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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.
Another way to add a custom border to one of your images is to use a border that's already been created, or for that matter to create one yourself, either by taking a picture of something or scanning some type of material, or simply by Googling around. You'll soon discover that there are lot of different types of frames and edges out there. Many of these are free to use. Well, let's take a look at how we can add an external frame to a photograph. We'll be working on two images: mickey.tif and frame.psd. Hold down the Command key on a Mac, Ctrl key on a PC and click on both images.
Then press Command+O for Mac users, Ctrl+O for PC users. All right. Well, so far you can see that we have this portrait of Mickey here. And here he is inside of his shaping bay. He's a famous surfer and surfboard shaper, a bit of a legend. And what I want to do is I want to add this old kind of film-distressed frame to this image. So all that we need to do is to set these two images side-by-side, and then select the Move tool and simply click and drag and then drop. That will bring this frame into this document. All right.
Well, let's press F to go to Full Screen View mode, so we can really focus in on the task at hand. Now currently, my frame is in the second position here in my layer stack. Let's click and drag this to the top, and I will double-click this. And I am going to rename this one "frame." Now, the one thing that you may need to do is to resize your frame, or your image, because they may not be exactly the right size. Well, here, let's resize this one. Press Command+T on a Mac, Ctrl+T on a PC. I am going to go ahead and make a few simple adjustments.
Now, one of the nice things about working with frames is that no one really knows the correct proportion, so if you free transform it or skew it, you can sometimes come up with some pretty interesting and creative results. Of course, you always need to be careful of resizing something too much, because the file will degrade. But in this case, the frame is already eroded. So I am not really concerned about that. All right. Well, the next thing that I need to do is select this middle area here. I will do so by using the Quick Select tool. Press W and then simply click and drag and start to build out that selection. All right.
Well, now that I have that area selected, and I am clicking or targeting in the frame layer, I am going to click on the Add Layer Mask icon. And so a lot of times what happens at this point is we say oops! Okay, we did the opposite of what we want to do. But we know about masking, right? That is no big deal. We simply press Command+I on a Mac or Ctrl+I on a PC. Now, if you ever forget that shortcut, remember there is that Invert button located right here. And that does the same exact thing. Now, the nice thing about this is we now have this frame, and underneath this we have a few different images.
Here you can see I've a black-and-white version of the image, or I have a sepia tone version with a little bit of film grain added. Now, we can start to play with this and swap out these different images and find just the right fit. The other thing that we can do is we can modify this Mask edge. For example, let's zoom in a little bit here, and you'll notice that there is a little bit of a white edge still stuck to that frame. I want to remove that. So I simply go to Mask Edge here. Now, what I am going to do in Mask Edge is I am going to simply modify this.
And so I am interested in changing this just a little bit. And I'm going to change my View here. I want to simply view this On layers, so I can see that white edge. All right. Well, once I've done that, I can shift this edge one way or another. You'll notice that as I shift it this way, you can see it pull that way back or for that matter I could bring that back in. So again, it's going to be a subtle, little movement here. Also, add a little bit of Contrast to the edge to bulk that out, and then even a little bit of smoothness, and that will soften the edge a little bit.
Here is my before and then after, just subtly removing that white edge there. And if I need to go further, I could feather that out. Remove it altogether. All right. Well, let's click OK and then zoom out a little bit, so we can evaluate our work. That now looks much, much better. And the nice thing about using masks is that we have that flexibility. And the other advantage of doing this, again, is that we can simply change our images, or for that matter, we could drag a new image into this layer stack, and as long as the frame is on top, we could then preview how that image would look underneath that frame.
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