Negative Frame Tag

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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, but the steps used may also be done in Version 7.04.  You may download a free trial at Jasc.

Download the Frames  You will need some images or tubes of your choices.  You'll need 6 of them if you do not want to repeat any.

Remember to save as a psp file often!

Before we begin, you might want to study the PSP tool bars.  I have labeled the tools on another page.  Click on the link and it will open a new page.  You may want to keep this page open while you work on the tutorial, to refer to the names now and then.  PSP Tools

Now that you have studied the tools, let's begin!

1.  Open the Negative Frame tube.  On keyboard press Shift + D to duplicate.  Close the original.  You will see that the tube is in layers. 

2.  In the Layer Palette, click on the Top right layer.  With the magic wand, select the area inside this frame.  Then repeat this step for all layers ABOVE that layer, holding the SHIFT key down so that all areas remain selected as you select the next one.

3.  In the top menu, click Selection > Modify > Expand > by 2 pixels.

4.  In the Layer Palette, click on the Background layer (bottom).  Flood fill this layer with your color choice.  I used a gradient.

5.  Open up your first image.  In top menu, click Edit > copy.

6.  On the frame image, click on the Layer BENEATH the frame layer that you want this image to go.  For example, I want my image to go in the top left frame, so I clicked on the layer beneath the top left frame --Two Frame

7.  In top menu, click Edit > Paste  > Paste As New Layer.  The layer should be inserted underneath the Top Left frame (or whatever frame you picked.)

8.  From the tool menu, select the Deformation Tool (2nd tool).  You can right-click on one of the corner handles to shrink the image to fit inside the frame, or rotate the picture as necessary to fit.

Here is the tube/image fitted into the frame.


9.  The image may have blurred some due to our resizing and rotating.  So in top menu, click Adjust > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask.  Apply these settings:  Radius = 3, Strength = 12, Clipping = 3.

10.  In top menu, click Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow.  Apply these settings:  Vertical = 3, Horizontal = 4, Opacity = 40, Blur = 10, Color = Black.

11.  Open your next tube or image.  Repeat Steps 5 - 10, until you have placed an image in each frame.

12.  In top menu, click Layers > Merge > Merge Visible

13.  Open up the main tube.  In top menu click Edit > Copy.  click on frame image.  In top menu, click Edit > Paste > Paste As New Layer.

14.  From the tool menu, choose the Deformation tool.  Resize the tube or rotate as you wish.

15.  In top menu, click Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow.  Apply same drop shadow as before.

16.  In Layer Palette, click on bottom layer.  With Magic wand select the transparent area of the background.

17.  In Layer Palette, click on Shadow Layer and press delete key.  This deletes the part of the shadow that extends outside the frame so that when we save we have a clean, crisp edge.

18.  In top menu, click Layers > Merge > Merge Visible.

19.  In top menu, click Image > Resize.  Resize to 65%.  Be sure that Resize all Layers is CHECKED.

20.  Save this image as a blank .psp tag

21.  Then add your text and save as a GIF.


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