Requirements

Paint Shop Pro -
Free Trial
Fantastic Machines - Paint Engine
Graphic - 100% square or make one that is

Supplies


About Fantastic Machines - Paint Engine
Copy fmachine.ini to your windows directory, i.e. C:\WINDOWS.
*
Note: if you've used a previous version of Paint Engine and do not want to
lose any parameter settings you've saved, do not copy fmachine.ini.

*This tutorial was created using Paint Shop Pro X
*Do not deselect until instructed
*Settings will remain the same as last used unless otherwise noted
PREPARATION

1. Launch Paint Shop Pro

2. Open the graphic and the 2 elements

3. Duplicate all 3 of them one time

4. Close the originals

5. Minimize both of the elements

Frame & Background colors

Working with the graphic

6. Activate the Dropper Tool (E)

7. Left click a darker color

8. Set it in the Swatch Palette as shown in the example below











9. Repeat steps 6, 7 & 8 choosing a medium color and then a lighter color for a total
of 3 different colors

10. Image>Resize Settings:
You must use a square graphic and resize as follows
Width: 350 pixels
Height: 350 pixels
Resample using: is checked
Smart Size is selected
Lock aspect ratio: is checked
Resize all layers is checked

11. Adjust>Sharpness>Sharpen if necessary

HEADER

1. Effects>3D Effects>Buttonize Settings:
Height: 10
Width: 10
Opacity: 50
Transparent is clicked
Color: the medium color

2. Image>Add Borders Settings:
15 pixels
Symmetric is checked
Color is the darker color

3. Layers>New Raster

4. Left click the darker color in the swatch palette
This will set it as the Foreground and Stroke Color in the Materials Palette

