Little Jean's Garden Frame and BG Tutorial

picture of tut result

By LismibaebisCreations
5 May 2011

Tutorial image courtesy of pawgangsgarden.blogspot.com
Used with written permission

This tutorial is dedicated to Jean Dowling (July 1930 - April 2011),
a very dear and true friend


Skill Level: Intermediate and Adventurous Others
Knowledge of using Filters 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 PSP versions, some adjustments might be necessary)
Free 30 day PSP trial from Corel, available here


Image
Graphic of choice


Pattern
Arguld4, available here
(or a Pattern of your choice)
This will be known as "Gold Pattern" for the rest of the tutorial


Texture
LB_texture34, available here
(or a Texture of your choice)


Filters
Simple Filters, available here
VM (Visman) Distortion Filters, available here
Xero (freeware filters Rel 5 - Oct 2009), available here


Performance Notes
This tutorial is in 3 parts:
- Preparation
- Frame
- Background

The settings for different Tools and Effects will stay the same throughout the tutorial, unless new setting instructions are given

Since some steps are repetitive, instructions to make and use a script are part of the tutorial

Don't forget to save your work often.

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Preparation

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

2) Download the Pattern and save to your Pattern Folder

3) Download the Texture and save to your Texture Folder

4) File > Open
Open image of choice

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

6) Image > Resize
Settings:
Resample using = Bicubic
Lock aspect ratio = Checked
Resize all layers = Checked
Resolution = 72.000 Pixels / Inch
Width = No greater than 450 Pixels
Height = No greater than 350

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

8) Dropper Tool (E)
Left click to choose a light Foreground color
(I chose #dfd3cf)
Right click to choose a medium/dark Background color
(I chose #343f03)

9) Materials Palette
Change Foreground to Pattern
Settings:
Pattern = Gold Pattern
Angle = 0, Scale = 75
Texture = Not checked

10) Layers > Merge > Merge All (Flatten)
(if necessary)

11) Window > Duplicate Minimize

12) Edit > Copy



Frame

13) Selections > Select All

14) Effects > 3D Effects > Cutout
Settings:
Vertical & Horizontal = 0
Opacity = 65, Blur = 25.00
Color = Black
Fill interior with color = Not checked

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

16) If Script Toolbar not already showing:
View > Toolbars > Script

Screenshot

17) Script Toolbar > Start Script Recording

Screenshot

18) Image > Add Borders
Settings:
Color = Foreground Color

19) Image > Add Borders
Settings:
Size in pixels = 2
Color = Background Color

20) Image > Add Borders
Settings:
Size in pixels = 3
Color = Any color not in image

21) 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

22) Select new border

23) Flood Fill Tool (F)
Settings:
Match mode = None
Use all layers = Not checked
Blend mode = Normal
Opacity = 100

24) Left click to flood fill selected border with Gold Pattern

25) Effects > 3D Effects > Inner Bevel
Settings:
Bevel = #1, Width = 3
Smoothness = 10, Depth = 5
Ambience = 0, Shininess = 10
Color = White, Angle = 315
Intensity = 30, Elevation = 50

26) Image > Add Borders
Settings:
Size in pixels = 2
Color = Background Color

27) Image > Add Borders
Settings:
Size in pixels = 1
Color = Foreground Color

28) Image > Add Borders
Settings:
Size in pixels = 1
Color = Background Color

29) Script Toolbar > Save Script Recording

Screenshot

Settings:
File Name = LittleJeansGarden
Save as type = Script Files (*.PspScript)

30) Image > Add Borders
Settings:
Size in pixels = 10
Color = Any color not in image

31) Magic Wand Tool
Select new border

32) Edit > Paste Into Selection

33) Adjust > Blur > Gaussian Blur
Settings:
Radius = 15.00

34) Effects > Plugins > Simple > 4 Way Average

35) Effects > Texture Effects > Texture
Settings:
Texture = LB_texture34
Size = 50%, Smoothness = 0
Depth = 2, Ambience = 0
Shininess = 0
Color = White
Angle = 315, Intensity = 50
Elevation = 30

36) Selections > Select All

37) Effects > 3D Effects > Cutout

38) Script Toolbar > Select Script

Screenshot

Settings:
Category = All
Select Script = LittleJeansGarden.PspScript

39) Run Selected Script

Screenshot

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If you want to use the script with other colors, you can make changes to settings with every prompt you get.

