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I know I am sorta kinda breaking the rules by posting a tut so soon. Just thought I would share a different type of border. Maybe someone will experience Eureka while following and will make a better border, which I encourage them too. Also the title is kinda a placeholder, don't know exactly what to call it ;)

WARNING: I don't exactly believe in merging layers before the product is finished, while exceptions do apply, don't expect to merge layers until the end :P


Plugins needed:

Bevel Selection

Borders N' Shapes

Drop Shadow

Alpha displacement


Conditional Hue


Here is what we are making:



If you have an image already you can skip the first 3 steps.

1. New Image: 800 x 600


2. :PaintBucket: Paint Bucket Default settings, Primary color black


3. Fill layer


4. :ImageCanvasSize: Image Canvas Size. Width = 1000, Height = 750



5. :MagicWandTool: Use the magic wand on the first layer and select the white area with 0% tolerance.


6. Cut the selection (Ctrl + X)


7. New layer


8. Paste


9. Move to your second layer and fill the selection with a dark blue (0026FF) :PaintBucket:



10. bevel selection. Depth 17, everything else normal.



11. Copy the selection (the beveled blue rectangle) into a new image. Make sure you delete the blank white canvas. Save the new image as "Temp.png"



12. Switch images to the border image


13. :LayersAddNewLayer: add new layer


14. run alpha displacement with "Temp.png" as your mask.



15. Move one layer down (to the beveled rectangle layer)


16. :MagicWandTool: Magic wand, 40% - 50%, anywhere on the plain blue part.


17. Add Noise: Intensity 64, Color Saturation 0, Coverage 75.28


18. :MotionBlurEffect: Motion Blur: Angle -90.00, Centered, Distance 37.



19. Deselect

20. :LayersAddNewLayer: add new layer above your alpha displacement layer


21. Primary Color, black, secondary color, white with Transparency - Alpha 0


22. :GradientTool: :LinearClampedGradient: :AlphaBlendingTrue: Gradient upper-right hand corner with normal settings.



23. :LayersDuplicateLayer: Duplicate layer.


24. :LayersFlipHorizontal: Flip layer horizontally


25. :LayersFlipHorizontal: Flip layer vertically


26. :LayersAddNewLayer: New layer


27. :MagicWandTool: Magic wand the outside of the background layer then invert so that your image is selected.


28. select the newest layer


29. Borders N' Shapes. Width 11, Color (RGB) 64,64,64



30. :MagicWandTool: Magic wand the new border.


31. Bevel Selection. Width 1, Use alternative lighting direction



32. :BlurEffect: Gaussian Blur 8



33. :LayersMergeLayerDown: Merge the layers together, except the background layer!


34. Drop shadow: x -5, y -5, widening Radius 1, Blur Radius 8.



35. Drop shadow: x 5, y 5, widening Radius 1, Blur Radius 8.

Note: if you are using the black background nothing will show up ;)


36. If you would like, you can add a new layer on top of everything, :EllipseTool: :ShapeDrawTypeInterior: make a white ellipse and turn the transparency to ~20


37. Run conditional Hue on your top layer and have fun!




This is what you can do...picture not included :P

waits for the tomatoes


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