Create a digital frame with Photoshop elements

Digital frame

Today we’ll look at creating a digital frame for displaying your  images. I’m using  Elements 9 (Win/Mac) but I’ve also used this same technique on elements 5 and 7.

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First open the photo that you want to create a frame for in the elements organizer, then press D to set your foreground and background colours to the defaults. Then press control-A, this will put a selection around the image.

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Now press control-shift-J to put your photo on it’s own separate layer (layer 1)

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Go under the image menu, under resize, then choose canvas size as shown below.

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In the dialogue box turn on the relative checkbox, then set the canvas extention colour pop-up menu to white (you can use another colour background by clicking on the colour picker) now enter 4 inches (10cm) for both width and height.

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Now click ok, this will add white space around your photo.

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Press and hold the control key and then click on the create a new layer icon. The new layer will appear below your photo layer, rather than above it.

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Next, press M for the rectangular marquee (or just click on the icon) then draw a selection thats about a couple of inches (5cm) larger than your photo (this is going to be the edge of your frame, so make the selection as big as you want the frame)

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Now, press Alt-backspace to fill this selection with black, but don’t deselect yet.

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Now you’re going to shrink your selection, go under the select menu, under modify, and choose contract.

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In the dialogue box that appears, enter 40 pixels (this will determine the width of your frame, so for a thicker frame enter a higher number) now click ok to shrink your selection.

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Your photo should look like this.

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Press backspace to knock a hole out of your black rectangle, then press control-D to deselect.

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Now click on the special effects button (it’s in the artwork and effects pallette) from the pop-up menu, choose layer styles (the location may vary according to which elements you have) then from the right pop-up menu choose drop shadows. When the shadow icons appear,double click on low to create a soft shadow or high to create a more pronounced shadow (as I have).

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In the layers palette, click on the create a new layer icon. Get the rectangular marquee tool again, but this time draw a rectangular selection that’s slightly bigger than your image, as shown below.

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Now fill this selection with black by pressing Alt-backspace, but don’t deselect yet.

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Go under the select menu under modify and choose contract.

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When the dialogue box appears, enter 5 pixels (depending on the size of your photo you need to make the number a little higher) then click ok, but don’t deselect yet.

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Go under the select menu and choose feather, this will soften the edges of your selection. When the dialogue box appears enter 5 and click ok.

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Press backspace to knock a hole out of this black layer, then press control-D to deselect. This will create a an inner shadow around your layer, but the shadow is a little too dark.  Go under the layers palette and lower the opacity setting of this thin back layer to a about 30%, this will create the look of a mat surrounding your photo.

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Press T to get the type tool.

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Choose a script font that looks like handwriting from the font pop-up menu in the options bar, then add your signature in the bottom right hand corner of the photo, then lower the opacity of your type layer to around 50%.

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Here’the finished digital frame

 

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