Stars and Stripes Frame

This is what we will be making

Red. white, and blue frame with gold stars

NOTE: Since PSP8 is so new, I've decided that for the first few tutorials I'll be using a lot more screen shots than I usually do so everyone can get used to the new icons and interface. I hope you find this helpful.

You will need the following items:

Paint Shop Pro, get it here: www.jasc.com
and my gold star. The star isn't zipped, because the file is only 13.6 kb. Just download it directly into any folder, only, don't forget where you put it, LOL.

Butterfly divider

Letīs begin!

1. Open up the image you want to frame. Go to Image>Add Borders. Add a border of 10px symmetric in either Red, White, or Blue. Note: Depending on what looks best with your image you may want to reverse the order of the colors you use. Also, make a note of the color number, so you can choose a darker shade of it for step #10.

Add Borders

2. Select the border with your Magic Wand.

Magic Wand

Go to Selections>Invert.

Go to Effects>3D Effects>Chisel. Your size is 2, Transparent. (Color doesn't matter.)

Chisel

3. Invert your selection again. Go to Adjust>Add/Remove Noise>Add Noise

Add noise

Note: The reason we're adding noise is because we'll be saving the image as a JPG. When you have large areas of a solid color in a JPG image, they tend to get that "runny watercolor" look. If you add noise, this won't happen, and as a bonus, the frame has a slightly textured look. It's best to save solid color images, or images containing large blocks of solid colors in .gif format.

4. Go to>Effects>3D effects>Inner Bevel.

Soft Bevel

De-Select.

5. Go to Image>Add borders. Add a 10px symmetric border, using another one of your 3 colors. Select the border with the Magic Wand (same settings as before).

6. Go to Selections>Invert. Go to Effects>3D Effects>Chisel. Your size is 2, check transparent.

7. Invert your selection again. Go to Adjust>Add/Remove Noise>Add Noise. Same settings as in step 3. Go to Selections>Select none.

8. Go to>Effects>3D effects>Inner Bevel. Use the same settings as in step #4.

9. Repeat steps 5, 6, 7, and 8 using whichever of the 3 colors you haven't used as yet.

10. Add a 20px border, using a slightly darker shade of the color you used in step #1. (This is why you made a note of the color # in step 1). Select the border with the Magic Wand (same settings as before).

11. Go to Selections>invert. Go to Effects>3D Effects>Chisel. Your size is 2, check transparent.

12. Invert the selection. Add Gaussian noise as before, but this time, set the percentage at "30".

13. Go to>Effects>3D Effects>Inner Bevel. This time, use these settings:

Flat Bevel

Select none.

14. The final border (frontier? Giggling smiley). Add a 5px symmetric border in the same color as the 20px border. Once more, select the border with the Magic Wand, invert the selection and add the same chisel effect. (Noise isn't necessary here because the border is so narrow.)

Select none

15. Open up your "goldstar-ns.psp" image. Copy and paste your star onto your framed image as a new layer. Move it to the upper left corner of the frame.

Use your Deform tool Deform tool to turn the star so it lies diagonally, and one lower point is touching the inner corner of the frame. Note:You can also use your Deform tool to resize the star if needed.

Turning the star

Go to Adjust>Sharpness>Sharpen.

Duplicate the layer and go to Image>Mirror

Go to Adjust>Sharpness>Sharpen.

16. Once again, copy and paste your star onto your framed image as a new layer. Move it to the lower left and use your Deform tool to turn the star so it lies diagonally, and one point is touching the inner corner of the frame.

Turning the bottom star

Go to Adjust/Sharpeness/Sharpen

Duplicate the layer and go to Image>Mirror.

Go to Adjust>Sharpness>Sharpen.

Now, I can hear a few of you out there saying, "Well, that's silly, why didn't she just duplicate the stars at the top and go to Image>Flip?" I know some of you are saying that, because that's exactly what I would be saying, LOL. I did try it that way the first time I did this, but I'm not going to tell you what happened. In order to satisfy your curiosity, you'll just have to go ahead and try it that way, because if you're anything like me, you won't believe it until you see it for yourself. LOL.

Here's a hint though: Five pointed stars are not symmetrical images.

17. Paste another star onto your frame, and place it on the left side, halfway in between the top and bottom stars. Duplicate the layer and go to Image>Mirror.

Go to Adjust>Sharpness>Sharpen.

18. One final time, paste another star onto your frame, this time at the top, halfway in between the left and right upper corner stars. Duplicate the layer, then move it to the bottom section of the frame halfway in between the left and right lower corner stars.

See the finished frame at the top of the page for placement.

Go to Adjust>Sharpness>Sharpen.

Your frame is finished!

Blue divider with butterfly

Here's the frame my tester Nina made. She's from Canada, so she made Maple leaves and stripes. VBG

Mountie with horse in white and red frame with gold Maple leaves

Blue divider with butterfly

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 April 7, 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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