In this lesson you will learn how to easily and simply frame the edges of your photo as if it were painted on canvas. To create this effect, we will use the standard tools of Photoshop CS6, such as the “Color” adjustment layer, layer mask, brushes and textures.
In my lesson I use a photo of a lighthouse (from Shutterstock), but you can use any other photo.
This is how our picture will look like at the end of the lesson. In this example, the color of the canvas around the image is white, but we can also select a different color for the photo frame, taking it directly from the photo itself.
Open your photo in Photoshop. Click icon Create a new adjustment or fill layer (New Fill or Adjustment Layer) on the layers panel to select an adjustment layer Colour (Solid Color):
In the drop-down menu, select Colour (Solid Color):
A color palette will open, in which we will be able to choose the fill color of the layer we need. By setting the number 255 for the R, G, and B positions in the lower center of the dialog box, we get the white color #ffffff.
Click OK to close the color selection dialog. Our layer will be filled with white. Rename this adjustment layer to “Color Fill 1”.
Add a mask to the Color Fill 1 adjustment layer. To do this, click on the thumbnail of the layer mask in the layers palette, or through the menu Layers (Layer) – Layer mask (Layer Mask) – show all (Reveal All). Click on the layer mask so that it is highlighted with a white frame like in the picture. Thus, we will work on the layer mask to display the underlying layer with the photo.
Choosing a tool Brush (Brush Tool).
Load the brushes we need. To do this with the active tool Brush (Brush Tool) click on the Brush Presets button in the upper left of the screen.
Next, click on the brush settings icon in the upper right corner.
In the opened menu of standard brush sets, we need to select the following set: Widebrushes (Thick Heavy Brushes).
In the dialog box, click on the button. To add (Append).
After adding brushes once again go to the menu of sets of brushes, click on the settings icon in the upper right corner.
In the drop-down menu, select the item Largeminiaturesand names (Large List):
Double click on the brush with the name Flat bristles (Flat Bristle) size 111 pix. choose the brush we need.
To display a picture of the underlying layer, you must use a black brush. To do this, press the button D on the keyboard to reset colors to black-white. Pushing a button X on the keyboard, we can swap the main and background colors. We set the main color to black and get down to work.
Being on the mask of the “Fill Color 1” adjustment layer (Color Fill 1) we make several strokes with a black brush from left to right, like this:
We continue to draw on the layer mask until we open most of our photo, while leaving fairly wide edges. If necessary, you can cancel unnecessary strokes with the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Z (Win) / Command + Z (Mac)
Right click on the canvas to open the brush selection menu. There we choose a brush with the name Coarse with flat bristles (Rough Flat Bristle) size 111 pix.
With the selected brush we paint over the edges of our frame, but try not to overdo it. Just a few strokes will probably be enough. Again, we remember that we cancel unnecessary strokes using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Z (Win) / Command + Z (Mac) Try not to paint with the whole brush, but only with its edge to draw small strokes along the edges of the frame.
Add a new layer. To do this, click on the icon for adding a layer in the layers panel or through the menu Layers (Layer) – New (New) – Layer (Layer).
Thus, we will add a blank layer on top of the Color Fill 1 adjustment layer.
Go to the menu Editing (Edit) – Fill (Fill).
In the opened dialog box, select the fill color. White (White). Check that the blend mode is Normal (Normal), Opacity (Opacity) 100%. Click OK.
Add a texture. To do this, go to the menu Filter (Filtr), open Galleryof filters (Filter Gallery):
In the menu that opens, select: Texture (Texture), Texturizer (Texturizer).
Set the following values for the filter: Texture (Texture) – Canvas (Canvas), Scale (Scaling) 100%, Relief (Relief) 4, Shine (Light) Top left (Top Left).
Click OK. We should get this texture:
To display our texture in the photo, you need to change the blending mode of the layer with the texture to Multiplication (Multiply).
To change to weaken the effect of the texture layer on our image, reduce Opacity (Opacity) up to 30% (it is located in the upper right corner of the layers panel).
This is what should happen after changing the opacity of the texture layer. In my screenshot, the effect will be hardly noticeable, but in your work you will see its impact more clearly.
You can also change the color of the edges of your work as follows: double-click on the “Color Fill 1” adjustment layer to bring up the color editing window.
To change the color of the frame of our picture, move the cursor to the place from which you want to take a color swatch. The cursor icon will look like a pipette, click on the canvas to choose the color we like. Your frame will automatically change when you click the pipette on different areas of the photo. In this way, you can experiment as much as you like. Having defined the color, click OK, or Cancel, if you want to leave the white border.
That’s what we did!