I'm going to show you a few
ways to make stationery... These can used for Outlook Express
and Incredimail. There is a way to make EXPANDING and SCOLLING
letters in Incredimail...its a whole other process though.
Outlook has the option to use HTML coding which you can make
the OE look just like any web page.. using all kinds of
scripts. There is a way for Incredimail too....
This tutorial covers the very
BASIC way to make stationery letters.
The standard size to make
your canvas for a left side stat is 1920 x 300.The 300 is
relative to what ever design you make... can be smaller or
larger....This can be used for 1920 x
1080, 1024 x 768 and 800 x 600 resolution monitors.. being the
design in on the left side.. its ok for all three resolutions.
**'THEY' say that only 2% of
computer users have larger than the 1920 x 1080 monitor
really depends on your graphics your using for your
If your wanting your letter
to be stationary and not scroll.. just have the words scroll
over it.. then you make the stats 1920 x 750 or 800 x 550..
Might have to tinker with the height some.. depends on your
design... IF you want to TILE the bkg letter like a left sided
design one and the letter scroll under the stationary
words...then you make it 1920 x 300 or so *height depending on
graphic.* Hope that makes sense. We ALWAYS design our
stationary in PSP. Finish it Save and Name it..
THEN go to your Incredimail
Letter creator* you have to buy that separate from the IM, or
buy the bundle*.. OR your Outlook Express.
Here is how you make a side
design stationery.. for both OE and IM and both monitor
Open you a new canvas.. 1920x
whatever the height of the graphic your using is.. mine is 360
So I made a new canvas 1920
x 360. I'm not going to go through the steps on HOW I made the
design on this stationery.. there are other tuts for that..*you
do it just like a tag but to the left*
anyway design your stat on the far left side.. as in the
Your own creativity here as to designing the
Below I Merge/merge down the Bunny and the
heart below it.. its the SIDE design... then I merged the
decos I made with brushes.. and the white background..
together... Reason you have to have them separate layers.. is
you have to use different techniques in the seamless tiling
you have to do
Here is the layer palette after you do the
Below... the left top layer...the bunny and
heart.. I want to seamless tile... vertically...up and down in
other words.. these are the settings I used.. you can play
around with the width on this... you will have to HANDS ON to
see what I mean... some designs the number will have to be set
higher. You can see the settings I used below.
Now once the bunny and heart are seamless
tiled Vertically... then the white background with the words
on it... I have to seamless tile.. in ALL directions...bi
directional in other words.. see below... When you use bi
directional... it tiles it on ALL four sides and makes it a
totally seamless tile.. that can fill a big background and you
not see the 'seams' that's ugly when you can see that.
Here is the small sample of the finished
stationery.. its at 60% as you can see.. This stationery below
has to be TILED in OE or Incredimail.. and the words are don't
look like they move.. the stationery below scrolls..
This is the second way you
can do an Incredimail stat.
You make a new image
1920 x 1080 , 1024 x 768 OR 800 x 600 depending on
your monitor resolution .
When this stationery below is
made you DON'T tile it.. its stationary and the words look
like they scroll or float over it...
You design your stationery
any way you want.. remember to put every thing on its own
layer that way you can move around the layers.. adjust
etc... In this one below I filled the bottom layer with a
seamless pattern fill.. then added a new layer.. filled it
with another seamless pattern fill...that coordinated in
colors and theme. on that second layer.. I filled ... applied
a MASK on it.. see the hearts on the side.. Check my tutorial
on 'Working with Masks' if you don't know how to do one... I
copied and pasted the bunny on top... added a 3D drop shadow
on it and then a prospective shadow also... then added a new
layer UNDER the bunny... and used a brush to make the
white heart.... *you can
also make animated stationery, after you design the initial
stationery, if you wanted to put noise glitter or sparkles etc
on there you would just duplicate the layers and select the
areas to use the noise on and on each duplicated layer use a
different noise setting..You would either save it as an
animation file (*.psp) file format.. and open it in Animation
Shop OR copy and paste each of the layers into the animation
Just use your imagination
Now that you've made your
stationery... I will show you how to 'put them together' in IM
You go through this SAME
process with the 1024 x 750 stationery.. ONLY difference is
you DON'T tile it at the beginning on the body tab.
It's pretty self explanatory
after you know where to go. Message/New Message Using/Select
Browse to find the Stat you made in PSP
folder where you keep all the stats you create, easier to keep
up with them all.*
The side design stat like
this one you see in the preview window.. I tiled vertically..
the one you make that's 1024 x 768 or 800 x 600 you wouldn't
Select your font, size and color of font
Adjust your margin so that the text does not
cover the left design of the stationery.
Name your new stationery.
Next time you want to use it.. go to
Message/New Using/Pick your new one off the list if its there
if not.. go to Select Stationery and find it on the browse
window that pops up.
I hope this has helped you create your first
stationery... and it was understandable to ya
Till next time friends..