Ragged edges, fuzzy, photo frames
NOTE: I suppose that you have Adobe Photoshop (better CS version) and you have spent some time to learn basic shortcuts and tools. All tutorials was done on CS version under Microsoft Windows XP. All tools and filters parameters are set up for a good quality images (minimum 300 dpi). Don’t work with JPG images!
I notice that there is many threads on forums and blogs dedicated to photo frames and image borders. People spend money to buy expensive plugin’s and applications waste time to find more frames on Internet. I Have decide to tell you a bit about how to create frames with the only tool you need Adobe Photoshop!
This is the first framing tutorial and it will explain how to create most interesting frames. Have you ever saw fuzzy (dirty) frames which designers often use in their artwork? Do you really think they use complex additions for Photoshop? )) No, they only play around with their experience and standard filters. Take a look on this site design, on head image and on footer, do you see ragged edges? believe me, this is a VERY simple trick which you will learn from this tutorial and which can be applied for photos and designs.
Lets play. Open your photo. Good quality, 300 dpi, because I will use filter settings for high quality images, if you use lower quality images you will need to take smaller values for filters!
The first step we will start is to create a new layer. Depends on your needs fill this layer with black or white color. Black for black frame, white for white ) If you Decide to create a black frame, then you will need to set this new layer in to Multiply blending mode.
Here is my result for first step:
The next step we will do will tell most people EVERYTHING. With the new layer - Select ALL [CTRL-A]. Now go to menu Select->Modify->Border and create a border from selection with WIDTH value 200.
Now, we can play with two types of borders, SIMPLE (like we have) and FEATHERED. Feathered border is same we have now but the selection is also feathered Select->Feather (I use minimum value 100).
Here is my result for this step with simple and feathered border selection:
Next we will create MASK for our layer. We already defined the selection for such mask, so, everything we need to do is to add it. Press add layer Mask button in layers panel. Actually, we have create our first basic border now.
Here is my result:
NOTE: You can add as many filters as you wish directly in filter gallery. Just press “New effect layer” button directly in filter gallery dialog.
Let me show you some results of filters combinations:
NOTE: It will take some time until you understand what filters do. Just try to remember the effect and think “what will be if I will use this after this”. For example: Cutout filter is very good if you need to smooth the result.
NOTE: This last sample is result of simple (not feathered border selection)
And here is my simple white border. I will show you filters settings for this one:
1) GRAIN: 100 / 100 / Regular
2) MOSAIC TILES: 2 / 15 / 10
3) WATER PAPER: 50 / 87 / 89
4) DRY BRUSH: 10 / 10 / 2
Now you can play with filters and create as much you own frames as you wish. You can record them as Actions to reuse in the future. Just be creative and you will find your own good result. This is only tutorial, so, you might don’t like samples, I actually don’t use such frames for my photography, but I wanted to show you possible solution.