I am very fond of PhotoImpact 4's classic frames, especially the two traditional looking gold coloured ones. In this tutorial I am going to show you how to make some similar ones, and as part of that we shall be looking at making 3D look texture tiles like the one I have used as the border to this page.
I am assuming that you are familiar with the Effect/Creative/Artist Texture feature of PI4. If you are not, there is an excellent tutorial at
I strongly recommend that you work through that tutorial first and then come back to this one.
The classic frames are all held as .UFO files. It is not possible to make a similar file and import it into the frame designer, so we shall be using the Frame Gallery. Click on the Easy Palette button (right) on the toolbar. If you prefer to use menus, use View/Toobars & Panels and check EasyPalette to open the palette. Keep it open throughout the tutorial.
Click the button at the top left of the Easy Palette to open the gallery list and check Frame Gallery. In the frame gallery click on the Classic Frames tab.
The first frame we are going to make is the one surrounding the header at the top of this page.
Open a new image, 640 x 480 pixels. Use the Standard Selection tool (right) and select a rectangle within the new image. The size is not critical, but make it occupy roughly 2/3 of the image, and place it in the centre.
Click on the frame and shadow button on the top toolbar (right) to enter the frame designer. On the shadow page, uncheck shadow and canvas. On the frame page, select 3d frame, and on the 3d frame design box, click on the colour sample beside Gradient Color to open the gradient colour dialogue box.
Select the diagonal arrow for the fill direction. Check Use Ramp control, and then click on Edit Palette. From the colour ring palettes choose palette 5 - the gold one. OK twice to get back to the 3d frame designer, and set up the options as shown below.
Click on the Add button at the bottom, to open the dialogue box for adding items to the galleries. We cannot save our new classic frame as a single .ufo file, so we have to save each element of it to the frame gallery seperately. There are 10 classic frames included with the program, so we are making frame 11, of which this is the first component, C11a. Set up the options as shown on the left, click OK and the thumbnail will be added at the bottom of the classic frames page in the easy palette frame gallery.