The bent and crumpled look of old photos is one thing that gives them charm and visual interest. When you add elements such as bends and folds to your photos, you transform an image into something more than a simple photo. Folding up a precious print isn’t something I’d encourage you to do, not even in the name of art! However, when it comes to a digital image, anything goes. It’s a simple process to create a folded photo effect in Photoshop using the Liquify filter to create the distorted edges and gradient fills to add dimension.
In this third part of my series on creative uses for Adobe Photoshop CS3, I’ll look at how you can create the effect of a folded photo using the Photoshop CS3 Liquify filter and gradients.
Folding with the Helpful Liquefy Filter
I love the texture of old heritage photos, particularly those that have been kicking around for some years and have managed to accumulate folds and crinkles. While it can take many years for a printed photo to develop this sort of quality, luckily Photoshop enables us to create a similar effect for our digital photos in far less time. With the help of the Liquify filter to distort the edge of the photo and some gradient fills to add the highlights and shadows you can create the effect of a folded photo in minutes.
The Liquify filter is a tool that is often used to create funny effects such as making a person’s eyes bulge or pushing a nose out of shape. It also has more serious applications, not only in photo retouching but also, as you are about to see, in creating interesting effects with your photos. We will use the Liquify filter to bend the edges of the photo to give the impression that it’s been folded and then unfolded.