Adding Picture Frames to your Photos in PaintShop Pro

Adding Picture Frames to your Photos in PaintShop Pro

In this tutorial we’ll show some of the
many picture frame options in PaintShop Pro. Start with PaintShop Pro open in
the Edit workspace and open a photo you’d like to frame. The frame options can be found under
Image>Picture Frame. Click the picture frame thumbnail to
open the list of preset frames. For a simple example choose the black torn
frame. The preview window shows how the final framed image will appear. If you
choose to frame inside of the image the frame resizes to fit within the image
canvas. Or you can frame outside of the image which means the canvas size
updates to accommodate the frame. Now we have a new layer called picture frame
and because this frame was applied to the outside and the canvas size was
updated, the extra canvas appears using the background color. I’ll use Ctrl + Z to undo this frame so I
can try another one. This time I’m using Cyanotype, which
applies a thick blue hand-painted looking frame. I can use the flip, mirror,
or rotate options in order to control which frame edge appears along which
image edge. I’m applying this frame inside the image so this time there was
no extra canvas added to the original background layer. I can also turn off the picture frame
layer, choose another frame option like this
transparent one and use layer visibility to compare
options. Subsequent frame layers are assigned
default names but of course you can click a layer name to change it. Some
PaintShop Pro frames have transparency options. I’m undoing again to return to
my unframed photo. This time I’m choosing the Platinum
frame. If I choose a frame background color by clicking this box, that color is
applied to areas defined in the frame as transparent. Or I can opt to keep these areas
transparent, which means the canvas background will show through. We’ll look
more at transparency in the next example. In addition to the frames provided in
the PSP installation there are also many more you can download. At the top of the
window click the house icon and on the left side of the Welcome window click
Get More. Scroll down past the various collections
available for purchase to find several free downloads including this one: Creative Content Pack. You can click
Download to automatically install this set of line styles, mask shapes and
frames or click its name or thumbnail to see more details. There’s a download
button here as well which also enables you to install. After the installation is
complete the list of available frames is many times larger.
You can also find more picture frames and other PaintShop Pro add-ons in the
Discovery Center store at Now we can take a closer look at layers and transparency. For this example I’ll use 3 photos that I want to assemble into one collage image. I’m choosing File>New, and in the Paper preset group I’m creating an 8.5 x11 new image. I’m switching width and height for a landscape orientation, and I’m unchecking Transparent and giving the image a solid color here. To bring each photo onto this new canvas
I’m going one by one, selecting the image dragging its background layer onto the
canvas and using the Pick tool to move the
images the way I want them arranged. To crop the canvas to the size I need,
I’m using a Selection tool to mark the area I want to keep and choosing Image>Crop to Selection. To frame just the kangaroo I’m using the
Pick tool to select it and its layer becomes active. I’ll choose the picture frame called
Heart 01. If “frame canvas” is selected this frame
goes around the entire collage, but I can change this to “frame current layer” to
frame just the kangaroo. The original heart is oriented vertically but it
widens to accommodate the image size. I want this frame outside the image but it
will still need some adjusting. Without a transparent background
I’ll get this solid color around the frame to fill the rectangle. But if I
choose to keep the transparency, the light blue color of the canvas will show
through. Because the image and its frame are on separate layers, I can select each
and adjust sizes and placements. And if I want to erase the parts of the kangaroo
photo that fall outside the frame, I can pick just that layer, click the Eraser
tool and sweep over what I want to remove. I can assign a different frame around
each layer making adjustments as needed For the bird photo which is oriented
vertically I can choose a frame that has a
landscape orientation, such as this blue one with the flowers. And the frame will
rotate automatically to fit. And for the beach photo I can choose a
vertical oval which rotates the other way. To move both the photo and frame I can
select both with the shift tool and move them as one object. Finally, I can apply 3D effects to these
frames. I’m selecting the oval frame and choosing Effects>3D Effects>Drop Shadow. Here’s the bird frame with a chisel
effect. And the heart frame with an inner bevel
effect. All of these 3D effects have options you can adjust such as depth
color and angle. If you’re watching this video on YouTube, you’ll find a link in
the description below that will take you to our tutorial page on the Discovery
Center. Here you can download a written copy of this tutorial and the sample
images use so you can follow along step by step. And don’t forget to visit the
Discovery Center store at to get more picture frames and other add-ons for PaintShop Pro.

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  1. Is paint shop pro the same as Corel photo paint..if not can I purchase PSP and use it with my Corel 2017..or maybe try the trial version first? Thanks

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