3. Make the Template the active image..
~Optional choice here for your background. You can leave it white and have a white background stationery like mine or you can add a color to the background instead. If you want a color, highlight the background layer which is white and flood fill with the color of your choice~
4. Now Delete the top layer (which is my TOU)...and in your Layers Palette, Click on the eye to close out the Frame layer for now.
5. Open any scrap papers you want to use...or choose some nice patterns to go with your image.
6. In your Layers Palette, Click on the layer labeled " Layer 3 " ...Selections/Select All
7. Selections/Float....Selections Defloat....Selections/Modify/Feather by 1
8. If you chose to go with a paper...you may want to resize first and then just simply: Copy and paste it into selection....Select None.
Or, Click on your flood fill tool and flood fill the selected area with the pattern you have chosen...Select None.
Flood Fill Settings:
Match Mode=None, Blend Mode=Normal, Opacity=100
9. Effects/3D Effects/Drop Shadow with the following settings:
H&V=0, Opacity=100, Blur=10
10. In your Layers Palette, Click on the layer labeled " Layer 2 " ...Selections/Select All...and repeat Steps 7 - 9.
11. In your Layers Palette, Click on the layer labeled " Layer 1 " ...Selections/Select All...and repeat Steps 7 - 9.
12. In your Layers Palette, Hide your Background layer and Layers/Merge/Merge Visible.
13. In your Layers Palette, Click on the eye again to unhide the background and frame layers. Hide your Merged layer for now....Make your frame layer active.
14. Maximize your image...Edit/Copy...and minimize it again for now.
15. Back to your Template...
Click on your magic wand tool with the following settings:
Mode=Replace, Match Mode=RGB Value, Tolerance=0, Sample Merged and Contiguous both checked, Feather=0, Anti-Alias is checked, Outside
16. Click inside the larger frame....Selections/Modify/Expand by - 8
17. Edit/Paste as a new layer....Move this layer below your frame layer. Resize if needed so you get everything you want to fit inside the larger frame.
18. Selections/Invert...Edit/Cut....Select None. Don't forget to Sharpen your image, if you resized.
19. Make your frame layer active again...With your magic wand...Click inside the other frame....Selections/Modify/Expand by - 8
20. Maximize your image...Image/Mirror...Image/Greyscale...Image/Increase Color Depth by - 16 Million Colors (24 bit)
Edit/Copy...and you can now close this image...we won't be needing it again.
21. Back to the Template...Edit/Paste as a new layer....Move this layer below your frame layer. Resize if needed ...in this frame...we don't want the whole image, just the key part of it.
22. Selections/Invert...Edit/Cut....Select None. Don't forget to Sharpen your image, if you resized.
23. In your Layers Palette, Hide your Background layer...make all other layers visible.
24. Layers/Merge/Merge Visible....Image/Resize with these settings:
25. In your Layers Palette, Unhide your background layer and make it active.
26. Add a new Raster Layer....Flood Fill it with Black.
27. Layers/Load Save Mask/Load Mask from Disk...with these settings:
28. Layers/Merge/Merge Group....now is a good time to add any tubes or text you would like.
Layers/Merge/Merge All Flatten
Add your watermark....and we are done with the Tag/Header. If you are using it for a Tag you may want to resize....I like to use 65%. Now if you are using it for a header, I resized between 70% - 90%.
To save your image go to File/Export and export the JPEG Optimizer and Optimize at anywhere between 15 and 20 or whichever setting you prefer :)
You are done!! Hope your results were great ones :)
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. As much as I did writing it. Any similarities to other tutorials are Entirely coincidental. Please do not translate or Script this tutorial. Please do not Claim any of it as your own."
Also, If you are a tutorial writer and you would like to use the PSP Selections, Masks, Brushes, Tubes, Templates or anything else that I create myself please email me at:
I do allow this, but I would like to be notified first and I also require a link back to my tutorials homepage:
I put alot of time in creating my selections and other things and while I'm happy to share them, I would like to be credited for them...I'm sure all my fellow tutorial writers can understand how I feel about this :)