Making a frame from fabric in Photoshop

We will do not very complex frame design. There can be many options: everyone has his own unique.

The general idea is:


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Create a 1500 by 1500 pixel document and a resolution of 300 ppi. In this document we will draw all the basic details.

Stage One: Fabric

Here the scope for imagination is unlimited. For me, my pajamas became my guide (sorry, I don’t have a link to attach).
The white-gray-pink gamma I really like. For yourself, you can choose any other sample. Look at some unpretentious fabrics in your home and try to reproduce the picture. If you are satisfied with my option, then go.

For the fabric we need a texture, and in the lesson we will create a fabric with imitation of plain weave.
Reset the colors by pressing D – black White.
Then Filter – Rendering – Fibers with the following settings:
Deviation – 20, Intensity – 50

Duplicate layer – Ctrl + J, rotate it 90 degrees and change the blending mode to Multiply. Merge layers.

Further Filter – Stylization – Embossing:

Our texture is ready. Layer and call: “Texture”.
Set the blending mode Soft light and opacity of 70% (it is possible and less).

All of the following “fabric” layers create below the layer with the texture (while holding the Ctrl)
Create a new layer and fill it with color. # b2b4be.

Create the next layer (you can draw over gray, but it’s better if you need to fix something).
On a new layer of rigid round brush we draw a rather clumsy butterfly (the more clumsy the better).
Wings – # ffade1, belly and border – # 454546, patterns – # 8b8e9b and #ffffff.
Merge layers (gray, butterfly and texture) into one keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Alt + Shift + E.
Tool Polygonal Lasso select (again crooked) our butterfly, invert the selection Ctrl + Shift + I and remove the excess.
Let’s name the layer “Gnarled butterfly” and temporarily hide it by clicking on the eye in the layers palette.

Go to the layer with the first butterfly. Reduce it, turn it, “clone” in any convenient way, so that the result is such a picture (below). We have included layers “Texture”, gray and butterflies. Let’s unite in one and we will name “Fabric with butterflies”.

Create two more fabric layers with a texture: pink – # ffade1 and gray – # b2b4be.

And finally, draw hearts. New layer fill with color # ffade1, for hearts choose – # 9a6888 and white stroke. Do not forget about the texture.

Hearts select the same as the butterfly tool Polygonal Lasso and remove the background.

The first stage is completed, and we should have five layers:
– “Gnarled butterfly”,
– “Fabric with butterflies”,
– “Hearts”,
– “Pink fabric”,
– “Gray Fabric”.
The last two – just in case: suddenly they come in handy while working)) You can save a texture layer for the future.

Stage Two: Primitive Button

Hide all layers and create a new one. For work we include guides: horizontal and vertical 50%.
Choosing a foreground color # ffade1 and rear – # dc72b5.
Tool Oval selection draw a circle from the center (large) and fill the selection with a gradient from top to bottom, holding Shift.

Duplicate the layer, reduce it a little and reflect it vertically, like this:

Apply to the lower and upper layer the following effect:

Merge layers into one – this will be the basis of the buttons.

Create a new layer, we will draw holes on it.
Starting from the center of intersection of the rails, hold Shift, draw a small circle.
Fill the selection with black, move a little closer to the edge. Then duplicate three times.
We now have four blanks for holes; combine in one layer.

Perform hole stroke and remove black circles (select Magic wand, holding Shift)

Duplicate the stroke layer and rotate it 45 degrees. Why do you need it? Then, to adequately display the lighting of the buttons when turning.

Add the following effect to the layered layers:

One layer with holes hide. The first is combined with the base and “making” the holes))
Identically repeat for the second holes. As a result, we will have two such buttons.

Layers with buttons are hidden, extra ones are deleted

Stage Three: The form of frames and letters

You can think of any form for the frame: a circle, a square, an asterisk, and at least a dog.
I will use the technique of creating a frame from a shape using the filter Twisting (an example of using this filterFrame).

