Triple Chisel Frame

Triple Chisel Frame

I wish to thank Marty Bell and Marty Bell Fine Art, Inc.
for permission to use Marty Bell images in my tutorials.
The above image, "Homeward Bound",
and all Marty Bell images, are copyrighted
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Created May 13, 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!

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Still loving those frames, and exploring Paint Shop Pro built-in Effects! I was inspired to do this tutorial by one of Julie's tutorials that I recently tested - it uses the 3D Chisel effect, along with layers and lots of selecting and modifying selections! 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, duplicate, and close the original. Resize to not more than 350 pixels on the longest side. Sharpen as needed.

Set the Background Material to color, and choose a color from your image - not too dark, as the Chisel effect tends to darken the color you use. For my image, I used #684121.

If you wish to use a pattern or a gradient for your Chisel borders, set your Foreground Material to this pattern or gradient. For the image at the end of this tutorial, I used one of Nanson's wonderful gradients called Moss - you can find this gradient, and all Nanson's gradients HERE.

On your image, select all and copy the selection to place a copy of the image on the clipboard. Contract the selection by 35 pixels and paste the copied image into the selection. Invert the selection, and apply a Gaussian Blur with Radius of 4.00:

image - step 1

Deselect and SAVE!

Select all.


Add a new layer. FLOOD FILL flood fill tool with your background color, or your foreground pattern or gradient, whichever method you have chosen. Contract the selection by 6 pixels and press the DELETE key. Apply the Chisel effect with Size = 4 and the Solid color radio button enabled. In the color swatch box, use the same color you used in the Background Material box.

image - step 2
Note: If you wish the chiseled area to be transparent, select Transparent in the Chisel Effect dialog box rather than Solid color. See the image at the end of this tutorial for an example of the transparent chisel effect.

Keep selected and SAVE!


Contract the selection by 10. Repeat Step 2.

image - step 3

Keep selected and SAVE!


Contract the selection by 10. Repeat Step 2.

Apply a Cutout effect with the following settings:

cutout settings
Vertical offset (0), Horizontal offset (0), Shadow color (black), Opacity (89), Blur (36.3)

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

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

Here's another frame using a photo of some chive blossoms from my back yard. For this one I used the Moss gradient in the Foreground Material box (Angle = 45 and Repeats = 5), #D8FCE2 in the color box of the Chisel effect dialog, and the Transparent radio button enabled:

Triple Chisel 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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