PREPARATION

1. Launch Paint Shop Pro and open the graphic

2. Shift+D to duplicate it

3. Close the original

4. Image>Resize Settings:
No larger than 300 pixel on either side
Resize using: checked
Smart Size is selected
Maintain original print size is not checked
Lock aspect ratio: checked
Resize all layers is checked

5. Adjust>Sharpness>Sharpen if necessary

6. Layers>Promote Background Layer

7. Layers>Load/Save Mask>Load Mask From Disk Settings:
circle fade mask
Source luminance clicked
Fit to layer clicked
Invert transparency not checked
Show all mask clicked

8. Layers>Merge>Merge Group

9. Activate the Dropper Tool (E)

10. Left click a color in the edges of the masked graphic to set the Foreground and
Stroke Color in the Materials Palette
This color will be used as a background color for the letter as well

11. Right click another color in the graphic to set the Background and Fill Color in
the Materials Palette
This is an accent color and should also be a dominant color from the graphic

SIDE BORDER

1. Image>Canvas Size Settings:
Width and Height should match
*
Ex: My original masked graphic was
Width: 244 pixels
Height: 300 pixels
New canvas size should be
Width: 300 pixels
Height: 300 pixels
Lock aspect ratio is not checked
Center placement arrow is clicked

2. Layers>New Raster Layer

3. Layers>Arrange>Send to Bottom

4. Activate the Flood Fill Tool (F) Settings:
Match mode: None
Sample merged is not checked
Blend mode: Normal
Opacity: 100

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

6. Effects>Plugins>Filter Factory A - Pool Shadow Settings:
Control 151
Control 208
Control 118
Control 146
Control 79
Control 192
Shadow Intensity 30
Brightness 180
Use these settings for darker colors
Control 151
Control 208
Control 118
Control 146
Control 79
Control 192
Shadow Intensity 47
Brightness 212
You want to have a fairly bright pool shadow so the next steps show appropriately
If you have your FFA - Pool Shadow loaded into Filters Unlimited 2 you will have to reset
the last 2 sliders every time you use this filter so you should write your settings down and
refer back to them











7. Effects>Plugins>Toadies - Blast' em! Settings:
Diffuse 20
Transparency 211

8. Effects>Plugins>I.C.NET Software>Filters Unlimited 2.0>Buttons & Frames -
Mirrored Frame Settings:
Frame Size 37

9. Image>Add Borders Settings:
2 pixels
Color is any not in your image

10. Activate the Magic Wand Settings:
4. Activate the Magic Wand Tool Settings:
Mode: Add (Shift)
Match mode: RGB Value
Tolerance: 20
Sample merge: not checked
Contiguous: checked
Feather: 0
Anti-alias is not checked
Outside is selected

11. Select the border

12. Right click the selection to flood fill it with the background color

13. Effects>3D Effects>Inner Bevel Settings:
Bevel 2
Width 3
Smoothness 40
Depth 12
Ambiance -8 (negative)
Shininess 20
Color white
Angle 180
Intensity 30
Elevation 66

14. Selections>Invert

15. Effects>3D Effects>Cutout Settings:
Vertical: 0
Horizontal: 0
Opacity: 76
Blur: 8.91
Shadow Color: black
Fill interior with color is not checked

16. Selections>Select None

17. Image>Add Borders Settings:
L and R 20 pixels
T and B 0 pixels
Symmetric is not checked
Color is any not in the last borde
r

18. Activate the Magic Wand

19. Select the borders

20. Activate the Flood Fill Tool (F)

21. Left click the canvas to flood fill the selections with the foreground color

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

23. Selections>Modify>Contract by 2

24. Right click the selection to flood fill it with the background color

25. Selections>Modify>Contract by 1

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

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

28. Effects>Plugins>Simple - Zoom Out and Flip

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

30. Effects>3D Effects>Cutout Settings:
Vertical: 0
Horizontal: 0
Opacity: 100
Blur: 8.91
Fill interior with color is not checked

31. Selections>Select None

32. Image>Add Borders Settings:
L and R 0 pixels
T and B 20 pixels
Symmetric is not checked
Color is any not in the last border

33. Activate the Magic Wand Tool

34. Select the borders

35. Left click the canvas to flood fill the selections with the foreground color

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

37. Selections>Modify>Contract by 2

38. Right click the selection to flood fill it with the background color

39. Selections>Modify>Contract by 1

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

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

42. Effects>Plugins>Xero - Sparkles Settings:
Color is white










43. Selections>Modify>Expand by 1

44. Effects>3D Effects>Drop Shadow Settings:
Vertical: 0
Horizontal: 0
Opacity: 60
Blur: 6.93
Shadow on new layer is not checked

