Happy Bird Frame and BG Tutorial

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By LismibaebisCreations
2 November 2006
Revised 23 May 2013

Tutorial image: ©SunsetFL
Used with written Permission

Skill Level: Advanced Beginners & Adventurous Others

Knowledge of using Filters is 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



Needed

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



Image

Graphic of choice
Width greater than height



Pattern

Choose between
Gold Pattern, Arguld10, available here
OR
Silver Pattern, Silvershimmer45, available here



Filters

Simple Filters, available here



Performance Notes

This tutorial is in 4 parts:
- Preparation
- Pattern Background
- Frame
- 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

arrow Click on the arrow and drag it to mark the progress on this page.


Preparation

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

2) Download Pattern of choice and place into your Pattern Folder

3) File > Open
Open image of choice

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

5) Dropper Tool (E)
Left click in image to choose light to medium Foreground color
(I chose #bac1de)

6) Materials Palette
Set Background to Pattern of choice
Settings:
Angle = 0, Scale = 100
Texture = Not checked

7) Image > Resize
Settings:
Resample using = Smart Size
Lock aspect ratio = Checked
Resize all layers = Checked
Resolution = 72.000 Pixels / Inch
Width = 470 Pixels

8) Adjust > Sharpness > Unsharp Mask
Settings:
Radius = 2.00
Strength = 10, Clipping = 5
Luminance only = Not checked
(Or a setting of your liking)

9) Edit > Copy

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



Pattern Background

11) Image > Resize
Settings:
Lock aspect ratio = Not checked
Width = 250 Pixels
Height = 250

12) Effects > Plugins > Simple > Centre Tile

13) Effects > Plugins > Simple > 4 Way Average

14) ) Minimize pattern
Do NOT close

This will be known as "Pattern Background" for the rest of the tutorial



Frame

15) Maximise the other image copy
Layers > New Raster Layer

16) Selections > Select All

17) Effects > 3D Effects > Cutout
Settings:
Horizontal & Vertical = 0
Opacity = 65, Blur = 16.50
Shadow color = Black

18) Image > Add Borders
Settings:
Symmetric = Checked
Size in pixels = 1
Color = Black

19) Image > Add Borders
Settings:
Size in pixels = 8
Color = Any Color not in graphic

20) Magic Wand Tool
Settings:
Mode = Replace
Match mode = RGB Value
Tolerance = 0
Use all layers = Not checked
Contiguous = Checked
Feather = 0
Anti-alias = Checked
Outside

21) Select new border

22) Flood Fill Tool (F)
Settings:
Match mode = None
Sample merged = Checked
Blend mode = Normal
Opacity = 100

23) Right click to flood fill new border with your Pattern

24a) If you use Silver Pattern
Effects > Texture Effects > Polished Stone
Settings:
Blur = 6, Detail = 199
Polishing = 19, Angle = 42
Color = #808080

Settings

24b) If you use Gold Pattern
Effects > Texture Effects > Polished Stone
Settings:
Blur = 6, Detail = 199
Polishing = 19, Angle = 42
Color = #ebb84b

Settings

25) Image > Add Borders
Settings:
Size in pixels = 1
Color = Black

26) Image > Add Borders
Settings:
Size in pixels = 40
Color = Any color not in graphic

27) Magic Wand Tool
Select new border

28) Edit > Paste > Paste Into Selection

29) Effects > Plugins > Simple > Quick Tile

30) Effects > Plugins > Simple > 4 Way Average

31) Image > Add Borders
Settings:
Size in pixels = 1
Color = Black

32) Image > Add Borders
Settings:
Size in pixels = 9
Color = Any Color not in graphic

33) Magic Wand Tool
Select new border

34) Flood Fill Tool
Right click to flood fill new border with your Pattern

35) Effects > Texture Effects > Polished Stone

36) Image > Add Borders
Settings:
Size in pixels = 1
Color = Black

37) Selections > Select None

38) Layers > New Raster Layer

39) Add Watermark(s)

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

Do NOT Close Frame



Background

41) On Frame:
Selection Tool (S) > Custom Selection
Settings:
Top = 100
Left = 0, Right = 60
Bottom = 350

42) Edit > Copy Merged

43) Edit > Paste As New Image

44) Image > Canvas Size
Settings:
Lock aspect ratio = Not Checked
Width = 2000 Pixels (or width of choice)
Height = 250
Placement = Left Middle Arrow
Left = 15 Pixels

45) Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow
Settings:
Vertical & Horizontal = 0
Opacity = 81, Blur = 6.00
Color = Black
Shadow on new layer = Not checked

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

47) Materials Palette
Change Background from your Gold or Silver Pattern to Pattern Background
Settings:
Angle = 0, Scale = 100
Texture = Not checked

48) Layers > New Raster Layer

49) Layers > Arrange > Send to Bottom

50) Flood Fill tool
Right click to flood fill your new layer with Pattern Background

51) Layers > New Raster Layer

52) Left click to flood fill new layer with Foreground Color
You may wish to choose a different Foreground Color

53) Layers Palette
Reduce opacity of layer to 82
(or a setting of your liking)

54) File > Export > JPEG Optimizer

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 at Barbara @ Lismibaebi.com
I would love to see what you create with my tutorial.


A special "Thank you" goes to my friends of my Tester Group who helped me with the original version and the revision of the tutorial in 2013.

smilie


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