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Adding borders using custom shapes

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Video: Adding borders using custom shapes

Another way that we can add border or edge effects to our photographs is by using custom shapes and then by turning a custom shape into a selection and eventually a mask. Well, let's take a look at how we can do this. If we navigate down to our tools panel, and if we click on the icon which allows us to select shapes, here we can choose a shape say like the Rounded Rectangle tool. When you select this tool, you can change the Radius, and if you increase the Radius and then click and drag across the image, you can see that you can create a shape which has rounded corners.

Adding borders using custom shapes

Another way that we can add border or edge effects to our photographs is by using custom shapes and then by turning a custom shape into a selection and eventually a mask. Well, let's take a look at how we can do this. If we navigate down to our tools panel, and if we click on the icon which allows us to select shapes, here we can choose a shape say like the Rounded Rectangle tool. When you select this tool, you can change the Radius, and if you increase the Radius and then click and drag across the image, you can see that you can create a shape which has rounded corners.

And in this case let's say that we want to add a border or edge which has this type of a rounded corner. Well, right now we have the exact opposite of what we need. Yet we are going to use this shape, because we are going to turn it into a selection and then a mask. Let me show you what I mean. Well, if you hold down the Command or Ctrl key and then click on the shape and then turn off the Visibility of it, you'll notice that basically what we've done is just activated that shape as a selection, well that's exactly what we want.

But we want to invert this selection first, so we'll go to Select, and then here we'll choose Inverse. Well, now we just have the outside edge of this photograph selected. And now that we have that, we can go to our Adjustment layer icon and then choose Solid Color, by doing that we can select a solid color. Let's go ahead and start off with white so that you can then see how that looks at how we have that here around our photograph. If we want to soften the edge, just double-click on the Mask icon and then increase the Feather Amount.

So you can then soften the overall edge effect there in order to change the way that that appears. Another thing that you can do--which is really fascinating--is you can change the blending mode of this layer. Here we will click on our Blending mode pulldown menu and try Soft Light. In doing that, you can see how it's kind of a bit more of a subtle brightening effect around the edges. Well, rather than brightening, I want it to darken. So we'll double-click the icon for our Solid Color Adjustment, we will changes to a nice dark black there, and then click OK.

Furthermore, we can then go back to the mask by double-clicking that, and we can increase the Feather more, so it's almost a bit more like a vignette effect than it is kind of a border or edge. So with this technique you can see that you can start off with a really fixed shape, and then you can customize that either by using the different blending modes, or of course you can always leave this on Normal if you want to have a really fixed or solid shape. Another way that we can work with this technique is to use different shapes as well. For example, if we go back to this area, we can select the Custom Shape tool.

Now in the Options bar there are so many different shapes that we can try. Let's go ahead and try this star shape here, which is currently selected, and we will click and drag that across the image. Next, I'll use the Move tool in order to reposition this, so I have this over the photograph. Now you may be thinking there is no way that this shape will work for a border or edge effect. Well, actually, we can use this, and it will look pretty interesting once we go through a few steps. Again, we'll Command-click or Ctrl-click the shape to activate it as a selection.

Next, we will turn off the Visibility of that shape. Then go to Select and here choose Inverse. Next, we will click on our Adjustment layer icon as we've done before, we'll choose Solid Color. In this case, we will keep this as black. Well, now that we have that, the shape is obviously much too harsh, it's too strong. I want to on border or edge which is a bit more like a vignette, not a custom star over this portrait. This doesn't work with this image. So here, we will change our Blending mode to Soft Light, we've seen that before.

Then next, we'll double-click on the mask to open up the Properties panel, so we can increase the feather. As we do that, you can see that that star is going to completely disappear. But it is kind of the irregularity of the star of this mask which helps to create kind of some nice vignetting. It's not a normal vignette, but rather it kind of has a little bit of give and take, which with the photograph like this might work well. Well, after I've done that, what I also want to do is turn on my other Adjustment layer, so I can have this edge, and rather than having an edge which is black--I'll double-click this, I want to bring it back to white here--and then I'll click OK.

And I will just drag this to the top of my layer stack so that that's nice and pure white, and you can see how we brought both of these layers together. One which darkens some of the edges there, the other one which adds that really defined edge or border. And by using this technique, as you have seen here, we can come up with some really interesting and fascinating ways to create and add borders and edges to our photographs.

