Swirly-Jig Frame

Swirly-Jig Frame Sample

Created April 17, 2002 © Copyright SuzShook
Made "Version-Independent" March 2009
Property of SuzShook

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Another frame tutorial! I was inspired for this tutorial while "experimenting" with my new Eye Candy 4000 software! Then I reproduced the effects using Eye Candy 3, which is available FREE, so everyone can enjoy this frame! It's really a very simple frame that picks up the colors from your image, and has an interesting "glassy" look to 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.




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.

  • Eye Candy 3 - you can get if HERE. ~ ~ Unzip into your Plugins folder.

  • The image below, or an image of your choosing. ~ ~ Right click on the image and save into the folder where you keep your current PSP work.

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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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STEP 1

Open the image you wish to frame, duplicate it, and close the original.

Set your Foreground Material to Pattern. Left-click on the pattern swatch to display the Material dialog box, with the Pattern tab active. Set the Angle to 53 and the Scale to 68. Left-click on the pattern in the window, scroll to the top of the display, and left-click on your image. Click OK.

If you are going to need to resize your image, it's a good idea to do so before you start. To get a final image that is no more than 350 pixels on the longest side, resize your image to not more than 284 pixels on the longest side. Be sure to sharpen your image if you resize.


STEP 2

Add a Symmetric border of 5 pixels to your image using a dark color from the image - I used #2C4038. Using the MAGIC WAND tool magic wand tool, select this border, and apply the Eye Candy 3 Swirl filter using the 90-degree Twist preset:

EC 3.1 Swirl settings
Whirlpool Spacing (100), Smear Length (15), Twist (90), Streak Detail (50)

Add a slight Inner Bevel effect to the frame using these settings:

inner bevel settings
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 these settings:

Vertical offset (10),
Horizontal offset (10),
Shadow color (black),
Opacity (66),
Blur (46.3)

Re-apply the Cutout, changing both the Vertical and Horizontal offsets to negative values (-10).

Deselect and save.


STEP 3

Add a Symmetric white border of 25 pixels, select the border, and FLOOD FILL flood_fill tool with your pattern. KEEP SELECTED.

Apply the Eye Candy 3 Swirl filter with the same settings as above - these settings should still be present on the Swirl filter screen, as the last settings are retained.

Apply the Eye Candy 3 Jiggle filter using the Extreme Jitter preset - now you see where I got the name for this frame:

EC 3.1 Jiggle settings
Bubble Size (13), Warp Amount (63), Twist (59), Movement Type (Turbulence)

Apply the Eye Candy 3 Jiggle filter again, with the same settings.

Deselect and save.


STEP 4

Add a Symmetric border of 8 pixels, using the same dark color you selected above in Step 2. Select the border and apply the Eye Candy 3 Swirl filter with the same settings as above.

Apply an Inner Bevel with the same settings as above.

Add a Drop Shadow with the following settings:

Vertical offset (4),
Horizontal offset (4),
Opacity (71),
Blur (12.3),
Shadow color (black)

Re-apply the Drop Shadow, changing both the Vertical and Horizontal offsets to negative values (-4).

Deselect, watermark, save and you're done!

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


Here's another Swirly-Jig frame I created using a sunset photo:

sunset on Cadillac Mountain
Sunset on Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park


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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