Good day! Cathy here to share this month's Digi Tip. Today I'm going to show you how you can make some cool edges for your photos in Photoshop Elements. You can also do this in the full version of Photoshop, but since many of you use Photoshop Elements, I thought I would use that for my examples today.
If you recall, in last month's Digi Tip post we created clipping masks for photos and elements with rounded corners. Well, the idea of "clipping" is going to be used in today's lesson as well. Only this time instead of clipping to a shape, we are going to clip to an adjustment layer! Ready? Here we go....
If you want to crop your photo, go ahead and use the crop tool to do so, Just be certain to leave enough room around the subject of your photo for your decorative edge.
Double-click your photo layer in the Layers palette to make it a regular (not background) layer. The above dialog box will open. Just click OK.
Next hold the Ctrl key and click the Create a New Layer icon on the Layers Palette. This will add a new layer below your active layer. Or you can select Layer > New from the menu, then drag the new layer beneath your photo layer in the Layers Palette. Click this new layer to make it active.
What you have now is two layers: Your photo layer and a layer of white as shown above.
Now we are going to select an area of the photo that you want to draw attention to. Click the photo layer in the Layers palette. Using the Marquee tool, (looks like dashed lines) make a selection around your focal subject in your photo. Leave a bit of margin so you don't cause your edge treatment to infringe on your subject.
Make several copies of the adjustment layer, then turn off the visibility on all but one of those layers. Click on that layer to make it active. You'll need to un-clip your photo from layers you are not currently using (simply pressing alt-click between the layers will also un-clip/un-group them) and then clip it to the active mask layer. Now let's try applying a filter!
I hope you have fun trying out some new edge treatments for your photos. Join me next month for another Digi-tip. If there are any Photoshop or Photoshop Elements techniques that you would like to see featured in the monthly Digi-tips, please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org