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Creating and Exporting a Frame
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Creating and Exporting a Frame
Created by:Zonia

In this lesson we are going to create a frame and export it so we can use it again. We will use many features of PSP 8, e.g. Preset Shapes, the Inner Bevel effect, Layers, Export, Picture Frame etc.
Download FileDownload File
The download file on the left contains a goldfill pattern I created, the Jasc Heart 1 Preset Shape, and the photo I use in this tutorial. Copy the file "Heart 1.PspShape" into the "Shapes" folder in your PSP 8 program folder.

New Image
Create a new image: Go to File || New (Ctrl+N):
Width = 400 pixels
Height = 400 pixels
Resolution = 72.00 pixels
Background = Raster
Color Depth = 16 Million Colors (24 Bit)
Color = Transparent checked
Preset Shapes ToolOpen Image

Materials Palette - Materials BoxMaterials Pattern Option

Click on the Preset Shapes tool. Tool Options palette settings:
Shape = Rectangle
Retain style = unchecked
Anti-alias = checked
Create as Vector = checked
Line Style = Solid
Width = 5.00
Join = Miter
Miter Limit = 10

Open "/tutorial/html/tut8eff/goldfill.jpg" from your download.

Set the Foreground Materials to Pattern and choose the "/tutorial/html/tut8eff/goldfill.jpg" or take a color, gradient, or pattern of your choice. Set the Background Materials to Null because we don't want the rectangle filled.

Place your mouse pointer at the coordinates (x:100, y:100) and, holding down the left mouse button, drag to (x:300, y:300) and release. Go to Selections || From Vector Object, then to Layers || Convert to Raster Layer.

Save Preset Option

Go to Effects || 3D Effects || Inner Bevel:
Bevel = Bevel no. 2
Width = 20
Smoothness = 2
Depth = 2
Ambience = 8
Shininess = 0
Color = White
Angle = 315
Intensity = 40
Elevation = 36

This is my most used Inner Bevel settings so I have it saved as a preset. To save a preset click on the Save button and type what you want to name it, then click on OK. Click on OK again to apply the Inner Bevel effect. Deselect by going to Selections || Select None (Ctrl+D).

Materials Palette - Swap Materials
Swap the Foreground and Background Materials by clicking on the arrows between them. Your Foreground Material should now be Null and your Background Material the "/tutorial/html/tut8eff/goldfill.jpg" or whatever you chose.

Preset Shapes Tool

You should still have the Preset Shapes tool selected. Leave the Tool Options palette settings as before, except:
Shape = Heart 1
Width = 0.00.

Ok we are going to draw this shape differently. With some of the shapes such as the circle and heart you can draw from the center instead of the edge by using your right mouse button. If you hold down the Shift key while drawing it will make a perfect circle, square, etc., just in case you didn't know that.

Place your mouse pointer at the coordinates (x:225, y:75) and, holding down your right mouse button, move the pointer to (x:250, y:100). Go to Layers || Arrange || Move Down or right-click on the 'Vector 1' layer in the Layer palette and go to Arrange || Move Down. Another way is to left-click on the layer in the Layer palette and, holding down the button, drag the layer down.

Move Tool

Go to Selections || From Vector Object, then to Layers || Convert to Raster Layer. Now go to Effects || 3D Effects || Inner Bevel, we want the same settings as before so just click on OK. Deselect with Selections || Select None (Ctrl+D). Notice how the point of the heart is cut off by the rectangle? Let's fix that.

Click on the Move tool, position your mouse (pointer) at the coordinates (x:225, y:75) and, holding down the left mouse button, move the pointer to (x:225, y:72). Notice how the x value stayed the same? I always check what my x value is when I want to move something up or down but not left or right. I watch the y value when I want to move something left or right but not up or down. In this case we want to keep our x position so that the mirror we are going to do will work without having to do another move.

