Overgrown Magic Frame and BG Tutorial


picture of tut result

By ©LismibaebisCreations
15 July 2008

I have used one of my own photographs for this tutorial

I give permission to use this photograph (photo_Lismibaebi2008) for this tutorial, and/or any other tutorial you might wish to do, as long as you add my watermark to the finished image and give me credit for the photograph
Because of the nature of this tutorial, it will not work correctly if I add the watermark to the image to download

The Gold Pattern and Presets may be used at any time
You do not need to give me credit for those

Skill Level: Intermediate & Adventurous Others
Knowledge of using 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



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
Letter Creator from Incredimail (optional), available here


Filters
Xero Caravaggio, download the xero xl file


Materials
The zip file is available here
It contains the Graphic, Gold Pattern, Deformation Map, User Defined Filter Preset and my Watermark

If you choose another graphic, make sure it is a very busy graphic, ideally flowers or forest. Graphics, which are dark all around the outside seem to work best with this tutorial

You might wish to choose a different Pattern for your graphic


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

Don't forget to save your work often

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Preparation

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

2) Download the zip file and unzip to a place you can easily find

a) Place the LB_DM1 into your Deformation Map Folder

b) Place the Preset_UserDefinedFilter_LB_UDF3 into your Presets Folder
( NOT the Preset Shapes)

c) You may - if you wish - place the LB_pattern1 into your Pattern Folder
(I keep all "extras" in a folder in "My Documents"
You can see here how I do it)

d) Open Photo_Lismibaebi2008, LB_pattern1 and watermark_Lismibaebi2008 in PSP

If you use another graphic
e) File > Open graphic of choice
Make sure to choose a "busy" graphic, which is dark all around the outside

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

4) Image > Resize
Settings:
Resample using = Bicubic
Lock aspect ratio = Checked
Resize all layers = Checked
Resolution = 72.000
Width = No greater than 450 Pixels
Height = No greater than 370 Pixels

5) Adjust > Sharpness > Unsharp Mask
Settings:
Radius = 10.00, Strength = 20
Clipping = 7
Luminance only = Not checked
(If necessary)

6) Dropper Tool (E)
Left click in graphic to choose a very dark color as Foreground Color
(I chose #1a301c)

7) Materials Palette
Change Background to Pattern
Settings:
Pattern = LB_pattern1
Angle = 0, Scale = 100
Texture = Not checked
(or choose pattern of your liking)
This will be known as "Gold Pattern" for the rest of the tutorial

8) Window > Duplicate
Minimize one copy
(in case the image is not on the clipboard later)

9) Edit > Copy



Frame

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

11) Selections > Select All

12) Effects > 3D Effects > Cutout
Settings:
Vertical = 3, Horizontal = 3
Opacity = 60, Blur = 16.00
Color = Black
Fill interior with color = Not checked

13) Effects > 3D Effects > Cutout
Settings:
Vertical & Horizontal = -3 (Minus)

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

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

16) Magic Wand Tool
Settings:
Mode = Replace
Match mode = RGB Value
Tolerance = 0
Use all layers = Checked
Contiguous = Checked
Feather = 0
Anti-alias = Checked
Inside

Select new border

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

Right click to flood fill selection with Gold Pattern

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

19) Image > Add Borders
Settings:
Size in pixels = 9
Color = Any Color not in image

20) Magic Wand Tool
Select new border

21) Edit > Paste > Paste Into Selection

22) Adjust > Blur > Gaussian Blur
Settings:
Radius = 25.00

23) Effects > Plugins > xero > Caravaggio
Settings:
Creativity = 2, Exuberance = 5
Attentiveness = 10, Moodswing = 108
Sanity = 1

Screenshot

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

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

26) Magic Wand Tool
Select new border

27) Flood Fill Tool
Right click to flood fill selection with Gold Pattern

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

29) Image > Add Borders
Settings:
Size in pixels = 36
Color = Any color not in image

30) Magic Wand Tool
Select new border

31) Edit > Paste > Paste Into Selection

32) Mesh Warp Tool

Screenshot

Settings:
Edge mode = Background
Draft quality = Medium
Final apply = Best quality

Screenshot

Open Deformation Map
Settings:
Deformation Map = LB_DM1
Operation = Replace current map
Mapping = Fit to canvas
Checkerboard size = Small

Click on Load

Click on Apply

Screenshot

33) Pan Tool (A)
Click on Pan Tool and the mesh will disappear

34) Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow
Settings:
Vertical = 1
Horizontal = -1 (Minus)
Opacity = 100
Blur = 15.00
Color = Black
Shadow on new layer = Not checked

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

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

37) Magic Wand Tool
Select new border

38) Flood Fill Tool
Right click to flood fill selection with Gold Pattern

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

40) Selections > Select None

41) Window > Duplicate
Minimize to use later for the Background


Screenshot

If you have used my photograph for this tutorial:

42) Activate the watermark_Lismibaebi2008 file by clicking on its Title Bar

43) Edit > Copy

44) Activate the finished frame by clicking on its Title Bar

45) Edit > Paste as New Layer

46) Move Tool (M)
Move to a position of your liking

47) Layers Palette
Reduce opacity of layer to your liking

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48) Layers > New Raster Layer

49) Add Watermark(s)

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



Background

51) Maximize the copy of the frame

52) Image > Resize
Settings:
Width = No greater than 250 Pixels
Height = No greater than 250 Pixels

53) Effects > Image Effects > Seamless Tiling
Settings:
Default Setting

Screenshot

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

54) Effects > Plugins > Xero > Caravaggio

55) Effects > User Defined Filter
Settings:
LB_UDF3

Screenshot

Screenshot

56) Layers > New Raster Layer
Settings:
Blend Mode = Screen
Opacity = 100
Link set = 0
Highlight in layers palette = Not checked
Layer is visible = Checked
Lock transparency = Not checked

57) Flood Fill Tool
Right click to flood fill with Gold Pattern

58) Layers > New Raster Layer
Settings:
Blend mode = Normal

59) Flood Fill Tool
Left click to flood fill with Foreground Color

OR

59a) Dropper Tool
Choose a dominant color from the image

59b) Flood Fill Tool
Flood fill with your new color

60) Layers Palette
Reduce opacity of flood filled layer to 91
(or a setting of your liking)

Screenshot

61) Layers > Merge > Merge Visible

62) Effects > Image Effects > Seamless Tiling

63) File > Export > JPEG Optimizer


You are done!
Now you can assemble the stationery in LC or OE
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.


I would like to thank the testers from Copyright Safe Tutorials who helped me make this tutorial the best it could be.
They are (in alphabetical order): Adele, Kat, Meshi, Paula and Robin O'Neill

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