Finishing Touch 2

Last week I showed you how to add keylines to your greeting cards or other images. This week I’m showing you an easy soft white border.  Your printers generally do not print within 1/4″ of the edge, so this border takes away any issue with that!

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Use the Rectangular Marquee tool (M) and type 10 px in the Feather box on the top toolbar.  This will soften the edge and give you rounded corners.  This is for a 5×7… if your image is much larger you will need to feather more. Draw a box within 1/2″ of the edge as shown by the marching ants below.

Soft border

Now Cmd/Ctrl Shift I to invert your selection so just the border is selected.  Edit > Fill > White 100%. You will see the feathered edge towards the center.  Ctrl D to deselect the box. You can make a wider border if you like.

Soft border final

 

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Greeting Card Finishing Touch

Dilemma: your printer adds a 1/4″ white border on your greeting cards. It looks okay but there are ways to add a more polished finishing touch.

Finishing touch GC

 

In Photoshop, go to Image > Canvas Size and add an inch or more to width and height in White.  Then use the Magic Wand (shortcut W) and click in the white border. Now Ctrl/cmd I to invert the selection and the marching ants should be around the photo area.

Canvas

Edit > Stroke > 6 px > click in color swatch and you can click a color in your image to use. I use Inside to make sure it prints within my printer’s ability. If you choose outside you may lose part of your stroke depending on the width of your white border. This is called a keyline.

Stroke

 

Here is the final look (the black line is just to show you the border)Stroke final

You can add much wider borders of course and experiment with different colors.

 

Detached keyline

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For a detached keyline I create the stroke in a different way.  Let’s say your image is 5×7 and you do not want to add canvas size, making cropping more difficult sometimes.

First, click on the padlock on your image layer. It will become Layer 0.

Add a layer filled underneath your image (Ctrl/Cmd and the new layer icon will add the layer underneath your selected layer.  Edit > Fill > White.

 

Outer

On your Image layer – Edit > Transform > Hold down Shift Opt/Alt and pull a corner handle towards the middle slightly leaving a white border.

Use the Rectangular Marquee tool (M) and draw a box in the white area. Then Edit > Stroke > pick your color and size and hit okay.  ( The outer border is to show you the whole card area. You do not add that.)

Outer Border final

Mirror Images

Open image you want to mirror

Crop as desired – I try to use easy numbers like 4×6 for the math!

Image > Canvas Size > put in the height or width that you are doubling depending on whether a vertical or horizontal shot – for instance, if you have a horizontal 4×6, then put 6 in the width and click on the left or right pointer in the center row of the position tool.  I use white for the extension color but it does not really matter as you will fill that in.

Screen

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Photoshop will add extra space below the image in this case.

 

Click in the white space to select.

Ctrl/Cmd Shift I to inverse and select the bridge photo.

Ctrl/Cmd J to put a copy of the bridge on another layer.

Drag the new image to the white area.

Edit > Transform > Flip Vertically.

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You can also flip both layers vertically again to get a different look.

On the layer with the white, use Magic Wand W to select the white and delete those pixels with Ctrl/Cmd X.

If you have trouble with the background layer, double click the lock to make it editable.

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Beautiful Abstracts

 

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Final abstract

You can use this technique on a lot of different photographs with beautiful results. I’ve posted before, but worth repeating. Start your new year off right with fun and creativity!

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Original

1. Choose an image that has symmetry for best results and a defined center.

2. Crop the image to a square format, ie. 6”x6”

3. Make a copy of the Background Layer by selecting it and clicking Ctrl/Cmd J.

4. On duplicate layer – Filter > Distort > Polar Coordinates > Polar to Rectangular

5. On duplicate Layer > Edit > Transform > Rotate 180 degrees

6. On duplicate Layer >Filter > Distort > Polar Coordinates > Rectangular to Polar

7. On Layers palette, click the dropdown and select Flatten Layers.

 

 

Gold Lettering

Icy Branches Gold

I love using gold lettering around the holidays.  If you are familiar with Photoshop layers, give this a try.  Otherwise it might be more difficult, but you can do it!!

I used the font Blacksword for this card, but use whatever you want. The effect will be more pronounced on thicker font styles.

Type your words using the Text tool. Photoshop will make its own layer for the text.

Double click on the T in the text layer and choose a warm orange color. You can change this later.

Now click on the Text layer outside the “T” box to get Layer Styles.  Click on Bevel and Emboss. Be sure to click on that option to get all the adjustments.

Depth – 225

Size 8

Gloss Contour – use 2nd option on the 2nd row – Ring Contour

And there you go!

Gold lettering

 

 

Prisma App

IMG_5711IMG_5589-EditA friend of mine told me about the Prisma App for iPhones anIMG_5692IMG_5686IMG_5700A friend of mine told me about the Prisma App for iPhone and Android phones. Nifty little app that has lots of fun effects. You must take the photo with the app and process it right then as you cannot reimport it later. However, I could save the original photo on my iPhone and use in other programs later.  This included some fun with the photos shown here in Photoshop CC.

Reworking a Photo

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The original image (below) was very busy and the light was backward of what I wanted. In simple steps, this is what I did.

  1. Cropped image.
  2. I used the Content Aware Fill tool in Photoshop to remove the pipe on upper right. There were other little spots to fix with this tool and the Clone tool.
  3. Added a 50% gray layer and low opacity dark brush (8%) to darken the foreground.
  4. Used the 50% gray layer with low opacity white brush (8%) to lighten the water. You could also achieve Steps #3 and 4 with the Radial Filter in Lightroom.. thanks to Tony Sweet for sharing that tool in his recent ebook. I do most of my work in Photoshop but this is a super option and easy to use.
  5. Finally took the image into Topaz Impression and used Impressionistic by Erin Applebee Photography.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is actually a tiny waterfall in a beautiful woodsy area.