know the name of the talented artist who created this wonderful floral image so
I cannot give proper credit for the artwork. If you know the name of the artist I would
appreciate it if you would write me. ginnyhopping at comcast dot net . Thanks!

Open the image, "PinkTulips.jpg" and tube "softpinktulips_gh" in PSP. Unzip the brush tip
into a new folder and import into PSP9. If you need help importing the brush I have a tutorial here.
The free font I used is called "One Fell Swoop" and can be found at DaFont here.

This tutorial is just a guide, please feel free to use your own image, tube and colors. I have added
another example and a little blurb at the bottom if you are using a different tube and want to
make a matching image for your background.

Let's get started ...
Open a new canvas , Width 550/ Height 450, background color white.
Click on the New Raster Layer icon and name it frame.

In your Materials Palette set your foreground color to #596227,
this will be for your text outline later, and your background color to Pattern ..


and find the Pink Tulips image. We will use this for the fill with the brush at Angle 0 and Scale 100.


Click on your Paint Brush tool
and find gh_photo frame in the drop down menu.. Change the size to 425 ..

Center the brush on your canvas and right click to apply the pink tulips pattern.
Go to Effects/3D Effects/Drop Shadow
Vertical 4, Horizontal 3, Opacity 50, Blur 4 and Color Black.

Now open your tube and go to Edit/Copy then back to your image, Edit/ Paste as New Layer.
Go to Image/ Resize ...
Pixel Dimensions 65 Percent, Resample using "Smart Size",
Check "Lock Aspect Ratio" and UNCHECK "Resize all layers".
Using your Mover tool move the tube so the right edge is lined up with the inside of the frame.

Go to Effects/3D Effects/Drop Shadow and use these settings ..
Vertical 7, Horizontal -6, Opacity 50, Blur 5, Color Black.

Go to your Layer Palette and click on the layer we named "frame".
Using your Magic Wand with these settings ..

Select the area inside the frame ...

In your Layer palette, click on the Background layer and add a new raster layer, and name it
center fill.

Using your Flood Fill tool , right click to fill this area with your pattern.
Go to Selections/Select None, then to Adjust/Blur/Gaussian Blur, Radius 15. In your Layer palette
lower the opacity of this layer to 70.

Click on Raster 1 in your Layer Palette and add a New Vector Layer, name it "text".

We are going to put the text on a curved vector line. Click on your Pen tool and turn off your Background color/pattern. Use these settings for the Pen tool..

Left click and drag a little at the number 1 postition, then click at the number 2 position and drag out a curved line as in the screen shot below ..
If you need some extra help on this step I have a little tut here.

Click on your Text tool and in the Materials Palette turn your Background back on, you
should have the pink tulips as your pattern. Click on the properties window and change the scale
to 50, Angle still at 0. Make sure your Foreground color is still the green color #596227.
Use these settings for the Text Tool ..

Click on the line to apply the text. In your Layer palette, your Text layer will have a plus sign beside it.
Click on that to expand the layer. You will have layer named New Path, turn this layer off to remove the line under the text.

Right click on the text layer and Convert to Raster.
Go to Selections/Select All. Selections/Float. Selects/Defloat. Selections/Modify Contract 1.
Go to Effects/3D Effects/Inner Bevel and use these settings ...

Selections/Select None.
Go to Effects/3D Effects/Drop Shadow and use these settings ..
Vertical -3, Horizontal 3, Opacity 30, Blur 3, Color ~ Black.

(Save a copy (File/Save Copy As) of your tag in .psp format so you can use it again.)

Turn off your Background layer and go to Layers/Merge/Merge Visible. Then click on your
Selection tool. In the tool options palette find the
"Create Selection from:" area and click on "Layer Opaque".

Then go to Image/Crop to Selection. (I use this method all the time so
I don't cut off any of the drop shadow or tube)
Turn your Background layer back on, add your watermark and save as a jpeg.

here is another example of the tut with a different tube.

To make a matching background from your tube, select two colors from the tube and set your forground color to the foreground-background gradient. Angle 145, Repeats 0. Add a new raster layer to a copy of your tube, drag that layer below the tube layer, flood fill it with the gradient and merge your layers. Now you have a pattern from your tube.

The tube I used was tubed by Steph, thank you Steph!

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and you use it as a guide to try different images and tubes!

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