3D Frame

Open an image you wish to use for your frame. Remember the center of the picture will be deleted so find a picture that includes colorful artwork around the edge of the artwork. I choose a cottage scene shown in a smaller versions below:

Your picture should measure 400X400 so you may need to resize it. With the picture open in Paint Shop Pro, use the Freehand Selection (lasso) tool and trace around the edge of the frame. The marching ants should now be around the area you will be cutting:

Click on Selections>Invert. This tells PSP that you want to look at the outside part of the selection as opposed to the inside of the selection. You will notice that the marching ants are now around the outside border of the picture.

Click Selections>Promote Selection to Layer. This puts only the selection you are interested in the layer. Now you can delete the background layer because we only want the part of the picture that is on the selection layer shown below:

You should now have a cutout that looks like the graphic below:

Rename the Promoted layer by right clicking on that layer, select rename, then type in base.

Next we will add special effects to the frame to give it some depth. Click Effects>3D>Drop Shadow. Use the following settings at the drop shadow dialog box:

Add another drop shadow with the settings below:

We will now add an Inner Bevel which is part of the Effects menu. Click on Effects>3D>Inner Bevel. The settings below are what I used, however you can plan around with the settings until you get the effect that you like:

Deselect the selection (Ctrl + D) or Selection>Select None. The marching ants should disappear. Now if you want to clean up any gasps in the shadowing effect you will us the Smudge tool t o fix them. Click on the Dodge Brush tool to select it, select Smudge from the dropdown list as shown below:

This step doesn't necessarily have to be done, only if you want to smudge in some of the sides to blend in better with your frame.

To make your frame more ornate, we will now include images. They can be pictures within the original image, transparent gifs, or picture tubes. Put each image you add on it's own layer. I found it easier to open a new image document (150X150), then open my picture tube or picture in this document. I then copied (Ctrl + C) then pasted as a new layer (Ctrl + E) into the frame. This creates a new layer and allows you to place the picture where you want it.

Once all your pictures are in place you need to give the frame a nice finished edge. Begin by clicking on the base layer of your Layer Palette to make it active, then click Selections>Select All.

Again click Selections>Modify>Contrast: 20.

Click Selections>Invert.

Effect>3D> Inner Bevel. Type in the settings shown below in the Inner Bevel dialog box:

To deselect click Selections>Select None.

Right click on any one of the layers in the Layer Palette: Merge>Merge visible. Now all the layers are merged into one.

Here is my finished frame:

Now save the frame in the correct format to be able to use it with the wizard. First you will need to create the ability to save your frame in .pfr format. You will only have set this up once.

Under File>Preferences>File Format Associations: highlight .psp by clicking on it.

Click Extensions, then click the add button. In the blank entry area type in pfr. Click OK.

Click OK again to close the File Preference dialog box.

Now it is time to save your frame. Click File>Save As. Give it a name and make sure you include the extension .pfr.

For Save as type: use the dropdown to select Paint Shop Pro Image (*.psp, *.pfr). Now save your creation in the Frames folder of the Paint Shop Pro program. To navigate to this folder go the the C drive, then Program Files, find Jasc Paint Shop Pro. Keep navigating until you find the frames folder shown below:

This makes your new frame available to use on other images with one click. The wizard is under Image>Picture Frame.