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

6. Left click the canvas to flood fill it with the foreground color

7. Effects>Plugins>Fantastic Machines - Paint Engine Settings:










8. Selections>Select All

9. Selections>Modify>Contract by 15

10. Edit>Clear

11. Selections>Invert

12. Layers>Merge>Merge All (Flatten)

13. Effects>3D Effects>Buttonize Settings:
Color: darker color

14. Selections>Select None

15. Image>Add Borders Settings:
20 pixels
Color is the medium color

16. Layers>New Raster

17. Left click the medium color in the swatch palette

18. Left click the canvas to flood fill it with the foreground color

19. Effects>Plugins>Fantastic Machines - Paint Engine

20. Selections>Select All

21. Selections>Modify>Contract by 20

22. Edit>Clear

23. Selections>Invert

24. Layers>Merge>Merge All (Flatten)

25. Effects>3D Effects>Buttonize Settings:
Color: medium color

26. Selections>Select None

27. Image>Add Borders Settings:
30 pixels
Color is the lighter color

28. Layers>New Raster

29. Left click the lighter color in the swatch palette

30. Left click the canvas to flood fill it with the foreground color

31. Effects>Plugins>Fantastic Machines - Paint Engine

32. Selections>Select All

33. Selections>Modify>Contract by 30

34. Edit>Clear

35. Selections>Invert

36. Layers>Merge>Merge All (Flatten)

37. Effects>3D Effects>Buttonize Settings:
Color: medium color
Opacity: 40

38. Maximize the Element 1 image

39. Selections>Select All

40. Selections>Float

41. Selections>Defloat

42. Layers>New Raster Layer

43. Left click the darker color in the swatch palette

44. Left click the selection 2 times to flood fill it with the foreground color

45. Selections>Select None

46. Adjust>Add/Remove Noise>Add Noise Settings:
Gaussian is clicked
Noise: 20%
Monochrome is checked

47. Edit>Copy

48. Close the element out without saving changes

Working with the "framed" graphic

49. Edit>Paste As New Layer

50. Layers>Merge>Merge All (Flatten)

51. Image>Add Borders Settings:
15 pixels
Symmetric is checked
Color is the darker color

52. Layers>New Raster

53. Left click the darker color in the swatch palette

54. Left click the canvas to flood fill it with the foreground color

55. Effects>Plugins>Fantastic Machines - Paint Engine

56. Selections>Select All

57. Selections>Modify>Contract by 15

58. Edit>Clear

59. Selections>Invert

60. Layers>Merge>Merge All (Flatten)

61. Effects>3D Effects>Buttonize Settings:
Color: darker color
Opacity: 50

62. Selections>Select None

63. Image>Add Borders Settings:
20 pixels
Color is the medium color

64. Layers>New Raster Layer

65. Left click the medium color in the swatch palette

66. Left click the canvas to flood fill it with the foreground color

67. Effects>Plugins>Fantastic Machines - Paint Engine

68. Selections>Select All

69. Selections>Modify>Contract by 20

70. Edit>Clear

71. Selections>Invert

72. Layers>Merge>Merge All (Flatten)

73. Effects>3D Effects>Buttonize Settings:
Color is the medium color

74. Selections>Select None

If you want to add your credit(s) now

75. Layers>New Raster Layer

76. Add your credit(s)

77. Layers>Merge>Merge All (Flatten)

78. File>Save as a JPEG and as the letter header

or

For a lighter file size

File>Export>JPEG Optimizer Settings:
Quality
Set compression value to: 20
Save exit data is not checked
All other settings and tabs at default

BACKGROUND BORDER

1. File>New Settings:
Width: 15 pixels
Height: 400 pixels
Raster Background is clicked
Transparent is checked
All other settings at default

2. Left click the lighter color in the swatch palette

3. Left click the canvas to flood fill it with the foreground color

4. Effects>Plugins>Fantastic Machines - Paint Engine

5. Effects>3D Effects>Buttonize Settings:
Color: medium color
Width: 7 (this most likely automatically changed)
Opacity: 40

6. Image>Canvas Size Settings:
Width: 40 pixels
Height: 400 pixels
Lock aspect ratio: not checked
Left middle placement arrow is clicked

7. Layers>New Raster Layer

8. Layers>Arrange>Send to Bottom

9. Left click the medium color in the swatch palette

10. Left click the canvas to flood fill it with the foreground color

11. Effects>Plugins>Fantastic Machines - Paint Engine

12. Effects>3D Effects>Buttonize Settings:
Color: medium color
Opacity: 50

13. Layers>Merge>Merge Visible

14. Image>Canvas Size Settings:
Width: 2,400 or your preference
Height is 400 pixels
Lock aspect ratio: is not checked
Left middle placement arrow is clicked

15. Effects>3D Effects>Drop Shadow Settings:
Vertical: 2
Horizontal: 2
Opacity: 40
Blur: 5
Color: black
Shadow on new layer is not checked

16. Effects>Image Effects>Seamless Tiling Settings:
Tiling method Edge
Direction Vertical
Width (%): 51
Transition (%): 50

17. Maximize the Element2 image

18. Selections>Select All

19. Selections>Float

20. Selections>Defloat

21. Layers>New Raster Layer

22. Left click the darker color in the swatch palette

23. Left click the selection 2 times to flood fill it with the foreground color

24. Selections>Select None

25. Adjust>Add/Remove Noise>Add Noise

26. Edit>Copy

27. Close out the element without saving changes

Working with the side border

28. Edit>Paste As New Layer

29. Move into position











30. Layers>Merge>Merge Visible

31. Layers>New Raster Layer

32. Layers>Arrange>Send to Bottom

33. Left click the darker color in the swatch palette

34. Left click the canvas to flood fill it with the foreground color

35. Effects>Plugins>Fantastic Machines - Paint Engine

If you want less noise in the background follow steps a-e

a. Layers>New Raster Layer
b. Left click the darker color in the swatch palette
c. Flood fill the new layer with it
d. Lower the opacity to 50%
e. Layers>Merge>Merge Down

Everyone continue here

36. Effects>Image Effects>Seamless Tiling

If you didn't add your credit(s) earlier do so now

37. Layers>New Raster Layer

38. Layers>Arrange>Bring to Top

39. Add your credit(s)

40. Layers>Merge>Merge All (Flatten)

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

or

For a lighter file size

File>Export>JPEG Optimizer Settings:
Quality
Set compression value to: 20
Save exit data is not checked
All other settings and tabs at default

42. Add both pieces to letter creator


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