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For this part of the tutorial we are going to create a letter and envelope to go with the email button made on the previous pages. This paper of course can be used for other things as well.
Supplies:
Paint Shop Pro 7 .. but to my knowledge it will work in 6 as well.
Zip of supplies. This will need to be unzipped. The whitetile.jpg should be placed in the folder that you keep your graphics in. The PaperEdge-GD.msk file should be placed in the mask folder for Paint Shop. The path to that is normally C:\Program Files\Jasc Software Inc\Paint Shop Pro 7\Masks. Email button that was created from the first part of this tutorial and saved with layers intact. If you have not done this part and would like to, please use the button below to go there now.

Mail Tutorial
Lets play ...
Paper:
1). Open whitetile.jpg in Paint Shop.
2). Set the white tile as your Foreground pattern.
3). Open and new transparent image 200 x 300.
4). Using the Flood Fill Tool, flood the image with the white tile.
5). Go to Masks/ Load from Disk and select PaperEdge-GD
6). Go to Masks/ Delete and answer yes to the question asked.
7). Go to Image/ Canvas Size and increase the canvas size to 300 x 400. Center Vertically and Horizontally both checked. This is a needed step in order for later steps to work properly.
8). Go to Effects/ 3D Effects/ Drop Shadow and use the following settings. The color is #3E3822.
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9). Use the Magic Wand and click once in the transparent part around the paper.
10). Go to Effects/ 3D Effects/ Drop Shadow and use these settings .. the color is the same as above. Deselect.
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Now we have a very nice old paper look .. but it is missing something ... words. Cant look like a letter without them.
11). Add a new layer
12). Use the Text Tool and click once in the upper left hand side of the paper. The font you use is of course up to you .. so is the color .. the screen shot below shows the settings that I used. I used a small italic script that looked a bit like calligraphy and just typed in the pattern that a letter would have.
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For mine I typed a bit of nonsense and then used the selection tool to select the 'body' of the letter and copy/past it a few times to fill the paper .. then selected and copy/pasted the top 'signature' on at the end.
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13). Go to Layers/ Merge / Merge Visible. You can save this for future use if you would like then Minimize, as we will not be using it for a little bit yet.

Envelope:
1). Open whitetile.jpg in Paint Shop.
2). Set the white tile as your Foreground pattern.
3). Open a new image 200 x 200
4). Using the Flood Fill Tool, flood the image with the white tile.
5). Go to Mask/ Load from Disk and select the PaperEdge-GD
6). Go to Masks/ Delete and answer yes when asked if you wish to merge to the current layer.
7). Go to Image/ Canvas Size and increase the canvas size to 300 x 300. Center Vertically and Horizontally both checked. This is a needed step in order for later steps to work properly.
8). Go to Effects/ 3D Effects/ Drop Shadow and use the following settings. The color is #3E3822.
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9). Use the Magic Wand and click once in the transparent part around the paper.
10). Go to Effects/ 3D Effects/ Drop Shadow and use these settings .. the color is the same as above.
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11). Shift + D to create a duplicate image.
12). Go to Image/ Rotate and use these settings ..
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13). Using the selection tool, select to bottom half of the triangle.
14). Edit/ Copy
15). Go back to the square image and Edit/ Paste as a new Layer. The duplicated image can now be closed without saving.
It is a bit too wide right now ..
16). Go to Image/ Resize/ and reduce by 75%. Resize all layers unchecked.
17). Zoom in once if needed and use the Mover Tool to move the envelope flap up to the top of the envelope. We want the straight edge to cover the tattered edge .. like so.
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18). Go to Layer/ Merge/ Merge Visible. Save as a psp file for later use if you like.
Here is our envelope. This can of course be tinted ... or embellished with dings or such if you like.

Next we will put it all together.

Mail Tutorial Three

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