To get a prompt OR to stop getting a prompt:
Click on Toggle Execution Mode

Screenshot

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40) Image > Add Borders
Settings:
Size in pixels = 33
Color = Any color not in image

41) Magic Wand Tool
Select new border

42) Edit > Paste Into Selection

43) Effects > Plugins > VM Distortion > Tumbler
Settings:
Generator 1 = 117
Generator 2 = 187
Generator 3 = 137
Direction = 105

44) Effects > Edge Effects > Erode
If you have a dark image, you might prefer to leave this step out

45) Effects > Plugins > xero > Porcelain
Settings:
Softness = 50, Strength = 128
Brightness = 174
Red Channel = 0
Green Channel = 0
Blue Channel = 255
(or Settings of your liking)

46) Effects > 3D Effects > Inner Bevel
Settings:
Bevel = #2, Width = 24
Smoothness = 10, Depth = 5
Ambience = 0, Shininess = 10
Color = White, Angle = 315
Intensity = 50, Elevation = 30

47) Script Toolbar > Select Script
Run Selected Script

48) Selections > Select None

49) Layers > New Raster Layer

50) Add Watermark(s)

51) 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

52) Selection Tool (S) > Custom selection

Screenshot

Settings:
Top = 80
Left = 43, Right = 74
Bottom = 400

53) Layers Palette
Activate Background Layer (bottom layer)
Edit > Copy

54) Edit > Paste As New Image

55) Effects > Plugins > Simple > Top Left Mirror

56) On Frame Image:
Selection Tool (S) > Custom selection
Settings:
Top = 0
Left = 100, Right = 420
Bottom = 10

57) Edit > Copy Merged

58) On Background Image:
Edit > Paste As New Layer

59) Image > Free Rotate
Settings:
Direction
Left = Checked
Degrees
90 = Checked
All layers = Not checked
Rotate single layer around canvas center = Not checked

60) Effects > Plugins > Simple > Top Left Mirror

61) Layers > Merge > Merge Visible

62) Image > Canvas Size
Settings:
Lock aspect ratio = Not Checked
Width = 2000 Pixels
Height = 320
Placement = Middle Left Arrow
Left = 10

63) Layers > Duplicate

64) Move Tool (M)
Press down Shift and tap right arrow key once (1x)

65) Layers > Merge > Merge Visible

66) Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow
Settings:
Vertical & Horizontal = 0
Opacity = 100, Blur = 16.00
Color = Black
Shadow on new layer = Checked

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

68) Layers > New Raster Layer

69) Layers > Arrange > Send to Bottom

70) Selections > Select All

71) Activate minimized image
(image without frame)

72) Edit > Copy

73) Activate Background

74) Edit > Paste Into Selection

75) Selections > Select None

76) Adjust > Blur > Gaussian Blur
Settings:
Radius = 50.00

77) Effects > Plugins > VM Distortion > Tumbler
Settings:
Generator 1 = 161
Generator 2 = 13
Generator 3 = 45
Direction = 170

78) Effects > Plugins > xero > Porcelain

79) Effects > Plugins > xero > Tekstya
Settings:
Tone = 53, Tone = 0
Density = 35, Depth = 177
Highlights = 159, Sparsity = 1
Use source = Checked
Fill background = Not checked

80) Edit > Repeat Tekstya

81) Effects > Image Effects > Seamless Tiling

82) Layers > New Raster Layer

83) Materials Palette
Change Foreground to Color
Settings:
Color = Your Foreground color
Texture = Not checked

84) Flood Fill Tool
Left click to flood fill new layer with Foreground Color

85) Layers Palette
Change Blend Mode to Soft Light

86) Layers > New Raster Layer

87) Right click to flood fill new layer with Background Color

88) Layers Palette
Reduce opacity to 71
(or a setting of your liking)

89) File > Export > JPEG Optimizer


You are done!
Now you can assemble the stationery in LC or OE/Windows Mail.
Please link 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 the Testers of Copyright Safe Tutorials who participated and who helped me make this tutorial as good as it is.

smilie


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