Boxed In Frame

I believe the artist of both the tubes I used in this tut is Blythe.

Boxed In Frame

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I was inspired to write this tut from another I recently did and thoroughly enjoyed, Here. I don't feel mine is a copy simply because it is both done differently and the outcome is completely changed.

For this tutorial you will need a tube.

I used PSPx, but this will also work in 8 and above with little change

Paint Shop Pro X, you can get Here.

Simple Filters is the only outside plugin used.

The 3 tubes, and font I used you can get Here.

I will call this one Intermediate.

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Open the tube you wish to use, Shift+D to duplicate it, then close the original.

Choose a light color from your tube for the Foreground color and a Dark color for the Background.

Click in your Foreground color box and then on the Gradient tab.

Click on Edit and choose the Foreground-Background option.

Click on the second Style button, Rectangular and then the following settings.

Example 1

File-New. 500x500 Transparent, Raster.

Flood fill this with your gradient.

Effects-Texture-Polished Stone with these settings.

Example 2

Layers-New Raster Layer.

Choose a contrasting color for your Background color in the Materials palatte.

With your empty raster layer highlighted, Selections-Select All.


Selections-Modify-Contract, by 10.

Floodfill with your new Background color by Right clicking.

Selections-Modify-Contract, by 10.

Hit the Delete key on your keyboard.

Effects-3d-Cutout, V&H at 0, Opacity 100, and Blur 15.


Repeat the steps between **** twice more, you should now have 3 borders.


You should have something like this in your layer palette now.

Example 3

With the borders layer highlighted, Layers-Duplicate.

Effects-Geometric Effects-Skew with these settings.

Example 4

Layers-Duplicate, Image-Mirror.

Close the eye on the bottom layer, and with any of the three border layers highlighted, Layers-Merge-Merge Visible.

Still with the borders layer highlighted, Selections-Select All.

Selections-Modify, Contract by 10.

Selections-Invert, hit the detete key on the keyboard.


With your Selections Tool, choose the Custom Selection, settings at Top and Left 10, Right and Bottom 100.

Example 5

Right click on the border layer in the layer palette and choose Promote Selection to layer.


Image-Mirror, Image-Flip.

Effects-Simple Filters-Top Left Mirror.

Make sure your bottom layer is still closed, and a frame layer highlighted, Merge-Merge Visible.


Layers-Merge Visible.

With your Magic Wand and these settings, choose the center opening of the frame.

Example 6

Selections-Modify-Expand by 5.

Layers-New Raster Layer.

Drag it below the frame layer in the layer palette, or Layers-Arrange-Move Down.

You want it between the frame and the background.

Activate the Spider Web tube, Edit-Copy.

Activate your frame image and Edit-Paste into Selection.

Duplicate the Web layer, then Layers-Merge-Merge Down.

Open the eye on the bottom layer, but keep the web layer highlighted.

Activate the main tube you want to use, Edit-Copy.

Back to the frame image, Edit-Paste as a New Layer.

Image-Resize, this you will have to play with depending on the tube you use, for the top example here, I believe I resized her 85-90% (make Sure Resize All Layers is NOT checked!!), for the example below I needed to resize her 75%.

Give her a Drop Shadow, above, V&H 1, Opacity 100, Blur 3......OR

Make her Glow as below, Still a Drop Shadow, V&H 0, Opacity 100, Blur 30, color White.

Highlight the top layer and add text as desired.

File-Export-JPG Optimizer with the Default settings.

And you're done!!

I hope you had fun with it :-)

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Example 7

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This page and tutorial are copyright to Janie Shipman, October 2009.

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