Requirements

*
Paint Shop Pro - Free Trial
*Simple - Filters
*Alien Skin Eye Candy 5 Nature - Free Demo
They are offering a newer version for download, hopefully you can figure it out
*
BeckysIceallover - Mask
Put into the "My PSP" Masks folder
*
2020 - Mask
Put into the "My PSP" Masks folder
You only need the 2020 mask if you are using a graphic instead
of a misted tube or regular tube

*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
PREPARATION

1. Launch Paint Shop Pro and open the image you chose

2. Shift+D to duplicate it

3. Close the original

4. Image>Resize Settings:
No greater than 350 pixels on the largest side
Height will self adjust
Resize using: checked
Smart Size is selected
Lock aspect ratio: checked
Resize all layers is checked

5. Activate Dropper Tool (E)

6. Right click a darker color in the image to set the background and Fill Color in the
Materials Palette

7. Left click a lighter shade of the same color to set the Foreground and Stroke Color
in the Materials Palette

8. Set the Background and Fill Properties to Gradient Settings:
Foreground/Background
Angle: 45
Repeats: 0
Style is Linear

9. Adjust>Sharpness>Sharpen if necessary

If using a tube or misted tube continue to step 10
If using a full graphic continue to step 12

10. Edit>Copy

11.Skip to step 20

12. Layers>Promote Background Layer  

13. Layers>Load/Save Mask>Load Mask From Disk Settings:
2020
Source Luminance is clicked
Fit to canvas is clicked
Invert Transparency is not checked
Hide all mask is clicked

14. Layers>Merge>Merge Group

15. Edit>Copy

16. Activate the Magic Wand Tool Settings:
Mode: Add (Shift)
Match mode: RGB Value
Tolerance: 0
Use all layers is not checked
Contiguous is checked
Feather: 17
Anti-alias is checked
Outside is selected

17. Click on a spot in the blank area outside of the image
You might need to temporarily increase the canvas size to do it
If you do don't forget to invert and crop to selection when you are finished

18. Click the delete key on the keyboard 5 to 6 times

19. Selections>Select None

Everyone continue here

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

21. Layers>New Raster Layer

22. Layers>Arrange>Send To Bottom

23. Selections>Select All

24. Edit>Paste>Paste Into Selection

25. Selections>Select None

26. Effects>Image Effects>Seamless Tiling at default    

27. Layers>New Raster Layer

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

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

30. Layers>Merge>Merge Down

31. Effects>Plug-ins>Alien Skin>Eye Candy 5>Nature Demo - Icicles Settings:













If you do not have Eye Candy

a. Layers>Load/Save Mask>Load Mask From Disk Settings:
beckysiceallover mask
Source Luminance is clicked
Fit to canvas is clicked
Invert Transparency is checked
Show all mask is clicked

b. Layers>Merge>Merge Group

Everyone continue here

32.  Effects>Plug-ins>Simple - Diamonds

33.  Lower the opacity of this layer to around 28%
We want to see the icicle effect

34.  Layers>New Raster Layer

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

36. Image>Mirror

37.  Layers>Arrange Send To Bottom

38.  Layers>Merge>Merge Down

39.  Effects>Image Effects>Seamless Tiling at default

40.  Layers>New Raster Layer

41.  Layers>Arrange>Bring To Top

42.  Add your credit(s)

43.  Layers>Merge>Merge All (Flatten)

44. File>Save As A JPEG and as the letter background


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