Learn how to have fun with your images in Paint Shop Pro 8, including how to rease part of a layer, how to remove unwanted objects from an image, how to create a soft focus effect, and more. This article is from chapter 15 of Paint Shop Pro 8 in a Snap, by Jennifer Fulton (Sams, 2004, ISBN: 0672323893.)
Creating Visual Effects - Frame a Photograph (Page 5 of 11 )
Save and Reuse Masks
Add a Decorative Edge
After spending lots of time creating the perfect image, why not frame it? With Paint Shop Pro, it's easy to add a frame around any image—from large gilt to thin jet black, Paint Shop Pro provides you with many frame styles to choose from. Before adding a frame, you can even insert a single, double, or triple mat for that professional look. Obviously, you won't take the trouble to add a graphic "frame" around an image that you intend to print and frame yourself, but you might add a frame to an image destined for a card, scrapbook, or Web page.
You can also add a mat or picture frame to an image using Photo Album. Many of the offerings are similar to those you'll find in Paint Shop Pro, but some are different and worth a look. Select Effects, Add Border to add a mat, or Effects, Add Picture Frame to add a frame in Photo Album.
Tip - Create your own reusable frame from any image, such as a bunch of lovely flowers or some fall leaves. See Save and Reuse Masks.
Select Add Borders
If your image contains more than one layer, flatten the image so that you can add a mat by selecting Layers, Merge, Merge All (Flatten). Then select Image, Add Borders. The Add Borders dialog box appears.
Add a Mat
Enable the Symmetric check box to make sure that the mat is added evenly to all sides. Select the dimension you want to use (such as pixels or inches) from the list on the left, and then type the width of the mat you want in the Left box. The Top, Right, and Bottom boxes change to this same value automatically.
Click the Color box, select a color, and click OK. You might want to pick up a color from the image using the dropper. Click OK to create the mat. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to add a second or third slightly larger mat. Add a beveled edge to a mat by selecting its area with the Magic Wand and choosing Effects, 3-D Effects, Inner Bevel.
Tip - Add texture to a medium-colored mat by selecting the mat area and filling it with a lighter-colored texture chosen from the Materials dialog box. You can also select a textured mat from those pictured in the Picture Frame dialog box.
Select a Frame
Select Image, Picture Frame. The Picture Frame dialog box appears. Open the Picture frame list and choose the frame style you like. The frame appears in the preview window so that you can see how it looks with the image (and the mat you just added).
Set Frame Options
To place the frame within the existing borders of the canvas (and possibly cover up part of the image), select Frame inside of the image. To automatically expand the canvas so that the frame does not cover any part of the image, select Frame outside of the image.
To flip the frame on its horizontal axis, select Flip frame. To flip the frame on its vertical axis, select Mirror frame.Rotate the frame clockwise by selecting Rotate frame 90° CW. Click OK.
Note - Some frames contain transparent areas you can fill with your own color. In such a case, turn off the Keep transparent option, click the Transparent color box, and select the color to use.
View the Result
I started with a picture of my church's new Christmas nativity. I duplicated the background, blurred the outer area, and enhanced the edges of the nativity on the Background layer. I applied the Brush Stroke filter to the duplicate layer, adjusted the Opacity to blend the two layers, and create an nice-looking oil painting. Such effort deserves a beautiful frame, so I added an inner and outer mat (the outer mat sports a bevel and a texture I painted on), and selected the Gold 01 frame. Look for this image in the Color Gallery in this book.
This chapter is from Paint Shop Pro 8, by Jennifer Fulton, (Sams, 2004, ISBN: 0672323893). Check it out at your favorite bookstore today.