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Rustic Wood Frame

This is what we will be making

Rough cut wood framed pic of Southern Mansion

This tutorial was written in PSP 7.04. There are two methods for achieving the final result, one uses the PSP 7.04 "fur" filter the other uses the Paint Engine Filter. (If you use the latter method, you can do the tutorial using PSP 6.02.) I will show you both methods.

To do this tut you will need:

Paint Shop Pro. You can get it here: www.jasc.com

If you want to do the method which uses the Paint Engine Filter, you can download the filter HERE

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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. Mathematically, this makes absolutely no sense since the borders you add only total 30pixels on each edge. What PSP does is to double the final pixel size both horizontally and vertically of any border you add to your image. Some odd quirk in PSP.
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Set your background color to white and your foreground color to a complementary one you´ve chosen from your image.

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=4
Horizontal=4
Opacity=82
Blur=9.5
Color=Black

Repeat the cutout, only this time use a Vertical of -4 and a Horizontal of -4.

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=3
Horizontal=3
Opacity=100
Blur=9.5
Color=Black

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

Invert your Selection.

Save your work!

4. Using Paint Engine! Go to Effects>Plugin Filters and locate Fantastic Machines Paint Engine. Find the Preset "RiverWild" in the drop down box and apply.

In case you don't have the RiverWild preset, I´ve made screen shots for you; however, in the interest of loading time, I´ve removed the center section from my screen shot and I´m showing the settings as two separate images.

Paint Engine Brush settingsBlank spacePaint Engine Stroke settings

5. Go to Effects>Artistic Effects> Enamel and use the following settings:

Blur=65
Detail=100
Density=128
Angle=225
Color=White

Repeat the Enamel effect one time. Sharpen.

You´re done!

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4. - Using PSP Fur! Go to Effects>Texture Effects> Fur and use the following settings:

Blur=25
Density=100
Length=11
Transparency=86.

5. Go to Effects>Artistic Effects> Enamel and use the same settings as in # 5 above.

Repeat the Enamel effect two or three times. Note: Each repetition will darken your frame, but enhance the Faux Wood effect more. Sharpen.

Your frame is finished!

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This frame was so easy and quick to make, I made a separate page to show you some other examples, including the ones my testers came up with. I think this frame would be especially effective with images of ships or sea mammals. Samples

And....speaking of my testers a special "Thank You" goes out to Tish, Susan and Mary Anne. They´re the ones who find all my mistakes...green smiley wink). Thank you Ladies!

*~Nightshadow~*

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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 January 6, 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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