Join Bryan O'Neil Hughes for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating and re-creating frames and borders, part of Photoshop Insider Training: Photo Restoration.
One of the easiest ways to improve the look of an image is to reframe it. So in this particular case, what I'm going do is just get the old frame out of there, and in doing that I'm also going to crop in a little bit on the image and remove a lot of retouching work. That looks good. Now what I can do is I come in here, to my Canvas size, and just extend things a bit. So, let's make that 12, this 15. And you can choose to either have a particular color.
We're going to go to white in this case. And you can see that's expanded our image there. I've got a nice white border around that. And you can use a lot of different actions to come up with more creative frames than that, but that's a really quick and easy way to change the look of it. So another thing that we could do--let's go and just revert this--it is we can repurpose the frame as well. So in this particular case, I like this frame, and I might want to use this on a different image. So what we do in that case is we just come in here and select the image, because we're going invert that in a second. And the other reason that it's easy to do that is we want to make sure that we have some bleed there; we want to have some image content that's part of our frame so we have a little wiggle room and a little area to erase from. The other problem is these old frames are often crooked, so give yourself a little more room than you need.
Then what you are going to do is invert that, and we're going hit Command+C to copy our frame. We are going to hit Command+N to create a new document. This is going to be from the Clipboard, so it will be the same size. And the crucial step here is just make sure this is set to Transparent so that the frame is indeed a frame, and we can see the image behind it. I'm going to click OK and then Command+V to drop that frame in there. If I hit Command+T, I can see that this can be transformed, and I can resize it to conform to any other image. So let's take a look at how that works. I'm going to close this, and we're going to open another image. And what we want to do is use the frame from this image, and in this case what I'm going to show how drop it over onto the other image.
So let's use our Quick Select tool and come in here and select the area we want. It works really well on images like this that have clearly defined boundaries. I've selected the area that I want. I'm going to hit Command+C to copy it, and in this case I'm just a hit Command+V to create a new layer. You can see that we've got our frame there. Now what I'll do is I'll just pull this window away so I can see both images, and what that's going to allow me to do is grab the layer from one and drag it over onto the other. Again, I can hit Command+T and transform that.
So now we've mixed frames. So what I've shown you is how to create your own frame library and repurpose those and also drag layers or frames between images. In addition to that, you could also just clean it up by adding a white frame around it. So you can have a lot of fun with frames and borders. They are great way to save yourself work and to really change the look of an image.
- Scanning or photographing prints
- Understanding the role of Adobe Camera Raw in photo restoration
- Correcting color and tone
- Saving time with cropping
- Removing dust and scratches
- Repairing missing pieces and torn corners
- Recovering lost detail
- Colorizing a photo
- Borrowing content within the same photo
- Archiving images