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Bronze Beaded Frame

This is what we will be making

Japanese building with a bronze frame

This tutorial was written using PSP 7.04. The only thing you will need is Paint Shop Pro, which you can get here: www.jasc.com . Note: If your version # is lower than 7.04, you will also need the bitmap I supplied for PSP 6 users. You can also make the frame using PSP 6.02, but you will need this Bitmap Image. Unzip it into your PSP6.02 Patterns folder (or your PSP7.0 Patterns folder). When you get to Step 6, click the little arrow in the image window of your sculpture tool and find the plain white pattern. It will probably be the very last one.

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(This tutorial is for intermediate to advanced PSP users and as such, it will not contain detailed instructions for every phase.)

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Let´s begin!

1. Open the image you wish to frame. Note:If you want your final image to be no larger than 350pixels on the longest side, before you begin your frame, resize your image to 290pixels on the longest side.

Set your background color to white and your foreground color to any other color.

2. Let´s put a matte around our image. Add a border of 10 pixels. Select it with your magic wand, then invert the selection. Go to Effects>3D Effects> Cutout and use these settings:

Vertical=3
Horizontal=3
Opacity=82
Blur=9.5
Color=Black

Repeat the cutout, only this time use a Vertical of -3 and a Horizontal of -3.

Deselect.

3. Switch your foreground and background colors. Add a 20 pixel border to the image. Select the border with your magic wand, invert the selection and go to Effects>3D Effects> Cutout and use these settings:

Vertical=5
Horizontal=5
Opacity=82
Blur=9.5
Color=Black

Repeat the cutout, only this time use a Vertical of -5 and a Horizontal of -5.

Save your work!

4. Invert your Selection and Flood Fill it with White. Go to Effects>Texture Effects>Tiles and use these settings (I cropped off the upper image section to save downloading time.):

PSP Tile Settings

5. Go to Selections>Modify>Expand and expand the selection by "3".

6. Go to Effects>Texture Effects>Sculpture and use these settings:

PSP Sculpture tool settings

Deselect.

Your frame is finished!

Variation: Before you deselect, copy and paste the frame as a new layer. Then go to Colors>Adjust>Hue/Saturation/Lightness and change the color of your frame. I clicked the "Colorize" box and ended up with a Black and Silver frame which sets off this image nicely:

Framed pic of Cypress Swamp at Sunset

Note: Don´t use the Colors>Colorize feature in PSP. It will color your beaded edge so much that you will barely be able to see it.

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My thanks to Mary Anne for testing this. She was the one who discovered that PSP 7.0 doesn´t contain the white bitmap in the patterns folder.

Mary Anne´s Bronze Frame

Girl at window

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This tutorial is my own creation, any similarity to any other tutorial on the Internet is unintentional. It is copyrighted by me, Nightshadow, on April 20, 2002, and is not to be copied or reproduced in any way under penalty of law. Graphics lists, please e-mail me for permission to post my tutorials, especially because I would love to see the results :O)

NOTE: Any image you make using this tutorial is completely your own property.

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