Cathy's Corner Basic Frame Tutorial


(Click on the above graphic for an 
explanation of the FBN skill ratings.)

Open a new image 800 x 1000
16 million colors, transparent background.

Save your file as: basic_frame_tall.psp.  Once you've saved your image, you can simply hit Ctrl+S to save periodically throughout the tutorial.

Flood fill with white.
Double click selection tool and enter the following:
Left: 20; Right: 780
Top: 20; Bottom: 980
click OK
Flood fill with black

Double click selection tool and enter the following:
Left: 30; Right: 770
Top: 30; Bottom: 970
Click OK
Flood fill with white

Double click selection tool and enter the following:
Left: 50; Right: 750
Top: 50; Bottom: 950
Click OK
Flood fill with black

Double click selection tool and enter the following:
Left: 60; Right: 740
Top: 60; Bottom: 940
Click OK
Flood fill with white

Double click selection tool and enter the following:
Left: 80; Right: 720
Top: 80; Bottom: 920
Click OK
Hit delete (you will have an open, transparent area in the center of your image).

Double click selection tool and enter the following:
Left: 0; Right: 800
Top: 30; Bottom: 50
Click OK
Food fill with white

Double click selection tool and enter the following:
Left: 0; Right: 800
Top: 60; Bottom: 80
Click OK
Flood fill with white

Double click selection tool and enter the following:
Left: 0; Right: 800
Top: 920; Bottom: 940
Click OK
Flood fill with white

Double click selection tool and enter the following:
Left: 0; Right: 800
Top: 950; Bottom: 970
Click OK
Flood fill with white

Double click selection tool and enter the following:
Left: 30; Right: 50
Top: 0; Bottom: 1000
Click OK
Flood fill with white

Double click selection tool and enter the following:
Left: 60; Right: 80
Top: 0; Bottom: 1000
Click OK
Flood fill with white

Double click selection tool and enter the following:
Left: 720; Right: 740
Top: 0; Bottom: 1000
Click OK
Flood fill with white

Double click selection tool and enter the following:
Left: 750; Right: 770
Top: 0; Bottom: 1000
Click OK
Flood fill with white

When you're finished with all this selection and flood filling, you should end up with this:

With your selection tool set at:
Match mode: RGB value
Tolerance: 10
Feather: 0
click on the white area and save this selection to alpha channel (Selections/Save to Alpha Channel; click OK in both of the next screens.) This will be Selection #1.
Select none. 

With your selection tool, click in the center (transparent)
area of your image. Save this selection to the Alpha  Channel the same way you saved the first selection. This will be Selection #2.

Select none.

Save your image. This will be your basic frame for future use. Copy this image and close the original.

Selections/Load from Alpha Channel: click on Selection #2 and choose OK. Invert selection and flood fill with the color, pattern or gradient of your choice.

Selections/Load from Alpha Channel: click on Selection #1 and choose OK. Apply an Inner Bevel with the following settings:


You can also apply a Drop Shadow with the following 
settings, although this step is optional:

If you apply a drop shadow, load Selection #2 from your Alpha Channel and hit your delete key to get rid of the shadow inside your frame.

To save as a picture frame, browse to your Paint Shop Pro directory and open your Frames folder. Save as a Paint Shop Pro file type, but CHANGE THE EXTENSION TO pfr. 

If you do not have the extension pfr associated with Paint Shop Pro images, you'll need to add it to save images for use as Picture Frames.

To associate a new extension with Paint Shop Pro files, go to File/Preferences/File Format Associations. Scroll down and highlight Paint Shop Pro Image, then click on Extensions. In the Extensions box, click on Add. In the Define File Extension box, type in pfr and click on OK.

*** You have to manually type this extension (pfr) when saving your picture frames.

If you need a wide frame, open your basic_frame_tall.psp and rotate your image 90 degrees, then save as basic_frame_wide.psp.

You can play with your fills to get numerous effects. 
Try combining different fills: 
1. Use white for your first fill
2. Add a new layer
3. Load Selection #1
4. Flood fill with a different color, a gradient or  pattern and proceed with the tutorial.
5. After applying the inner bevel and/or drop shadow, merge visible layers.

Use your imagination and have fun with it. Try adding a tube in a corner, or perhaps a dingbat. Remember, this tutorial was for a "basic" frame - it's up to you to make it your own!!  Here are some samples I made, all resized by 25%.

Frame 1

Frame 2

Frame 3

Frame 4

Here is the original frame I made, 
since I couldn't find one that I liked for 
my new granddaughter's picture:

Isn't she a cutie??? 

 

And here's another sample:

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