It’s Friday! Don’t ask. Sudden outburst of generosity. Lol. Today I’m going to show you what simple effects (adding borders and a light texture) do to your photos.
Say, you have a picture of a structure such as the one below…
. . and you feel like turning it into a fancy image by adding borders and showing more spaces.
1. Open the file in Photoshop.
2. Click on the Crop tool. (img)
3. Just below the Main Menu, you will see this:
4. Now fill the width and the height with equal pixels. It is recommended that you enter a smaller size so as not to sacrifice the image quality.
5. Crop your picture, leaving only your desired portion of the image. Press ENTER. See sample below.
After pressing ENTER key, this is how it should look like.
6. Create a new file (bigger than your cropped image). If you aren’t sure about the size and the type of document, you may refer to this.
7. Now, click on the Eyedropper Tool (img), and pick the most dominant color of your cropped picture. Choosing the right background color makes it look coordinated. I chose Fountain Blue or #5eb3bf for my image. However, If you don’t know what color to use, try any NEUTRAL color - gray, black, white.
8. Click on Paint Bucket Tool (img) and fill the new empty canvass with the color you chose.
9. Go to your cropped photo and then click CTRL + A to select the image, CTRL + C to copy it.
10. Go back to the empty canvass and then click CTRL + V to paste the image. Using the Move tool (img), drag the image to the center. Mine looks something like this:
11. Now go to your Layers Palette, usually at the bottom right. (img)
12. Then click on the Layer Style button (img), choose Stroke
13. A dialog box for the Stroke options will appear for choosing the color, the border size, etc. You may refer to my settings. (img) Click OK when done.
14. Add texture by copying this image and pasting it on our current canvass. Don’t worry if it will look like this:
15. Now look at your Layers Palette. Do you see the drop down menu with the word “Normal”? Click on it and then change it to “Screen”. Refer to this image.
By now the image no longer looks like the picture above.
16. Still, on the Layers Palette, you will see the Opacity settings set to 100%. Reduce it to 65%. You’re done.
You can add some original and honest texts, if you like.
Man, tutoring is harder than I thought!
Please send me your works, anyway. I wanna see and publish some.