Framing Secrets and Techniques that can be fun

The image to the left is a thumbnail of the final product of this tutorial.

You will need both bladepro and the Ulead art texture plugin to complete this tutorial.

Don't have the required plugins - then get them here.
Blade Pro Plug In  free 30 day trial download available - click here

Ulead Art Texture Plugin - A FREE plugin - Click here to download.
The image that I used in the tutorial and the bladepro preset are included in this zip file . Download, unzip and place the bladepro preset in your bladepro environments and textures folder. The jpg you can place wherever you want just so you can find it.

Let's get started.

Open the image in Paint Shop Pro.
Since the image is a gif, you will need to go to colors increase to 16 million.

Select a color you like for the border of you image (we will adjust it later so don't fuss about it!

Go to image,
add borders,
and make sure symmetric box is checked
and input a size of 8 pixels.


Select the border area using your magic wand.






We will now use bladepro to add a sparkle to the selected area.



Go to your main menu,

Effects,

Move down to plugins,

Find Flaming Pear

Then Select BladePro

This is the blade pro main screen.

Looks very complicated,
don't worry, be happy
Most of the presets you find will not need any adjustments,
You can play with all the little buttons later.

For now click on the button that the blue arrow points to.

OOPS - see I do make mistakes. Click the button that says preset selections.




Your environments and textures folder will automatically open.

This is the folder that all your bladepro presets should be kept in.
They do not have to be in your plugins folder.
Mine are on a separate drive, and I have folders inside my environments and textures folder to hold frequently used presets.

Find the mybluesparkles preset
Then click open.

You will get a preview of the preset in the bladepro window.
Click OK

You image should look like the one to the left.
Without the added border
(trying to save download time!!!).


Go to image add borders and add a border of 48 pixels.

Select the added area with your magic wand.

There should be marching ants around the blue area.




We will now use the Ulead Art Texture Filter:



In PSP go to your effects menu.

Move down the menu and find the plugins tab.


Find the Ulead Effects tab, and then select the Art Texture Filter.



The screen below will open up, it looks confusing but don't worry about that.





This is the options screen, You can play around with it and get lots of various effects.
This tutorial will show you the basic use of the effects.
There are 3 sections, the left section shows the default pattern ramp.
The right section show the results of that ramp.
The bottom row shows you varying filter settings.

Click on the EDIT BUTTON.

You will see a screen similar to the one at the left.

There are lots of different pattern ramps to pick from.

Later you can play around with these and see the different results you can achieve.

For now scroll down and select pallette #46.

You will see that the effects preview row at the bottom of the screen shows you a preview of your effect.
You could add another pallette, but for now Click the OK button

Note for your playing later (you can move your cursor over the hue shift pallet below the pallet to change the colors if they don't quite match what you want).

The main screen will reappear.

Later when you have time to play you can combine different pallettes and when you come up with a combination you really like you can add them to the library.

For now make sure that you have selected the preview that the arrow is pointing to (lower right hand one), and then Click Okay.

Leave the area selected!!!!




Your image should look similar to the one at the right.

But your image will have the marching ants around the effect area.

I had to go back and create this image.

(as one often does when writing tutorials)!!!






Now we will magically turn the Ulead effect into wonderful glass!!!

Actually Paint Shop Pro will do the magic, we just click the keys.



Additional step that I forgot:

Go to selections and promote selection to layer. Apply the mosaic glass step which follows to the new layer, and then adjust the opacity of the new layer until you like the effect.


Go to Image Effects,
and move down to textures,
then go to mosaic glass.
Use the settings that are shown in the image to the right

When you have the settings correct
Click Ok







The glass area in my image was slightly lighter than the sparkle area.





So I just went to colors,
adjust brightness,
and used the settings to the right.
I forgot to do the screen captures........


OKAY now for your memory test (hehehe). You need to added a border of 8 pixels, select it and apply the bladepro preset to it. (bladepro should default to the last used preset so that shouldn't be toooooooo difficult.


{{{chuckling}}}

You could end now, but why not add a few more little details......

The image to the left has 3 colored rectangles draw on it.
Use your selection tool, set to rectangle and select area one. green rectangle
The go to effects, 3d effects, drop shadow

Use the settings in the image to the right.

Repeat for the other two rectangular areas.

You can stop here, Or add another interesting touch!!!! DO You DARE continue.. COME ON HAVE MORE FUN!!!


I added a layer of glass over the image. (You Need PSP 7 for this part)
To add the glass go to preset shapes
Scroll down and select the clear white button
The green arrow is pointing to it.

Click on the button.

NOTE: I use these button shapes for soooooooooo many things
(the one in the preview are looks like a wooden button, I use it to add a table or shelf to my images.
Be sure that the retain style and the create as vector boxes are checked.



Position your cursor at the upper left hand corner of the image.

Move down to the bottom right hand corner of the image.


Since the image was created as a vector, it is on a separate layer.

Use the vector toggles to pull the glass over the image area,.

Especially note the upper bevel area, be sure to pull the top of the vector high enough so it is not over your image.

You may have to reposition the vector layer (moving it way down using the center part of the vector toggle).

Make sure that the glass layer is still active. Use the selection tool to select the image area.
Then Invert the selection
Use the scissors to cut the excess glass.

Merge your layers.

Now You can save your image. If it has become tooooo large, then resize it using image resize, and then go to image sharpen.

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