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Photoshop for Photographers: Creative Effects

67 video lessons · 19345 viewers

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  1. 3m 0s
    1. Welcome
      59s
    2. Using the exercise files
      53s
    3. What you need to know before watching this course
      1m 8s
  2. 23m 0s
    1. Using Color Balance and Curves to create vivid color
      5m 16s
    2. Creating vibrant and exciting color: part 1
      5m 7s
    3. Creating vibrant and exciting color: part 2
      5m 57s
    4. Increasing color, saturation, and glow with blending modes and filters
      3m 28s
    5. Using Apply Image to enhance color
      3m 12s
  3. 31m 38s
    1. Creating Instagram-like effects with actions
      4m 46s
    2. Improving the impact of color with curves and color balance
      3m 36s
    3. Advanced color toning
      7m 29s
    4. Creating a more uniform color palette
      5m 4s
    5. Setting yourself apart with artistic color
      4m 28s
    6. Creating an edgy, muted, high-contrast look
      6m 15s
  4. 21m 25s
    1. Adding light for emphasis
      5m 26s
    2. Using adjustment layers to brighten and add color
      4m 31s
    3. Using the Lighting Effects filter
      5m 31s
    4. Removing an object from its environment
      2m 37s
    5. Creating a realistic shadow for an object
      3m 20s
  5. 22m 43s
    1. Understanding why blur matters
      1m 38s
    2. Using Field Blur in a traditional way
      2m 23s
    3. Creating "impossible" focus and blur with Field Blur
      4m 35s
    4. Creating Iris Blur effects
      6m 3s
    5. Adding Tilt-Shift Blur effects
      3m 24s
    6. Adding Tilt-Shift to a cityscape
      4m 40s
  6. 19m 46s
    1. Adding pan motion to a photograph
      3m 57s
    2. Creating a radial spin effect
      5m 17s
    3. Adding a radial zoom blur
      5m 12s
    4. Using selections and masks to create a zoom effect
      5m 20s
  7. 14m 9s
    1. Creating a subtle and realistic lens flare
      6m 1s
    2. Increasing drama by using multiple lens flare adjustments
      4m 20s
    3. Enhancing color and tone to make the Lens Flare effect come to life
      3m 48s
  8. 22m 57s
    1. Building creative effects with HDR toning
      6m 10s
    2. HDR toning and layer blending
      5m 33s
    3. Masking HDR toning into specific areas of a photo
      7m 29s
    4. Adding texture and snap to black-and-white images with HDR toning
      3m 45s
  9. 16m 44s
    1. Building a dynamic digital infrared effect
      4m 54s
    2. Combining infrared and HDR toning
      5m 23s
    3. Creating infrared with contrast and sharpness
      6m 27s
  10. 14m 53s
    1. Using the Film Grain and Noise filters
      4m 26s
    2. Creating a more realistic grain effect
      5m 44s
    3. Adding grain to a Smart Object
      4m 43s
  11. 30m 7s
    1. Adding grain and creating a sepia tone
      4m 38s
    2. Burning and dodging a sepia-toned image
      4m 53s
    3. Blending back some original color and adding a border
      4m 23s
    4. Creating a sepia tone and blending in texture
      3m 55s
    5. Adding film grain and more texture
      4m 44s
    6. Creating a distinct color and tone
      3m 36s
    7. Burning and dodging a vintage photo
      3m 58s
  12. 22m 43s
    1. Adding a prebuilt edge
      4m 40s
    2. Hand-painting a border or edge
      5m 44s
    3. Adding borders using custom shapes
      4m 48s
    4. Working with a real film edge
      3m 12s
    5. Adding external frames and borders
      4m 19s
  13. 17m 32s
    1. Building a creative effect with blending and adjustments
      5m 40s
    2. Combining clouds with a portrait for an imaginative effect
      7m 22s
    3. Blending images and graphics together to add visual interest
      4m 30s
  14. 13m 16s
    1. Finding and installing custom brushes
      4m 50s
    2. Using and modifying custom brushes
      5m 23s
    3. Experimenting with custom brushes
      3m 3s
  15. 22m 53s
    1. Why use Photoshop plug-ins?
      1m 4s
    2. Adding borders with PhotoFrame from onOne
      6m 9s
    3. Creating effects with Exposure by Alien Skin
      6m 9s
    4. Enhancing color with Color Efex Pro by Nik
      4m 49s
    5. Using Topaz Adjust to improve colors
      2m 55s
    6. Using VSCO Film with Camera Raw
      1m 47s
  16. 40s
    1. Goodbye
      40s

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