Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the PhotoFrame plug-in, pt. 1, part of Photoshop CS5: Creative Effects.
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Here, we are going to continue to explore how we can work with this really quite powerful plug-in called PhotoFrame. Well, here you can see I have a two- layer document, and the top layer has this vintage aesthetic applied to it. Well, I want to add to this. So, in order to do that, I'll go to Window. I'll choose Extensions, and then click on onOne. Next, I want to navigate to PhotoFrame. So I'll go ahead and open that up. This will then launch the PhotoFrame dialog here. I'll double-click Open PhotoFrame 4.5. Now, once this opens up, I want to start to think about what could I do with this image? How could I add to what I have here? Well, one of things that I might want to do is add a bit of texture.
So, I'll go to my Texture Overlays and I'll start to click through this. For example, Scratched Film. Let's increase our thumbnail size. Well, here, you can see we have these really interesting effects here. So, I'm going to go ahead and click on Add Frame. I like that scratched type of a look, except what I want to do is I want to add a bit more. So, I'll go ahead open my Library. Reopen that. Go to Artistic Media. What else do I have? Make this a little bit smaller and scroll through some of these options here, just looking for something that might be little bit interesting.
I'll try Architecture, because I didn't find anything there in Artistic Media. Alright! There are some nice textures and whatnot. I'll apply that as well. So here you can see, I have two frames stacked up on top of each other. Well, what would happen if I were to click Apply? Let's give it a try. Here, I'll go ahead and click Apply. This will then create these particular textures at the resolution and file size of my image. I'm going to close this onOne panel for a moment and open up my Layer Set folder.
Well, what's great is it simply created these as new layers. So I can explore these and say hey! Would I like scratched film? Well, yeah, maybe. That could be fun. I'll go ahead and try a Blending Mode on, say like Soft Light. Now, that gets kind of interesting, right, that little bit of that scratched effect. Well, what about the texture layer? Well, texture layer, I want to try that one as well. I'll go for Soft Light again. Yet, I don't quite like this one. It's too light and bright. Well, no big deal. We know how to invert that effect.
Press Cmd+I on a Mac, Ctrl+I on Windows. Well, now we all of a sudden have this really rich texture that has been applied across the entirety of the photograph. Here it is before, and then after. Let me zoom in a bit so you can see that a little bit better, before and after. Well, I like that, except I don't like how it's affecting the subject. No big deal! Click in the Mask icon. Grab your Brush Tool. In this case, we'll paint with black at 100% Opacity. I'll just start to paint this effect away. I want it to be more focused in on the background.
I'm going to lower my opacity down for the shirt, bring in a little bit of the texture there, but just not quite so much, just kind of hiding a little bit of that there in the background. I'll zoom out. So, I can make sure I'm painting in all the right areas. Okay, well, that looks good! Well, now what I have is just this texture which has really been applied to the back of the image. What's fascinating about this is that we can see our before and after. In a way we kind of think of this texture as being connected to this image. But really, if we turn off this layer, we can see it's just texture.
And that texture is now being applied to a different photograph. In other words, we have all the flexibility that we have with layers and with blending. We have it built right into this particular type of adjustment. So, you can get really creative with this. I think that the trick with plug-ins is this, whether it's PhotoFrame or any other plug-in. You start off using it. Then start to explore how you can modify it. Don't just go with it, I want 100% across your image; otherwise, there may be a risk of someone looking at your photograph and saying oh! You used this or that plug-in.
You don't want them to know how you created the effect. You want to hide your tracks a bit. Well, let's go ahead and close this folder here. I'm going to zoom out just a bit, so I can evaluate the image. Well, I really like this texture that we built up on this photograph, except I want a bit more. I want a frame. So, let's go ahead and take a look at how we could add more to this photograph. Let's do that in the next movie.
- Adding light and drama
- Enhancing color and tone
- Applying graffiti and reflections to surfaces
- Using lens blur and focus to enhance portraits
- Masking multiple images and adding elements
- Combining images with multiple depths of field
- Using layers masks and blending with HDR toning
- Applying border and edge effects
- Adding a sense of motion
- Understanding vanishing point perspective
- Using Photoshop plug-ins