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Fun Effects in Photoshop CS3: Photo Frames From Photos

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  1. Gather Your Embellishments
  2. Create a Path
  3. Make the Frame
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If there's one thing better than a great photograph it's a great photograph in a frame that you create yourself. Just as you might make and decorate a store-bought frame, you can make and decorate a digital frame for your favorite pictures. It is a simple process to photograph objects to use to create your own frames and then put them together to illustrate your art. In this second article in her series on fun effects in Photoshop CS3, Helen Bradley looks at how you can create photo frames using your own photos and harnessing the power of the selection tools in Photoshop CS3.
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If there’s one thing better than a great photograph it’s a great photograph in a frame that you create yourself. Just as you might make and decorate a store-bought frame, you can make and decorate a digital frame for your favorite pictures. It is a simple process to photograph objects to use to create your own frames and then put them together to illustrate your art.

This article looks at how you can create your own photo frames using your own photos and harnessing the power of the selection tools in Photoshop CS3.

I like to add frames to my photographs to give them a more interesting and complete look. While it’s easy enough to create a simple frame by enlarging the canvas and adding some white space around the photograph, sometimes a picture needs a little bit more TLC and justifies a more crafted frame. Armed with a digital camera and some Photoshop skills, you can create digital frames for your photos much as you might decorate a store-bought frame.

Gather Your Embellishments

For your digital photo frame you need some digital embellishments to decorate it with. I like to photograph a range of objects and store the photos in a folder called embellishments that I can then use whenever I need to create an interesting photo frame. The objects don’t have to be complex—something as simple as a photograph of a silk flower can make a great frame embellishment. Other ideas include photographing your child’s toys; a ruler, letter tiles and metal charms; or scanning memorabilia from a vacation abroad.

When photographing an object, place it on a plain contrasting background so it will be easy to select from its background. Ensure that you light the object well—photographing outside is a good choice if you can find a shady area and avoid harsh shadows. Use your camera’s macro setting to get in nice and close so the image is crisp and clear.

Download your photos to your computer, saving them to a folder or somewhere you can easily find them.

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