Difficulty: Intermediate. Assumes a working knowledge of Paint Shop Pro menus and interface. The tutorial isn't difficult, but there are a lot of steps, and I don't post as many screenshots or explain in as much detail as I would for a beginner tutorial. Comments are welcome if you have questions.
Translateable: Should work in any imaging program that supports layers and has a few basic blend modes.
*I wrote this up for PSP X5 and then I thought about it and decided to re-do it in an earlier version so that it's useable by as many people as possible. If you have a version that supports layer styles, you can create one on your base layer and skip both of the drop shadow steps in Part 1.
I'm going to break the tutorial up into a couple of parts for ease of reading and posting.
The tutorial is based on a specific graphic project, but it's really not meant for you to reproduce my image. My goal is to give you the tools you need to make your own design.
Part 1 will show you how to make some basic polaroids and give you some ideas on how you can tailor them to your project, and then save them as transparent .pngs or .psptube files.
Part 2 will show you how to create a woodgrain background, stack your frames into a collage, and easily add pictures. It also includes the method I used for the text and embellishments on the example image:
Part 1|Part 2
The photographs used in this tutorial are public domain and can be found here. The photographer is Brigitte Werner.
Fonts used are Algerian and Snowflakes TFB.
All other content is copyright Rose B. Fischer and Encompass Rose Design, 2012.
You may use the extra photo frames provided in the tutorial for non-commercial projects.
For any other use, please contact me by email.
You may not republish the text of this tutorial in any form without prior written consent of the author.