* Use a program like Paintshop Pro to make the images to use for letters. Since I only use PSP all examples are made with this program.
* The most commonly used screen resolution is 1024 x 768, but some people still have resolution 800 x 600 although not often anymore, and others have the newer 1280 x 1024. The tuts are designed for 1024 x 768 and 1280 x 1024.
* The image should not be wider than 350 pixels otherwise it will take up too much space on the letter.
In the case of a non-scrolling background like in this tut (unlike in the "scrolling side stat" tut) the image must be 920 pixels high, so it will fit on screen resolution 1280 x 1024 as well as the lower resolution!!
So the image must be high and not wide.... not all images are suitable for a stat like this.
*A trick though is to extend the image in PSP, for instance with the clone tool like I did with the image I used in this tut!


1. Open the image you want to use in PSP (Paintshop Pro) or download this mist by Giada which I used here.

2. Open a NEW IMAGE, 1280 x 920 pixels,
image characteristics RASTER BACKGROUND >  TRANSPARANT.

3. Fill this background image with a color that matches the image.
-I used a brownish pink which is in the flower on the woman's dress-.

4. Put your cursor on the image, right click and choose COPY, put your cursor on the NEW IMAGE and right click again: choose PASTE AS NEW SELECTION
The image will "stick" to your cursor: position the image on the left hand side of the background and click again so it will be put there.


Your basic letter is ready now and should look something like this:

6. Now you will have to make the image of the woman fit on the whole background, otherwise when received on a computer with resolution 1280 x 1024 it will look exactly like this and that is not what we want ;-()))
(Mind you, on screen resolution 1024 x 670 this will look fine;)))))

On this image I cloned her dress in PSP, so copied parts of her dress and pasted that below, with the clone tool.
This makes it look like this:


7. Save the background with the name of the letter in it, like if you'd want to call the final product "Pastel Dream" you call this
"Pastel DreamBody" or "Pastel DreamBackground".


1. Click BODY > IMAGE, (marked in red 1.) go to the folder where you saved the background, click it. It will be inserted,
and it will look like this:

2. The text has to be adjusted: the color of the text TEXT COLOR (marked red 1,)
 the color of the link LINK COLOR (marked red 2.)
 and the settings, MARGINS > LEFT (marked red 4.)
 Increase the number until you can see the text is next to the image, not over it anymore.
With the sample tool you can go over the image, you will see the color of the text change when you go over the image with the sample tool (marked red 1.) Click when you are satisfied with the color. Do the same with the link color, this will change the colors of the text in your address bar. Otherwise that remains this bright blue ;)

It should now look like this:

Now the last part..... the footer, very important.
In the footer you can credit the creator of the image, like Giada in this example, and you can put your own name on it as well.

1. Go to FOOTER.

2. Next to where you can choose the font, and font size, you can change the position of the footer. (Next to the U . marked in red 1.)
 I usually choose middle or right. Which ever you prefer ;)

3. Type the name of the image creator, and your own name (for details see tut Stat Side Scrolling and Stat with Header)
For this letter I made a footer in PSP with text, and a little image from her dress.
Save as Pastel DreamFooter and insert in LC by clicking FOOTER > IMAGE, find the location where you saved the footer, click to insert (marked in red 1.)

4. You can link the footer to your website or to your e-mail address.
SELECT the text or inserted footer image.
The text you select by dragging your cursor over it, an image you select by clicking on it.

5. Then click LINK (marked in red 1a.)
 Now you can choose to type in the address of your website or your e-mail in the little screen which appears.


6. Go to 3D EFFECTS and choose an effect for sending and receiving the letter if you wish to do so.

7. Go to FINISH and give your letter a name, like I named this letter Wood Elve.

8. Choose an existing collection name or make a new one.

9. Type in the credits if you wish to do so: like your website or e-mail address. This will show up in the style box of the receiver of the letter, down on the left hand side.


(You can also choose to SAVE PROJECT too: you can save it into a Letter Creator folder so you can alter it later if you want or anything like that.)

Go to your style box, open the new letter and send it to yourself to see if all is okay.

If it is: congratulations!!!!!

I hope you enjoyed this tut, and I hope it is of some use to you.

With love,


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