Mosaic Glass Frame Tutorial

Finished Frame

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**Updated 10/14/08**
For PSP Versions XI & X
Original Tutorial Date
3/30/02 (PSP 7)
© QuickCreations

Here's what you'll need for this tutorial:

Paint Shop Pro which you can download a trial version from Corel Corporation. This tutorial was written in PSP XI but screen shots will apply to both X and XI versions of PSP.

If you haven't done the Glass Tile Tutorial please go HERE and do that tutorial first. Don't colorize the tile just yet.

You'll need my Silver Pattern. Download HERE. Place this in your Patterns folder.

OK, here we go :)

1) Open a new image 1024 x 800, transparent background, flood fill with white.

2) Make sure your rulers are turned on. If not, you can go to VIEW- Rulers, to turn them on.

3) Click on your selection tool: Selection type:Rectangle |Feather: 0 | Mode: Add |Antialias:checked

4) Place your cursor at 150 x 150 which you'll find at the bottom left hand corner:

5) Draw out your rectangle to 874 x 650 which will be the second set of numbers:

6) Hit your DELETE key.

7) Selections- Modify- Expand by 30. Select your Magic Wand with these settings: Mode: Replace | Match Mode: RGB Value | Tolerance and Feather both set at 0 Click on the white border here:

8) Effects |Texture Effects |Sculpture |with these settings:

Sculpture Settings

9) Selections | Select All |Selections |Modify- Contract by 30. Selections| Invert and repeat the Sculpture. Selections | Select None. Click on your magic wand and select the white background and hit your delete key. Selections | Modify | Expand by 3. Add a new Raster Layer. Layers | Arrange | Send to Bottom. (Keep Selected)

10) Open your glass tile you saved. Change your background style to pattern and flood fill with this pattern. Selections- Select None.

11) Add a new Raster Layer. Change your foreground style to white, background transparent. Select your Pen tool with these settings:

Pen Settings

Start drawing a pattern between the two lead lines, make sure all of your lines connect and that you go slightly PAST the lead lines. Don't go into the center transparent area though. You will be filling in these areas so keep that in mind when you make your pattern....if your lines are really close together you have more areas to fill in. Here's what I have:

Lead Lines

Here's what you don't want to do:

Leading Sample

See how that line doesn't go past the lead? When you're finished with your lines, double check that you don't have any areas like this. Just fill it in with a short line. It won't matter if it lines up exactly. A slightly mismatched line will give you a little bump in the leading and actually look more like real lead. So, basically don't worry about making a mistake here LOL.

12) Repeat the Sculpture effect on this layer.

13) Highlight your bottom layer, this is your glass layer. Select your freehand tool with these settings: Selection type: Point to Point | Mode: Replace | Feather 0 | Antialias- Checked

14) Using your lead lines as a guide, click on the lines to select an area. Use the left mouse button to click around the area and the right mouse button to finish the selection.

Selection

15) Go to Adjust | Hue and Saturation | Colorize and change the Hue and Saturation to whatever color you'd like. Continue by selecting a new area and changing the colors until all of the areas are filled in. Don't forget to leave some areas your turquoise glass. Be sure to save as you go, I know you'd hate to start over if PSP decided to lock up right about now :) Selections | Select None when you're finished.

16) Click on the top layer which is your borders. Effects |3D Effects |Inner Bevel with these settings:

Inner Bevel Settings

17) Next go to Effects | 3D Effects |Drop Shadow with these settings:

Drop Shadow

Repeat the drop shadow but change the Vertical and Horizontal settings to -4 (minus 4)

18) Layers, Merge Visible.

19) Now, let's save it as a frame. File | Export | Picture Frame and name your new frame.

Pat yourself on the back....you're done!!! Now you can easily use your frame by going to Image- Picture Frame and choose the orientation that suits your graphic. I hope you've enjoyed the tutorial, please email me with any comments or problems you may have.

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