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Gold Offset Frame

PSP 7

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This tutorial was created 22th June 2003©Copyright Artwork by EssexGirl
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
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Filters and programs used in this tutorial :-
Paint Shop Pro

Materials :-
My sg_gold-crystal texture a zip file is Here
Place the bmp in the folder where you are keeping your patterns.

My sg_scalloped-border tube Here
unzip into a folder for your current work and
open in psp when needed in the tutorial.

Some images have been made smaller and some just show a
partial image, to shorten file size



Step 1.
Open the image that you want to frame. I love old sheet music
and the image that I am using for this tutorial is the front
cover from some music that I found at a site called
Historic American Sheet Music.
It's a wonderful place to browse for old music.

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Step 2.
To select a colour from your image to use as the coloured
part of the frame. Left click with the Dropper Tool on
the chosen colour in you image, it will appear in the
foreground colour box of your palette.
Make the background of the palette a colour
that is not at the edges of your image.

The borders that we are going to add, need to be in
alternating colours, so we will be swapping the background
and foreground several times during the tutorial.

Make the foreground style Pattern fill.
Click on the foreground pattern box and in the pattern
dialogue box click on the window and choose sg_gold-crystal
from the dropdown list. Make the Angle=0 and Scale=100

Go to Image...Add Borders...
Untick the symmetric box and use these settings
top=5, bottom=0, left=0, right=5,

You should now have a narrow border along the top and right
side of your image. Use the Magic Wand
Match mode=RGB Value, Tolerance=0,
Feather=0 Antialias ticked
Click on the border to select it and flood fill the selection
with the sg_gold-crystal pattern (or another if you prefer).

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Step 3.
Go to Selections...Invert...then go to
Effects...3D Effects...Cutout...use these settings
Vertical=1, Horizontal=1, Opacity=80,
Blur=2, colour=black

Repeat the cutout but change the vertical and
horizontal values to minus 1 (-1)
De-select.



Step 4.
Swap the background and foreground colours by clicking the double
ended arrow between the colour boxes at the top of the palette.
Go to Image...Add Borders...
Use the same settings as before.



Step 5.
Swap the background and foreground colours again.
Go to Image...Add Borders...
Use the same settings again.

Select the border with the Magic Wand and
flood fill with your gold pattern. De-select.

Step 6.
Repeat step 4. and step 5. once, then step 4 once more.
You should now have three gold borders and three coloured
borders running along the top and right side of your image.

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Step 7.
Swap the background and foreground colours again.
Go to Image...Add Borders...
We are going to change the settings this time.
We want this border to go all the way around the image,
so tick the symmetric box. Put 5 in the other boxes.

Select the border with the Magic Wand and flood fill with

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your gold pattern, then de-select.

Step 8.
Swap the background and foreground colours.
Go to Image...Add Borders...
This border should be on the left side and the bottom, so
untick the symmetric box and this time use these settings.
top=0, bottom=30, left=30, right=0

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Step 9.
Nearly there :)
Don't swap the background and foreground colours
this time. This border is the same colour as the
last one, but it goes all the way around the image.
Go to Image...Add borders...
Tick the symmetric box and add a border of 5

One more to add.
Swap the background and foreground colours.
Go to Image...Add Borders...
Add a symmetric border of 5.

Select the border with the Magic Wand
and flood fill with the gold pattern.
De-select.

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Step 10.
Activate the Magic Wand and use these settings
sample merged ticked,
Match Mode=RGB, tolerance=0, Feather=0.
We want to select all of the plain coloured
borders, but not the gold.

Hold down the shift key and click on the wide coloured
border that runs along the left and bottom of the image
and on each of the narrow coloured borders that are in
between the gold borders.

Go to Effects...3D Effects...Cutout...
Apply these settings
(they are the same ones that we used in step 3).
Vertical=1, Horizontal=1, Opacity=80,
Blur=1.98 colour=black

Repeat the cutout but change the vertical and
horizontal values to minus 1 (-1)
De-select.



Step 11.
The scalloped border that I placed along the left
side and bottom of the frame was made in psp8 and
can't be made in version 7, so I have tubed the one
that I made and you can download it from the link at
the top of the page. You don't need to put it into
your tubes folder, just open it in psp, copy it (ctrl+C)
and paste as a new layer (ctrl+L).
You can adjust the position with the Mover Tool.

If you are using a landscape shaped image instead of
portrait, the scalloped edge will have to be turned
around before copying and pasting it on to your frame.

Go to Image...Rotate...with the all layers box ticked
rotate by 90° left.
Then go to Image...Mirror...
Now it can be copied and pasted on to your frame.

If the size of your Image is a lot larger, or smaller
than mine, you may have to resize the scalloped edge,
to make it fit your frame. Click on the Deformation
Tool and use the handles to stretch or contract it.
Then click apply on the tool options palette.

After resizing go to Effects...Sharpen...and Sharpen.

Alternatively, if the scalloped border is too large
you could use the eraser Tool to remove the excess.
That way you don't lose any clarity



Step 12.
Go to Effects...3D Effects...Drop Shadow...
Vertical=0, Horizontal=0, Opacity=50, Blur=5.94
Go to Layers...Merge...Merge All

Here is an example using another sheet music cover

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.
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