Room with a View Frame and BG Tutorial


picture of tut result

By ©LismibaebisCreations
6 December 2008

Tutorial image courtesy of:
www.beatenbergbilder.ch
Used with written permission


Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
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
Letter Creator from Incredimail (optional), available here


Image
Graphic of choice


Filters
Fantastic Machines > Paint Engine
(I have used the old free version, available here)
AAA Options, available here


Pattern
Gold Pattern jb-s063_gold, available here
(or a Pattern of your choice)
This will be known as "Gold Pattern" for the rest of the tutorial


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

2) Download the Gold Pattern and open in PSP

3) File > Open
Open image of choice

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

5) 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 370

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

7) Dropper Tool (E)
Right click to choose a very dark Background color
(I chose #1f2e1b)

8) Materials Palette
Change Background to Pattern
Settings:
Pattern = Gold Pattern
Angle = 0, Scale = 100
Texture = Not checked

9) Window > Duplicate
Minimize copy

10) Edit > Copy



Frame

11) Layers > New Raster Layer

12) Selections > Select All

13) Effects > 3D Effects > Cutout
Settings:
Vertical & Horizontal = 0
Opacity = 75, Blur = 26.00
Color = Black
Fill interior with color = Not checked

14) Image > Add Borders
Settings:
Symmetric = Checked
Size in pixels = 1
Color = Your Background color or black

15) Image > Add Borders
Settings:
Size in pixels = 4
Color = Any color not in image

16) 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

17) Select new border

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

19) Right click to Flood fill selected border with Gold Pattern

20) Effects > 3D Effects > Inner Bevel
Settings:
Bevel = #1, Width = 3
Smoothness = 0, Depth = 4
Ambience = -37 (Minus)
Shininess = 52
Color = White, Angle = 315
Intensity = 50, Elevation = 30

Screenshot

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

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

23) Magic Wand Tool
Select new Border

24) Edit > Paste Into Selection

25) Adjust > Blur > Gaussian Blur
Settings:
Radius = 11.00

26) Effects > Plugins > Fantastic Machines > PaintEngine
Settings:
Push Intensity = .95, Lighten = 1.3
Bias = .-1, Pull Intensity = .26
Lighten = .6, Bias = .07
Amount = 2.41
Wrap Edges = Not checked
Type = Slope
Input = Checked, Line = Not checked
Length = 30, Radiate = 2.00
Motion Angle = -88, Curl = 118
Operation Angle = 56, Curl = -93
Direction Channel = R

Screenshot

You may save this preset as LB_FM7 if you wish

27) Effects > Texture Effects > Mosaic - Antique
Settings:
Symmetric = Not checked
Number of columns = 53
Number of rows = 72
Tile diffusion (%) = 78
Grout width = 3
Grout diffusion (%) = 51

Screenshot

28) Effects > 3D Effects > Cutout
Settings:
Opacity = 55, Blur = 12.00

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

30) Image > Add Borders
Settings:
Size in pixels = 4
Color = Any color not in image

31) Magic Wand Tool
Select new Border

32) Flood Fill Tool
Right click to Flood fill selected border with Gold Pattern

33) Effects > 3D Effects > Inner Bevel

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

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

36) Layers > Promote Background Layer

37) Magic Wand Tool
Select new Border

38) Edit > Clear

39) Layers > New Raster Layer

40) Selections > Select All

41) Edit > Paste Into Selection

42) Adjust > Blur > Gaussian Blur

43) Layers > Duplicate

44) Effects > Plugins > Fantastic Machines > PaintEngine

45) Layers Palette
Lower opacity of layer to 66

46) Edit > Copy

47) Edit > Paste As New Image

48) Save As
.pspimage file (in case you lose it)
We will use it later for the background

49) Minimize image
Do NOT close

50) Activate Frame Canvas by clicking on its Title Bar

51) Layers > Merge > Merge Down

52) Effects > Plugins > AAA Filters > AAA Options
Settings:
AAA OPTIONS = 08 Kirsch
Option = 0, Brightness = 0
Contrast = 0, Highlights = 0
Midtones = 0, Shadows = 0
Saturation = 128, Red = 0
Green = 0, Blue = 0
Frame Size = 0, Opacity = 64
Multiply

Screenshot

53) Layers > Arrange > Send to Bottom

54) Selections > Modify > Contract
Settings:
Number of pixels = 36

55) Selections > Invert

56) Effects > 3D Effects > Inner Bevel
Settings:
Bevel = #2, Width = 20
Smoothness = 7, Depth = 10
Ambience = 7, Shininess = 12
Color = White, Angle = 315
Intensity = 32, Elevation = 50

Screenshot

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

58) Image > Add Borders
Settings:
Size in pixels = 4
Color = Any color not in image

59) Magic Wand Tool
Select new Border

60) Flood Fill Tool
Right click to Flood fill selected border with Gold Pattern

61) Effects > 3D Effects > Inner Bevel
Settings:
Bevel = #1, Width = 3
Smoothness = 0, Depth = 4
Ambience = -37 (Minus)
Shininess = 52
Color = White, Angle = 315
Intensity = 50, Elevation = 30

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

63) Selections > Select None

64) Raster > New Raster Layer

65) Add Watermark(s)

66) File > Export > JPEG Optimizer
Settings:
Set compression value to = 20 - 25
Chroma subsampling = YCbCr 1x1 1x1 1x1 (None)
Save Exif data = Not checked

Do NOT close Frame



Background

67) Selection Tool (S) > Custom selection

Screenshot

Settings:
Top = 50
Left = 0, Right = 47
Bottom = Total height minus 50

Screenshot

68) Edit > Copy Merged

69) Edit > Paste > Paste As New Image

70) Effects > Image Effects > Seamless Tiling
Settings:
Mirror = Checked, Vertical = Checked
Vertical offset (%) = 0
Width (%) = 50
Transition (%) = 50

71) Image > Canvas Size
Settings:
Lock aspect ratio = Not Checked
Width = 1280 pixels*****
Height = Your image height
Placement = Left Middle Arrow

*****or width of your computer resolution, e.g. 1024 or 1600

72) Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow
Settings:
Vertical = 0, Horizontal = 5
Opacity = 50, Blur = 25.00
Color = Black
Shadow on new layer = Checked

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

74) Layers > New Raster Layer

75) Layers > Arrange > Send to Bottom

76) Selections > Select All

77) Maximize the layer you copied and pasted earlier

78) Edit > Copy

79) Minimize image

80) Activate Background Canvas by clicking on its Title Bar

81) Edit > Paste Into Selection

82) Selections > Select None

83) Adjust > Add/Remove Noise > Add Noise
Settings:
Gaussian = Selected
Noise = 11%
Monochrome = Checked

84) Effects > Image Effects > Seamless Tiling
Settings:
Default

Screenshot

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

85) Dropper Tool
Left click into background or frame section to choose a Foreground color
(I chose #e1ebdd)

86) Layers > New Raster Layer

87) Flood Fill Tool
Left click to Flood fill with Foreground color

88) Layers Palette
Reduce opacity to let image be slightly visible and background text friendly
(I reduced to 71)

89) 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.


A special "Thank you" to the United Tut Testers and the Testers of Copyright Safe Tutorials that participated and who helped me make this tutorial as good as it is

smilie


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