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Open a new image 300x150 with a white background. Promote this to layer and name it color. Add two new layers to it, naming them shadow and bevel. On the layer called bevel make a square selection starting at the upper left corner and ending at the bottom. Now (with the background selected as black) buttonize this selection by Image/Effects/Buttonize settings; Height=1, Width=10, Opacity=50 to 60, Transparent Edge selected.
Next go to the shadow layer and add a dropshadow by Image/Effects/Dropshadow settings; Shadow=black, Opacity=100, Blur=10, Vertical Offset=0, Horizontal Offset=3 to 5.
Now on the base or color layer, flood fill with the color or texture of your choice. Select Layers/Merge/Merge All (flatten).
Now with the selection tool make a rectangular selection in the center of the image. You may elect to keep the shadow on the left edge or not. The border on this page has the left edge the image in the tutorial does not. Next Edit/Copy your cropped image.
Finally open a new image 1200 to 1500 by a few pixels less in height than your original image. Paste your original image into this new image and line it up on the left edge (by making it a few pixels less in height you are sure to have a seamless image for your background).

Note: when filling your image with a pattern or texture make sure you begin your image large enough so that when you crop the selection you can choose Selection/Convert to Seamless Pattern instead and when you use it as a background it will blend smoothly.

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