PREPARATION

1. Launch Paint Shop Pro and open both tubes

2. Shift+D on each of the tubes to duplicate them

3. Close both original tubes

4. Minimize the non-misted tube

Choosing colors
Best if these blend with the misted background tube
Add each to the Swatch Palette as you choose it






5. Activate the Dropper Tool (E)

6. Left click a darker color in the misted background tube to set the Foreground and
Stroke Color in the Materials Palette

7. Right click a lighter shade of the color or another color that blends well with it to
set the Background and Fill Color in the Materials Palette

8. Set the Foreground and Stroke Properties to Gradient Settings:
Foreground-Background
Angle 45
Repeats 1
Invert is not checked
Style is linear

9. Set the Background and Fill Properties to Gradient Settings:
Foreground-Background
Angle
45
Repeats 9
Invert is not checked
Style is Radial
Horizontal: 50
Vertical: 50

Back to the misted background tube

10. Edit>Copy

11. Close the misted tube without saving changes

12. File>New Settings:
Width: 400 pixels
Height: 400 pixels
Raster Background is clicked
Color depth: 16 million colors
Transparent is checked

13. Activate the Flood Fill Tool (F) Settings:
Match mode: None
Use all layers is not checked
Blend mode: Normal
Opacity: 100

14. Right click the canvas to flood fill it with the background gradient

15. Effects>Plugins>Greg's Factory Output Vol II - Pool Shadow Settings:
All sliders at 50
except
Intensity 13
Lightness 151

16. Effects>Plugins>Toadies - Bitches Crystal Settings:
Facet Width 90
Facet Height 86

17. Shift+D to duplicate it

18. Minimize it

FRAME

Working with the maximized copy

1. Edit>Paste>Paste As New Layer
Should be the misted background tube

2. Resize as necessary and place it where you want it

3. Layers>Merge>Merge All (Flatten)

4. Image>Add Borders Settings:
1 pixel
Symmetric is checked
Color is black

5. Image>Add Borders Settings:
3 pixels
Color is any not in the previous border

6. Activate the Magic Wand Tool Settings:
Mode: Add (Shift)
Match mode: RGB Value
Tolerance: 20
Use all layers is not checked
Contiguous is checked
Feather: 0
Anti-alias is checked
Inside is selected

7. Select the border

8. Activate the Flood Fill Tool (F)

9. Left click the selection to flood fill it with the foreground gradient

10. Effects>Plugins>Filter Factory A - Pool Shadow Settings:
Control 1 133
Control 2 116
Control 3 119
Control 4 146
Control 5 139
Control 6 192
Shadow Intensity 36
Brightness 147

11. Selections>Select None

12. Image>Add Borders Settings:
1 pixel
Color is any not in the previous border

13. Activate the Magic Wand Tool

14. Select the border

15. Activate the Flood Fill Tool (F)

16. Right click the selection to flood fill it with the background gradient

17. Effects>Plugins>Filter Factory A - Pool Shadow

18. Adjust>Add/Remove Noise>Add Noise Settings:
Gaussian is clicked
35%
Monochrome is checked

19. Adjust>Sharpness>Sharpen

20. Selections>Select None

21. Image>Add Borders Settings:
3 pixels
Color is any not in the previous border

22. Activate the Magic Wand Tool

23. Select the border

24. Activate the Flood Fill Tool (F)

25. Left click the selection to flood fill it with the foreground gradient

26. Effects>Plugins>Filter Factory A - Pool Shadow

27. Image>Mirror

28. Selections>Select None

29. Image>Add Borders Settings:
1 pixel
Color is black

30. Image>Add Borders Settings:
30 pixels
Color is any not in the previous border

31. Activate the Magic Wand Tool

32. Select the border

33. Activate the Flood Fill Tool (F)

34. Right click the selection to flood fill it with the background gradient

35. Effects>Plugins>Filter Factory A - Pool Shadow

36. Selections>Invert

37. Effects>3D Effects>Drop Shadow Settings:
Vertical: 0
Horizontal: 0
Opacity: 100
Blur: 5
Color: black
Shadow on new layer is not checked

38. Selections>Select None

39. Image>Add Borders Settings:
1 pixel
Color is black

40. Image>Add Borders Settings:
25 pixels
Color is any not in the previous border

41. Activate the Magic Wand Tool

42. Select the border

43. Activate the Flood Fill Tool (F)

44. Left click the selection to flood fill it with the foreground color

45. Effects>Plugins>Filters Unlimited 2.0>Tile & Mirror - Kaleidoscope 1 Settings:
Divisions 15
Variations 33

46. Effects>Plugins>Toadies - Weaver Settings:
Cell Width 37
Cell Height 34
Cell Edges on/Off 222

47. Effects>Plugins>Filter Factory A - Pool Shadow

48. Effects>3D Effects>Cutout Settings:
Vertical: 0
Horizontal: 0
Opacity: 50
Blur: 8
Color: black
Fill with interior color is not checked