45. Selections>Select None

46. Image>Add Borders Settings:
2 pixels
Color is any not in your image

47. Activate the Magic wand Tool

48. Select the border

49. Right click the selection to flood fill it with the background color

50. Effects>3D Effects>Inner Bevel

51. Selections>Select None

52. Image>Add Borders Settings:
L and R 20 pixels
T and B 0 pixels
Symmetric is not checked
Color is any not in the last border

53. Activate the Magic Wand Tool

54. Select the borders

55. Left click the canvas to flood fill the selections with the foreground color

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

57. Selections>Modify>Contract by 2

58. Right click the selection to flood fill it with the background color

59. Selections>Modify>Contract by 1

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

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

62. Effects>Plugins>Xero - Sparkles

63. Selections>Select None

64. Image>Add Borders Settings:
L and R 0 pixels
T and B 20 pixels
Symmetric is not checked
Color is any not in the last border

65. Activate the Magic Wand Tool

66. Select the borders

67. Left click the canvas to flood fill the selections with the foreground color

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

69. Selections>Modify>Contract by 2

70. Right click the selection to flood fill it with the background color

71. Selections>Modify>Contract by 1

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

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

74. Effects>Plugins>Simple - Zoom Out and Flip

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

76. Effects>3D Effects>Cutout

77. Selections>Select None

78. Image>Add Borders Settings:
2 pixels
Color is any not in your image

79. Activate the Magic Wand Tool

80. Select the border

81. Right click the selection to flood fill it with the background color

82. Effects>3D Effects>Inner Bevel

83. Selections>Select None

84. Image>Rotate>Rotate Clockwise 90 degrees

85. Layers>Promote Background Layer

86. Selections>Select All

87. Selections>Modify>Contract by 45

88. Layers>New Raster Layer

89. Flood fill with the background color

90. Right click the selection to flood fill it with the background color

91. Layers>Load/Save>Load Mask From Disk Settings:
mask059ScarletsCreationsmodified
Source Luminance clicked
Fit to Layer clicked
Invert transparency not checked
Hide all mask clicked

92. Layers>Merge>Merge Group

93. Selections>Select None

94. Effects>3D Effects>Inner Bevel

95. Effects>3D Effects>Drop Shadow Settings:
Vertical: 1
Horizontal: 1
Opacity: 74
Blur: 2.97
Shadow on new layer is not checked

96. Layers>Merge>Merge Visible

97. Image>Rotate>Rotate Counterclockwise 90 degrees

98. Selections>Select All

99. Selections>Modify>Contract by 76

100. Layers>New Raster Layer

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

102. Layers>Load/Save>Load Mask From Disk

103. Layers>Merge>Merge Group

104. Selections>Select None

105. Effects>3D Effects>Inner Bevel

106. Effects>3D Effects>Drop Shadow

107. Layers>Merge>Merge Visible

108. Image>Canvas Size Settings:
Width: 2,400 pixels or your preference
Height: Original Dimension shown + 20 pixels
Lock aspect ratio: not checked
Left middle placement arrow is clicked
Put a 5 in the box marked Left

109. Effects>3D Effects>Drop Shadow Settings:
Vertical: 0
Horizontal: 0
Opacity: 100
Blur: 10
Color: black
Shadow on new layer is not checked

110. Layers>New Raster Layer

111. Layers>Arrange>Send to Bottom

112. Flood fill with the foreground color

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

114. Effects>Image>Effects>Seamless Tiling at default




115. Effects>Plugins>Toadies - Blast' em!

116. Effects>Plugins>Toadies - Blast' em! (yes twice)

117. Effects>Image>Effects>Seamless Tiling

118. Layers>New Raster Layer

119. Layers>Arrange>Bring to Top

120. Add your credit(s)

121. Layers>Merge>Merge All (Flatten)

122. Add to Letter Creator

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Requirements

*
Paint Shop Pro - Free Trial
*Filter Factory A - Pool Shadow
*I.C.NET Software - Filters Unlimited 2.0
*Toadies - Blast 'em!
*Simple - Zoom Out and Flip
*Xero - Sparkles

Supplies



*
mask059ScarletsCreationsmodified
*circle fade Mask
Put both masks into the "My PSP" Masks folder

*
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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