Blue Mountain Stained Glass SB Tutorial

picture of tut result

By LismibaebisCreations
22 March 2008
Revised 30 April 2015

Tutorial image courtesy of:
Used with written permission

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner and Adventurous Others

Knowledge of using Filters and Masks 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


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


Graphic of choice


Mask007ms, available here
or mask of choice


dsb flux, available here

Performance Notes

This tutorial is in 3 parts:
- Preparation
- Masked Image
- Background

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.


1) Download and install filter 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) Layers > Promote Background Layer
(If necessary)

6) Dropper Tool (E)
Left click in image to choose a Foreground color
(I chose #bddaef)
Depending on your graphic, you might choose a light, medium or dark color.
It will dominate your final background result

7) Image > Resize
Resample using = Bicubic
Lock aspect ratio = Checked
Resize all layers = Checked
Resolution = 72.000 Pixels / Inch
Width = No greater than 400 Pixels
Height = No greater than 400 Pixels
Write down your new Height

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

9) Window > Duplicate
Minimize one copy

Masked Image

10) Layers > Load/Save Mask > Load Mask From Disk
Mask = Mask007ms
Source luminance = Checked
Fit to layer = Checked
Invert Transparency = Checked
Hide all mask = Checked

11) Layers > Merge > Merge Group

12) Edit > Copy
Minimize masked image
Do NOT close


13) Restore Up the spare graphic

Screenshot of Tool

14) Image > Resize
Lock aspect ratio = Not Checked
Width = 2000 Pixels (or width of choice)
Height = Your new height + 40 pixels

15) Effects > Image Effects > Seamless Tiling
Default Setting

Screenshot of Tool

If you click on the icon indicated by the hand, PSP will set it to default

16) Adjust > Blur > Gaussian Blur
Radius = 22.50

17) Adjust > Add/Remove Noise > Add Noise
Gaussian = Checked
Noise = 15 %
Monochrome = Checked

18) Effects > Plugins > dsb flux > Blast
Direction = Downwards
Percentage % = Not checked
Absolute = 672

Screenshot of Tool

19) Effects > Edge Effects > Enhance

20) Effects > Distortion Effects > Wave
Horizontal displacement
Amplitude = 20
Wavelength = 30
Vertical displacement
Amplitude = 5
Wavelength = 30
Edge mode
Wrap = Checked

Screenshot of Tool

21) Effects > Image Effects > Seamless Tiling

22) Effects > Plugins > dsb flux > Blast
Direction = Left
Percentage % = 10
Absolute = Not checked

Screenshot of Tool

23) Effects > Image Effects > Seamless Tiling

24) Layers > New Raster Layer

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

26) Left click to flood fill new Layer with Foreground Color

27) Layers Palette
Change Blend Mode to Soft Light

Screenshot of Layers Palette

28) Layers > Duplicate

29) Layers > New Raster Layer

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

31) Layers Palette
Reduce opacity of your Layer to 66

32) Layers > Arrange > Move Down

Screenshot of Layers Palette

33) Optional:
Layers Palette
Adjust opacity of the 2nd "Soft Light" and the "Normal" Blend Layers to your liking

34) Edit > Paste > Paste as New Layer
(Your masked image)

If your masked image is no longer on the clipboard, go back to it and Edit > Copy

35) Move Tool (M)
Move masked image to the left on your background canvas

36) Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow
Horizontal & Vertical = 0
Opacity = 100, Blur = 1.00
Color = Dark shade of your Foreground Color*****
Shadow on new layer = Not checked
(Or a setting of your liking)

*****Right click in Color box and choose your Foreground Color.
Left click to open up Color Wheel.
Change the "L" setting to a lower number

Screenshot of Tool

(In my example I changed from 214 to 49)

Screenshot of Tool

37) Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow
Horizontal & Vertical = 2
Opacity = 75, Blur = 7.50
Color = Your dark color
Shadow on new layer = Not checked
(Or a setting of your liking)

38) Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow
Horizontal & Vertical = - 2 (Minus)
Opacity = 45
(Or a setting of your liking)

39) Layers > New Raster Layer

40) Add Watermark(s)

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

You are done!
Now you can assemble the stationery in LC or OE/Windows Mail or Wikmail.
Please link the tutorial to this page.

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.

A special "Thank you" goes to the Testers of United Tut Testers who helped me to get this tutorial first released in 2008.
And I am just as grateful to my friends of my Tester Group who helped me with the revision of the tutorial in 2015.


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