Brush Strokes Frame #2

Brush Strokes Frame #2

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Created April 30, 2002 Copyright SuzShook
Made "Version-Independent" March 2009
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Continuing on my quest to explore some of the built-in effects of Paint Shop Pro, I fell in love with the brush strokes effect! It makes such wonderful frames! Here's the second I've created using this effect! Have fun!

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.

  • An image to frame.

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

Remember to save often!

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Open the image you have chosen to frame. Resize to 250 pixels on the longest side. Add a 15-pixel border using a medium color from your image - I used #8D7163. Select this border and apply a Brush Strokes effect using the Impasto preset. Just in case you don't have this preset, here are the settings:

impasto preset
Softness (80), Bristles (256), Width (3), Opacity (50),
Length (20), Density (12), Angle (101), Color (#A6937E)

Apply an Inner Bevel effect using the following settings:

inner bevel panel
Bevel (#2), Width (4), Smoothness (20), Depth (4), Ambience (0),
Shininess (13), Color (white), Angle (315), Intensity (50), Elevation (30)

Invert this selection and apply a Cutout Effect using the following settings:

Vertical offset (0),
Horizontal offset (0),
Shadow color (black),
Opacity (89),
Blur (26.3)

Deselect and SAVE!


Add a 20-pixel border using a darker shade of the same color you used in Step 1 - I used #54443C. Select this border and apply the same Brush Strokes effect as in Step 1.

Invert the selection and apply a Drop Shadow effect with the following settings:

Vertical offset (9),
Horizontal offset (9),
Opacity (80),
Blur (8.6),
Shadow color (black)

Re-apply the drop shadow, changing only the Vertical offset to minus 9.

Re-apply the drop shadow, changing only the Horizontal offset to minus 9 (leave the Vertical offset as minus 9).

Re-apply the drop shadow, changing the Vertical offset back to 9 (leave the Horizontal offset as minus 9).

Deselect and SAVE!


Add a 15-pixel border using the original medium color. Select this border and apply the same Brush Strokes and Inner Bevel effects as in Step 1.

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 - I used Unsharp Mask, with Radius = 2.00, Strength = 50, and Clipping = 5!

Here's another frame I made - the photo is of the tall ships in the Camden, Maine harbor:

Brush Strokes Frame #2

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.


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