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Creating a Matt for your Frames
Created by: Caroline Ross

Creating a matt for your picture frames is as easy as making the frames.
 
Begin with a new image 400 x 400 pixels, transparent background and 16.7 million colors.
 
Select your Preset Shapes tool and set to:
Shape type = Rectangle
Retain style = unchecked
Antialias = unchecked
Create as vector = unchecked
Line width = 50
Style = Default line
 
Set your foreground style to Solid Color (click on the arrow in your foreground style box and choose the icon on the left) and your background style to None (click on the arrow in the background style box and choose the icon on the right). Then click into your foreground style box to set your foreground color to Red = 248, Green = 247 and Blue = 228, just a pale shade of cream.
 
Now start with your cursor at coordinates of (25,25) and drag your rectangle to (375,375). You now have the base for your matt.

Next you need to texturize your matt. I like to use a parchment texture for mine and it's very simple to do.

 
First select your shape with the Magic Wand tool, set to
Match mode = RGB Value
Tolerance = about 32
Feather = 0
Sample merged = unchecked
 
Select the Fill tool and set
Blend mode = Normal
Match mode = RGB Value
Tolerance = 200
Opacity = 100
Sample merged = unchecked
 
If it is not, set your foreground style to Solid Color, then click into the foreground style box and change your foreground color to Red = 225, Green = 225, Blue = 185, a shade just a bit darker as the previous one.
 
Set your foreground texture to Texture (click on the arrow in the foreground texture box and choose the icon on the left). Then click into your foreground texture box and choose the "Parchment" texture from the drop-down box.
 
Now click into your selection. It should fill with your new foreground color, but textured. Deselect with Ctrl+D (Selections || Select None).
 
Now to add a little interest to the matt, I add a trim of a colored line close to the opening, so select your Preset Shapes tool again and use the same settings, but change the Line Width to 1 pixel.
 
Your foreground style should still be set to Solid Color and your background style to None; if your foreground texture is set to Texture now change it back to None. Click into the foreground style box and pick a color which coordinates with your matt color. In this case, I used a gold color (Red = 210, Green = 211, Blue = 135).
 
Begin at the coordinates (40,40) and pull the rectangle to the coordinates (360,360).
 
    I also used a font called "Seperates" (which you can download at the ornaments section of the Dingbat Pages). First switch foreground and background color so that the gold of your trim is now your background color, then click on the Text tool. In mine I used the letter "h" in size 28, Stroke = None and Fill = Solid Color, to add to the trim at the lower edge.
 
This is centered on the bottom. I magnified the area to allow me to position the design right over my line.
 
You'll need to flatten your image or the matt will not be useable as a frame, so right-click on either layer in the layer palette and choose Merge || Merge Visible from the pop-up menu. Now save your matt as "matt.psp" in your Paint Shop Pro\Frames directory.

Before you can use this matt you'll need to change the extension ".psp" to ".pfr", so locate the file using the Windows Explorer and rename your file as "matt.pfr". You will get a message that the file may not be useable but you can ignore that.

Now when you want to matt your graphics, your matt will be ready and waiting among the other frames at Image || Picture Frame, so matt your work first and then apply your frame.

 
When using this matt, I usually select the matt after it has been added and add a drop shadow (Effects || 3D Effects || Drop Shadow). The one on the completed picture was made using a dark brown for the shadow color, or you can use black. The Opacity was set to 100 and the Blur to 17.1, with a Horizontal and Vertical Offset of 1. After adding the final frame, I used the same settings for another drop shadow.