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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers provides comprehensive Photoshop training targeting the needs of photographers. In this course, author Chris Orwig demonstrates the fundamental skills used to enhance digital photos, including managing and correcting color, sharpening, making selections and adjustments, retouching, and printing from Photoshop. In addition to teaching the techniques that enable photographers to refine and publish their photos, the course includes live-action segments that encourage thinking photographically and shooting with Photoshop’s capabilities in mind. Exercise files are included with the course.
Here I want to briefly show you a few different example edges that you may be interested in using. And then I want to take a look at how we can use some of these edges on our images. Well I am in the example subfolder here. And I'll go ahead and press the Spacebar key, and then just click through these images where I've added a similar border or edge to a set of photographs. And one of the reasons why I want to show this is sometimes adding an edge or a border can kind of unify pictures, or bring them together. To exit out of this Full Screen View mode, I simply press the Escape key.
Now, all of these edges actually come from a software program that's put out by the folks at onOne Software, and it's called Photo Frame. Let's take a little bit of a closer look at some of these examples. We are going to go ahead and click in the chapter 11_custom_borders folder and open up the image, examples, as well as the image, sophia_amanda. On a Mac, hold down the Command key and click on both images. On a PC, hold down the Ctrl key and click on both images. And then press Command+O on a Mac and then press Ctrl+O on a PC.
What we are going to do is start off back here with these couple of portraits. Let's press F to go to Full Screen View mode, and then we'll zoom in just a little bit here on the photograph. I am going to double-click the Masks tab, so I can really focus in on my layers. Well, here I have two different portraits of the same person, two very different look and feels. One of the things that we can do is we can bring frames into our layer stack and then start to turn those on. And you'll soon discover that different images will respond differently to different types of frames.
Like for example, I really like this layer here, f4, with this image, because the toning kind of has this old feel to it. It feels really vintage. And this frame fits. And that what's really important, not to just add something, kind of slap it on your image, but think about the intent of the photograph, and how it works. Does the frame overpower the image? Does it complement it? What works best? And again, just clicking through a few different options. That's a real nice simple film edge. And then a couple of other options, a little bit more dramatic.
And then finally, one more that has a crop and composition in it. The fun thing with all of these different frames is to turn on different images and say, well, how did different images respond in these different contexts? And again, different images will look better in certain frames. And all of these frames come from Photo Frame. And one of the things that's interesting that you can do is you can play with these frames that I've included here, and here is how you can play with them. I am going to exit out of Full Screen View mode so that I have these two images side-by-side.
Next, I'll turn on the Visibility of all of the frames. Click in the top layer, hold down the Shift key and then click in the bottom layer. And I'm going to select all of these frames by doing that. Then, with the Move tool selected, go ahead and click and drag and drop these frames into a new document. Now, in this case, the orientation is different. We came from a portrait orientation to landscape. So I need to rotate the frames. No big deal. Press Command+T on a Mac, Ctrl+T on a PC, and then we will go ahead and simply click and drag those.
And then I am going to reposition these so that they fit on here really nicely. And then press Enter or Return. Now, at this juncture, I can then begin to play with these frames on this photograph. Here is one option that actually might work with this image. And then I am just going to go ahead and click these on and off, just so we can get a feel for how different images will work with different frames, and also so that we can begin to see how we can combine these frames with other photographs that we have.
So if you haven't ever experimented with frames, I definitely recommend that you do so, like this little subtle frame kind of has a nice accent around the edge, especially with the sepia toning. And sometimes some of the older frames look really good with certain tone versions of an image, and other times they don't look so good. Perhaps in this case, it might be better to have a color photograph. And I'm just barely scratching the surface here. This program, called Photo Frame, has so many different options, yet the whole point here is just to get you to begin to think about how much fun you can have with frames, and how they can really affect your images.
So if you haven't experimented with using frames, experiment with these files that I've included in this training title, or for that matter create your own, and see what you can come up with, because sometimes adding a frame around your photo cannot only be a lot of fun, but it can actually add a bit to your photograph, or at least treat your photograph in a new and interesting way.
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