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Framing a Photo with Patterns
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Framing a Photo with Patterns
Created by:Zonia

In this lesson we are going to create two patterns from a photo which we will use to make a frame for it. Doing this we'll use many features of PSP, e.g. Copy/Paste, Seamless Tiling, Canvas Size, Selection tools, and some effects.
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In the download file on the left you find the photo that I use for this tutorial.
Open Image

Open "/tutorial/html/tut8eff/start.jpg" from your download file in PSP.

If you look in the Title bar of the image in PSP you will see that the photo is not being shown full size. Mine is showing at 83%. We are going to resize the image but first we are going to explore some other PSP features. First let's view the image at its full size by going to View || Zoom || Zoom to 100% (Ctrl+Alt+N). The Title bar should now say 100%.


Selection Tool
Let's create a couple of fills for the frame we are going to create later. Click on your Selection tool (shortcut = S) with these settings in the Tool Options palette:
Selection Type = Rectangle
Mode = Replace
Feather = 0
Anti-alias = checked







Watching the Status bar at the bottom right, position your mouse at the coordinates (x:275, y:510). (Note: If you don't have the Status bar showing go to View || Toolbars || Status.) In the screenshot on the left I highlighted the section you need to watch in red.

Once your mouse is positioned left-click and drag down to the right until the second set of numbers on the Status bar says "(300, 535)". Again I have highlighted the section in red. Notice the "= (25 x 25)" in the Status Bar that is the size of the selection.


Copy

Preset: Reset to Default Option

Save Image
Now go to Edit || Copy (Ctrl+C), then go to Edit || Paste || Paste As New Image (Ctrl+V). Now go to Effects || Image Effects || Seamless Tiling. Make sure the Seamless Tiling settings are at the default settings by clicking on the Reset button at the top right. You can click on the box in front of Show tiling preview to see what it will look like when tiled. Click on the "X" in the Title bar of the preview to turn it off. Click on OK, then go to File || Save (Ctrl+S) and save it as "darkbg". Click on the "_" in the Title bar to minimize it for now.




Selection Tool











Let's create one more pattern following the same procedure as before but this time selecting a light area from the image.

Click on your Selection tool, the settings in the Tool Options palette should still be the same as above. Watching the Status bar at the bottom right, position your mouse at the coordinates (x:40 y:400). Left-click and drag down to the right until the second set of numbers on the Status bar says "(65, 425)".

Now go to Edit || Copy (Ctrl+C), then to Edit || Paste || Paste As New Image (Ctrl+V). Now go to Effects || Image Effects || Seamless Tiling. This time the Seamless Tiling preset will say "Last Used" which is the default settings we used the last time. Click on OK.

Go to File || Save (Ctrl+S) and save it as "lightbg". Click on the "_" in the Title bar to minimize it for now. Here are the patterns I made.

This is a photo my oldest son who is stationed in Germany took. I am not sure where it is at because he has went several places. I don't know who those people are so let's remove them.

We are going to use the Selection tool with the same settings as before but this time we are going to choose "Custom Selection" in the Tool Options palette. First we need to get the numbers we are going to enter. To do this first I look at the width of the image in the Status bar. The Status Bar says "Image: 480 x 640 x 16 Million". I know the first number is the width so for width my number will be 480. To get my second number I am going to move my mouse pointer to above the man's head and look at the y number in the Status bar because I know that y is height. The man's head actually starts at y:517 but I am going to go up a couple of pixels and make the height 515.


Selection ToolSelect Area = Custom Size and Position

Now that we have our information click on the Selection tool (S), then in the Tool Options palette click on the Custom Selection button. In the Custom Selection dialog put:
Left = 0
Top = 0
Right = 480 (the width we want)
Bottom = 515 (the height we want)
Click on OK.

The portion of the image we want to keep is selected so let's remove the rest of it by going to Image || Crop to Selection (Shift+R). Now my image is showing at 103% so I am going to get it back to normal by going to View || Zoom || Zoom to 100% (Ctrl+Alt+N). The image is still too big for my taste so let's resize it.

Go to Image || Resize. Make sure "Lock Aspect Ratio" is checked, then in the Pixel Dimensions section set to Percent and put 75 in either the Width or Height box (75 will automatically be put in the other box because Lock Aspect Ratio is checked), "Resample" = checked, using "Bicubic", and "Resize All Layers" = checked. I think the Bicubic Resample produces the best results for this image. Click on OK.

Remember in Lesson 1 when I said I don't always sharpen after a resize because it just don't look right? Well, this is one of those images.

Let's save our image, that way if you don't like the frame you will still have the original. Go to File || Save and name it what you want. On the left you see what we have so far.

Duplicate the image by going to Window || Duplicate (Shift+D), then close the original by clicking the on the "X" in the Title bar (Ctrl+F4).

PSP offers so many ways to frame an image and there are a lot of plug-ins that will frame it, but let's create our own frame so we can explore more PSP 8 features.

