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Backgrounds - Negative Effects
Created by: Kawliga

Using the same pattern, but in negative can make a very effective background. You do have to watch the darkness of the colours for the background. I used Filter Factory Q's "Symmetrical Pattern 1" to generate the background image used here. Any kind of seamless or symmetrical pattern will do.
Open a new image, 100 x 100 pixels, background color = white, 16 million colors.
Fill the image with your symmetrical background, or use the "Symmetrical Pattern 1" filter to create something for you.
Duplicate the image with Shift+D (Window || Duplicate), and negativise the second image: Go to Colors || Negative Image.
Colorize both images with the same settings: Go to Colors || Colorize;
I used:
Hue = 25
Saturation = 255
to get the yellow color shown here.
OK, if you want, you can now go on to adding the background, but just to make it more interesting I added tubes to the sides of the border. Here's how I did that:
Make a new image, 10 x 100 pixels, background colour = white, 16 million colors.
Set your foreground color to black and your background color to white.
Double-click on the Selection tool in your tool palette and fill in:
Left = 0
Right = 5
Top = 0
Bottom = 100
Select the Floodfill tool in your tool palette:

PSP 5:
Fill Style = Linear Gradient
Match Mode = None
Tolerance = doesn't matter
Opacity = 100
Click on Options:
Blend Mode = Normal
Direction = 90 degrees
(white must be on the right)

PSP 6:
Fill style = Linear Gradient
Blend mode = Normal
Paper texture = None
Match mode = None
Tolerance = n/a
Opacity = 100
Click on Tab 2:
Type = Foreground-Background
Direction = 90 degrees
(white must be on the right)
Repeats = 0

Click into the selection to fill it with the gradient.

Invert the selection: Selections || Invert.

Swap fore- and background colors.
Fill the selection on the right side of the image. This should give you an image of a tube. Deselect with Ctrl+D (Selections || Select None).
Click on the New Layer icon in your layer palette to create a new layer.
Use the Dropper tool and click on one of the two background images to select a foreground color.
Select your Floodfill tool and change the Fill Style to Solid Color. Then click into the image to fill the new layer with that color.
Set the blend mode of the second layer to Multiply, then merge the two layers by going to Layers || Merge || Merge All (Flatten).
Copy the tube to clipboard.
Go to the border image the darker one. Go to Image || Canvas Size:
New Width = 120
New Height = 100
Center Image Horizontally/Vertically = both checked

Go to Edit || Paste || As New Selection and move the tube to the left of the background image at the coordinates (0, 0) - (10, 100).

Go again to Edit || Paste || As new Selection and move the tube to the right of the image at the coordinates (110, 0) - (120, 100).

Now let's turn this into a border background! Duplicate the border layer (Layers || Duplicate) we do this so the border now becomes an active layer.
Go to Image || Canvas Size:
New Width = 1000
New Height = 100
Center Image Horizontally = unchecked
Center Image Vertically = checked
Left = 0
Your Floodfill tool is still selected; click on the background layer in the layer palette to make it the active layer. Then change your foreground color to white and click into the image to fill the background layer with white.
Make a new layer. Position it between the border layer and the white layer.
Change your Fill Style to Pattern. Under Options / on Tab 2 select your lighter image as the New Pattern Source.
Fill the new layer with the lighter image and adjust opacity to suit.