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Padded Border Background
Created by: Charith Carne

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We will be using the Filter Factory B for this tutorial. Click on the link to the left to go and download it before we get started.

Ok let's start by opening a new image 150 x 150, 16 million colors and a white background.
Click on the foreground color box and choose a color of your choice. This what I am going to use for mine. Click in your image to fill it up with your color choice.

Red: "158"
Green: "147:
Blue: "161"

Now we are going to add some noise to our image. Go to image - noise - add.

Add 20% noise
Random.

Click ok when you are done.

This is how your image should look after applying the noise filter to it.
Time for the Filter Factory. Go to image - plugins - Filter Factory - Fluttering Flag. Use these settings:

Horizontal Frequency: "163"
Horizontal Scale: "12"
Vertical Frequency: "255"
Vertical Scale: "152"
Shading Offset: "1"
Shading Amount: "173"

Click ok to apply the filter.

Ok we need to crop our selection that we just made. So go to image - crop to selection.
You will need to choose a new foreground color. Use one that is lighter than the one you used for your graphic. Select a background color that is a dark color of the foreground color to use in the gradient fill. These are the colors I used for mine:

This is for the foreground color.
Red: "204"
Green: "199"
Blue: "205"

This is for the background color.
Red: "101"
Green: "71"
Blue: "111"

Use whatever you want yours to be.

Go and open up a new image. 20 x 10, 16 million colors and a white background.
Click on your magnifying glass and left click on your image about 10 times so that you are able to see what you are doing.
Now click on the selection tool. Use the rectangle again. Start at 0,5 and drag your mouse all the way down to the right hand corner.
Click on the flood fill bucket and choose Linear Gradient for the Style. Click on the Options button Set the Direction to 180 deg. Click OK. Fill the selection with the gradient fill.
Go to selections - invert. The top of your image should selected now. Now we want to switch the foreground and background colors. Just click on the double arrows and they will automatically be switched. This time right click inside the top to fill it. See how mine looks after filling both top and bottom of the image? That's how yours will look. Ok you can deselct the image.
Click on the Eye Drop Tool and click on the lightest color in the gradient fill to select it as the foreground color. Select the Paintbrush Tool and use these settings:

Brush Type: Pen
Size: "1"
Shape=Round

Paint the line just below the center line that is the same color. See how mine looks? There are 2 rows of light color in the middle of the image.

Click on the foreground color and select a shade that is two colors lighter than the current color. Here is the color I used:

Red: "242"
Green: "240"
Blue: "242"

Using the Paintbrush Tool, paint a line with this color in the middle of the lighter colors of the graphic.

Ok now it's time to rotate our image.Click - Image - Rotate. Rotate your image 90 degrees. This is how your image should look now.
Click on the flood fill bucket, for the Fill Style click on pattern. Next click on the Options button. Under new pattern source scroll for the gradient pattern we just made. Click inside the new image box to fill the box with the gradient pattern You should now have a graphic that looks like a tube.
This is what your bar should look like now. Right click on your bar and select copy from the menu that comes up. Now make the first graphic that we made in the beginning active and right click on the image and select paste as a new selection. Move the copy over to the left side of the graphic, making sure the first set of parenthesis in the status bar read (0,0) Click once to set the copy in place DO NOT DESELECT!!
Ok we are going to give our bar a dropshadow. Go to image - effects - dropshadow. Use these settings:

Vertical: "0"
Horizontal: "6"
Opacity: "100"
Blur: "36"
Color: Black

Click ok to apply the dropshadow.

Right click on the image and choose paste as a new selection. Move the copy over to the far right side of the graphic. Make sure the first set of parenthesis in the status window say (106,0) Click once to set the image but do not deselect. Go to image - effects - dropshadow. Keep the same settings except change the Horizontal to -6, Click OK to apply. Deselect the image.
Right click on our image that we just made and select copy. Create a new image size 1200x150. Right click and paste as a new selection. Move the copy over to the far left side until the first set of parenthesis reads (0,0) Click once to set the image in place but, DO NOT DESELECT IT.
Go to image - effects - dropshadow. Keep the settings the same only changing the Horizontal to 6, click OK to apply. Now we want to crop our image so that it will tile seamlessly. Click on the crop tool and choose the somewhere in the middle of the border and drag it down and out. Right click to crop your image. Save it as a .jpg and your ready to use it on your web pages!!!