In this tutorial you will learn the basics of creating an invitation card using selections. You will need:

1. Open the zip file of Selections, then extract them to your Jasc PSP Selections folder (you may need to create a selections folder).

2. Open up your PSP program and start a new transparent image measuring 500 x 500 pixels. Create three layers in this image and title them: envelope, card and flap.

3. Open 'Selections | Load From Disk | cards | envelope.sel' and flood fill the selected area with your chosen colour.

4. Then open 'Effects | Plug Ins | Xenofex | Stain' and select a deeper version of you first colour to apply the stain, using the following settings.


5. Time to add some texture. 'Effects | Texture Effects | Texture'. Use a very soft texture here, to add some depth to the card. (You can install this file into your textures folder if you wish, as it was my own creation. Karen's Canvas


6. Whilst your image is still selected, go to 'Selections | Modify | Contract | 15' and flood fill this area with a highlighting colour - I used a gold fill here.

7. Once again use 'Selections | Modify | Contract | 2' and flood fill with the original colour you used. And then repeat the texture effect. You now will have your basic 'card'.

8. Activate your 'card' layer, and load 'card.sel' - 'Selections | Load from Disk | card.sel' - then follow the directions 3 - 7.

9. Move on to your 'flap' layer and load 'Selections | Load from Disk | flap.sel'. Follow the instructions 3 - 7.

10. Now you have all three pieces of you invitation, all you have to do now is decorate it.

11. Once your card is decorated, you will want to add a small drop shadow to the card for 3D effect. You can either mount your card in a frame or you can create it as a transparent gif. Never add more than the settings below for a transparent gif for these cards, too much makes the card look - rough.

12. Always be aware that creating gif's will only work really well if you know what type of background you will be placing the image on. To make it easy on yourself, always create two images in gif format, one for dark background pages (1) and one for light (2). Here are my images - below.

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January 2003