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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 are going to talk about how you can use prebuilt frames and then add those to your images. We are going to work on this image its titled annika_cry.tif. Let's go ahead and double-click that one to open it up in Photoshop. Next what I want to do is navigate back to the Bridge. We are going to go this Frames folder. Now inside of this Frames folder are a wide range of different types of frames. I'm going to go ahead and select a couple that I'm interested in trying out with this image. So, I'm going to select frame.psd, I'm also going to choose border0432. So I'll hold down the Command key on a Mac/ Ctrl key on a PC to select that one as well and then right-click and choose Open. This will then open up all of those frames and I'll click OK for all those warning messages. All right, well let's go ahead and navigate back to the annika_cry photo. Now just for the record that expression is so adorable. Someone once said, Chris, how could you take a picture of her crying? And what happened was, is I was photographing her in the back seat and she was playing with Buzz Lightyear and all of a sudden Buzz pinched her finger and she started to cry and I snapped that one real quickly, but I helped her right after that.
But just a great expression. All right, well want I want to do is I want to add these frames to this particular image. Now the easiest way to do that is to navigate to our Arrange Documents icon and choose this option here, which is Tile All in Grid. Now, that I can see all of these different options I'll go ahead and choose this border and drag and drop that one into this image and I'll click Yes there for that warning message and I'll grab frame.psd and drag and drop this one into the image as well. Now we are going to start off by working with this one titled frame.psd. So let's press F to go to Fullscreen View mode and then Spacebar to reposition the image. Now, this one right here is the one that's frame, so I'll go ahead and double-click Adjustments, double-click Color, so we can focus in on this frame here. I'll then click and drag to reposition that and I'm going to free transform this one. Command+T on a Mac/ Ctrl+T on a PC and I'm going to do a bit of a freeform transform because with a border like this, no one really knows what it looks like. So, even though I'm skewing it, it won't like look that bad.
Next I'll double-click to apply that transformation. All right, well how then can I punch through this white area in order to be able to see the image or to have this frame the image? Well what I need to do here is use one of my Selection tools. I'll go ahead and use Quick Select and all that I need to do is Quick Select is drag, so I'll go ahead and drag around the image to select this white area. Now the next thing that I want to do is choose Refine Edge. Now Refine Edge will help me actually see what I have. So I'm going to go ahead and go to this Black and White View mode and here I can see my edge and I'm just looking to see how exact that is. I can also click this option here, which will take it back to the Standard view. So I'll just see the selection, we can see it in red rubylith overlay or we can see it in this Black and White view.
Now go into these different options, it looks like that red rubylith overlay is going to give us our best view. Now with the option to contract which will make that frame a little bit bigger or expand that. So, I'm going to expand that. I'm going to add a little more of contrast, I want to make that a little bit more rigid there and then press OK. All right, well now that I have that nice selection inside of there, I'll click the Mask icon. Now a lot of times when you click the Mask icon you aren't sure if you have clicked it incorrectly, meaning if you have the wrong thing selected. Well I did, but no big deal. Press Command+I on a Mac/Ctrl +I on a PC in order to invert that selection and now I have this nice edge and this pretty interesting border. Now the last thing that I need to do at least for this first frame is double-click the background layer and I'll go ahead and name this one annika. And then I'm going to free transform this layer, Command+T on a Mac/Ctrl+T on a PC. What I want to do is I just want to bring this one down just a bit there and make it fit right inside that frame, so I have a little bit more of the photograph and I'll move that around by clicking and dragging it, position it right where I want it and then double-click to apply.
All right, well so far so good. We have applied our first frame, but we want to see what these other frames would look like as well. So, let's turn off the visibility of our top most layer and then turn on the visibility of this other frame. Wow! That one is huge. What are we going to do? Well we will press Command+T on a Mac/Ctrl+T on a PC and then in order to view the entire frame we will press Command+0 on a Mac/Ctrl+0 on a PC. Now the first thing I need to do is rotate this. So, I'll hover near one of those four corner points, when the cursor is that bent arrow I can click then click and drag to rotate. Next I'll hold down the Shift key and I'm going to free transform this and I want to free transform it so that for the most part I'm constraining the proportions. Now I may change that later, but for the most part that's pretty good. Double-click to apply that and then double-click the Zoom tool to take this back to 100%.
Okay, so far so good. Let's look at the image and then the frame. Now here is a nice shortcut that you can use if you are trying to determine, if a frame is going to look good. You can navigate to the blending mode and choose Multiply and what Multiply will do is knock out the white color. Well now that the white is gone I can then click in this frame, Command+T on a Mac/Ctrl+T on a PC and I'm going to go ahead and bring that in here. I'm going to bring this other side in as well; I'm going to skew this one just a little bit here. All right, so far, so good. Bring that over there to that edge and then double-click to apply that. Now because I use that blending mode I got rid of all of the white in the background. So, in that case I probably want to add some white or black for that matter in the background. So, in order to do that, I'll go ahead and click on the annika layer. Now, I'm going to create a new layer. But I want to create a new layer a new way. If I click on the New Layer icon I'll create a new layer above annika. Don't want to do that.
Rather then I'm going to hold down the Command key on a Mac/Ctrl key on a PC, click on the New Layer icon that creates a layer underneath annika and I'll call this one bg for background. I then want to fill this layer with black or white, so let's go ahead and take this to our default settings here. So, black is in the foreground, white is in the background. I'll fill with white, which is going to be Command+Delete on a Mac/Ctrl+Delete on a PC. All right so I have a couple of different frame options, here is one option. Turn that one off and here is another option, very different frames. One is a little bit more edgy, a little bit more distracting. This one is a little bit more simple, little bit easier to look at. I think this one looks a little bit better makes a little bit more sense than the other. Now once I start to evaluate this frame one of the things I notice is you know what, the simplicity of the frame is nice. I would like it to even be more simple.
So I'm going to take this back to a blend mode of Normal and then I'm going to select the Magic Wand tool and I'm going to click inside of this white area. Currently my Tolerance is at 32 and that looks pretty good, a nice sample around that white area. Now I'm going to turn off this frame. All I'm doing is using that area as a selection. Now I'll then click in the annika layer and then click on the icon to create a mask. Now, in this case what I'm doing is rather adding a border I'm just removing the edge in its entirety. Kind of like what we did in the previous movie, right, where we painted in that border and sometimes what I've found is when you are working on your images, you want to try to find a border that complements the image.
And again you are going to need to experiment and again it depends on how complex the frame is and also how complex the image is. And, okay, that wraps up this movie.
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