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Stationery for Outlook


This tutorial created by Carolyn Ross

Outlook Express Stationery Tutorial

Making your own Outlook stationery is very easy to do with Paint shop Pro.  You simply create a graphic or even just a textured background to be used as stationery.

Layer 1 with graphic stamped on
Create a new image 500 x 300 pixels. This image is larger than necessary because we will be making a selection and then we will tile the smaller selection.

For the Fall image shown above, create 4 more layers over your background layer. On Layer 1 use your brush tool, set it to Custom and choose the leaf brush. Using green (R96,G160,B25), dab your brush all over the page. 

Apply a motion blur by clicking on Image || Blur || Motion Blur with the settings: 

Angle = 90
Intensity = 15 pixels

Set the layer opacity to 40% and layer blend mode to "multiply". The image should appear similar to image on right.  If you'd like the image even lighter, then just adjust the opacity slider to a lower number than 40%.

All layers shown with opacity and blend modes adjusted
On each of the other 3 layers use a different Fall color. I used light green (R167,G227,B22), a light orange color (R248,G178,B127), and a pale yellow (R237,G245,B183). 

Use the same settings for the Motion Blur on each layer and set each to the same opacity (40%) and blend mode (multiply) as shown on the left.

Click on the background layer to activate it and choose another pale shade a yellow or off white. I used R246,G248,B237. Set your fill tool to:

Fill Style = Solid Color
Blend Mode = Normal
Paper texture = Canvas (your choice)
Match Mode = RGB Value
Tolerance = 200
Opacity = 100
Sample Mode = unchecked

Fill with this layer with this texture or the texture of your choice. Make sure that all your colors and textures are subtle unless you want to have use a very bright, bold text when you write your messages. 

Flatten your image (Layers || Merge || Merge Visible)

Selection made and ready for converting to Seamless pattern shown on lower left
Use your selection tool set to

Type = Square
Feather = 0
Antialias = unchecked 

Select part of your image (anywhere where you especially like your colors or design). After making the selection,  click Selection || Convert to Seamless Pattern. You then save the new image.

Save your image in the file called "stationery". This will be found under c:\program files\common files\Microsoft shared\stationery. All your stationery graphics and files must be saved under this directory for them to work with Outlook or Outlook Express. Save your file as fall.jpg or a name which will readily be identified by you. 

Now you get to create your stationery.

Outlook Express More Stationery location
Open Outlook Express and click on File || New || Mail Message. When your email opens, click on Format || Apply Stationery || More Stationery. 

You should now have a new menu which lists all the stationery which loaded with Outlook Express and it will show any new ones that you create. Click on the button which says "Create New".

Choosing graphic for stationery background
You are now greeted by the stationery wizard. Click Next. Check "Picture" and, using the drop down menu, locate your saved picture "fall.jpg."   It will appear in the preview window on the left. 

Position should be "Top," "Left" and for "Tile", check "Entire page".   Since our graphic covers the right side of the page, we do not need to select a background color for this stationery so leave the "Color" box unchecked. 

NOTE:  If you were use a single graphic which was not tiled over the entire page, just tiled down vertically, you could select a background color. 

Click "Next". 

Choosing font for Outlook Stationery
Select the type of font. Choose a size which is large enough to see easily, a 12 or 14 point text is usually good depending on the font. Select a font color which can be seen on top of your texture.
No margin selection necessary for tiled image
When you click "Next", you will most likely see the example text all over your graphic. The margins will not need to be changed for this example. 

NOTE:  If you used a vertical tiling side image, you would want to change the side margin so that the text would not cover the graphic.  Since this is WYSIWYG, you could see the example text move over to accommodate the graphic. 


Naming the new stationery
Click "Next" and name your stationery. 

Click "Finish" and you are taken back to the Select Stationery screen and your stationery is shown in the window. 

Click "OK".  You are now ready to type your email on your personalized stationery.



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