49. Selections>Select None

50. Image>Add Borders Settings:
1 pixel
Color is black

51. Image>Add Borders Settings:
20 pixels
Color is any not in the previous border

52. Activate the Magic Wand Tool

53. Select the border

54. Activate the Flood Fill Tool (F)

55. Maximize the copy of the bitches crystal image you made

56. Edit>Copy

Back to the frame

57. Edit>Paste>Paste Into Selection

58. Selections>Invert

59. Effects>3D Effects>Drop Shadow Settings:
Opacity: 40

60. Selections>Select None

61. Image>Add Borders Settings:
1 pixel
Color is black

62. Image>Add Borders Settings:
3 pixels
Color is any not in the previous border

63. Select the border

64. Flood fill with the foreground gradient

65. Effects>Plugins>Filter Factory A - Pool Shadow

66. Selections>Select None

67. Image>Add Borders Settings:
1 pixel
Color is any not in the previous border

68. Select the border

69. Flood fill with the background gradient

70. Effects>Plugins>Filter Factory A - Pool Shadow

71. Adjust>Add/Remove Noise>Add Noise

72. Adjust>Sharpness>Sharpen

73. Selections>Select None

74. Image>Add Borders Settings:
3 pixels
Color is any not in the previous border

75. Activate the Magic Wand Tool

76. Select the border

77. Activate the Flood Fill Tool (F)

78. Left click the selection to flood fill it with the foreground gradient

79. Effects>Plugins>Filter Factory A - Pool Shadow

80. Image>Mirror

81. Selections>Select None

82. Image>Add Borders Settings:
1 pixel
Color is black

SIDE BAR/BACKGROUND

Still working with the framed image

1. Custom Selection Settings:
Top 50
Left 0
Right 80
Bottom 350

2. Edit>Copy

3. Selections>Select None

4. Edit>Paste>Paste As New Image

5. Image>Canvas Size Settings:
Width: 160
Height: 300
Lock aspect ratio: not checked
Left center placement arrow is clicked

6. Layer>Duplicate

7. Image>Mirror

8. Layers>Merge>Merge Visible

9. Custom Selection Settings:
Top 0
Left 56
Right 104
Bottom 300

10. Activate the Flood Fill Tool (F)

11. Change the Foreground and Stroke Properties to Color

12. Left click the selection to flood fill it with the foreground color

13. Change the Foreground and Stroke Properties back to Gradient

14. Layers>New Raster Layer

15. Left click the selection to flood fill it with the foreground gradient

16. Effects>Plugins>Filter Factory A - Pool Shadow

17. Selections>Select None

18. Layers>Merge>Merge Visible

19. Activate the Raster Deform Tool (D) Settings:
Default

20. Push in on the right middle node until you get to the 4th little black border

21. Activate the Selection Tool (S) Settings:
Type: Rectangle
Mode: Add (Shift)
Feather: 0
Anti-alias is checked
Click the Create selection from: Layer opaque button

22. Image>Crop to Selection

23. Adjust>Sharpness>Sharpen

24. Image>Canvas Size Settings:
Width 2,400 or your preference
Height: Original Dimension shown
Lock aspect ratio: not checked
Left center placement arrow is clicked

25. Effects>3D Effects>Drop Shadow Settings:
Vertical: 3
Horizontal: 3
Opacity: 60
Blur: 5
Shadow on new layer is not checked

26. Effects>Image Effects>Seamless Tiling Settings:
Tiling Method Edge
Direction Vertical
Width (%): 50
Transition (%): 50

27. Close off this layer in the layer palette

28. Layers>New>Raster Layer

29. Layers>Arrange>Send To Bottom

30. Selections>Select All

31. Maximize the copy of the bitches crystal image we made

32. Edit>Copy

33. You can close this copy without saving changes

34. Edit>Paste>Paste Into Selection
On bottom layer of strip

35. Selections>Select None

36. Adjust>Blur>Gaussian Blur at 20

37. Effects>Plugins>Filter Factory A - Pool Shadow Settings:
Control 1 151
Control 2 208
Control 3 118
Control 4 146
Control 5 79
Control 6 192
Shadow Intensity 36
Brightness 147
Play with last 2 sliders until yours looks something like this

38. Layers>New Raster Layer

39. Layers>Arrange>Send to Bottom

40. Activate the Flood Fill Tool (F)

41. Change the Background and Fill Properties in the Materials Palette to Color

42. Right click the canvas to flood fill it with the background color

43. Layers>Merge>Merge Visible

44. Effects>Plugins>Toadies - Weaver

45. Effects>Image Effects>Seamless Tiling

46. Open back up the top layer in the Layers Palette

47. Layers>Merge>Merge All (Flatten)

48. Save as a JPEG and as the letter background

49. Close it out of PSP

FINISHING THE HEADER

1. Bring up the "regular" tube

2. Edit>Copy

3. Close the tube without saving changes

Working with the framed graphic

4. Edit>Paste>Paste As New Layer

5. Resize it and place it as desired

6. Effects>3D Effects>Drop Shadow Settings:
Vertical: 0
Horizontal: 0
Opacity: 60
Blur: 20 or so
Color: black
Shadow on new layer is not checked

7. Layers>New Raster Layer

8. Add you credit(S)

9. Layers>Merge>Merge All (Flatten)

10. File>Save As a JPEG and as the letter header

11. Add both pieces to Letter Creator

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Requirements

*
Paint Shop Pro - Free Trial
*Greg's Factory Output Vol II - Pool Shadow
*1 misted tube to be used in the background of the header
*1 non misted tube to be used in the foreground of the header

Supplies


-
Filter Factory A - Pool Shadow
-Toadies - Weaver (original version)
-Toadies - Bitches Crystal
-Tile & Mirror - Kaleidoscope 1
Works best if installed into Filters Unlimited 2.0 - Tutorial here

*This tutorial was created with Paint Shop Pro 9
*Do not deselect until instructed to do so
*Settings will remain the same as last used unless otherwise noted
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