Duplicate Layer

Go to Layers || Duplicate or right-click on the 'Raster 3' layer in your Layer palette and choose Duplicate from the pop-up menu. Go to Image || Mirror (Ctrl+M).

When you duplicate a layer it places a copy of the layer on top of the one you duplicated and makes the duplicate layer the active layer.

Tip: If you want to copy a layer from one image to another you can duplicate the layer you want to copy, then click on the duplicate layer in the layer palette and, holding down your left mouse button, drag the layer to the image you want to copy it to and release the mouse button. This is the same as doing a Copy and then doing a Paste As New Layer in the image you want to copy to.

Duplicate LayerMove Tool

The 'Copy of Raster 3' layer should be selected in the Layer palette. Go to Layers || Duplicate. Click on the Move tool and position your mouse at the coordinates (x:175, y:70). This time we are moving left and we don't want to move up or down any so we are going to watch our y value. Holding down the left mouse button, move the pointer to (x:124, y:70).

The reason I am giving exact coordinates for where to position and/or move to is because I have already done all the math to make the mirrors, flip, and rotate come out right to save you time from having to do more moving later on.

Duplicate LayerLayer Visibility OffLayer Visibility On

The 'Copy (2) of Raster 3' layer should be selected (i.e. the active layer) in your Layer palette. Go to Layers || Duplicate, then to Image || Mirror (Ctrl+M).

The hard part is done now. Hide the 'Raster 2' layer (the rectangle) by clicking on the eye icon beside its name in the Layer palette. Make sure one of the other layers is the active layer and go to Layers || Merge || Merge Visible or right-click on one of the layers and choose Merge || Merge Visible from the pop-up menu. Double-click on the 'Merged' layer, rename it to 'Hearts Top' and click on OK, or right-click on it in the Layer palette, choose Rename from the pop-up menu, type 'Hearts Top' and hit the Enter key. Go to Layers || View || All or right-click on any layer in the palette and choose View || All.

CopyDuplicate Layer

We need to make a copy of this layer because we will need it in a few minutes, so go to Edit || Copy (Ctrl+C). Now go to Layers || Duplicate and then to Image || Flip. The hearts are lined up perfectly on the bottom of the rectangle. Rename the layer to 'Hearts Bottom'.

We made two copies of the layer, one was a copy, one was a duplicate. The reason we didn't do two duplicates is because of the rotate we are going to do which will be a lot easier if we paste it as a new layer. When you paste a new layer it is placed in the center of your image.

It was easier to do the copy while you had the layer selected instead of having to go back and select it again later. As long as you don't copy something else or empty the clipboard the copy will be there when we need it.

Now we are going to use the hearts we copied earlier. Go to Edit || Paste || Paste As New Layer (Ctrl+L). Since the hearts were centered in the canvas automatically when you pasted as a new layer it will help us get perfect placement of them. Go to Image || Rotate || Free Rotate (Ctrl+R):
Direction = Right
Degrees = 90
All Layers = unchecked
Rotate single layer around canvas center = checked

Click on OK. Since we chose "Rotate single layer around canvas center" and since the layer was centered in the first place the hearts will be centered when the rotate is done.

I know I am being really picky over a few seconds of time, but hey a few seconds here and a few seconds there add up after a while.

Move Tool

Select your Move tool (shortcut = M) and position your mouse at the coordinates (x:200, y:175); then, holding down the left mouse button, position your pointer at (x:326, y:175) and release.

Notice how we kept the y value of 175. This keeps the hearts centered vertically.

Okay so I am a perfectionist. Good thing I am good with math because I do a lot of it in PSP. You don't have to be a perfectionist like I am. Just do the steps however it is easiest for you. Personally I use a touchpad instead of a mouse so it may be a lot harder to get exact coordinates with a mouse.

Duplicate Layer

Rename the layer to 'Hearts Right', go to Layers || Duplicate, and then to Image || Mirror (Ctrl+M). Then rename this layer to 'Hearts Left'.

