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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers is an essential course for any digital photographer who wants to master the software's vast array of image enhancement techniques. Professional photographer and instructor Chris Orwig uses his own compelling images to demonstrate how the power of Photoshop can make photographers more passionate about their work. He covers many aspects of the application, such as working with RAW images, using curves and levels, making images snap, and enhancing bland photographs by converting them to black and white. Exercise files accompany this course.
In this movie we will be working from the folder Examples. You can find it inside of the Chapter 14 Custom Borders and Frames folder, subfolder Examples. What we are going to be doing here is looking at a few example frames and then I'll showing you a file that includes some frames like the kind that we will be looking at and I'll talk to you about how you can use these frames with your own images. Also keep in mind that you will be able to use these frames that are included in this frames folder as well, using some of the similar techniques. All right, well go to this Examples folder. Now, here you can see some frames that have a very different aesthetic. It's as if the frame is blended into the image in a really unique way. Then for some reason that kind of connects with the image and it makes sense and it looks really interesting. Well, how then do we do that? Well, in order to see how we can do that, we are going to go ahead and open up the file frames.psd as well as nick.tif. So I'll hold down the Command key on the Mac/Ctrl key on a PC, select both of those images then right-click and choose Open. That will then open both of those files and let's start off on frames.psd. Press F to go to Full Screen View mode, double-click the Zoom tool to take it to 100% and finally press the Spacebar to reposition that image.
All right let's scroll down to the bottom of this layer document. Well here you can see that I have a photograph of our bridge that was captured in the San Francisco Bay Area and then on top of it I have a wide range of frames. You will notice that I have black and white version of these frames. And I have included the black and white versions of the frames in order to keep things simple for you and here how it works. You click on one of the layers and if the layers are in the blend mode of Normal and you see that the middle is black and the exterior is white. You are going to want to try a blend mode of Screen and what that will do is it will knock out that black color, kind of interesting.
On the other hand, if you have a frame that's inverted from that, you want to try that blend mode of Multiply. In this case here we can see that there is white in the middle and black on the outside. Now you maybe thinking well how am I going to keep that straight? Well here is all that you are going to need to do in order to use these frames. You are going to need to just keep in mind it is either Screen or Multiply and then experiment. It is a fifty-fifty chance that you will get it right. Okay, well here is how we would apply these frames to some other images. I'll go ahead and press F to exit out of Fullscreen View mode, so I pressed F twice there. Then I'm going to grab this nick image and drag it out of this tabbed group. Now that it is out of that tab group, I'll go back and I'm going to go through these frames and try to find a frame that I think is kind of interesting. When I go up top I decide, I kind of like this one. So, I'll click and drag that into my document. So simple click, drag and drop. Now that that's I'll press F to go to Fullscreen View mode, free transform this just a touch, Command+T on a Mac/Ctrl+T on a PC and I want to make this one a little bit bigger then I need to try my blend modes out right.
So I'll go ahead and try Multiply to see if that works. Okay, well yeah, that works. That gives me this black border. Well how then could I invert them? Well, there is a nice shortcut for inverting. It's Command+I on a Mac/Ctrl+I on a PC, then take the blend mode to Screen. Now, in this case I have this nice white edge frame, I kind of like that, although the image is a little bit too small. So, I'll double-click this background layer, name this nick for Nick Decker, then press Command+T to free transform that, that's for a Mac/for PC that would be Ctrl+T and all that I'm looking to do is to just bring the image in and I need to do this especially with this frame because it is a pretty big frame and I want my image to be able to fit right inside of there.
So I'm grabbing the four corner points, I'm holding the Shift key to constrain proportions, double-click to apply that and let's take a look at our Before and After. Here is before and here is after. All right, well for the most part it's working for me, except one of things I'm noticing is I have this hard edge that I'm seeing around the edge of image here. Well, I want to modify that a bit. So I'm going to go ahead and turn off this layer and I'm going to click into the nick layer and add a Layer Mask. Now that I have added a Layer Mask I'll grab my Brush tool and I'm going to paint with black. So, I'll go ahead and press D and then X to flip that.
Now, I have one of those creative brushes that I have before. I'm going to make this brush a little bit more simple by right-clicking and I go back to the top and choose one of the defaults, the standard brushes. Okay, great. Brush is too big, press the left bracket key and all that I'm looking to do here is to soften this edge a touch, so I'll click once, hold down the Shift key click again, click once, hold down the Shift key, click again, click once, hold down the Shift key, click again, click once, hold down the Shift key click again. So just soften that edge a little bit. So, the nice thing about that it is kind of hiding that border behind the frame. So, when I disable that mask you can see the hard edge doesn't look good because I added that soft edge. It helped that blend into the image. Now, do you need to do that every time with every image? No, not at all, but there are times when you do need to modify the edge of your image in order to connect or make sense to the frame that you are working on.
So, now if all of this conversation about adding custom borders to your images is really kind of peaking your interest, well you definitely want to check out the next movie because in the next movie I'm going to highlight a resource, a plug-in that's absolutely amazing. It is a plug-in that I typically use whenever I'm adding a frame to my photos and we will talk about that in the next movie.
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