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Create an Elegant Frame

So far, you have created frames that do not have a lot of dimensional elements. Photoshop makes it easy to make frames that look three-dimensional; you can do this by using Layer Styles (you first have to place the frame portion of the image on its own layer, however).

Ensure that the image is on a regular layer (not a background layer) and add some extra canvas. Add a new layer below the image layer and fill it with white for your photo mat. Add some more canvas and select the new transparent area by using the Magic Wand tool. Add a new layer and fill this selected area with black—this is your frame. Click the Add a Layer Style button on the palette, choose Bevel and Emboss, and then click the Contour option. Set the style to Inner Bevel and Chisel Hard. Configure the other settings to fine-tune the look of a 3-D frame (see Figure 4).

Figure 4

Figure 4 Transform a black outline around an image into a dimensional frame using a Bevel and Emboss layer style.

You can further enhance any frame like this where the image is on a separate layer above the photo mat by making it appear to be floating above it. To do this, add a drop shadow to the image layer using a layer style.

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