Background Paint Brush Weave with Top Border


1.  Supplies needed:  PSP, probably any version, I used PSP 9,  a tube suitable for a top border, optional FM Tile Tools, Blend Emboss.

2.  FIRST: we will make the weave for the brush.  Create a new image 200x200, white background.  Go to Effects: Texture: Weave: and use these settings:  Gap Size and Width 50; Opacity 100, Weave color Black, Gap color dark grey, check "fill gaps".

3.  Go to File: Export: Custom brush: Name your brush, and yourself as Author, using these settings:

Now your weave will be in your paint brush tools, under the name you chose.

4.  SECOND:  Making the topper.  Make sure your tube is not wider than 400 pixels, or longer than 325 pixels.  If necessary resize.  Choose a dark color from the tube and fill it in as a background color.  (New raster layer, flood fill with the color, arrange to send to the bottom)  Merge visible.  This is my tube and what I did.  Please note I added extra pixels to the bottom so that I could add a pretty mask.

My size is now 400x350.  Because it is a topper, I need to make it seamless horizontally.  Go to Effects: Image: Seamless Tiling and use these settings:    You may have to play with the horizontal offset to make it look more merged.

5.  Find a nice mask to use, and load the mask.  Merge group.


6.  THIRD:  Background.  Take your image, go to Image: Canvas Size:  Leave width the same as what it is, but make length 1600 or so.  I always try to make sure the length is extra long for message writing.  Click middle top arrow.  It will then show

7.  Add a raster layer.  Arrange to send layer to bottom.  Choose a lighter complimentary color from your tube and flood fill.  Go to your paint brush and find the weave brush tip you created.  Adjust the size to the width of your image, in my case it is 400.  Hide your topper, by clicking on the eye in your layer palette. Make sure your dark color is your background, go to the paint brush, and start from the BOTTOM and work your way up, carefully adding one weave box at a time.  (Do a test to make sure it looks seamlessly tiled....I create a new file 1280x1000 transparent.  I make the image I just finished as a pattern in my material palette, then flood fill the transparent image.  You'll know right away if you tiled it correctly.  LOL)

8. OPTIONAL:  If your weave seems too dark to put text on, make a new raster layer with the same light color, and lower the opacity until you find a image you like, that will look good with text.  Your topper image will still be x'd out, so merge visible, and you'll have your background image done.  If you are like me, and love emboss, add a Blend Emboss or Edge Enhance.

9.  FINISH:  Unhide your top border, and add a drop shadow of your choice.  I used:  V 0, H -4, Opacity 50, Blur 12, Color Black.  Add a raster layer and add your watermark.  Merge All.  Export as a JPG



I hope you've had fun making this.  If you have any questions, please email me