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You may print this out for your own personal use, but please do not rewrite, translate, e-mail out, offer any part of this on any other site, add to a CD, or claim this as your own. Your finished result is yours to do with as you please, including making tags and/or snags for others. You may offer your results wherever you wish, but you may not sell for profit. This tutorial was written by timber on April 24, 2009.

I wrote this tutorial using PSP8.  To complete this tutorial you should have a comfortable working knowledge of the Tools, Materials and Layer palettes, as well as the Menu options and working with plugin filters.

For this tutorial, you will need:

Paint Shop Pro
Penta Jeans Filter (Garbage Collections)

Here are a few example frames to show you how this technique looks when using a solid color, a gradient, or a pattern as the fill for the frame (the second pattern example has been blurred before applying the Jeans filter).


1.  I`m going to assume that you will be adding this frame to an already existing image inside the borders of the canvas.

Add a new raster layer and name it "Frame".
Layers>New Raster Layer

Move this layer to the top of the Layer palette.
Layers>Arrange>Bring to Top
2.  Select all.
Selections>Select All
3.  Load the Flood Fill Tool and fill the selection with your material (solid color, gradient, or pattern).  For my example I will be using the Foreground-Background Gradient (Angle=45, Repeats=2, Invert unchecked, Style=Linear).  My foreground color is a light green, and my background color is a dark green. Normally I would choose these two colors from a tube or other image on my canvas.
4.  Apply the Penta Jeans filter with these settings. These are the settings that I have used for all of my examples but you may adjust these settings as you like.

5.  Contract the selection by 5 pixels.
6.  Invert the selection.
7.  Fill the selection with the same material that you used in step #3.
8.  Mirror the selection
9.  Apply the same Jeans settings from step #4.
10.  Mirror the selection.
11.  Select none.
Selections>Select None
12.  Sharpen.

Sharpen a second time.
13.  Select all.
14.  Contract the selection by 11 pixels.
15.  Delete the selection.

Note: If you only want the herringbone pattern as your frame, then you can stop here and deselect.  Otherwise, keep the selection active and continue.
16.  Fill the selection with white (color=#FFFFFF).
17.  Contract the selection by 2 pixels.
18.  Delete the selection.
19.  On your Flood Fill Tool, reduce the opacity to 50.  This allows the image below to show through a bit.

Fill the selection with black (color=#000000) or another very dark color of your choice.

20.  Contract the selection by 2 pixels.
21.  Delete the selection.
Create the Frame Shadow
22.  Add a new raster layer and name it "Shadow".
23.  Fill the selection with the same color and tool settings from step #19.
24.  Contract the selection by 2 pixels.
Note: If you`re creating a frame on a small canvas like my example frames, then contract by 1 pixel (rather than 2).
25.  Delete the selection.
26.  Select none.
27.  Move the Shadow layer down below the Frame layer.
Layers>Arrange>Move Down
28.  Apply a gaussian blur of radius=2 (or 3).  Set the radius to whatever you think looks best.
Adjust>Blur>Gaussian Blur
Tag Examples
I have used this frame technique on this tag below using the foreground-background gradient as explained in the tutorial.

For this tag, I`ve used the background image as a pattern. Instead of using the Flood Fill tool to fill the selections in steps #3 and #7, I`ve copied the selection from the background image layer and then pasted it into the selection on the Frame layer.

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