Photoshop Elements Tutorial: Textured Edges for Photos
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 texture your photo edges using photoshop elements, but the easiest way I’ve found is to make a separate image and use it as layer 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 types of brushes.
Note: This tutorial is for Photoshop Elements 6 but the steps will be similar in other versions.
Open a photo in photoshop elements. Any photo will work for this tutorial, and I’m using one of my images from my “Last of the Summer Roses” series. If you’ve been following me on Facebook, you would have seen some of my other photos in this series. If you haven’t seen them yet, run over there now and have a look.
Alongside the photo, make a new file the same size as your photo and fill it with white. My photo size is 6″x4.5″ at a resolution of 300px.
Minimize the photo, and work on the layer mask. Add a new layer on top of the white layer and fill it with black.
Select the eraser tool.
Select a brush from your Basics Brush set. I’ve selected a soft mechanical brush and set the size to 150px 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 the black and white layer mask and position it on top of your photo. At this point you might also want to save your layer mask to a folder on your desktop. Once you’ve saved it, minimize it and work on your photo.
The photo should now have two layers, the black and white layer mask on top and the photo underneath. Make sure the black and white layer mask is selected.
From the blend mode drop down box, select Screen.
And magically, the black center of the layer mask disappears allowing the image underneath to show through, and 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 layer mask which changes the transparency of the white edge. This is the same layer mask set with an opacity of 80% and you can see that the edges are now slightly transparent.
These are some other edges I made using the same process but with different types of brushes.