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Misty Morning Frame with Ulead Art Texture
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Misty Morning Frame
with Ulead Art Texture
Created by: Bunny's Attic

 
With Ulead Art Texture, a nice corner brush, and a pattern taken from the image we will create a unique frame especially for this image with the misty-morning atmosphere!
 




Download the attachments for this tutorial  Download File

For this tutorial, you need Ulead Art Texture, a freeware programme. Install this to your plugin folder.

The other files you'll need are in the zip file on the left: The image and pattern fill together with the corner brush that I use in this tutorial. The brush (which was made by Suz from Suz's Place) should be copied into your "Paint Shop Pro\Brushes" folder before you begin.

 

Standard Toolbar - Open (image) button

Open the images ("/tutorial/html/tutfilters/image.jpg" and "/tutorial/html/tutfilters/mm_pattern.jpg") you got with your download file. We'll frame the first image, so minimize the latter one.

First let's resize the image so we don't lose too much clarity from resizing when we are finished. Go to Image || Resize:
– Percentage of Original = 90%
– Resize Type = Bicubic Resample
– Resize All Layers = checked
– Maintain aspect ratio of ... = checked

Click on OK. Now resize one more time with the same settings.

 
Set your background color to white. Go to Image || Add Borders:
– Symmetric = checked
– Top/Bottom/Left/Right = 2
 

Tool Palette - Magic Wand tool



Standard Toolbar - Save (image) button

Click on your Magic Wand tool:
– Match mode = RGB value
– Tolerance = 0
– Feather = 0

Click into your white border to select it. Now would be a good time to name and save your image.

 


Go to Effects || Plugins || Ulead Effects || Art Texture. When the interface opens click on the Edit button, it will be on the left in the middle.

Choose Palette 5 in the Palette ramp. We are going to change some of the settings and create a new, brighter gold and save it to use again.

You will see little boxes around the color wheel, these can be moved, deleted or the color can be changed by clicking on them.

On the left is a screenshot of this color wheel. The boxes that are circled in red are the ones we want to delete. You can do this by right-clicking on the boxes and choosing "Delete" from the pop-up menu.

 

Now we will move the middle-range value boxes over to expand the brighter gold color. Just left-click on them and hold and move them over like the screen shot on the left.

We will save this palette to use again. You can do this by clicking on the Add button. Give it a name, I used "Brighter Gold" or you can name it whatever sounds good to you. Click on OK to save it.

 

Now click on your "Brighter Gold" pattern and click on OK.

On the next screen, choose the top left pattern sample if you want yours to look like mine, but feel free to choose any pattern you like. Click on OK.

 

Go to Selections || Invert and then to Effects || 3D Effects || Cutout:
– Vertical and Horizontal Offset = 0
– Opacity = 100
– Blur = 35
– Shadow color = black
– Fill interior with color = unchecked

(You may need to make adjustments if you are using a different image.)

Deselect with Ctrl+D or by right-clicking into your image and save your work.

 
Tool Palette - Magic Wand tool


Styles



Tool Palette - Flood Fill tool

Go to Image || Add Borders, change the value to 7 and thus add a symmetrical white border of 7. Select it with your Magic Wand.

Now we need to go to the Foreground-Style palette and change to Pattern (click on the little arrow and choose the third icon from the left). Then click on the color box:
– Pattern = mm_pattern.jpg
– Scale = 90
– Angle = 45

Using your Flood-Fill tool, fill the border with your pattern. Deselect (Ctrl+D or Selections || Select None) and save! :-)

 
Go to Image || Add borders and add a white border of 2. Select this border with your Magic wand and go to Effects || Plugins || Ulead Effects || Art Texture, click on the Edit button and choose your "Bright Gold" palette, click on OK and then pick the top left pattern as before. Click on OK and deselect.
 

Time for another border! Go to Image || Add borders and add a 14 pixel white border. Select this border with your Magic Wand. Flood-fill with your pattern, same settings as before.

Now go to Selections || Float, then to Effects || 3D Effects || Cutout. Leave settings as before, only change Blur = 8.8. Click on OK and deselect.

 

Go to Image || Add Border and add a border of 2. Select it with your Magic Wand and apply your Ulead Art Texture "Bright Gold" pattern again, same as before. Deselect.

Go to Image || Add Border and add a border of 7. Select it with your Magic Wand and flood-fill with your pattern. Deselect.

Go to Image || Add Border and add a border of 2. Select it with your Magic Wand and apply your Ulead Art Texture "Bright Gold" pattern again, same as before. Deselect and save your work.

 

Layer Palette - Create layer button      Tool Palette - Paint Brush tool

Styles

Now we are going to add the corners. First, add a layer, and choose your Paint Brush from the Tool palette. Go to your Tool Options palette and click on the little paintbrush in the top right corner of the first tab. On the drop-down menu, click on "Custom". Then click on the arrow to drop down the brushes choice menu, and locate your brush. Set the Size = 59.

Click on the second tab and make sure that "Show brush outlines" = checked so you can see your brush to position it.

Set your foreground color = white and select Solid Color for the foreground style.

Now you can place your brush outline in the upper left hand corner of your image, just touching the third gold border. Left-click three times without moving your mouse to apply the corner.

 

Go to Effects || Plugins || Ulead Effects || Art Texture. Click on the Edit button and choose your "Bright Gold" again, click on OK, and on the next screen select the top right pattern this time and click on OK.

 

Go to Effects || 3D Effects || Drop Shadow:
– Horizontal and Vertical Offset = 2
– Opacity = 100
– Blur = 2.5
– Shadow color = black

Click on OK and apply this two more times. You may have to adjust this if you are using a different image.

 


Go to your Layer palette, right-click on "Layer1" and choose "Duplicate" from the pop-up menu. Then go to Image || Mirror.

Go to the Layer palette and turn off your "Background" layer, then go to Layers || Merge || Merge Visible. Right-click on your "Merged Layer", choose "Duplicate" again, and then go to Image || Flip. Now you should have 4 corners. Turn your "Background" layer back on.

Below the tutorial image is another example of my frame with a different image, and a different pattern for the frame – again taken from the image itself.

For this second image, I added a layer above the "Background" layer so I could tuck my signature behind the bottom corner. Just click on your "Background" layer, add a new layer and add your signature on this new layer. Pull it down so it is just below the left or right bottom corner. Then you can Merge Visible and you are done!

I hope you have enjoyed making this frame!