Author: TexasKate
Homepage: Kate's Place
Skill Level: Beginner
Software: PhotoImpact 12 (Can be done in earlier versions.)
Tools Used: Path and Outline Tools, Weave Effect, Eraser Tool
Additional Files: You can download rose object here.
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Open a new white image 500 x 400 pixels. Click on the path tool and select the rectangle and draw it in 3d round mode on your canvas. The color does not matter at this point.

Make the rectangle large enough to fill your canvas and center it using: right click/align/center both. Set the Width at 10 and the Depth at 30 in the Path Settings.

Go back to Mode and change it from 3d Round to Continue Draw. From the Select a Shape drop-down menu on the attributes bar, select the heart from Custom Shape. Draw a heart inside your rectangle. (Remember we will be weaving a rose into the top of the frame so with your mouse drag the heart to the center but lower it a bit.

To get the alignment just right, change back to 3d mode, then click the Path Edit button on the attributes bar and then click the Alignment Commands icon and click Center Horizontally. Click the Toggle button to click out of Edit mode.

Now comes the fun part where we give our frame some pizazz! Open the Material Attributes gallery in the Easy Palette. In the Metallic group, double click on the preset Steel 1 to apply it to your frame. You can also play with the different reflections and add one of those if you like. On the menu, select Effect/Artistic/Weave and enter the settings as in the screenshot below. When selecting your canvas color, choose black or a dark color that complements your frame.

Once the weave effect is applied, the frame goes from a path to an image object, resulting in a faded, flat appearance. To restore some depth, select the burn tool and set the Size to 85 and the Level to 50. Go over the entire frame with the burn tool but not too much or your frame will be way too dark. After using the burn tool I went to the easy palette and went to Image Enhancements/Photo Effects/Color Adjustment and double clicked on B&C 2 to apply it. I like the way it brightened my frame so you might want to give it a try and see if you like it.
To make the trim pieces that go around the edges of our picture frame, select the Outline Drawing Tool , shape rectangle, Mode 3d round, and set the line width at 6:

Apply the same metallic finish to the outline rectangle as you applied to the frame. This will be the outside edging of our frame(as shown in the example at the top of the tutorial). Now, with the outline drawing tool still selected, select the heart from the custom shapes. Draw and place the outline heart over the inner heart edge of the frame to trim it. If needed, use the transform tool with the padlock unlocked to adjust the size of your outline heart for a perfect fit.

All that's left to do is to weave the rose into the frame, so open up the rose object in PI. Drag it to the top of your frame and place it so that the stem is sitting in the middle of one of the rows of lattice, then with the rose still selected, Right Click/Align/Center Horizontally. Select the Object Paint Eraser Tool and select the diagonal shape for the brush, size 20, on the attributes bar. Carefully erase the part of the stem sitting on top of the lattice in 4 or 5 different places to make it look like the stem is going in and out of the lattice. The screenshot below shows placement of the rose and areas to erase (marked in red).

Your frame is now complete and ready for you to place a favorite photo behind it. Just resize or crop your photo to fit your frame and then Right Click/Arrange/Send to Back. Make sure you save your empty frame as a ufo so you can use it with other pictures, or drag it to your easy palette.

Now that you have made the frame above, you might like to try another experimenting with different materials for your lattice. The example below was made with Copper 11 and the rose object is from PI's component designer (on the menu click Web/Component Designer) that I colored to match my frames and then exported as an object.

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial!

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