Kaleidoscope Diamond Frame

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This tutorial was created for some friends of mine who wanted to begin learning more about PSP.  It is intended for intermediates to learn how to use preset shapes and to shade.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

To do this tutorial you will also need Paint Shop Pro.  I used Paint Shop Pro 8.  You may download a free trial at Jasc.

To do this Tutorial you will need a tube and the Diamond Frame Mask.  You have some choices for the Diamond Frame Mask:

  • You can make your own Diamond Frame Mask (PSP 8)
  • You can make your own Diamond Frame Mask (Psp 7)
  • You can download my Diamond Frame Mask
Let's begin.

1.  Open the tube  you want to use.

2.  Open a New Image:  200 X 200, transparent.

3.  With the eyedropper tool, pick out a medium to dark color in your tube.

4.  Flood-fill the transparent image with the color you picked.

5.  Click on the tube window.  In top menu, click Edit > Copy.  Then click on the colored background window and click Edit > Paste > Paste as selection.

6.  Center your tube.  It does not matter if it is too big for the window.  It's best that some of the tube runs off.  In top menu, click Selections > none.

7.  In top menu, click Effects > Reflections > Kaleidoscope.  Apply these settings:
horizontal offset = 0, vertical offset = 0, rotation angle = 100, scale factor = -20, number of petals = 6, number of orbits = 0, radial suction = 0, check reflect.

8.  Ok, now you have the tile that you will use to make the frame for your tube.  In the Materials menu, change to pattern and choose the pattern you just made in Step 7.  Set angle = 35, and scale = 40 - 50.

9.  Open a new image, size = 500 X 350.  Flood fill this image with your tile.

10.  In top menu, click Layers > Load/Select Mask > from Disk.  Choose the Diamond frame (that you made or downloaded)  Make sure Invert Mask is selected.

11  Right-click on Mask layer and click merge group.

12.  Choose the magic wand from your tool menu, and click on the transparent areas.  Hold the shift button down to select all transparent areas at once.  (they are white in my picture)

13.  Still selected.  In top menu, click Effects > 3D Effects > Inner Bevel.  Apply these settings:  bevel = pie shape, width = 8, smoothness = 40, depth = 2, ambience = 0, shininess = 10, color = white, angle = 315, intensity = 60, elevation = 20.

14.  In top menu, click Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow.  Apply these settings:  vertical = 3, horizontal = 3, opacity - 65, blur = 10, color = black.

15.   Add a new raster layer, and drag the new layer below the frame.  Rename the bottom layer background.

16.  Use your eye dropper tool to pick a light to medium color from your tube (not used in frame).  Flood-fill the background layer with this color choice.

17.  Activate your tube window again (click on it), and in top menu, click Edit > Copy.

18.  Then activate the frame window again, and click Edit > Paste > Paste as new layer.

19.  In top menu, click Image > Resize. Make sure that All Layers is NOT checked.  I had to use 65 percent for my tube, but yours may be different.  With the mover tool move the tube so that it is centered in the frame like below:

20.  Now add the same drop shadow as before.  In top menu, click on Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow.  Apply these settings:  vertical = 3, horizontal = 3, opacity - 65, blur = 10, color = black.

21.  In top menu click Layers > Merge > Merge All (Flatten)

Now save!


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