Pear Blossom Frame Tutorial

 

Welcome to the first tutorial I have ever written. It must have been in October 1999 or 2000

- so please bear with me :-)


For this tutorial you need:

Paint Shop Pro as of Version 7; you can get the latest PSP trial version here
Andrews 14 filters plug in -
you can get the original filters here or use my zipped version.

Unzip the plugin in your PSP plugin folder.


The pear blossom tube, which you can get here

Open your tube in PSP for later use.

Image: Pear blossom tree, below.
Right click and save the image to your own pc's hard disk - or use one of your own images, of course!
The outcome of this tutorial varies per image, however.

Pear blossom tree

 

Remember the Golden PSP Rule: Save your work often!  -

Here we go:

1. Open the  pear blossom image in Paint Shop Pro.

2. Go to Window - Duplicate and close your original image. We will work with the duplicated image (Image 1).

3. Go to Layers - promote to layer.

4. Set background color in light color from your image with the dropper
(I used: #6691BE) Set your foreground color to white (#FFFFFF)

5. Go to Image - add borders and add a symmetric border of 10 pixels

6. Select the border with Magic Wand -tolerance 0 - feather 0 - sample merged unchecked

7. Go to:  Effects - plug ins: Andrews 14 filter: Making ripples - standard
(default) settings



8. Go to: Selections - Invert
 

9. Go to:  Effects - 3D Effects:  Cutout - Horizontal and Vertical = 0  Opacity=100 Blur=11 - Fill interior with color unchecked.  Use black for your shadow color.

10. Selections - invert.
 

11.  Go to: Effects: 3D Effects: inner bevel. Under presets, click on the down arrow and choose the Metallic preset. Use the default settings.  Press OK.

12. Go to selections - select none..


Save your work.


13. Go to Image - add borders and add a symmetric border of 15 pixels
Select with Magic Wand, using the same background color you used for your first border.


14. Go to: Effects -  Plug ins: Andrews 14: Random flight. Use the default settings and press OK.


 

15. Go to: Selections - Invert

16. Go to: Effects - 3D Effects: Cut Out. Cutout settings: Horizontal & Vertical = 0  Opacity=100 Blur=4 Shadow Color: Black. Fill interior with color unchecked

17. Go to: Selections - invert
 

18. Effects - 3D Effects: inner bevel. Under presets, click on the down arrow and choose the Round preset. Use the default settings. Press OK.
 

19. Reverse your background and foreground color by pressing the little arrow, so that your background color is White (#FFFFFF).

Save your work

20. Go to Image - add borders and add a symmetric border of 25 pixels
 

21. Select your white border with the Magic Wand - Same settings.

22. Go to: Effects: Andrew 14 - Random Rough Edges, default settings. Deselect.

23. Switch your foreground and background color again, so that your background color is light blue again (#6691BE).

24. Go to Image - add borders and add a symmetric border of 15 pixels.

25. Select your border with the Magic Wand. Same settings.

26. Go to: Effects -  Plug ins: Andrews 14: Random flight. Use the default  settings and press OK.

27. Go to: Selections - Invert

28. Go to:  Effects - 3D Effects:  Cutout - Horizontal and Vertical = 0  Opacity=100 Blur=11 - Fill interior with color unchecked. Shadow color Black.

29. Selections - Select none.

Save your work

30. Go to: Layers - Add a new layer.

31. Click on your picture tube tool and look for your 'blossom' tube. Settings Scale: 50 - Step 200. Apply. Use your mover tool to  position your tube in the right hand corner of your frame - as shown on the image below:


 

32. Click on the layer palette. Select Layer 1. Duplicate.

33. Select Copy of Layer 1 -  go to: Image - Flip

34. Turn off the visibility of your background layer (see image/red cross)

35. Keep the copy of layer 1 selected. Right click - select: Merge Visible

36. Right click on the 'merged layer' - select: Duplicate

37. On the layer palette, make sure Copy of Merged is selected.

38. Image - Mirror

39. On your layer palette make your background layer visible again, by clicking on the red X.

40. On the layer palette: Merge All - Flatten

41. Go to: Image - Resize (to a size you feel comfortable with).

42. (Optional) Go to: Effects: Sharpen-Sharpen
 

Save your image.
Done!


P.S. - You can also add the blossom tube at an earlier stage, after step 18.
Then continue with step 30 (but place the tube as shown below).
 

Thank you for doing my tutorial. Hope you liked it!
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