View Full Version : Presentaion: Framing your picture

08-16-2005, 06:54 AM
Program Needed: Photoshop 7 (can be done in Photoshop 5, 7, CS, CS2)

A few people have asked about the framing i do for my pictures so i thought i'd do a mini tutorial for it. It is very easy to do and can be done in many ways, but here's one way of doing it. I know jeff31 does something similar, his technique may be different.

-In photoshop i copied the layer of the original photo and placed that layer as the top layer.
-Using the guides to outline the frame i used the square selection tool to select the outline of the frame.
- With the selection still active delete that selection ,
-with the selection still active do a reverse selection by pressing ctrl+shift+I, this will highlight the frame border.
- Add a gaussion blur to your liking and if you like you can adjust the colour, saturation etc.
- with the selection still active do a reverse selection by pressing ctrl+shift+I,
- With the selection still active create a stroke, go under edit-stroke, i used 5px and whitew colour, but you can do what you like here.
-Adjust the original image which should be on the bottom layer accordingly, whether you want to move it, scale etc.

and voila!


Frame-top layer


Original Picture-bottom layer


08-16-2005, 08:25 AM
Amazing job Tyger! I performed the steps above using PS 7 on one of my images and wow. :)

08-16-2005, 08:35 AM
thanx Sam, I'm glad you tried it out. Very easy to do don't you think? The good thing about this technique is that it is easy and if you know photoshop you can expand according to your creativity. I've see others use bevel to get that 3d look and change the frame colour.

I'd love to see what you did:)

08-16-2005, 09:47 AM
Cheers for that! Great effect.

08-16-2005, 10:35 AM
Hey! after a little playin' around, I found that 'fliping' the frame can give a nice variation:


08-16-2005, 11:09 AM
hey ReValveiT, nice work, fun isn't it? :)

08-16-2005, 06:53 PM
I've found that to be a neat trick in photoshop.... I enjoy it myself... Here's a little one I whipped up!

Hope you guys like it:


08-17-2005, 06:33 AM
The only limitations to Photoshop is your own imagination.

08-17-2005, 08:40 AM
I continue to have fun with this new trick. I have found if I go to View / Show / Grid in PS 7 I get even spacing for the frame.

08-17-2005, 10:12 AM
cheers guys, glad you guys are having fun with it:)

08-17-2005, 10:38 AM
Where in the world did our pics go?

I used the ruler and guidelines in photoshop to get a trued frame :)

D Thompson
08-17-2005, 07:45 PM
Thought I would give it a try!


08-18-2005, 06:37 AM
nice work D, very creative, I like how the flower pops out.

D Thompson
08-18-2005, 07:01 PM
nice work D, very creative, I like how the flower pops out.
Thanks Tyger. Nice job on your tutorials. PS is awesome and practically unlimited as to what can be accomplished, especially with some of the plugins available.


08-23-2005, 12:11 PM
Well whatta ya know, you can do the exact same things with the completely free GIMP! :D

snowy egret
08-27-2005, 07:43 AM
Tyger, thanks for the tutorial on framing.
Since I don't have Photoshop 7, but do have Elements 2.0 I figured I could make something happen there.
Attached is a picture of my small efforts. If anyone out there is interested, I'll be happy to elaborate.
Snowy Egret

08-28-2005, 12:08 AM
This is a beautiful pic that my aunt took...she lives in the Patagonia (extreme south Chile). It's from an incredibly beautiful national park there.

Thanks for the framing tip...I tried to go with a "double-matte" look...combined with the B&W I really love this pic.