I draw with a tool Polygon figure with five corners. The filter settings directly depend on the size of the shape (and the size of the document). My pentagonal little bit does not reach the edges of the image. Like this (fabric below for size comparison):

Apply Filter – Distortion – Twisting, Angle – 999 and slightly increase the frame:

Ctrl + click on the layer icon – select the shape.
Go to the layer with a cloth, Ctrl + J – “cut out” the frame from the fabric to a new layer. The layer with the shape is removed, and in the fabric frame we cut a hole for the face

Now we will make letters. For cutting out fabric the most appropriate font, in my opinion, would be AGCrownStyle. Supports both English and Russian.

Tool Horizontal Text Mask I cut out from the layer “Fabric with butterflies” one by one small letter, I select the section of the drawing that I like most. (Although you can cut out the entire word on one layer). Like this:

Well, the main work is over. All the parts for the future frame are ready.

Stage Four and Last: Layout and Finalization

You can choose the image size yourself. I want a photo of 15 by 21, so I increase the size of the canvas: 210 mm horizontally, 152 mm vertically.

Below all the layers we create a new layer and transform it into the “Background”.
Fill color # ffade1.
Above the layer “Background” we have a duplicate of “Fabric with butterflies”:

We stretch (scale) the “cloth” layer to the size of the document or more, and change the blending mode to Lightening and set the layer opacity to 80%.

Now we have this set:

Buttons will need to be propagated to the desired number (I have five).
To change colors we use Color tone – Saturation.
Duplicate the butterfly twice.

In principle, this can be completed, but I want to make the edges of the frame and small letters slightly torn. There are many ways to interrupt, but I will use Filter Strokes.
It is possible to imitate mohrushki, but ok, enough.

I copy the “Frame” layer and the letters, merge it into one and fill it with black.
(To fill not a layer, but only images on it with foreground color, having saved transparent areas, there are three ways:
– Highlight and fill,
– Include in the Layers palette a button “Preserves the transparency of pixels” and fill it,
– Use keyboard shortcut Alt + Shift + Delete (Backspace))

Select the black frame and letters and go quick mask mode.
(I fill it with black to see the strength of the filter and adjust it as desired)

Then Filter – Strokes – Spraying with parameters:
– Radius – 2
– Mitigation – 14
Apply the filter, exit the mode “Quick mask“and invert the selection. Without removing the selection, go through the layers with the frame and letters and delete the excess with Delete.
Remove selection, delete the layer with black letters.

Filter result:

Add holes with an eraser (hard round brush) layer with frame and letters. You can, but not necessarily.

Add a photo and arrange all the details of our image to taste, for example, like this:

Our light will fall to the left, so I turn the buttons like in the screenshot.

I looked, looked and nevertheless decided to re-arrange. Enlarged the frame and changed the location. In the background (below the layer with the photo) added a pink cloth and cut around the frame.
Reduced the transparency of the layers with hearts and 80%.

If you are already satisfied with ALL, then the layers with frame and letters can be merged into one. To add layer style – Stroke:
Color – white, position – inside, size – 7 pixels.
You can add embossing, but still we have a thin fabric …

Now we need the shadows.
Layers with frame and letters and hearts shadow:

Shadow for buttons and butterflies should be “longer”, that is, you need to increase the size of the shadow and offset. More realistic shadows can be made by drawing on a separate layer and Gaussian Blur filter but it suits me and this option.

Here’s what I got:


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And one more thing for newbies in FS:
In the photo you want to frame, you can not remove the background. But if you still decided to do this, then you need to finalize the edges after trimming, so that the picture does not look like an alien object.

So what we do:
Remove the background, who loves how and how can.
Apply feathering of edges with a radius of 2 to 5 pixels depending on the image size (select the photo, then Select – Feather, then invert the selection and click Delete).
Slightly lighten tool Clarifier The edges of the photo, if the “native” background was dark, and the background on which you place it is light. And vice versa.
Create a kind of reflexes – reflections. Suppose you have a yellow background, then use a pipette to take a sample of the background color and on a new layer with a neat soft brush with a very high transparency of 7-20% pass through the edges of the photo, wipe out the excess with an eraser.

For example, posted a photo before and after processing:

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