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I want to thank Anita Olson for giving me her permission to use this beautiful image she painted for my tutorial.

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Fantastic Machine's Paint Engine here
In the Fantastic Machines/Paint Engine zip there is a "fmachine.ini" file. You must extract that file to C:/Windows for the presets to work. Make sure PSP is closed when you do that, then reopen the program.
Flaming Pear Super Blade Pro here
DBL Corners font here.
The zip file containing my mat in .psp format, Vandy's Pleated Cotton preset
for Super Blade Pro and Anita's image used in this tutorial here.
There is a text file in the zip with instructions detailing where to extract each item.

This tutorial was originally created on August 21, 2002
and was rewritten for Version 8 on July 5, 2004.
L
et's get started! =)

1. Open your mat and image in Paint Shop and minimize the mat for now.
Go to Window/Duplicate to make a copy of your original image,
close out the original and work on the copy. In your Layer Palette
right click on the Background layer and click on "Promote
Background Layer".

2. Open your mat and go to Edit/Copy. You can close your mat image now. With your
floral image active, go to Edit/Paste as a New Layer. Click on your Mover Tool
and move your main image down a little until it is centered in the mat.
See screen shot below.

Mover tool

Give your image a name and save it in .psp format.

3. Go to Image/Add Borders. 5 Pixels Symmetric, color White.
Select the border with your Magic Wand with these settings ...

Mode "Replace"
Match Mode "RGB Value"
Tolerance "0"
Sample Merged "unchecked"
Feather "0"
Anti-alias "unchecked"

Go to Effects/Plugins/Flaming Pear/Super Blade Pro and
locate your GV-Pleated Cotton preset. Click OK.
Go to Adjust/Brightness and Contrast/Brightness/Contrast with
Brightness of 20 and Contrast of 0.

Go to Selections/Invert then go to Effects/3D Effects/Cutout and
apply this cutout ....
Shadow color/Black
Vertical= 0 Opacity= 70
Horizontal= 0 Blur= 11
Go to Selections/Select None.

4. Go to Image/Add Borders and add a Symmetric 20 pixel border. I used
#BED6E1 as the color.

Select the blue border with your Magic Wand same settings as before.
Go to Effects/Plugins/Fantastic Machines/Paint Engine and use the drop down
menu at the bottom to locate the "Bloom" preset. I am pretty sure this is a
standard preset, but just in case, here are the settings .....

Fantastic Machines Paint Engine

Go to Selections/Float and then Effects/3D Effects/Cutout and apply this Cutout.

Shadow color/ Black
Vertical= 0 Opacity= 70
Horizontal= 0 Blur= 11
Go to Selections/Select None.

5. Go to Image/Add borders and add a 5 pixel white border. Select the border with your Magic Wand Go to Effects/ Plugins/ Flaming Pear/ Super Blade Pro and apply the GV-Pleated Cotton preset. Go to Adjust/Brightness and Contrast/ Brightness/Contrast and type in 20 for Brightness and 0 for Contrast, click OK. Go to Selections/Select None.
Save your work.

6. Go to Image/Add borders and add a Symmetric 20 pixel blue border. (#BED6E1) Select the border with your Magic Wand Go to Effects/Plugins/Fantastic Machine/ Paint Engine and apply the Bloom preset. Go to Selections/Float and then Effects/ 3D Effects/ Cutout and apply this Cutout.

Shadow color/ Black
Vertical= 0 Opacity= 70
Horizontal= 0 Blur= 11
Go to Selections/Select None.

7. Go to Image/ Add borders and add a 5 pixel white border. Select the border with your Magic Wand . Go to Effects/Plugins/Flaming Pear/SuperBladePro and apply the GV-Pleated Cotton preset. Go to Adjust/Brightness and Contrast/ Brightness/Contrast, same settings as before and click OK. Go to Selections/Select None. Save your work.

Now we are going to add the corners.
8. Select your Text Tool and use these settings ..

In the Materials palette turn the Foreground color off and make your Background color white.
C
lick on your image. When the Text Entry box opens type in a capitol I. Click Apply.

9. Using the Deform box, move your corner over to the top left corner of the frame.

In your Layer Palette, right click on Vector 1 and choose "Convert to Raster Layer".
Go to Selections/Select All, then Selections/Float then Effects/Plugins/Flaming Pear/SuperBladePro. Apply the GV-Pleated Cotton.q9q. Go to Adjust/Brightness and Contrast/Brightness/Contrast, same settings as before, click OK.
Go to Selections/Select None. Save your work.

10. Go to Effects/ 3D Effects/ Drop Shadow and use the settings below.
Shadow color/ Black
Vertical= 1 Opacity= 60
Horizontal= 1 Blur= 4

11. Go to Layers/Duplicate. Go to Image/Mirror.
In your Layer palette turn off your Background layer.

Go to Layers/Merge/Merge Visible.
Go to Layers/Duplicate and then Image/Flip.
Turn your Background layer back on and g
o to Layers/Merge/Merge Visible
and you are done!!

You can also change the color of the mat by going to Adjust/Hue and Saturation/Colorize and adjust the Hue/Saturation values to compliment the image you want to use. Here is an example below.

Colorize example

I hope you have enjoyed doing this tutorial !!

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