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Spent a while online looking for a frame one day .. for another tutorial I was writing .. and got the bug to make my own. Well I spent a little bit online looking for a good tutorial that explained how to save a frame so that it could be used in paint shop .. could be I was just not looking in the right place, but finally I just got frustrated and figured it out on my own ... this is the results.
Supplies:Paint Shop Pro 7:
To the best of my knowledge this will work in 6 as well.
Super Blade Pro or Blade Pro: The preset will work in either filter.
Zip of Supplies: This file contains the preset needed and the bmps used with them (nk -princess.q9q, nk -pincess.q5q, white.bmp, and nk - pattile2.bmp). Super Blade Pro uses the q5q file extension; Blade Pro has a q9q file extension. Unzip the preset that will work in your filter to the environments and textures folder for that filter .. and don't for get the bmps too. The preset comes from NK Designs ... she has some of the most gorgeous presets I have seen online .. and I hope that you will take some time after the tutorial to visit her place.
Lets play ....
1). Open a new image 700 x 700 transparent. The reason for such a large size is that when paint shop applies a frame it will apply it to the size of the image you wish to frame .. and i have found that letting paint shop size it down ... instead of up .. makes for a better result. Also i needed this frame this size for the companion tutorial that follows this one.
2). Set your foreground color to white and flood fill the image.
Because there is no center image to work around in this one, we are going to have to work from the outside in .. instead of adding borders to an existing image. There will be allot of flopping back and forth between layers .. but once the concept is understood it is really rather simple.
3). Go to Selections/ Select All
4). Go to Selections/ Modify/ Contract and place a 12 in the box. Because of the size of the image we are working with... it might take a little bit for paint shop to make the select.
5). Go to Selections/ Invert
6). Set the foreground color to black and use the Flood Fill Tool to flood the selection with black.
7). Go to Effects/ 3D Effects/ Inner Bevel and use these settings ...
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8). Go to Selections/ Promote to layer. Leave selected.
9). Go to the layer pallet .. there will be two layers now. Click on the bottom layer to make it the active layer.
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10). Hit the delete key. Deselect. Leave this layer active in the layer pallet.
11). Using the magic wand, with tolerance set to 0, click once in the white to select it.
12). Go to Selections/ Modify/ Contract and place a 35 in the box. It might take a bit to complete.
13). Go to Selections/ Invert
14). Go to Selections/ Promote to layer.
15). Go to the layer pallet .. there will be three layers now. Click on the bottom layer to make it the active layer.
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16). Hit the delete key. Deselect - very important.
you wont be able to see, just by looking at the image, that the layer is there ... but trust me it is.
17). Go to the layer pallet and click on the second layer to make it the active layer.
18). Go to Selections/ Select All
19). Go to Selections/ Float
20). Go to Selections Defloat
now you should be able to see the marching ants running around the new layer we promoted.
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21). Go to Effects/ Plugins and Filters/ Flaming Pear/ Super Blade Pro and apply the nk - princess preset. Deselect.
22). Go to the layer pallet and click once on the bottom layer to make it the active layer.
23). Use the magic wand and click once inside the white part of the image.
24). Go to Selections/ Modify/ Contract and place a 15 in the box.
25). Go to Selections/ Invert
26). Go to Selections/ Promote to layer. Leave selected.
27). Go to the layer pallet and click once on the bottom layer to make it the active layer .. then hit the delete key. Deselect - very important.
28). Go to the layer pallet and click once on the layer just above the bottom ... as shown below.
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Almost done now ..
29). Go to Selections/ Select All
24). Go to Selections/ Float
30). Go to Selections Defloat
Now you should be able to see the marching ants running around the new layer we promoted.
31). The foreground color should still be set to black, but if it is not ... please do so now. Now flood will the selection with black. Leave selected.
32). Go to Effects/ 3D Effects/ Inner Bevel and use the same settings as we did for the other black section. Leave selected.
33). Go to Effects/ 3D Effects/ Drop Shadow and apply the settings shown below .. Leave selected.
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34). Apply the same drop shadow again .. only this time changing the vertical and horizontal to -4. Deselect.
35). Go to the layer pallet make sure the bottom layer (the white center) is active. Then go to Layers/ Delete. The center white section will now disappear.
36). Go to Layers/ Merge/ Merge Visible.
Below shows the full size .. upper left corner of my frame.
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Now we will make this into a pfr file so that paint shop can apply it to images we would like to frame.
32). Go to File/ Save As. Save the file to the Frames folder of the Paint Shop Pro 7 folder. The pathway for that is normally .. C:\Program Files\Jasc Software Inc\Paint Shop Pro 7\Frames. The file must be saved as a Pfr file .. just type in what you would like to name the frame plus the extension. For example, when the Save As box popped up I typed in metal-lace-GD.pfr
That is all there is to it .... simple isn't it? .. was so surprised at just how simple.
To use the new frame you made ....
1). Open the image you wish to frame.
2). Go to Image/ Picture Frame
3). Select the frame you made from the drop down menu.
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4). The next step will ask if you want the frame inside or outside of the image. It will give you a preview of each way .. so that you can pick they one you like.
5). It will then add the frame as a separate layer to your image.
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Done. Hope that you have enjoyed this tutorial .. if you have any problems or questions, please use the email button below and I will do what I can to help.

lilly

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