ABC PSP - Tutorial 12

Simple Sideborder

picture of tut result

By LismibaebisCreations
February 2008
Revised 17 May 2020

I have used one of my own photographs for this tutorial

Skill Level: Absolute Beginner using PSP
This is Lesson 12 of a series of tutorials for the absolute beginner with PSP.
It is recommended that you complete the tutorials in numerical order, as each new one will build on the knowledge gained by the previous 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 PSP versions, some adjustments might be necessary)
Free 30 day trial from Corel, available here


photo_Lismibaebi2005.jpg, available here


20-20, available here


LB_texture07, available here


Simple Filters, available here

Performance Notes

This tutorial is in 4 parts:
- Preparation
- Masked Image
- Pattern
- Sideborder

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.



Before you start the tutorial:
Make sure that the "File Location" settings in PSP are set up for Masks, Textures and Plugins.
(Instructions are in ABC Tutorial #07 Organizing PSP "Extras" )



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

2) Download (if necessary) the 20-20 mask and save in your Mask Folder

3) Download LB_texture07 and place into your Texture Folder

4) Download photo_Lismibaebi2005.jpg and open in PSP

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

6) Image > Resize
Resample using = Bicubic
Lock aspect ratio = Checked
Resize all layers = Checked
Resolution = 72.000 Pixels / Inch
Width = 375 pixels
Height = Will self adjust
The new height should be 323 pixels

7) Adjust > Sharpness > Unsharp Mask
Radius = 2.00
Strength = 10
Clipping = 5
Luminance only = Not checked

(I usually use this method instead of Adjust > Sharpness > Sharpen)

8) Dropper Tool (E)
Left click in image to choose a light color as Foreground Color
(I chose #ebfac6)

9) Layers > Promote Background Layer

10) Window > Duplicate (Shift + D)
Minimize one copy for later use

Masked Image

11) Layers > Load/Save Mask > Load Mask from Disk
Mask = 20-20
Source luminance = Checked
Fit to canvas = Checked
Invert transparency = Not checked
Hide all mask = Checked

12) Layers > Merge > Merge Group

13) Layers > Load/Save Mask > Load Mask from Disk

Applying the 20-20 mask twice
takes away more of the dark background.
It also gives a nicer edge to the finished misted image

14) Layers > Merge > Merge Group

15) Minimize for later use
Do NOT Close


16) Restore Up the spare Graphic


17) Image > Resize
Lock aspect ratio = Not Checked
Width = Width of image + 30 Pixels
Height = Height of image + 30 Pixels (353 Pixels)

18) Effects > Reflection Effects > Feedback
Opacity = 47, Intensity = 83
Horizontal offset (%) = 87
Vertical offset (%) = -96 (minus)
Elliptical = Not checked

19) Effects > Plugins > Simple > Pizza Slice Mirror

20) Effects > Plugins > Simple > Centre Tile

21) Effects > Plugins > Simple > Zoom Out and Flip

22) Effects > Plugins > Simple > 4 Way Average

23) Effects > Texture Effects > Texture
Texture = LB_texture07
Size = 100
Smoothness = 0, Depth = 2
Ambience = 12, Shininess = 10
Color = White, Angle = 315
Intensity = 50, Elevation = 30

Screenshot of Tool

Screenshot of Tool

If you click on "Preview on Image" (Top right), you can see the effect on the image you are working on

24) Effects > Plugins > Simple > Centre Tile

This will be called Pattern for the rest of the tutorial

25) Minimize Pattern
Do NOT close


26) Activate your Masked Image

27) Image > Canvas Size
Lock aspect ratio = Not Checked
Width = 2000 Pixels (or width of choice)
Height = Same height as your pattern
Placement = Left Middle Arrow

28) Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow
Horizontal = 0, Vertical = 0
Opacity = 70, Blur = 7.50
Color = White
Shadow on new layer = Not checked
(Or a setting of your liking or not at all)

29) Materials Palette
Change Background to Pattern
Pattern: Pattern you just created
Angle = 0
Scale = 25
Texture = Not checked

30) Layers > New Raster Layer

31) Layers > Arrange > Send to Bottom

32) Flood Fill Tool (F)
Match mode = None
Use all layers = Not checked
Blend mode = Normal
Opacity = 100
Right click to flood fill new Layer with Pattern

33) Effects > Edge Effects > Enhance

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

35) Layers > New Raster Layer

36) Flood Fill Tool
Left click to flood fill new Layer with Foreground color

37) Layers Palette
Change Blend mode to Color (L)

38) Layers > New Raster Layer

39) Flood Fill Tool
Left click to flood fill new Layer with Foreground color

40) Layers Palette
Change Blend mode to Soft Light

41) Layers > New Raster Layer

42) Flood Fill Tool
Left click to flood fill new Layer with Foreground color

43) Layers Palette
Reduce opacity to 85
(or a setting of your liking)


44) Layers > New Raster Layer

45) Layers > Arrange > Bring to Top

46) Add Watermark(s)

47) File > Export > JPEG Optimizer
Set Compression value to = 10
Chroma subsampling = YCbCr 2x2 1x1 1x1
Save Exif data = Not checked

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
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 who helped me to get this tutorial first released in 2008 and helped with the revision in 2020.
Your help, support and patience has made all the difference.


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