Quick & Easy BarCode Frame

BarCode Frame

Created July 22, 2002 Copyright SuzShook
Made "Version-Independent" March 2009
Property of SuzShook

This tutorial is my own creation;
however, most of the techniques used in this tutorial, I have learned from others!
Therefore, if you recognize any contribution you have made, I thank you!
And I thank you as well for respecting this as my work by not posting it,
in whole or in part,
in any other location without written permission from me!

Individuals and PSP graphics groups are invited to share my tutorials with others with TEXT LINKS ONLY.
You can e-mail me to let me know you are adding one or more of my tutorials to your list if you like -
it's always fun to know who is doing them!

This is a really simple frame to make that lends a stunning effect to your photos!

I make my tutorials as brief as possible, without the customary paths, details, and how-to's. For those veterans among you, this will be welcome! But for those less familiar with PSP, I included a "Glossary" that contains all the details omitted in the tutorial. If you need a little extra help, check the Glossary section. Just click on the button below - the Glossary will open in a new window.

PSP glossary button

This tutorial assumes you have a working knowledge of Paint Shop Pro at the intermediate level (or advanced beginner level with the Glossary). It was originally written in and for PSP Version 7, then revised for PSP 8, and now made "version-independent". Screen shots for this tutorial can come from any version of PSP - where there are significant differences from version to version, a green "Version Note" will be included, along with multiple screen shots if necessary.

Where a note/tip refers to a version of PSP and all higher versions, a + sign will be used to indicate this. For example, if a note/tip applies to PSP X and higher versions, I will use the convention "PSP X+".

If you try this tutorial, and find something is inaccurate for your version of PSP, please EMAIL ME to let me know so I can fix it!

Screen shots in this tutorial are resized - your work will be larger than this!

Supplies - For this tutorial, you will need the following:
  • Paint Shop Pro - any version. The latest version of PSP can be found at the Corel site HERE.

  • Sabercat Saber's BarCode filter - you can get it HERE.  ~ ~ Unzip into your Plugins folder.

  • Dee's gold fold pattern (D_gold fold) - if you don't already have it, you can get it HERE. ~ ~ Unzip into your Patterns folder.

~     ~     ~     ~     ~     ~     ~     ~     ~     ~

Ok, now we're ready to begin! Grab your mouse and let's get started!

Remember to save often!

~     ~     ~     ~     ~     ~     ~     ~     ~     ~


Open the image you have chosen to frame, duplicate it, and close the original so you will have it to use again! In this tutorial, we will be adding 62 pixels to both length and width of the image, so you may want to resize your image before proceeding. I resized my image to 288 pixels on the longest side so the finished image would be suitable for group submission. Sharpen as needed.


Set the Foreground Material to pattern, selecting the D-gold fold pattern with Scale = 100 and Angle = 0. Add a 3-pixel border, using a color not in your image for the border. Select the border, and flood fill with the Foreground pattern.

Apply an Inner Bevel effect with the following settings:

inner bevel
Bevel (#2), Width (8), Smoothness (40), Depth (16), Ambience (-27),
Shininess (37), Color (white), Angle (135), Intensity (31), Elevation (88)

Invert the selection and apply a Cutout effect with the following settings:

Vertical offset (0)
Horizontal offset (0)
Opacity (82)
Blur (41.3)
Shadow color(Black)

Deselect and SAVE!


Add a symmetric 25-pixel border. Select the border and apply Sabercat Saber's BarCode filter using the default setting, or any setting you like. I used 24 for the title image, and the default setting for the last image.

Apply an Inner Bevel effect with the following settings:

inner bevel
Bevel (#1), Width (8), Smoothness (17), Depth (5), Ambience (-19),
Shininess (8), Color (white), Angle (315), Intensity (51), Elevation (32)

Re-apply the Inner Bevel with angle changed to 135 degrees.

Deselect and SAVE!


Add a 3-pixel symmetric border. Flood fill with the D_Gold Fold pattern and apply the same Inner Bevel as in Step 2 above.

And that's it! Now all you need to do is watermark and save!

Don't forget to sharpen your image if you resize it at this point.

Here's another frame I made:

BarCode Frame

Hope you have enjoyed this tutorial as much as I did creating it!

If you have any problems, comments, or questions, please do not hesitate to Email me.


Version Independent Tutorials ~ About Me ~ Home ~ Email

All graphics and content 2002-present by SuzShook