Ripple Ribbon Frame

Ripple Ribbon Frame

Created May 10, 2002 © Copyright SuzShook
Made "Version-Independent" March 2009
Updated: January 2012
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While continuing to explore the Effects built in to Paint Shop Pro, I came up with several ideas, including the one for this frame, which uses the Colored Edges Artistic Effect and the Geometric Ripple Effect. Hope you enjoy it!

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.

  • The image below, or an image of your choosing. ~ ~ Click on the image to get a larger version - right click on the larger image and save into the folder where you keep your current PSP work.
  • yellow-orange flower

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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, duplicate it, and close the original so you will have it to use again. Resize the active image to not more than 350 pixels on the longest side. Sharpen as needed.

Set the Foreground style to "Pattern", using your image as the pattern, with Angle = 45, and Scale somewhere around 50%, depending on the size of the individual components in the image - I used 28% for this image, as the major component was very large.

Set the Background style to "Color", and choose a contrasting color from your image - I chose #F7A048. Remember this color, as it will be used for some borders, and in the Colored Edges effect later.


Add a symmetric 3-pixel border, using the background color. Select the border, invert the selection, and apply a Cutout effect with the following settings:

Vertical offset (0),
Horizontal offset (0),
Shadow color (black),
Opacity (59),
Blur (37.5)

Deselect and SAVE!


Add a symmetric 30-pixel border, using white, or any color not present in the image. Select the border and flood fill with the foreground pattern. Apply the Colored Edges Artistic effect with the following settings (the color used for this effect is the same as the background color chosen in Step 1 above):

Luminance (51),
Blur (7),
Color (same as background color),
Intensity (5)

Apply the Fine Leather Texture effect, using the "Small Cracks" preset. In case your version of PSP does not have this preset, use any preset/settings which give you a pleasing result, like the "Small and Spread" preset in later versions of PSP. Here are the settings for the "Small Cracks" preset:

Color (black)
Angle (239)
Blur (10)
Transparency (250)
# of furrows (139)
Length of furrows (6)

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

Vertical offset (0),
Horizontal offset (0),
Blur (21),
Opacity (88),
Shadow color (black)

Deselect and SAVE!


Repeat Step 2


Add a new layer. Select all and contract the selection by 15 pixels. On the new layer, flood fill with the background color:

step 5 image

Contract the selection by 3 pixels, and hit the DELETE key:

step 5 image

Deselect and save.


Apply the Ripple Distortion effect with the following settings:

Horizontal center offset (50),
Vertical center offset (50),
Amplitude (10),
Wavelength (36),
Edge mode (Repeat)

Apply a Drop Shadow with the same settings as above.

Apply an Inner Bevel effect with the following settings:

inner bevel
Bevel (1st one, top row), Width (18), Smoothness (8), Depth (46), Ambience (-40),
Shininess (0), Color (white), Angle (0), Intensity (60), Elevation (90)

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

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

Here's another frame I made using a lighter image:

Ripple Ribbon 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.


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