Ribbon Frame

We will be making this Frame

Flower with a ribbon frame

This frame uses the Half Tone and Hot Wax effects. I think you will find the process and the results to be interesting.

If you frequently work online, regularly try different bits of software and are aware of O2 uk Mobile Broadband online then you should have no trouble at all creating this. I have written this tutorial in what I hope is an easy to understand format, and your final image is yours to use as you wish.

The only thing you need for this tutorial is Paint Shop Pro. Get it here: www.corel.com

Butterfly divider

Letīs begin!

1. Create a new Image (Ctrl+n) 400 by 400, transparent background.

New image

Go up to your layer palette, click on the New Raster Layer icon. Name the new layer Frame.

New layer

2. a. Go to Selections>Select All.
b. Go to Selections>Modify>Contract and contract by 35 pixels.
c. Go to Selections>Invert.

3. Grab your Flood Fill tool.

Flood Fill Tool

Flood fill the selection with any light color. I used color #D39BFF.

4. Go to Effects>Artistic Effects>Halftone.

Half tone effect

Use these settings:

Half tone effect

5. Change your foreground color on the Materials palette to White Very Important!:


Go to Effects>Artistic Effects>Hot Wax Coating.

6. Go to Effects>3D Effects>Inner Bevel. Use these settings:

Inner Bevel


7. Click in the center of your frame with the Magic Wand.

Magic Wand

Go to the layers palette, add a new raster layer and name it "Border". Drag the "Border" layer underneath the Frame layer.

Border Layer

8. Go to Selections>Modify>Contract and contract 8 pixels.

Go to Selections>Invert>

9. Floodfill the selection with the same color you used for the frame.

10. Repeat Step 4.

11. Change your foreground color to White. Repeat Step 5.


12. Go back to your layers palette, right click on any layer, and choose Merge>Merge Visible.

Your frame is finished! If you save it in .psp or .pspimage format, you can use it over and over. Just don't forget to duplicate it and save the original. Giggle smiley

Another option would be to save the image in .pspframe format. Here's how: In the "Save" or "Save As" dialogue, click the arrow and scroll to "Paint Shop Pro Image". You will see ".pspframe" in the list of extensions.

PSP Frame

Select "Paint Shop Pro Image", then in the File name box, type in your image name such as "Ribbon Frame" and add the ".pspframe" extension, like so: Ribbon Frame.pspframe.

Note: You must use the .pspframe extension or the frame won't work properly with the PSP Frame tool.


For your file location, browse to the Picture Frames folder located in the "My PSP8 Files" in the "My Documents" folder. Note: If you store all your new goodies in the "My PSP8 Files", then if you need to uninstall PSP8 and reinstall it later, you won't lose your things.

To use your new frame, open up the image you want to frame. Then go to Image>Picture Frame. This dialogue will open up:

Picture Frame dialogue

Click the arrow to locate your frame, then click the radio buttons to set it up the way you want it to look on your image.

This is the frame my tester Nina made. Pretty colors aren't they?

kitten watching a fish

Have fun with your new frame.

Butterfly divider

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

This tutorial is my own creation, any similarity to any other tutorial on the Internet is unintentional. It is copyrighted by me, *~Nightshadow~*, on May 23, 2003, 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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