Dotted Frames

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This tutorial is intended for beginners to learn how to create a framed tag.  If you have any questions, please feel free to Email  me.

To do this tutorial you will also need Paint Shop Pro.  I wrote this with  Paint Shop Pro X2, but the steps may also be done in any version.  You may download a free trial at Corel.

Remember to save as a psp file often!

Download and install the filter > color dots

1.  Open up a new, transparent image, size = 500 x 500

2.  Flood-fill with black

3.  Open up the tube of your choice.  Image > Resize   600 pixels for largest side. 

4.  Edit > Copy

5.  Click back on black image.  Edit > Paste As New Layer.  Set this image aside.

6.  Open up your tube.  SHIFT + D to duplicate.  Close the original.

7.  Layer > New > Raster Layer.  Fill with black, and slide this layer down below the tube layer.  Click back on top layer.

8.  Set foreground color = white, background color = NULL

9.  Choose the rectangle SHAPE tool, set to CREATE AS VECTOR, width = 20


10.  Draw a Rectangle box around your tube as so

11.  Left-click on the Node in the top corner and hold mouse button down as you drag downward.  This will CURVE the frame.

12.  Right-click on the frame layer and choose Convert to Raster Layer

13.  With Magic wand, select the OUTSIDE of the frame.

14.  Selection > Modify > Expand Selection   to 6 pixels

15.  Click on the bottom black layer and press dELETE

16.  SHIFT + D to duplicate.

17.  On one of the copies, right-click on the top layer and choose Merge > Merge Visible

18.  Image > Greyscale

19.  Image > Increase Color Depth > RGB 8 bits/channel

20.  Image > Resize so that the width is NO bigger than 300 pixels

21.  Edit > Copy  Click back on the ORIGINAL tag image.  Edit > Paste as New Layer

22.  Choose the Raster Deform Tool

23.  Rotate the frame towards the right about 20 degrees.

24.  Go back to duplicate frame image.  Image > Resize  Width = 325 pixels

25.  Right-click on the middle layer and choose Merge > merge down

26.  Effects > Plugins > > color dot

27.  Apply these settings:  90, 2, 255, 255, 255  (default settings)

28.  Right-click on top layer > Merge > Merge Visible.   Edit > Copy

29.  Click back on tag layer and Edit > Paste as New layer

30.  Choose the RAster deform tool and rotate the dotted image to the left.

31.  Open up the tube again.  Edit > Copy

32.  Click back on tag layer.  Edit > Paste.  Use the Raster Deform tool, to drag in the corners of the tube and make the tube smaller.

33.  Choose the rectangle selection tool, and draw a box around the part of the image that you want to keep.

34.  Image > Crop

35.  Image > Add Borders.  Symmetric, white, 3

36.  Save this as a JPEG.  File > Export > JPeG Optimizer


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