Software: Corel PaintShop Pro X5

Author: Leenie Guldager

Skill Level: Beginner

Materials Needed:

  • Supplies Bundle which contains several photos appropriate for this project.
  • Description:
    Create a beautiful woven frame with part of your framed image popping out! All done with tools inside PaintShop Pro.

    Preparation   &   Modes

    PaintShop Pro has three work modes. They are: Manage, Adjust and Edit.
    You will be using the Edit mode for this tutorial.

    1. Download the supplies and unzip. Place these images in your BW Projects folder named for this project. Or you may use a photo of your own. This effect doesn't work well with dark images, so choose something bright if you are using a photo of your own.

    2. Open your image and resize it so that its no more than 600 pixels on it's longest side. If you are using your own photo, don't make it bigger than it already is or it may become distorted.

    3. Duplicate this photo twice by holding your Shift key and tapping D twice. Now close your original image without saving it so that it remains unchanged. They will be referred to as copy 1 and copy 2. Minimize one of your copies which will now be called copy2 (Parts of this image will be removed later on). You may find it easier to use the Zoom tool to make your work larger while you do some parts of this tutorial. You can find it included with the Pan tool.

    4. With copy1 active go to Effects Texture Effects Weave and set up as follows:
      Gap size = 1
      Width = 20
      Opacity = 100
      Weave & Gap Color = Black
      Fill Gaps = Checked

      Minimize copy 1.

    Creating the center of the frame

    1. Using copy 2 go to your Selection tool and choose Ellipse under Selection type.

    2. Go to View Rulers if you don't already have them turned on.

    3. Using the Rulers find the approximate center of your image. Click and drag toward any corner. Don't get too close to the sides, you need room for the frame. Don't worry about getting all of the central focus of your image inside the ellipse. We will get the rest later. Because the Ellipse draws from the center out you may not get it centered. If you don't just click on the Edit Selection icon in your Layers palette, then you can move the selection where you want it.

    4. Go to Edit Copy. Minimize copy 2.

    5. With copy 1 (the woven one) go to Edit Paste as New Layer. Your Selection is now centered on your woven image. You will need to do some adjusting here. Use the Move tool to position the pasted image until it lines up with your woven image beneath. You won't be able to get it exact because of the woven effect. Just get it close. You can also use the arrow keys on your Keyboard. Don't worry if you can't make it match because when you add the parts that are outside the frame you won't notice the discrepancies. Lowering the Opacity on this layer temporarily can make this part easier. But do remember to put it back to 100% afterward.

    6. In your Layers Palette right click on this layer and name it center.

    7. Go to Effects 3D Effects Inner Bevel and set up as follows:
      Bevel = 3
      Width = 2
      Image Smoothness = 26
      Depth = 5
      Ambience = 30
      Shininess = 24
      Light Color = White
      Angle = 180
      Intensity = 45
      Elevation = 25

      You may need to adjust the Elevation up or down to match the lightness of your image. Open copy 1 and compare if you aren't sure.

    8. Repeat the last step, but change the Angle to 0. The change here isn't big, but it defines the area of the frame better.

    Gathering The Extra Pieces

    1. Go back to copy 2. Your selected ellipse should still be active. Right click on the background layer in your Layers palette (should be the only layer there) and choose Promote selection to layer.

    2. Click where it says Normal then choose Hard light from the available blend modes. This will darken your ellipse. If it doesn't try a different blend mode until you get one that makes it lighter or darker but doesn't make it disappear.

      This will allow you to see what is outside the area you copied earlier while you select the parts you want to have appear outside of your frame.

    3. Go to Selections Select None to deselect the ellipse you made earlier.

    4. Activate your Freehand Selection tool . It's the middle one on the Selection tools fly-out.

      Set up as follows:
      Selection type = Point to point
      Mode = Replace
      Feather = 0
      Smoothing = 1
      Anti-alias = Checked
      Use all layers = Unchecked

    5. Click on your background layer in the Layers palette to make it active. Then on the image start inside the darker area where your ellipse is, and begin clicking around the shape you want to appear outside of the frame. If there's more than one area, only work on one at a time. Move the mouse short distances around the image until you have that area all selected. It's best to be slightly outside of the area rather than inside it. It doesn't have to be perfect. Then go back to where you started and double click to complete the selection. Using Zoom at this point can be very helpful.

    6. Go to Edit Copy.

    7. With copy 1 (the woven one) active go to Edit Paste as New Layer. Your Selection is now centered on your woven image. But that isn't where you need it. Select your Pick tool and move it close to where it should be. Then use the arrow keys on your keyboard to fine tune the location.

    8. Repeat this process (steps 5 - 7) until you have all the areas pasted as new layers that you want to have appearing outside of your frame. You don't want to do every part that extends beyond the elliptical area of your frame.

    9. If you have areas showing that have a bit more selected than you wanted you can use the Eraser tool to clean them up.

    10. Select the Eraser tool.. Keep the size of the eraser small and gently work around your selected pieces. If you erase too much right click and paint it back in or use Undo icon on your Standard Tool bar.

    11. When you are satisfied with your work, right click on any layer and choose Merge Visible.

    12. Add a new Raster Layer and apply your watermark.

    13. Export as a .jpg file.

      This tutorial was based on a tutorial written by Debbie Hardisty for PhotoImpact, with permission.

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