FraxPlorer Frame Tutorial

This tutorial is my original work and may not be copied, placed on CD or posted on another site without my expressed written consent. Please do not send the tutorial or any of the supplies through email or upload to any group. If you have any questions, problems or find an error on the tutorial please feel free to email me.

**Updated 2/15/09**
PSP XI
Original Tutorial Date
1/23/02
PSP 7
©QuickCreations

FraxPlorer is part of the KPT 5 Filters, you DO NOT need the filter for this tutorial but it is how I made the mask used in the frame.

You'll need:

Paint Shop Pro Screen shots are PSP XI

Fantastic Machine's Paint Engine Filter PE Beta (Free Filter)

Ulead's Art Texture Plug-In (Free Filter)

My zip file for the tutorial

Inside the zip you'll find the following files:
1. Frax Frame_qc.msk (Place in your mask folder)
2. Gold Dolphins_qc.tub (compatible with PSP version 6 and newer)
3. The Journey-quickcreations.jpg
This image is provided for your use with this tutorial ONLY. Please see the terms of use inside the zip.

Let's get started:

1. Open my dolphin image or any other picture you'd like to use, picture should be sized about 350 pixels wide.

2. Add a new raster layer.

3. Change your foreground color to #9076D2. If you're using your own image, pick a color from your image that is not too dark and flood fill this layer.

4. Go to your Plugins | Fantastic Machines | Paint Engine and apply a texture, I used the FilmGrain Preset. If you don't have this preset, these are the settings:

Paint Engine Settings

5. Go to LAYERS | LOAD/SAVE MASK | LOAD MASK FROM DISK and load Frax Frame_qc.

Mask Settings

Right click on the mask layer and choose MERGE | MERGE GROUP.

6. EFFECTS | 3D EFFECTS | DROP SHADOW with these settings:

Vertical and Horizontal 6
Opacity 63
Blur 10
Color- Black

7. Repeat the drop shadow but change the vertical and horizontal settings to -6.

8. LAYERS | MERGE | MERGE ALL (FLATTEN)

9. IMAGE | ADD BORDERS | Symmetric checked, size 2, color white. Click on your magic wand, feather 0, tolerance 0 and click on the white border.

9. EFFECTS | PLUGINS | ULEAD | ART TEXTURE
Click on the "Edit" button and choose the gold gradient "Palette #5" Click OK and highlight the first box, click OK.

SELECTIONS | INVERT add a new raster layer. EFFECTS | 3D EFFECTS | CUTOUT with these settings:

Vertical and Horizontal: 6
Opacity: 76
Blur: 15
Color: Black

10. Add a new raster layer, repeat the cutout except change the Vertical and Horizontal settings to -6.

SELECTIONS | SELECT NONE.

11. LAYERS | MERGE ALL | IMAGE | ADD BORDERS | size 10 color #9076D2 or the color you've picked from your image. Click on your border with the magic wand and go to Paint Engine with the same preset you used before. SELECTIONS | SELECT NONE |.

12. IMAGE | ADD BORDERS | size 2, color white. Select with the magic wand and apply the same ArtTexture. Right click on the layer palette PROMOTE SECTION TO LAYER and apply the following drop shadow:

Vertical 1 and Horizontal: 1
Opacity: 100
Blur: 3
Color: Black

Repeat the drop shadow except change the Vertical and Horizontal settings to -1. SELECTIONS | SELECT NONE | LAYERS | MERGE | MERGE ALL

13. Add a new layer. Select your tubes and use the Gold Dolphins_qc tube, change the scale to 25. Click on the image and use the mover tool to place the dolphins in the bottom left hand corner with the nose almost touching the gold edge.

Right click on the layer palette, DUPLICATE this layer three times and adjust the dolphin placement across the bottom of the image, (see finished example).

14. Hide the background layer, make sure one of your other layers are highlighted and right click MERGE | MERGE VISIBLE |. Apply a drop shadow with these settings:

Vertical 0 and Horizontal: 6
Opacity: 82
Blur: 8.6
Color: Black

15. Make your background layer visible again, right click MERGE | MERGE ALL |

16. IMAGE | ADD BORDERS | size 25, color #9076D2. Select with the magic wand and apply the paint engine texture.

17. EFFECTS | REFLECTION EFFECTS | FEEDBACK |

Feedback Settings

18. Right click and PROMOTE SECTION TO LAYER. SELECTIONS | SELECT NONE.

19. Select your Freehand Selection Tool:

Selection Type: Point to Point
Mode: Add
Feather: 0
Smoothing: 0
Anti-Alias: Checked

Select the area I have highlighted in red and hit the delete key. SELECTIONS | SELECT NONE.

Selection area

20. Right click on the Promoted layer, DUPLICATE | IMAGE | MIRROR | DUPLICATE | IMAGE | FLIP | DUPLICATE | IMAGE | MIRROR. You should have all four corners now.

21. Right click on the layer palette and MERGE | MERGE ALL.

22. IMAGE | ADD BORDERS | size 2, color white. Select with the magic wand and apply the same ArtTexture. Right click on the layer palette PROMOTE SECTION TO LAYER and apply the following drop shadow:

Vertical 1 and Horizontal: 1
Opacity: 100
Blur: 3
Color: Black

Repeat the drop shadow except change the Vertical and Horizontal settings to -1. SELECTIONS | SELECT NONE | LAYERS | MERGE | MERGE ALL

That's all, you're done! I hope you've enjoyed the tutorial :)


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