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In Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training, Ted LoCascio teaches casual photographers how to organize, edit, and share their digital image libraries using this powerful software package from Adobe. He tours the included Adobe Bridge application, used for importing and organizing photographs, and explores every feature of Elements itself. He demonstrates how to navigate the Elements workspace, which is used to correct and improve images, combine them into projects, and produce slideshows, photo books, web galleries, and more. Ted also explains how to get the most out of each editing mode, and shares tips for correcting, retouching, and sharpening photographs. Example files accompany the course.
With this movie I would like to show you how to apply styles and effects in order to create an image frame. I'm currently in the Adobe Bridge application, and I'm viewing the exercise files folders. What I would like to do is scroll down here in the Content panel, double- click on the Chapter 15 folder and then double-click on the frame effect folder, and then double-click on this image, Enzo_sweet potatoes_01. That opens up this image of my son with sweet potatoes all over his face, and I think this is an excellent candidate for a Frame effect. I'd like to actually frame this image right here in Elements. So, what we can do in order to create this effect is use the effects in the Effects palette. We're actually going to use some styles that you can access from within the Effects palette. All right, the first thing we need to do in order to create this effect is set it up for applying styles, because we can't apply styles to the background layer.
If I were to go ahead and just click on anything randomly in here, say this Outer Glow, it's going to give you this warning that says S"tyles can only be applied to layers. Do you want to make this background a layer?" and we could say OK. I'm just going to say Cancel, because I want to show you a different way to do this and I don't want to apply that effect. So instead I'm going to show you how to do this by selecting all and then applying this keyboard shortcut, which is Command+Shift+J. By applying that you're cutting your selection from the background, and placing it on a new layer above. Let's double-click where it says Layer 1 here in Layers palette and name the layer, I'm just going to type in Enzo, and then press Return to apply that name.
Okay, that looks good. Next thing I want to do is expand the Canvas, so that we can see the frame around the image, because right now we don't have any extra area. I could resize this transparent image there if I wanted to, but instead I think I'm just going to expand the Canvas. And to do that I can bring up the Canvas Size dialog box. I'm going to use the keyboard shortcut for that because this is a good one to memorize, Command +Option+C. That brings up this dialog box. Notice, I have the Relative option checked, with that checked we can just type in the amount that we want to add all around the image.
Type in 3 inches in both fields. I'm going to stick with the background color, which is white, which you can see over here. That's our default background color. We'll click OK, and that expands the Canvas out. All right so now we have a larger white area over here in the background layer and you could see we have some transparent area around the Enzo layer. That's exactly what we want. The next thing I want to do is add another layer in between the background and Enzo. Okay I want to leave the background untouched and as we know we can't apply styles to it. So if I want to create a frame using styles underneath the Enzo layer, that means I need to make another layer. So what I'm going to do is, I'm going to duplicate the background layer and while I'm doing that, I'm going to do so by using the keyboard shortcut, adding a modifier to it to access the New Layer dialog box, as I'm creating it, so that I can name it as I'm creating it.
The keyboard shortcut is Command+Option +J. By adding Option to the Command+J shortcut, we can access that New Layer dialog box. Command+Option+J. There it is, New Layer, and I'm going to name this layer frame and then we click OK or just press Return, either one. All right, so now we have the frame layer underneath the Enzo layer and above the Background. All right, so what I'm going to do now is go into the Effects palette and I already have the Styles button depressed which is good. From the menu over here on the right I want to choose Wow Chrome, because this is the set that contains the frame effect that I want to apply to this particular selected layer, the frame layer. All right. Now keep in mind when you create a new layer, you want to apply styles to it. You have to have some sort of pixels inside of here, that's why I copy the background layer. This is filled with white, okay. If this were transparent layer, for instance if we were to just create a new layer like that, we wouldn't be able to apply Wow Chrome to this particular layer.
It's a transparent layer, and there is nothing on it. All right, so that's not going to work. Let's go ahead and throw that away. Drag it up to the Trash Can. Have to have something inside of it. So that's why we have white in here. Let's go ahead and double-click on any of these Wow Chrome guys just to see what they look like, I'm also going to zoom out a little bit, Command-, so we can see the entire area surrounding our image now. Double-click on this particular style to apply it to the selected layer. All right, so we have a basic metallic looking silver frame behind the Enzo image now. That doesn't look too bad. Let's try another one. We'll double-click on this one, that one is pretty sharp too.
I like it. We also have this one double-click, nice, double-click, that one I like best so far, and then we have this one. That one I don't care for, let's go with this one. All right, so the reason we went through here is I want you to understand that you can just try these out. Double- click them, and choose the one that you want to work with. I think this is the one that looks best in this particular series. And keep in mind you have other options in here as well. Things like Wow, Neon, and Plastic. Some of them can be pretty out there. These are more traditional, and that is why I'm sticking with Wow Chrome. Okay, now that we have this in here, I want you to understand that you can change settings in here.
You can double-click on the Effects icon. You can see what makes up this particular effect. It's a combination of all these different layer styles. If you wanted to, you can go in here and start playing around the settings in order to modify this. I actually think it looks really good. So I don't want to make any adjustments to it. But I want you to be aware that you have access to the settings. You are not stuck with the way that it looks, you can actually go in here, and modify this. I'm going to cancel that. Next thing I want to do, is add some styles to the Enzo layer. Now we have our frame set up. Let's go ahead and modify this further, from the list over here with our Styles button depressed, notice we have all these other options.
The first one I want to choose is Bevels here at the top of the list. And we have all these different styles of Bevels. I really like these because - I really like that they have these little icons here that show you what each one is going to look like. To me that's very, very helpful. Just by looking at this I can kind of envision what it's going to look like around the edge of my image. And the one I think I want to go with is this particular one. It's a Pillow Emboss. We'll double-click that to apply it and now we have something that really looks like a frame in real life, which is kind of nice.
If I wanted to I could adjust these settings again by double-clicking the Effects icon. Maybe we could make it larger and I don't want to go too large, but we could make it larger, if we want we could also change it's lighting direction, like so or it's lighting angle, maybe if we like it the opposite way, we could do that way. I think I'm going to go ahead and bring that down a little bit. That's looking pretty good, click OK. I think I'd also like to apply another style, and you can add additional styles to this selected layer and then the one I want to add is actually an inner shadow, let's go ahead and choose that from the list as well. So we can see what our options are here in the Effects palette, and the one I want to apply is actually this one right here. Double -click that and you can see it's added this nice inner shadow next to our emboss.
So this is really looking realistic. That's exactly the effect that I wanted to create using these styles. Now keep in mind I'm going to double-click on the Effects here again. We still have options to change the settings for our Bevel, but we don't have any options in here for changing that inner shadow, unfortunately. So you can't change everything about these styles, but you can change some things. All right. So I wanted to make you aware that these have limitations. All right I'm going to click OK, and now we're finished. We have a really cool looking frame that we added to this image. If we wanted to we could save this as a PSD, so that we can go in and edit these settings later, if we should choose to do so, or we could flatten the image, save it as a JPEG and then share it with our friends and family.
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