Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the PhotoFrame plug-in, pt. 2, part of Photoshop CS5: Creative Effects.
At this stage, I want to add a bit more to this photograph. So, let's go ahead and click back into our image layer. Next, I'll go up to the onOne panel here, and reopen PhotoFrame. Next, double-click, Open PhotoFrame 4.5. What I'm going to do is I'm going to explore some other options. There are some really interesting edges here. I'll go down to Photographic, and I'll expand that and go to Viewfinder. In Viewfinder, one of the things that I like is that it creates these little corners around your image.
There are some different options here, I'll just scroll through to see if one catches my eye. I kind of like this one up near the top, I'm going to give that one a try. Here, I'll click Add Frame. Next, we can see how that's adding this frame. I really like that kind of chopped off corner. I don't necessarily like these divots here, but I'll deal with those in a second. So, let's go ahead and click Apply. Alright! This will then apply this to my image. Let's close this folder so that we can analyze and evaluate what we have. I'm going to close all my Layer Set folders here for a moment, so we can see that we have our texture here, and then we have this little edge right here.
Well, in this case, what's happening is the edge effect is okay, except, really there's quite a bit of brightness here in the middle. Again, click on the mask. With my brush, I'm going to paint away this effect, here in this area. I just don't like how it works to brighten up that area of the frame. All that I'm doing is I'm limiting this particular adjustment in this area of the image. I'm going to paint through this a little bit more here, painting with a higher opacity now. I want to protect all that I have there.
Okay, well that's looking pretty good. You can see that what I can do as well is I can get up in here and I can really modify the edge. You can see how I'm modifying that, painting into that edge there a little bit, and also down here as well, customizing this even a bit further. So, now I've lost a little bit of the original edge, but in a sense, kind of making my own. What's fun to do sometimes is to use a brush; for example, like one of these more distressed brushes, and then to go ahead and paint either with black or white, across your image. What you can do is, again, just start to modify this even further.
Here you can see I'm just adding a little bit of a different type of an edge effect. What we're doing is we're really combining what we already know about edges with some of our other techniques, and using this in order to create something completely distinct or different. Okay, well so far so good. I've painted this in, how else would I want to modify this particular edge? Well, here what I'm going to do is click in the edge itself and invert it. I'll press Cmd+I or Ctrl+I. At this point I can see all of those deep black edges, and just because this image seems like it likes blending, it needs that texture, I'm going to take this to a Blending Mode of Soft Light, and now I have this custom kind of distressed edge there in the background.
Well, my Brush Strokes are a bit too exact, no big deal. Click in your Layer Mask and then feather them out, diffuse those a bit so you now have a little bit more of this shape that you've really designed by hand. Now, you started off with something that was distinct, and then you modified it to make it your own. Again, that's a trick with plug-ins: explore how you can do this so that you can come up with the best results. Finishing touches here, I think just lowering the opacity, again, just keeping things really nice and subtle and discrete.
I think it works with this kind of photograph, especially because I've already applied so many different effects to this image. Well, here you have it, our overall before, and then after. Now before I wrap up this movie, I want to show just one more thing. Here, I'll turn off the visibility of these two layers, and go back to creative. Next, I'm going to reopen PhotoFrame. As I reopen PhotoFrame, I'll go into Open PhotoFrame 4.5 and what I'm looking for here is something a little bit different.
I'm going to go into my Gurus folder, and I'll open up the folder for Kevin Kubota. Kevin is a great guy and there are some wonderful frames here. I'll select one, and then click Add Frame in order to add that to the photograph. What I want to highlight here is that sometimes you're going to use these frames, perhaps to burn in detail on the edges or add texture. Other times, it will be a little bit more straightforward. For example, with this one, you can see I'm clicking and dragging it around. I can also extend this one way or another.
Sometimes, these frames can give you interesting ideas in regards to composition. With this frame, I kind of like this a little bit of a tighter crop here. We'll apply that. Once again, simply click Apply. That will then create that as a new layer on top of your image. Let's close this panel just to evaluate what we have here. Well, here you can see we have one option, which is a really distinct, straightforward frame. Here is that before, and then after. We also have some other options, like this one, which just darkened up the edges, or this one which added texture.
Now, of course, we can always use these all together. So, for example, I'll drag this one to the top of the stack, just so it's covering everything else. You can see that what we can do is either combine these together, or if we prefer, just to use one of these layers by itself. Now, in my opinion with this photograph, I think it works best in this context. I think this image has much more feeling. Well, when you really think about it, take a look at this. Here is that before, and then here's the after. I really couldn't have created this effect as efficiently without this plug-in.
So, one of the things that I like to do is integrate this plug-in and a few others into my workflow, as I find in many situations, they help me to create even more interesting and engaging photographs.
- 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