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In Photoshop CS6 for Photographers, author, photographer, and teacher Chris Orwig explores Photoshop from the perspective of the photographer.
The course details the features and techniques behind enhancing and retouching photos, preparing them for print and online publishing, and much more. Chris demonstrates how to make basic edits in Camera Raw, develop and save color profiles, work with layers and selections, tone and sharpen, and retouch images while retaining their natural character.
Chris also shares some creative tips and project ideas, such as converting a photo to black-and-white and enhancing a portrait with hand-painted masks. The course also covers workflow details, such as organizing images in Bridge and Mini Bridge, optimizing Photoshop preferences, and calibrating your monitor.
Here, we are going to take a look at how we can add border or edges to our photographs. But this time, I want to focus in on using those items that perhaps are something that you have scanned or maybe it's a frame or edge or border that you found online. Let's take a look at how we can do that here with this photograph of a really famous surfboard shaper, Mickey Muxoz. I like the texture of his workspace here, and so I want to add this frame to that photograph. To do that, we can go ahead and click out this tab and then use the Move tool to simply click, drag, and drop.
When it comes to working with frames, if you do a little bit of searching online, you can find a ton of these. You can even find an application called onOne PhotoFrame, which allows you to add frames really easily. Yet let's say that we have just scanned this old sheet of film, or we found something we want to use, we drag it into the image. Then let's free transform it. Command+T or Ctrl+T allows you to free transform, and I want to do that just so that it covers up my image. The next thing we need to do is we need to create a mask.
To do that, let's first make a selection. We can use Quick Select to do that and simply click and drag over the center area of the image. Now whenever you make a selection, you'll almost always want to refine it or just modify it. This time let's do that after we create the mask. What I want to do with this is conceal the center part of the image. Yet if we click on the Add layer Mask icon now, it conceals the frame, right? This doesn't really work. To invert that, press Command+I or Ctrl+I, Command+I in a Mac and Ctrl+I in a Windows.
That way you don't have to really worry about whether you've selected the right thing or the wrong thing. Well, to sweeten up the edge here, just double-click the Mask icon, and in the Properties panel, we go back to Refine > Mask Edge, and this allows us to use Smart Radius to smooth out that edge, to shift the edge. This can just give us the ability to kind of make this edge a little bit better. Try to take off some of the white that I was seeing on that edge. I am just going to turn off Smart Radius. I think it looks better without that.
And just by shifting the edge and maybe smoothing it out a little bit, it looks a bit better. You know about refining edges and all that, so I don't need to cover all those things in detail, but I do need to say that when you are creating your mask, make sure you go there to make sure your edges look good. Next, click OK. Well, here back in my Layers panel, you can see I have a few different versions of this photograph. This one, it doesn't really work. What about some of the others? Perhaps a desaturated sepia toned version with film grain. Doesn't really work either, but maybe this one does, the one in black and white.
The reason why I show you this is because sometimes this is about knowing how to do the technique, how to find a frame, bring it into your image, create that mask. Other times it's about knowing what mask or edge to choose in order to fit with your photograph or the color treatment that you've applied to that picture. I think this works well here. I want to show you a few other examples. In this document, I have two different images, and if I go ahead and go to Full Screen mode by pressing the F key and then zoom out a little bit so we can see the photograph, you can see that I can turn on these different frames or borders or edges.
I'll turn them on one at a time. As I look at these, really what I'm trying to do is evaluate which one might work well with my pictures. Well, I think this one's kind of nice, clean, and simple. This one, it's kind of too much. You can't really see the photograph very well. This next frame here, a little bit too minimal, and then this one, the color palette isn't quite matching for me. But if I were to use this frame, say, with this photograph here, well, that has this really nice kind of vintage feel to it.
The tone of the image matches the tone of the frame. Again, the whole point here is just to get you thinking creatively about how you can find these frames, create those masks, and then find a frame which will best complement your photographs.
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