Double Mask on Painted Background


Supplies needed: 1. An image or tube no larger in width than 350 pixels.  Two masks, gradient , gold chains,  supplied in this  Filters needed: FM Tools

1.  Duplicate your image, then close the original. Set one duplicate aside.  Let's do the background first.  With one of your images, using your selection tool set at rectangle, draw a small vertical rectangle about the size of your image.  Copy and paste this as a new image.

2.  With your new skinny image, go to Image, Canvas size and resize to 1024 by 350, hitting the left arrow key, the one in the middle.  You'll now see that your rectangle is over to the left and there is transparency above, below and to the right of it.  Take your deform tool and drag the rectangle up to the top of the canvas, and then below to the bottom.  Now your small rectangle covers the height of your image.

3.  Take your deform tool and drag your rectangle right across the entire image.  There are little "handle arrows" in the middle of the rectangle to help you drag it across.  Now you have a blur of color across your image.

4.  Add a new raster layer.  Choose a light color from your "blur", I chose the light pink-coral color.  Flood fill with your color, and lower the opacity to about 70, or whatever suits your taste.  Merge all.  Effects, Image Effects, Seamless Tiling.  Use these settings: Edge , Vertical, Width and Transition at 50.  Apply Effects, Edge Effects, Enhance.  Do this twice.  Apply FM Tools, Blend Emboss at default settings once.  Minimize for now.

5.  Masked Frame:  Take the second copy of your image, promote background layer.  Add a raster layer and flood fill with the Double Gradient.  Apply the Round Mask.   In palette under Mask,  Merge group visible.

6.  Apply Four Corner Mask.  Add drop shadow of choice.  (I used 1, 1, 50, 8 black.  Then repeated with -1, -1, 50, 8 black.)  Merge all.  Add a raster layer.  Add your watermark, merge all.

7.  Assembling:  Open your strip you made, copy and paste your framed image as a new layer.  Place to the left.  I resized my frame and made it smaller and more square.  Copy your gold chains and paste as a new layer.  Stretch with the deform tool to cover the height of your strip.  Place under your frame, duplicate and move both where they look as though the frame is hanging on gold chains. I then went to Photo Impact where I aligned the frame vertically, aligned the chains at the top, made sure that they were joined to look as a chain, made sure the preview in Photo Impact showed the entire image as a seamless tile image,  then merged all.  I optimized it as a JPG in PI to reduce it's final size.  I'm sorry, I just have no clue how to do this in PSP.  Perhaps some kind soul will let me know how to do alignments and previews in PSP as easily as it is done in PI.

8.  Final result:


This tutorial was created from my own imagination.  I invite comments.  Enjoy!  Isn't creating fun!!!!!