Trying to create a picture frame in Photoshop? Want to apply effects and filters and have them come out in a perfect frame shape? That’s what we’re going to do. For examples of what I’m talking about when I say “frame” or “ring”, which is what we’re going to create, check the images out.
There is a very simple process to follow, that consists of only three short steps:
Step 1 – Create your shape.
This shape will turn into the frame. If you’d like to make a hollow ring, make a circle. If you want a frame, make a rectangle. You can even get fancy and make whatever shape you want, be it a rounded rectangle, a star, or whatever else you can imagine.
- – Make a new layer.
- – Create your shape.
Step 2 – Select the Shape.
We’re trying to get a perfect outline of the shape, so there’s a special way to do this.
– Hold Ctrl, and click the layer that your shape is on.
Step 3 – Shrink (or grow) the selection.
This part turns it from a big shape into an outline or frame form of that shape.
- – Press Select- Modify- Contract (or expand, your choice – obviously expand makes the end result bigger and contract smaller).
- – Choose a number of pixels. This number defines how big the frame will be. I usually end up doing 5-20px for what I use this for.
- – Press OK
- – Tap the delete key. This removes the extra from the original shape and leaves you with a frame.
I use this method to create images of monitors with pictures being displayed. I make the monitor’s frame, then use the resulting selection to draw an image in. You can do the same thing for a picture frame, ring, or whatever else. It’s a versatile technique, be creative!