out of bounds STEAM TRAIN RIDE

Version:  Corel PaintShop Pro X6

Web Site: Creative-Designs

Materials: Photographs and Brush

Previous versions of PSP may be used for this tutorial


In this tutorial you will learn how to create an interesting visual effect with a photograph that shows parts of its subjects appearing to come out of the frame and into a frame. A link is available above to download the materials needed.

Remember to Save often to avoid losing your work.



1.  Download the two photographs and brush. Place the brush in your PSP Brushes folder.


2. Open newtrainphoto.jpg in PaintShop Pro.  The photograph size is 960x302 pixels.  Right click and Promote Background Layer. Rename this layer to to original image.



3. We are going to make two selections from this photograph. With the Selection Tool set at Rectangle with settings as shown below draw a rectangle selection on the left side of the image taking in three carriages of the train.


4. Right click on the layer and Promote Selection to layer. Rename the layer raster 1. Ctrl+D to deselect.

5. Go back to the original image, selection tool and draw another rectangle selection on the right of the image like shown below. Make the selection a little larger and more square. Right click the layer and Promote Selection to layer. Rename the layer raster 2. Ctrl+D to deselect.


6. Close the visibility toggle on the original image layer to hide it. You should have two images visible like I have below.




1. With the Pick tool, click on raster 1 with the carriages only. Go to Edit, Copy, Edit, Paste as a New Image.

Go to Image, Add Borders and apply the following:

Colour:  White
Symmetric: Ticked
Size:  30 pixels - click OK.



2. Go back to the original image layer and this time choose raster 2. Click on the image, go to Edit, Copy, Edit, Paste as a New Image. Add the same border to this image.

3. You now have two separate images - raster 1 and raster 2.

Do not close any images whilst creating a new image. However you may want to save these images as PspImages


create a new image

1.  Open a new image 1000 x 550 pixels with a white background - resolution at default.  This will remain the background image and referred to as background in the tutorial.

2.   Select a foreground colour of #90abc0 and background colour of #808080. Click on the foreground colour to open the Material Properties dialogue box and select the Gradient tab.  Click on the drop-list and locate Foreground/Background Gradient and apply these setting:

Style:  Linear
Angle:  180



3.  Choose the Flood Fill tool and fill the background. If the layer changes to Raster 1, rename it Background.



4. Highlight raster 1. Change to the Pick tool go to Edit, Copy, Edit and Paste as a New Layer onto the background. Apply the same to raster 2. With the Move Tool, adjust the images into place. Your image should look similar to mine below.



5. Check the layers palette that each of these images are named raster 1 and raster 2.

6. Position the image similar to below. Don't worry if there is a lot of background, it is needed but will be cropped later.




changing perspective

1.   Working with the Pick Tool, activate Raster 1. Go to the Tools Options Palette and add a value of 20 in Perspective Y:   The image is now at a laid-back angle.



2. Select raster 2, go back to the Tools Options Palette and add a value of -10 in Perspective X.



3 . Activate the original image which should still be in the workspace. Open the visibility toggle to reveal the full image. With the Pick tool select the original image on the canvas. Go to Edit, Copy.

4. Return to the working image and stand on the Background in the layers palette to highlight it. Go to Edit and Paste as a New Layer. The original image is now behind Raster 1 and 2.


You layers palette should now look like mine.


Your images on the background should also look like mine.


making adjustments

1. With the Pick tool select raster 2 and go to Mode, Perspective. Grab the left corner of the image and push the node up. . Just make sure the carriages line up.

2. Lower the opacity of the image to check if it is lined up with the carriages of the original image behind.



3. Highlight Raster 1. Set Mode to Perspective. Pull on the right side upper node to adjust shape. Align the carriages with the original image. You may also have to use Scale mode to make a few more adjustments.



1. Select the Eraser tool size 4, activate raster 1. Begin to eraser the right side of the frame on Raster 1. Brush right across the carriages and a little of the greenery. This will reveal parts of the original image. Be careful you don't erase too much. To un-erase, hold the right mouse and recover.

The image below is zoomed in at 600%.


2. With the original image still active, erase the greenery above and below the centre carriages including the timber supports. Raster 2 has the opacity reduced to show the original image.  Reduce the erase size to about 3 when erasing the tops of the carriages.




3.  Make sure the background is nice an clean - no specks.  Zoom in if you need to.





1.  Add shadpws to Raster 1 and 2 to give the framed images a little more depth.

Vertical 8
Horizontal 3
Opacity 45
Blur 8
Colour Black



adding a new image

1. From the Organiser, select the trainphoto.jpg  and drag directly into the layers palette at the top of the stack.  Reduce opacity to 46%. 

2.  Align the train track as shown in the image below.  You may need to adjust the trainphoto by resizing a little in order for the tracks to line up nicely.  Don't worry about any other parts of the image as it will be erased.



3. With the Eraser tool, size 10 begin at the front of the train and making sure you are on the Raster 1 layer, start erasing part of the frame.

4.  Switch to the trainphoto layer, increase the size of the eraser to 30 and erase the background.  When finished your image should look similar to the one below.



5. Hide the Backround by applying the visiblity toggle. 

6.  Whilst the images are on a transparent background check for any stray pixels.  Erase them but remember to make sure you are on the right layer.

7.  Right click on any of the above layers, Merge, Merge Visible.  Unhide the Background.


Painting Steam

1. Add a new raster layer at the top of the stack. Select the Paintbrush and find the cloud brush you downloaded. Set the size to 356, opacity 32. Foreground colour white, Background transparent.

2.  Open the Brush Variance Palette.  Click on Size:  Pressure and set to Normal.


3.  Starting on the steam arising from the train, paint / dab the brush to give the effect of billowing steam.  Adjust the size down and also the opacity to give the steam a light flow away from the image and across the canvas.

4.  Before merging, you may want to add a texture to the Background.  Keep it relatively light though.



4.  Finalising

1. All layers can now be merged, flattened.

2. Go to Adjust, sharpness, sharpen.

3. Go to Adjust,  Hue and Saturation, Vibrancy, increase the slider to about 17.  Click OK.

4. Crop the image without affecting the top and each side.

5. Lastly, resize the image to 800pixels on the largest side and save.


Your Out of Bounds Steam Train Ride is now complete.



A small selection of Out of Bounds Images I have created


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