Xero Mosaic Frame

Image copyright:  Indigo R. Wake.

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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.

I also used

You will also need an image that you want to frame.

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 up the image that you wish to use.  On keyboard, click Shift + D to duplicate.  Minimize the original for later use.

2.  If necessary, resize your image so that the biggest dimension is no more than 400 pixels.

3.  In the Layer Palette, right-click on the layer and choose Duplicate. 

4.  Hide the top layer by clicking on the eye, then click on the bottom layer to activate.

5.  In top menu, click on Effects > Plugins > Xero > Fritillary.  Apply these settings:  Granularity = 9, aggression = 96, tessellation = 57, variation = 88.

6.  Click on the top layer to activate, and UN hide the layer by clicking on the red X.

7.  Resize the layer.  Click Image > Resize.  Resize to 80%.  Be sure that Resize All Layers is UNchecked.

8.  Choose the magic wand, and click on the space outside the top layer to select it.

9.  In top menu, click Selections > Invert.

10.  In top menu, click Selections > Modify > contract Selection.  contract by 10.

11.  In top menu, click Selections >  Modify > Feather.  Number of pixels = 10.

12.  In top menu, click Selections > Invert.  Press DELETE on the keyboard.

13.  In top menu, click Layers > Merge > Merge all (flatten)

14.  In top menu, click Image > Add border.  Set border color to a color not found in your mosaic, and set size  to symmetric = 3.

15.  With the magic wand, click on the border, and flood-fill the border with a gold gradient.

16.  Set your foreground color to Texture, and choose the minimized original picture.  Set the Scale = 30.

17.  In top menu, click Image > Add Borders.  Set border color = white.  Set size = 20.

18.  With the magic wand, click on the white border, and flood-fill with the image texture.

19.  While the border is still selected, in top menu, click Effects > Plugins > Simple > Diamond.

20.  In top menu, click Effects > Plugins > Xero > Porcelain.  Click the reset button, to apply the default settings.

21.  Apply the Porcelain plugin a second time.

22.  In top menu, click Image > Add Border.  Set border color to white, size = 5.

23.  With magic wand, select the white border and flood-fill with the gold gradient.

24.  Save the image as a .jpg. 

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