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Creative usage of Picture Frame Filter – Part II

We had explored in a previous tutorial: Explore the Picture Frame Filter – Part I, how to set up each variable of the Picture Frame Filter. In this tutorial we shall show some creative usage of Picture Frame Filter.

  • Add a Floral Frame to the Image.
  • Convert into a Gate.
  • Add a depth and 3D effect to the gate.
  • Blend the colored frame to the image
  • Control the light curve of the image, frame or both.
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Idea 1, Add a floral frame into your image

  • Select the picture you want to add an entrance gate to it
  • Either open it directly in Photoshop to maintain its original resolution or, embed it in a canvas of your selection as 1000X1000px and 72 px/inch resolution
  • Add a new layer using ctrl+shift+n (Command+Shift+n) or menu>Layer>New>Layer
  • Then insert the Picture Frame from menu>Filter>Render>Picture Frame
  • Use the settings in the Figure 1-1 to set the frame
    • Frame: 16Bush, Vine Color:Brown, Margin:1, size:73
    • Arrangement:50,Flower:6:Pinwheel, Flower color:Pink, Flower size:50
    • Leaf:4:Leaf 1, Leaf color: Custom green, Life size 30
  • Vine and Flower colors are standard, Leaf color is custom darkened from the standard green. To change the color, click on the colored square and select the preferred color from the basic ones or from the color grid of the opened menu.
  • Then click OK to apply it, Result as in Figure 1-2
  • Click ctrl+j twice. To create 3 copies of the filter
gate settings-1
Figure 1-1
Picture Frame-Filter-applied
Figure 1-2

Idea 2, Convert the Picture Frame into a Gate.

  • Hide 2 copies of the filter using the eye-layer beside the layers. Click on the remaining visible filter to select it Figure 2-1
  • Click v or the moving tool move-tool
  • use ctrl+alt+- (Command+Option+-) to reduce the visual image not resolution
  • Drag the bottom of the image till you keep only the part of the frame that look like gate
  • Click Enter (Return)
  • Select the crop tool from the side tool bar crop-tool or press c
  • Click Enter (Return) then the check mark at the far end of the top tool settings bar check-mark
  • Steps in Figure 2-2
Select 1 layer and hide 2 others
Figure 2-1: Select 1 layer and hide 2 others
Figure 1-2
Figure 2-2

Idea 3, Add a depth and 3D effect to the gate.

  • Hide the used copy of the filter using the eye-layer eye-layer beside the layers. Make another filter layer copy visible. Click on layer to select it Figure 3-1
  • Click on the effects (fx) icon fx tool at the bottom of the layers panels. You get the layers panel using F7
  • Select Bevel & Emboss
  • Adjust the settings is in Figure 3-2 and see the results, Pillow Emboss, around 500 depth, size 7
Bevel and emboss settings and result
Figure 3-2: Bevel and emboss settings and result

Idea 4, Blend the colored frame to the image

  • Hide the used copy of the filter using the eye-layer beside the layers. Make another filter layer copy visible.Click on layer to select it Figure 4-1
  • From the layers panel, select the color blending mode as in Figure 4-1
  • You will find some areas that need to be cleared, to clear them:
    • Apply the layer mask from the icon at the bottom of the layers panel as in Figure 4-2
    • The Layer mask will be attached to the filter layer as in Figure 4-3
    • To delete some areas either you paint on the mask with black brush and or use the eraser eraser tool with foreground white color White foreground color
    • Erase the areas where new blended colors seem not appropriate as Figure 4-1
    • Result as Figure 4-4
Excess blended areas erased
Figure 4-4
color blending and areas to clear
Figure 4-1
Figure 4-2
Figure 4-3

Idea 5, Control the light curve of the image, frame or both.

  • Return to the original Filter Gate Layer make it visible and hide the other filter layers
  • Add a new adjustment layer from the icon Adjustment Layer icon at the bottom of the Layers panel , Select Curves as in Figure 5-1
  • A new curves adjustment layer will be add it. It will applied to the layers below it as in Figure 5-2
  • If you want to apply it to a certain layer e.g. The Image Layer. Drag it above it, right click it and select Create Clipping mask. A small arrow will appear linking it to the layer below it. as in Figure 5-3
convert to clipping mask
Figure 5-3
  • Now click on the curves icon and pull the curve that appear down from the middle as in Figure 5-4
Figure 5-4
  • Compare before Figure 5-5 and after Figure 5-6 results below. The image is only dimmed while the Picture Frame layer keeps its lighting
Apply Light curves
Figure 5-1
Curves layer applied
Figure 5-2
Figure 5-5
Figure 5-6
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