You now have four hearts on each side of the rectangle. There are many ways you could have accomplished this such as duplicating the first layer four times, then rotating, and moving each duplicate layer into position.

PSP has several ways of doing most things. Find the way that is easiest for you. The way we've done it here is easiest for me. Try it using a different shape or a tube.

Materials Palette - Swap Materials Click on your 'Raster 2' layer in your Layer palette to make it active. Swap your Foreground and Background where Foreground is now the goldfill (or whatever you chose) and the Background is Null.

Preset Shapes Tool

Select the Preset Shapes tool. Leave the Tool Options palette settings the same as before, except:
Shape = Rectangle
Width = 5.00

Position your mouse at the coordinates (x:45, y:45) and, holding down the left mouse button, move your pointer to (x:353, y:353).

Go to Selections || From Vector Object, then to Layers || Convert to Raster Layer, and then to Effects || 3D Effects || Inner Bevel. We want the same settings as before so just click on OK. Then go to Selections || Select None (Ctrl+D) to deselect.

Layer Visibility OffLayer Visibility On Hide all the layers except 'Raster 2' and 'Raster 3' (the rectangles) and go to Layers || Merge || Merge Visible. Rename the layer to 'Rectangles'. Then go to Layers || View || All.
Magic Wand ToolPreset: Reset to Default Option

New Raster LayerFlood Fill Tool
Materials Palette - Materials Box

Select the Magic Wand tool, default settings. Click into the area between the two rectangles to select it. Go to Selections || Modify || Expand, Number of pixels = 3 and click on OK.

Add a new raster layer, name it 'Fill'. Go to Layers || Arrange || Send to Bottom. Make sure the 'Fill' layer is the active layer.

Click on the Flood Fill tool (shortcut = F). Change the Foreground pattern to "Book black" or a color, gradient or pattern of your choice. Click inside the selection to fill it. Then go to Selections || Select None (Ctrl+D) to deselect.

Selection ToolSelect Area = Opaque - Merged
Click on the Selection Tool (shortcut = S). Click on the "Merged Opaque" button in the Tool Options palette to select the entire frame. Go to Layers || Merge || Merge visible, then to Image || Crop to Selection (Shift+R).
Go to File || Export || Picture Frame, name it what you want and click on OK.
Open Image

Let's test our frame. Go to File || Open and then browse to where you have a picture or photo, click on it in the file list, and click on "Open". I included the picture I used in the download file.

Selection Tool

Frames will either stretch or shrink to fit the image you are framing. I don't want this frame to stretch and mess up our perfectly sized and aligned hearts so I am going to make a 200x200 selection of my photo. You can either use the "Custom selection" button in the Tool Options palette or the Rectangle selection tool to do this. The 200x200 if you remember was the size of the first rectangle we drew at the beginning of this lesson.

Since I still have my original image open I am going to copy (Edit || Copy or Ctrl+C) and paste as new image (Edit || Paste || Paste As New Image or Ctrl+V), then close my original answering "No" when asked if I want to save it.

Now let's add our frame by going to Image || Picture Frame. Select the frame from the drop-down list to the left.

As you see there are a number of frames included in PSP you can play with but right now we are wanting to test the frame we just made.

If you don't see all your frames make sure that the path to them is in File || Preferences || File Locations.

Make sure "Frame outside of the image" is selected on the right and click on OK. If you select "Frame inside of the image" it would place the frame inside the 200x200 image. Framing inside an image is great if you don't mind portions of the image being under the frame. There are also options to flip, mirror, and rotate the frame but you wouldn't notice any difference with this frame.

That's it. Save your image (File || Save).

As for the image with the original frame: You may or may not want to save it. I am not going to save mine since I already exported the frame so I have it. You can open frame files in PSP and save them in any format you want. Therefore saving the frame would be redundant and take up space on the hard drive that could be used for other images.

I hope you enjoyed this lesson and learned a lot.