Lace Frames In PI 6


Click on the picture to download this ufo laceframe.

I love the effect of the jama filter, but the new jama dosen't give transparencies in PI. Because PI dosen't work with layers in the conventional way that other programs do.
After seeing Celia Martin's tutorial in PSP for ruffled lace, I was determined there must be a way to work around this. She has granted me permission to use her tutorial and lace tubes for this tutorial in PI. You can get her beautiful lace tubes here. Please abide by her restrictions on use of these tubes. They are, no commercial (for profit) use without a license, no linking directly to the tube file, no redistribution, and no offering them for download elsewhere. Now go get some or all of them for this tutorial.

1. Open a new image, 400 x 400 and fill with a background color. Open your lace tube, one without a lot of holes works best. I used Celia's VeniceLace4CM. Drag the tube over to the 400 x 400 image, right click and duplicate, duplicate again. You now have 3 images.

2. Line them up and holding the ctrl key down select all three pieces. Right click, align, top. Right click again and merge as single object.
3.Click on the path tool,on attributes bar, shape, rounded rectangle, color, white, mode, 2-D. Draw a small rectangle down the lace, from top to bottom. Go to menu bar, object, convert object from path to image.

4.On tools bar, select retouch tools, (above paint tools) Burn. On attributes bar, set preset for edge. Size 5, level 30. Lightly burn the edges of the white 2-d shape.

5.Right click over the white image and select properties. Set the transparency to 50 or better. On the menu bar under Web, click on Button Designer, Any Shape. Use these settings. Bevel size 3, bevel smoothness, 2 and check, pressed, ok.

6.Pick up the transform tool, on attributes bar, click on perspective. Pull the bottom apart slightly and the top pull to make it narrow. (You can always undo, if not right) Now right click and duplicate it 2 more times till you have 3 pieces. Align them on the long parts of the lace. Duplicate one again but this time with tranform tool, click on resize and shorten this piece to fit on the narrow part of lace. Duplicate this one. You should have long and narrow pieces lined across the lace. With ctrl button depressed, click on each of the strips, right click and align, space evenly. Accept defalt setting, click ok.

7.Right click and select all objects. Right click again, merge as single object.

8.Pick up the transform tool, perspective. Draw the top in, then resize by pulling down from the top. Whenever you resize, you should alway bring your object back to focus.

9. Click on the mask, (on task bar) Pick up the paint tool, on attributes bar, size, 10, color, black, and lines, straight. At the one corner, click and drag the straight line through the image. Do the same on the other side. Now switch from straight line to freehand and paint out the corners.

10. Duplicate this new image 4 times. Put 2 to the bottom for later. On one of the pieces, use the transform tool and rotate freely. Turn the piece till you have an inner square edge, they will overlap. While one is activated, click on mask, straight line, and draw an angular line across the image. Switch to freehand and erase the rest of the corner. Click off the mask and activate the other piece. Using mask, straight line, draw an angular line on this piece, switch back to freehand and erase the rest of that corner.

11. These 2 pieces will be the mittered corners. Click off the mask and pull the 2 pieces apart. While one is activated, click on mask again to make sure there's no stray unwanted pixels left. If so, pick up the paint tool, black and errase them. Put the 2 pieces back together and align till you have a nice straight corner. Hold your ctrl key down and click on the 2 corner pieces and right click, group.

12. Now we just have to put it together, whew! On the grouped corner piece, right click and duplicate. On menu bar, edit, rotate and flip, flip horizontal. Starting with the left corner piece, place at the bottom of the 400 x 400 image. Align the one straight piece next to it and finally the other corner. Using the ctrl key, click on these 3 pieces, right click and group. Now right click over them and duplicate. Go to edit, rotate and flip, vertical. (remember to bring back to focus after these steps) Depending on the size of your lace pieces, you can add that spare straight piece to the sides of the bottom or top group to make it larger. Once you have the whole frame lined up together, right click and group these pieces.

13.Let's have some fun with this lace. Click on path tool, rectangle shape, 2-D. Draw a rectangle in the center of your frame. Go to web, button designer, any shape. Check pressed, and on the light tab, right click on the color square and choose a color. Click ok.

14.Now pick up the outline path tool, shape, rectangle, 3-D Custom and width, 4. Right click over the color box and choose, eyedropper. Click on your center to keep the frame and center the same color. Draw the rectangle around the button center.

15. You can right click over this piece to add a shadow. Choose the shadow setting that goes around the whole image. Now all you have to do is add an image to your lace shadowbox frame.

Of course just using lace pieces all by themselves makes a wonderful frame too. It's the mittering of the corners that is important. If you don't want to go through all these steps, you can download the lace pieces here to see how it works together.

I also have a page of these frames in zipped, ufo format. You can see them here. I'd love to see some of your frames, so go have some fun.


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