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This is my own creation, any similarities to other
tutorials is purely coincidental and unintentional.

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Go to your PSP folders and in "All Lessons", "Framing Bee's " make a new folder name: Frame 1



Gather up supplies that you want to use for your frames. Color matching is the key. Use colors from your tubes to make gradients from so that it all flows. For this particular lesson we are going to make the inner frame first. Your going to use a checkered pattern and the main gradient of your frame. So let's first make the gradient.


#e7aa56 For may Foreground

#f8e2b5 For my Background

Click on foreground and then gradient. Look for foreground-background, angle - 0, Repeats 1, Linear.

So this is what my materials pallet looks like to prepare for the next steps.


FRAME 1...Let's get started since were set to go with our Materials pallet.

1. New image 400 x 400 transparent.

2. Open up the checkerboard pattern in your PSP

3. Go to selections/select all.

4. Selections/modify/contract by 40.

5. Selections/invert. You should now have a double row of marching ants.

6. Go to your foreground and click on pattern. Find the checkerboard pattern and make your settings the same as mine below. You may already have this part done.

7. Flood fill your selections with the checkerboard.

8. Right click on that layer and rename it checker.

9. Selections/select none.

10. Add a new raster layer and rename it bottom.

11. On that layer go to selections/select all.

12. Go back to selections/modify/contract by 45.

13. Selections/invert.

14. Flood fill it with your gradient.

15. Go to effects/3d effects/inner bevel and apply this bevel.

16. Select none.

17. Go to layers/arrange/move down. Your bottom layer will now be below the checker layer.

18. Click on the checker layer and add a new raster layer and rename it top.

19. On the top layer go to selections/select all.

20. Go back to selections/modify/contract by. 5.

21. Selections/invert.

22. Flood fill it with your gradient.

23. Repeat the inner bevel from above.

24. Selections/select none.

25. Right click on anyone of the layers and merge visible. You now have you center frame.



1. New image 600 x 600 Transparent.

2. Flood fill it with your gradient. Rename the layer bkgrnd.

3. Activate your warp brush at the settings below.

4. And start moving the gradient color around so it blends more. To get a cloudy look.

5. Open up your first frame and paste it as a new layer. Rename the layer frame. By default your frame should be in the center of your image.

6. Go to effects/3d effects/drop shadow and apply this drop shadow to your frame layer.

7. Lets start playing with the tubes. I"m going to tell you what I did for each effect and placement.

8. I started with the tulipswirl and placed it on the left side of my image. I added a drop shadow to it. Then duplicated it several times moving it through out my image like so:


9. The next part I clicked on my bkgrnd layer to activate it and picked out a soft green color and using my chalk tool I chalked in a small portion. I mixed it with several shades of green.

10. After I added my green I went to adjust/blur/gaussian blur and added this blur to it.

11. I then went to adjust/add-remove noise/ and add this noise to the grass

I renamed that layer grass. This is how it looks.

Click on the frame layer when placing the rest of your tubes. If you notice above I placed all the tulips that they were above the frame layer.

12. I opened up the daises tube and started with the pitcher. I moved it to the lower left hand side of my image and added the same drop shadow.

Now place all the tubes that came with the lesson on different parts of your image. My final placements look like this: Don't forget those drop shadows.

Final steps.

13. Right click on your grass layer it should be directly above your bkgrnd layer and merge it down. Rename it bkgrnd.

14. Close your merged background and frame layer. Right click on one of the open layers and merge it visible. Rename it tubes.

15. You should now be back down to 3 layers. tube/frame/bkgrnd.

16. Activate your bkgrnd layer. And add a new raster layer. Rename this out frame.

17. Activate your out frame layer.

18. Go to selections/select all.

19. Go back to selections/modify/contract by 10.

20. Selections/invert. You should have a double row of marching ants.

21. I used the same color green as I did the grass and flood filled the out frame layer.

22. Go to effects/3d effects/inner bevel and add the same inner bevel as above.

23. Selections/select none.

24. Right click on the out frame layer and merge down into the background layer.

25. Click on your frame layer to activate it.

26. Use your magic wand.. Make sure your tolerance is 0 and feather is 0 and click in the center of the frame.

27. After you have made your selection click on bkgrnd layer to activate it then hit delete key on your keyboard.

Your frame is now done. Save it as a pspimage so you can use it again and again. The way I used it above for the main image was as follows:

I activated the frame layer again. And with my magic wand clicked in the center of it. Then with the image that I wanted I right clicked and pasted in selection. And poof you have a fast framed image.

Add family pictures to your project and with the right printer you can print them out to frame them. There one of a kind matted pictures that you made.


1. Turn in one based on the lesson above and with an image in it. Turn in the framed image as a Jpeg save.

2. Make Krissy a home made frame using your own supplies. Send it in 2 ways for credit. One as a pspimage and the other as a jpeg for the group to admire.


Send in your lesson like so: Advanced Framing Bee Lesson 1 (name) for credit (Frame 1). Send them to: