Textured and decorative framed edges for your photos, can really set the mood and turn your photos and images into something memorable, don’t you think?
There are lots of different ways to add textured edges to your photos using photoshop or photoshop elements, but the easiest way I’ve found is to make a separate image and use it as an overlay mask. Using this technique you can accumulate a very nice library of textured edges that you can use over and over on your other photos as well.
This tutorial demonstrates the basics of making this type of textured edge using the basic round brush that can be found in the brush library, and once you know how to do it you can go crazy using other different types of brushes.
Note: This tutorial is presented using Photoshop Elements 9 however the instructions will be the same or similar for other versions of Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.
Let’s go …
Open a photo in the workspace.
Alongside the photo, make a new file the same size as your photo and fill it with white. This will become your overlay mask. My photo size is 6″x 4.5″ at a resolution of 300px.
Minimize the photo, and working on the overlay mask add a new layer on top of the white layer and fill it with black.
Select the eraser tool, then select a brush from your Basics or Default Brush set. I’ve selected a soft round brush and set the size to 200px and an opacity of 100%. You might need to use a different size depending on the size of your image.
Make sure the black filled layer is selected …
… then run the brush, unevenly, along the edges.
Once you’ve finished removing the edges, you can add some additional decoration by then selecting a brush that has flourishes or swirls, and stamping them onto the black layer using your eraser tool. If you don’t yet have a library of brushes, you’ll find some lovely free brushes at Obsidian Dawn.
Once you’ve finished adding your additional decoration, right click on the top layer and select Flatten Image.
The two layers are now combined into one.
Bring your photo back up into the workspace and drag or copy and paste, the black and white overlay mask and position it on top of your photo.
The photo should now have two layers, the black and white overlay mask on top and the photo underneath.
Make sure the layer with the black and white overlay mask is selected and from the blend mode drop down box, select Screen.
And magically, the black center of the overlay mask disappears allowing the image underneath to show through, leaving the white edges intact.
The Screen Blending Mode looks at each channel’s color information and multiplies the inverse of the blend and base colors. The result color is always a lighter color. Screening with black leaves the color unchanged. Screening with white produces white. The effect is similar to projecting multiple photographic slides on top of each other.
You can also adjust the opacity of the overlay mask which changes the transparency of the white edge. The transparency on this overlay mask has been set to 80%.
These are some other edges I made using the same process but with different types of brushes.
Have fun and happy photoshopping!
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