Quick Tip 103

If you don't have a copy of PhotoFrame, you can accomplish similar effects on your own. First choose the Elliptical Marquee tool from the toolbox and draw an ellipse over the image you want to frame. Click the New Layer button at the bottom of the Layers palette. Choose Select | Inverse to invert your selection and choose Edit I Fill. Select "White" for the Use, or choose whichever color you want for your frame. Choose Select I Inverse and then Select I Modify I Border, and specify a value of approximately 25, or larger depending on your image. Next, choose a filter from the Filter menu and apply it just to the border pixels that you have selected to achieve some creative frames. If you need some help choosing some filters to start with, try Filter I Distort I Ripple and increase the Amount significantly. Or try, Filter I Pixelate I Fragment.

of the tool—Extensis PhotoFrame—can be downloaded for free from www.extensis.com/photoframe. Note, you need to have a copy of PhotoFrame installed before trying this technique.

TRY IT To use PhotoFrame, open the photo in Photoshop to which you want to add a frame.

Then, choose Filter I Extensis I PhotoFrame 2.0 to launch the tool. Press F1 to display the Frame palette and click one of the first three buttons to get started:

• Click the Add Frame File button to start with one of the frame files that ship with PhotoFrame. Navigate to one of the three folders in the PhotoFrame directory containing these sample files, or use one of the more than 1,000 frame files on the PhotoFrame CD. (Select a frame and click Open to add that frame to your photo.)

• Click the Add Instant Frame button to start with a simple shape (Ellipse, Rectangle, Polygon, Star, Arrow, or Heart) and begin designing your own custom frame.

You can repeat this process to layer multiple frames on top of each other. They are listed in the Frame palette and can be hidden by unchecking the eyeball, much the same way you hide a layer in Photoshop. To see how I quickly added a frame to a photo of my daughter painting, see Figure 9-13.

Use the additional palettes (Background, Border, Glow, Shadow, Bevel, and Texture) to customize any of the frame files. For example, press F8 to reveal the Shadow palette and click one of the available buttons—Inner Shadow or Outer Shadow—to begin. Then, customize the shadow with the other options that become available after you specify the type of shadow to use (inner or outer).

Figure 9-13 Using Extensis PhotoFrame made adding a unique frame to this photo quite easy.

Figure 9-13 Using Extensis PhotoFrame made adding a unique frame to this photo quite easy.

When you're ready to return to Photoshop, click Apply to add the frame right to the same layer as the photograph, or click Apply To New Layer to add the frame to a new layer above the layer containing the photograph.


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