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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Pop-Out Framing

Make your photos pop-out of the framing a little with this little frame trick. This is simply done by by isolating the subject area that you want to set outside of (or on top of ) the area of the frame you want it. In this example, the lower portion of the teddy and dish are sitting "above" the lower portion of the frame. Are you ready to begin?

Step 1 is to create a new document with a transparent background of the size you'll need for your image..

Choose your background. In my image, I chose a solid background of the same colour the original image was. I also added a smaller framed version of the teddy bear as part of the background.

This is done by copying your image (open the image to copy, choose select all, choose "edit" and then "copy" - minimize the image, and maximize your new background, select edit and paste) and pasting it to a layer above your background. You can resize this image by selecting "edit" and "free transform", and then "scale". Hold down the shift key, grab one of the corner nodes and resize this to fit in your background. (Note: if you need free frames and photos to practice with, visit Free-3D-Textures.com and grab what you need for free)

Copy your frame to a layer above this little image using the same method as above and sizing your frame to fit the small image.

Minimize the new image with this small picture and maximize your original image. Select all, edit, copy, minimize and then maximize your new image. Now select edit paste to paste this layer just above your background. Size it to fit within the area you want to frame.

Now open your frame again, and copy and paste it (see method above) to just above the layer you just added. Size it to fit your image using the edit/free transform function.

Select the portion you want to isolate from the image and isolate the part you want to pop outside of the frame. In the case of my image it was part of the teddy's leg and the bottom portion of the candy dish. I used the quick mask to do this, but you can use any isolation method that you find comfortable.

To isolate using the quick mask, select the quick mask, paint over the portion you want to move outside the frame. Turn off the quick mask and you'll see a selection. This selection will be everything except what you want to copy. Select the "select" option from the menu, and then choose "inverse". This will select the portion you "painted" in the quick mask. Now select "edit" and "copy", and then select "edit" and "paste". This will copy the selected part to a new layer.

Now that you have the "pop out" part on a new layer, you want to duplicate the layer if you want a shadow. What you'll have is two layers of the small portion. Move to the bottom of the two layers, and using the levels (image, adjustment, levels) move the sliders all the way to the right, making the image black. Pull this below or to the side of the layer above so you can see as much shadow as you want visible.

Use the blur tool (filter, blur, gaussian blur) and blur this shadow layer. Reduce the opacity of the shadow layer to suit your own taste.

That's pretty much the final step. Once you are satisfied with the image, save it as a .psd file in case you want to make future edits, then flatten it, and save it as a .jpg.

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