Paint Shop Pro Tutorial: Photo Within a Photo

When using Paint Shop Pro it's best to view a tutorial photo before you begin some of these projects. Having something to base your photo off of will help you to get a better idea of your ultimate goal. A photo within a photo project can be a lot of work and extra steps, if you don't know the correct way to go about. Below are the necessary steps to take for you to successfully do a photo within a photo.

Step 1: Choose a Picture

Start by choosing a picture that will benefit from this project. You don't want for the picture to have too much going on or it will be difficult to find the right area to separate it from itself. There should still be a few things that are going on inside of the picture, to help to enhance this effect.

Step 2: Raster Layer

The "raster layer" will be found in the "layer" drop down section on the top of the screen. From there you will need to create a rectangle that completely covers the entire focal object. The settings for the feather should be zero and the anti-alias should be off. From there you will need to flood fill the remaining section completely white.

Flood fill will be found in your "settings" tab at the top of the screen.

Step 3: Deformation Tool

Your deformation tool is on your toolbar on the left hand side of the screen. This will help you to alter how the raster layer is laid out. You can set it to any degree that you would like. Play around with it and try to get a good feel of what would look best and enhance your special effect the most.

Step 4: Selection Tool

Your selection tool will enable you to either select the entire picture or a desired object inside of the picture. It is located on the left hand side of the screen in the tool bar. You'll need to push control and "D" to deselect your most recent selection. From here you'll press control and "A" and click the mouse anywhere over the desired image. This will enable you to make a selection. To save the selection to "alpha channel" for later go to the selections drop box and choose "save to alpha channel". Name this selection something like "photo border" so that you'll know what it is.

Step 5: Pixel Selection

The most recent selection is going to need to be subtracted by about six pixels. This will be dependent on the actual size of your picture. In order to do this you'll need to go to "selections" choose the "modify" option then "contract". After you have done this, press "delete" to show the focal object.

Step 6: Load

Go to "selections" and choose to 'load from alpha channel' from there choose your recently saved "photo border". You'll need to invert it by pushing control, shift and 'I'.

The background layer is going to need to be your active layer, do this by pressing control and "1". You can add additional effects such as the colorize filter, blurring the background and applying a sephia filter. Once you have gotten the background image to your liking you will be ready to invert your selection once more by pushing control, shift and "I". Sharpen your image by going to "effects" then choosing sharpen.

The last step will involve you dropping the shadow filter. Do this by going to the "effects" section in the tool bar, choosing "3D effects" then "drop shadow".

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