Image Effects


Adding images and image effects is the next step step in your scrapbook page.  Things like ...

  • buttonize
  • drop shadows
  • inner bevel
  • picture frames
  • inner glow
  • outer glow

What these different effects do is make the image pop out from the background in interesting and appealing ways.

The different image effects will be applied to this image on this background - a nice old Chevy on a paper background (the background is scaled way down) ...


image effects chevy image effects background


Buttonize


The Buttonize effect simulates square or rectangular buttons created from any selection, layer, or flattened image. With this effect, a 3D border is applied to makes the image or selection appear raised.

This means you can make a big button or a small button and probably with a scrapbook image the small effect is the best effect.

Buttonize should be applied to the original image before it is copied and pasted onto the background.  If you apply Buttonize when the image is on the background then the effect is applied to both the image and the background.

That is fine is that is what you want, however the intent is to make the image stand out from the background.

The Buttonize image effect is found by clicking Effects > 3D Effects > Buttonize ...

When the dialogue comes up you can play around with the different settings until you find a setting you like.

This is how the Buttonize effect looks with the settings for this one noted ...

image effects buttonize

And this is a close up of the bottom left corner ...

image effects detail


Drop Shadows


Drop shadows are probably the king of image effects because - well - they just look great!  They can be applied to images and they can be applied to text.

There are two ways to add a drop shadow ...
  1. from the Layers Palette - the Layers Style tab,  or
  2. from the Effects Menu
image effects joystickApplying the Drop Shadow image effect from the Layers Palette drove me buggy - it was really difficult to control the direction of the shadow.  It's got this little joystick like thing (there it is) to set the size and direction of the shadow and it is really, really touchy.


Using Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow ... is easy to use and works well.

Here is the palette from the Effects Menu ...


image effects drop shadow palette


That little thing in the middle of the white square is how the size and direction of the shadow is set and it is quite responsive.


image effects drop shadow


The blur was set high to eliminate sharp edges on the drop shadow, especially on the bottom left and top right corner.


Inner Bevel



The Inner Bevel effect gives a 3D appearance to the inside edges of a selection or to an object.  An inner bevel is applied through Effects > 3D Effects > Inner Bevel ...

image effects inner bevelThis is the Inner Bevel palette and it is easy to see there are a lot of setting that can be adjusted.

Bevel - there are 12 different bevels that can be applied and each one is a different shape.

Width - this determines how wide the bevel will be.

Color - this is the light color.  If you change to another color it will flood the whole image with a new color.

Elevation - the angle at which the light hits the image - at its maximum the light is directly above the image.

Here is the image with the Inner Bevel applied ...


image effects inner bevel example


Perhaps it is not the most exciting image effect but it does help the image stand out from the background and here is corner detail ...


image effects detail


Inner Glow and Outer Glow


The two glow image effects (inner and outer) have to be applied from the Layer Styles tab in the Layers Palette.

This means your image has to be on its own layer above the background layer.


image effects layer styles glow


There are only 3 adjustments that can be applied in the Layer Styles palette ... you can apply both or one of the glows to your image.

  • Size of the glow
  • Opacity of the glow
  • Color of the glow
Here is the image with two glows applied ...

image effects glows

The light green and light blue were chosen because they are complimentary colors of the orange color of the Chevy

Picture Frames


Picture frames will not really help an image stand out from the background but they certainly are visible.  If a frame is applied to an image then a nice drop shadow will work wonders.

The Picture Frames in Paint Shop Pro are found in the Image menu (Image > Picture Frames ....)  There are a lot of frames to choose from - well over 100, in fact.

Here is one of them applied to our Chevy with a nice drop shadow ...

image effects picture frame


Like the background, the image effects should not be so overwhelming that they capture and hold the eye.  Everything needs to be in balance and a nice image effects can be both pleasing and balancing.



Image Effects

Buttonize
You can use the Buttonize effect to simulate square or rectangular buttons created from any selection, layer, or flattened image. With this effect, a 3D border is applied to makes the image or selection appear raised. 

Drop Shadow
The Drop Shadow effect adds a shadow behind the current selection. It is most often used to give text a three-dimensional appearance and to help an image pop out from the background.

Inner Bevel
The Inner Bevel effect gives a 3D appearance to the inside edges of a selection, or to an object surrounded by a transparency









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