Cathy's Corner Basic Frame Tutorial


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

For this tutorial you will need:
1. Jasc Paint Shop Pro (I used PSP7, but PSP6 should work fine)
2. Plug in filters of your choice (I used EyeCandy4000 and Ulead Art Texture)
3. Any image you'd like to use in your frame 
(you can pick this out when your frame is done, if you'd like)
4. A beverage of your choice, though alcohol is not recommended
5. Any snack, providing it's a new package (this could take a while)
6. Patience, patience, patience...

As with all my tutorials, I use a lot of screen shots, which makes them graphic intensive.  Please be patient and allow the page time to load.  (If you have problems seeing my graphics, you may have to reload the page.)

Ready? Okay, let's get started...

PART I

1. Open a new image 600 pixels x 600 pixels, 16 million colors, transparent background.

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

3. Flood fill Layer1 with black to make it easier to see the white we will be adding to the next layer. 

4. Add a new layer, by clicking on the top left button in your layer palette:

Make sure Layer 2 is your active layer.

5. Double click on your selection tool and enter the following numbers:
Left: 5; Right: 595
Top: 5; Bottom: 595
click OK
Flood fill with white

6. Double click on your selection tool and enter the following numbers:
Left: 10; Right: 590
Top: 10; Bottom: 590
click OK
Hit delete

7. Double click on your selection tool and enter the following numbers:
Left: 35; Right: 565
Top: 35; Bottom: 565
click OK
Flood fill with white

8. Double click on your selection tool and enter the following numbers:
Left: 40; Right: 560
Top: 40; Bottom: 560
click OK
Hit delete

9. Double click on your selection tool and enter the following numbers:
Left: 65; Right: 535
Top: 65; Bottom: 535
click OK
Flood fill with white

10. Double click on your selection tool and enter the following numbers:
Left: 70; Right: 530
Top: 70; Bottom: 530
click OK
Hit delete

11. Double click on your selection tool and enter the following numbers:
Left: 95; Right: 505
Top: 95; Bottom: 505
click OK
Flood fill with white

12. Double click on your selection tool and enter the following numbers:
Left: 100; Right: 500
Top: 100; Bottom: 500
click OK
Hit delete

13. Double click on your selection tool and enter the following numbers:
Left: 125; Right: 475
Top: 125; Bottom: 475
click OK
Flood fill with white

14. Double click on your selection tool and enter the following numbers:
Left: 130; Right: 470
Top: 130; Bottom: 470
click OK
Hit delete

15. Double click on your selection tool and enter the following numbers:
Left: 155; Right: 445
Top: 155; Bottom: 445
click OK
Flood fill with white

16. Double click on your selection tool and enter the following numbers:
Left: 160; Right: 440
Top: 160; Bottom: 440
click OK
Hit delete

17. Double click on your selection tool and enter the following numbers:
Left: 185; Right: 415
Top: 185; Bottom: 415
click OK
Flood fill with white

19. Double click on your selection tool and enter the following numbers:
Left: 190; Right: 410
Top: 190; Bottom: 410
click OK
Hit delete

Deselect (Ctrl +D)

Save your image (Ctrl+S)


When you're finished with all this selecting, contracting, flood filling, and deleting, you should end up with seven white squares on your image.  Below is a screen shot of just my upper left corner:

20. Right click on Layer2 in your Layer Palette and choose Duplicate.  Your new layer (Copy of Layer2), should be your active layer.

21. Rotate this layer by going to Image/Rotate and using the following settings (make sure All Layers IS NOT CHECKED!):

You should now have this:

Save your image (Ctrl+S)

To avoid confusion, rename Layer2 to "squares" and Copy of Layer2 to "diamonds".

22. Let's crop our image: this will make our image smaller and remove the two outer squares.

23. Double click on your Crop tool and enter the following settings and click OK:

24. In your tool options window, click Crop Image:

Now we're ready to apply some filters to our "square" and "diamond" layers.  

On to PART II


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