Title: Self-Framed Image

Software: Corel PaintShop Pro X7 -- Current

Author: Leenie Guldager

Home Page: Gold Acres Designs

Skill Level: Beginner

Materials Needed:

  • A photo of your own, or download one of these. A Landscape works best. One  Two  Three  Four

  • Description:
    Take any photo or image and create a great looking self frame with the center of the image highlighted. This technique works best with images having an obvious horizon line as many landscapes do. Click on the example above to see it full sized.


    PaintShop Pro has multiple workspaces and modes. What you use will depend on your version of PSP. If you are using PSP 2018, you should select the Complete workspace and the Edit mode. For older versions, select the Edit mode.

    Frame One

    1. Open your photo and duplicate it (Shift+D). Close your Original image.

    2. Size is important for this frame to work, so resize to 600 pixels on the longest side.

    3. Now duplicate again and minimize one image.

    4. Go to Image Add Borders and use the following settings:
      • Symmetric = Checked
      • Size = 5
      • Color = Use the Dropper Tool to select a nice dark color from your image.
      • Click OK.

    5. Use the Magic Wand set up as follows to select the newly added border:

      • Mode = Replace
      • Match Mode = Color
      • Tolerance = 20 (may need to be adjusted depending on your image)
      • Use all Layers = Unchecked
      • Contiguous = Checked

    6. Do NOT deselect yet.

    7. Go to Effects Texture Effects Blinds. Set up as follows:
      • Width = 5
      • Opacity = 33
      • Color = Light Grey (#c0c0c0)
      • Horizontal = Unchecked
      • Light from left/top = Unchecked

    8. Click Ok.

    9. Right click on the Layers palette and Promote selection to layer.

    10. Repeat the Blinds but put a Check in Horizontal. This will put a texture all around your border.

    11. Deselect (Ctrl+D) and Duplicate (Shift+D) this image (not the Layer, the image) and minimize the copy.

    Frame Two

    1. With your active copy, click on the "add new Layer" icon and add a new Raster Layer. Reduce the Opacity to 50.

    2. Use the Flood fill tool to fill this layer with White.

    3. Go to Effects Texture Effects Blinds. Also with the same settings as the white layer.

    4. Resize to 500 pixels wide.

    5. Go to Edit Copy. Close this image without saving.

    6. Restore the image you added the dark border to, and go to Edit Paste as New Layer. Your smaller image is now perfectly centered over the larger one. Right click any layer and Merge Visible.

    Frame Three

    1. In your Layers palette add a new raster layer.

    2. Turn your Rulers on by going to View Rulers.

    3. Click and hold on the top ruler, then drag your cursor down to 100 to place a guideline on your image.

    4. Repeat but go down to 350.

    5. Now go to the Left ruler and drag out two more lines. One at 100 and the other at 500.

      You should have four guidelines. Your image should look something like this. If you are using your own image, you may need to adjust them a bit to get them equally placed.

    6. Select the Preset Shapes tool and choose the Rectangle from the Shapes Library. Set the options as follows:
      Retain style = Unchecked
      Anti-alias = Checked
      Create as Vector = Unchecked
      Width = 9

    7. In your Materials Properties make your Background Color transparent then click in the Foreground Color.

    8. Choose the Pattern Tab and then select the unaltered image. You will find it at the top of the drop-list. Do not choose the image you are working on. Then click Ok.

    9. Draw a rectangle inside that center area outlined by the Blue Guidelines. It will be automatically filled with the image you chose as a pattern.

    10. Go to Objects Align Center in Canvas.

    11. Go to Effects 3D Effects Inner Bevel and set up as follows:
      Bevel = #2
      Width = 10
      Smoothness = 15
      Depth = 3
      Ambience = 15
      Shininess = 5
      Angle = 315
      Intensity = 50
      Elevation = 30
      Color = Pick a medium to light one from your image using the Dropper tool .

    12. Click OK.

    13. Click on any layer and Merge visible and minimize.

    Adding The Highlighted Center

    1. Restore the other image.

    2. Using your Rulers drag out two Blue Guidelines. The Horizontal at 200 and the Vertical at 300. Or what you need to create a center point in your image.

    3. Activate your Selection Tool and set the options as shown below:
      Selection type = Ellipse
      Mode = Replace
      Feather = 20
      Anti-alias = Checked

    4. Center your cursor over the crossed guidelines and draw out an elliptical selection that is as even on all sides as you can make it. When the selection looks right, release the mouse button. Your cursor will change to crosshairs. If you need to reposition the ellipse, right click inside of the selection and hold down the mouse button while you move the selection. Take care NOT to left-click as that will cut the elliptical selection out of the image.

    5. Go to Edit Copy.

    6. Close this image without saving and restore the frames image.

    7. Go to Edit Paste as New Layer.

    8. Your pasted center will be perfectly centered on your canvas. You may need to adjust this part so that you get the line of the horizon in your image to line up somewhat with the pasted image. It won't line up perfectly because the sizes are not the same. The blurred edges of the ellipse should extend slightly over parts of the last inner frame you made. But it should not be too big. You might want to resize just slightly with the Pick Tool.

  • Go to Layers New Raster Layer and apply your watermark if you choose to.

  • Go to File Export, select PNG Optimizer and save your image.

  • This tutorial was inspired by Birgit's Framed Apples written for PhotoImpact with her permission.

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