How to Make Frames with PaintShop Pro

Joe (aka Wildheart) from Wildheart’s Works returns to bring us another great Guest Post. This Guest Writer Series is a great opportunity for Scraps of Mind readers to see some of the great ideas and talent of other Scrapbookers and also an opportunity for other Scrapbooking Writers to showcase their work to other Scrapbookers.Enjoy Joe’s great PaintShop Pro tutorial and then click over and check out her blog.

A couple of years ago when I was heavy into finding everything I could on Paint Shop Pro I came across this great site called Nanson’s Place. This site is how I learned to make picture frames for paint shop pro. You can go to the site to see the great stuff they have over there. I had to go back in to get a refresher this evening as I sat down to make this frame to show Scraps of Mind readers how to make interesting, one of a kind frames expressly for your own creative ventures.

First let me show you a frame I did for you to get an idea of what can be done.


You can save this to your hard drive if you wish so that you can add it to your own frames file in paint shop pro.

To get this you need to do the following:

1. Open a new image 400 x 350 for best results and select transparent.

2. Flood fill with your color, gradient or pattern of choice.

3. To give it some texture you can go to Adjust>Add Remove Noise> and play around with the settings. You can also go to Effects>Texture Effects and then play around with the blur, density, length, and transparency to get the desired effect you want.

4. Now go to Effects>Kaleidoscope set your horizontal and vertical offset to 0, Rotation to 0, and the scale factor can be adjusted to your liking, petals to 4, orbits to 0 and radial suction to 0. Select edge mode>Repeat

5. Effects>Image>Offset check center and wrap, also leave the numbers at 200 and 175.

6. Select your magic wand tool and set your tolerance to 5.

7. Click on the center of your image, then Selections>Invert. Go to 3D effects>Inner Bevel and play around with the settings until you find a look you like. Go to Selections>Invert and then hit the delete key on your keyboard to get the frame. Then Select>None

8. To save this as a frame go into File>Export>Picture frame and give your frame a name and click save.

9. To save to your hard drive go to File>;Export>JPEG Optimize, compression to 1, save with the same name you gave the frame in your frames file.

I know this sounds pretty tedious, but trust me it is a great way to make your own frames and also it is really a fun exercise to do to keep those creative juices flowing when you get stuck in a rut. You can visit my blog to see the other two frames I made

Be sure and check out Nanson’s Place though there are so many interesting gradient tricks to learn and try.

Joe (Wildheart) is a Graphic Designer from Kansas who writes the Wildheart Works blog, where you can get lots of inspiration and more great textures.

Note: Joe no longer maintains Wildheart’s Web so all links there have been disabled.

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7 Responses to How to Make Frames with PaintShop Pro

  1. Antoinette April 9, 2008 at 2:52 am #

    Nanson’s is awesome! I practically live there :)
    Eventhough I already know how to make frames, I welcome this post as the majority of scrapbooking tutorials are for PS and I – obviously – use Paint Shop Pro :)
    Great post Joe!

  2. Joe Cheray April 9, 2008 at 3:01 am #

    Thank you Antoinette. Yes Nanson’s place is great I love all the tutorials they offer for gradient tricks. I will have to share with you at a later time my attempts at some of the tutorials they had to offer for gradients.

    Have a great day.


    Joe Cheray’s last blog post..Broken?Heart

  3. Joe Cheray April 9, 2008 at 3:03 am #

    Also Karen it was great to share this with your readers. Thank you again for doing such an awesome job posting it for me over here.

    Joe Cheray’s last blog post..Broken?Heart

  4. karooch April 9, 2008 at 9:29 am #

    Joe I really appreciate having someone who can provide tutorials for Paintshop Pro users as I don’t use it. So I’m happy to publish these tutorials on Scraps of Mind.

    See Antoinette, I do care about my Paintshop Pro readers :)

  5. Tom Bell September 30, 2008 at 11:28 pm #

    How would you make a 3 section(multiple picture) frame?


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