There are a few ways to add to the canvas for making frames. The most common way is "Add Border" but we are going to use "Canvas Size". I like this method better even though it requires doing a little adding. We need to promote the background layer first so the portions added to the image will be transparent. Go to Layers || Promote Background Layer.



Go to Image || Canvas Size. We want to add 10 pixels all the way around. Since 10 + 10 = 20 (10 for both top and bottom and 10 for both left and right) we need to add 20 to the original image height and width. The original dimensions are shown at the top of the Canvas Size dialog. The "New Dimensions" we need to put are:
Width = 380 (360 + 20)
Height = 406 (386 + 20)
Lock aspect ratio = unchecked
Background = grayed out

In the "Placement" section, click on the little box in the middle and make sure that Top, Bottom, Left and Right are set to 10. Click on OK.

This is a new section in PSP 8 and I love it. You can either use the buttons or put in the numbers. Click on the different buttons and watch the numbers change. It sure makes things easy.

There is now a 10 pixel transparent border all the way around the image.


Magic Wand Tool

Click on the Magic Wand tool. Tool Options palette settings:
Mode = Replace
Match Mode = Color
Tolerance = 0
Sample merged = unchecked
Feather = 0
Anti-alias = checked, Outside

Click anywhere in the transparent area to select it.

Materials Palette - Materials BoxMaterials Pattern Option

Since the majority of the image will match the "lightbg" fill we made earlier we will start with the "darkbg" pattern.

Click on the Foreground Materials box and click on the Pattern tab in the Material dialog. Click on the little arrow beside the current pattern, then scroll to the top and click on the "darkbg" pattern:
Angle = 0
Scale = 100

A quick note here: Unless specified otherwise leave the box in front of Texture unchecked. Click on OK.


Flood Fill Tool

Click on your Flood Fill tool (shortcut = F):
Match mode = None
Blend mode = Normal
Opacity = 100

Left-click anywhere into the selection. Leave selected.

To add some dimension to the frame go to Effects || 3D Effects || Inner Bevel. Settings:
Bevel = Bevel no. 2
Width = 20
Smoothness = 2
Depth = 2
Ambience = 8
Shininess = 0
Color = White
Angle = 315
Intensity = 40
Elevation = 36

Let's talk about some of the options in this window before we click on OK.

Menu Window Zoom Out
Zoom Out
Zoom In
Zoom In
Menu Window Navigate
Navigate

Show/Hide Preview
Show/Hide
Preview
Auto-Proof
Auto-Proof

Proof
Proof

Randomize
Randomize

The buttons below the preview are:

  • Zoom Out (for preview area)
  • Zoom In (for preview area)
  • Navigate (for preview area)
  • Show/Hide Previews (for showing or hiding the preview areas)
  • Auto-Proof (always shows results of settings in the image window)
  • Proof (show current setting results in image window), and
  • Randomize (randomizes the settings producing different results)

You will also see these buttons in a lot of other places. The new randomize feature is great for producing some cool results.

With all that said click on OK and let's finish our frame. While still selected, go to Effects || 3D Effects || Drop Shadow. Settings:
Vertical offset = 2
Horizontal offset = 2
Opacity = 50
Blur = 5.00
Color = Black.

Notice that this feature has the same preset and navigate buttons as the Inner Bevel dialog. If you Hide the Previews the Zoom In, Zoom Out, and Navigate buttons are hidden as well.

Now apply the Drop Shadow again except this time put:
Horizontal offset = -2 (minus 2)
Vertical offset = -2 (minus 2)

Deselect by going to Selections || Select None (Ctrl+D). On the left you see what we have now.

Magic Wand ToolMaterials Palette - Materials BoxFlood Fill Tool



Go to Image || Canvas Size. We want to add 5 pixels all the way around this time:
Width 390
Height 416
Lock aspect ratio = unchecked
Background = grayed out.

In "Placement" click on the little box in the middle and make sure Top, Bottom, Left and Right are set to 5. Click on OK.

Click on the Magic Wand tool. The Tool Options palette settings should still be the same as above. Click anywhere into the transparent area to select it.

Click on your Foreground Material box and choose the "lightbg" pattern (if you need to read how you changed to the "darkbg" pattern before just choose "lightbg" instead of "darkbg").

Click on your Flood Fill tool (F), the Tool Options palette settings remain the same. Left-click anywhere into the selection. We are not going to apply an Inner Bevel or Drop Shadow effect to this so deselect by going to Selections || Select None (Ctrl+D).

We need to add another 10 pixel "darkbg" border and apply the Inner Bevel and two Drop Shadows to it. If you have problems scroll up and follow the steps for the first one except this time for the Canvas Size:
Width = 410
Height = 436

That's it. Save your image with File || Save (Ctrl+S). Resize it if you want (Image || Resize)

I hope you enjoyed this lesson.