||Open the picture
tut1_photo.jpg and convert it to Grayscale.
Now you have the
original picture and the grayscale picture on your screen. Close
the original picture. You will not need
Convert the grayscale picture to RGB True Color (24-bit) so the filter
will work. Close the grayscale picture, because we are going
to work on the gray RGB picture from now on.
Go to Effect/Noise/Add Noise and use
the options button on the next screen. Set the Distribution to Varied
and Variance to: 10. These are the adjustments I used for my
picture, so if you try this tutorial on another picture ... perhaps a
portrait ... you should try different adjustments to find the ones which
look best on your picture.
Effect/Photographic/Diffuse Glow and use these settings:
Degree of glow: 8
Glow color: white (255/255/255)
As with the Add Noise filter,
experiment with the adjustments until you find one you like.
To colorize the picture, go to Format/Hue &
Saturation and check the Colorize box. Experiment
with the adjustments to find one you like. For the flower picture I
Saturation: - 33
||The next step
is to make a selection with the Lasso Tool around the flowers. Right Click and soften the selection with 20 pixels. Don't get too close
to the outside of the picture, it would show in your result.
Right Click/Convert to Object.
Open a new image. For my flower picture I
opened one sized 566 x 472 pixels with a white background.
Copy the converted object and Paste into the new image. Go to Object/Align/Center Both or just
Right Click on the object and Align/Center
Use the Outline Drawing Tool/Rectangle
to make two white 3D Round borders for the picture. Set the Outline to
3. You can see the location of the borders on the picture below.
||The last step
is to add shadows to the borders. Experiment
with different variations. For this picture I used:
Color: Black + 5.altern.
Shadow size: 99
Soft edge: 10
Right Click/Merge All and save your picture.
That's it! This technique isn't difficult
at all and easy to achieve with PhotoImpact 8.
You can do this tutorial with earlier versions of PI, but then you have
to find a 3rd-party plug-in to use instead of the diffuse glow filter. HAVE FUN!!!
If you need any help with
this tutorial - or want to make suggestions to improve it -