Thanks, Janice. I remembered that you had taught us how to do this in the past, and I forgot how. I found your directions and am attaching a screenshot. Please update if necessary. Your frame above looks terrific!
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Open a photo with varied colors Using the marquee tool, make a narrow vertical selection from the part of the photo which has your color preferences Place that selection on it's own layer - Control/Command J will put it on it's own layer Turn off original photo layer with the eye on the left edge of layer in layer's panel
Now what are you planning to do with your selection?
If the object is to make a background paper, open a new 3600x3600 project. Place your selection on this new project Grab the move tool and pull sideways to fill the whole project. You will need to pull from both sides, and probably from top to bottom to make a complete background paper
Once you have your pulled pixel paper - you can do many things with it Make a frame Group/Clip it with text or shapes Layer it with other background papers to add interest to your project
You use it just as you would use any background paper
At one time in my life, everything had pulled pixels on it
Here are some extra fat pulled pixels made into a template As you can see, you can use this technique to simulate the look of curtains/drapes
Frame from water Water is a good choice for a frame because it has varied colors in it and lots of un-eveness - which lends reality to the 'wood' for your frame
Step 1 - Marquee tool grabs a slice of the water
Step 2 - Move Tool allows you to pull at the sides of the slice until it fills your project
Step 3 - Marquee tool again - to make a rectangular slim selection of your pulled pixels In this case, I made a horizontal selection from the pulled pixels because that's the 'grain' I wanted for my 'wood'
The width of your pulled pixel selection is governed by how fat you want your frame to be
Duplicate your selection 3 times for a total of four sides - place horizontals on top of verticals -
if you want a rectangular frame instead of a square one, two of the pieces need to be longer than the other two
Realize, you can just use a slice of a photo to make four sides for your frame, but having pulled pixels imitates wood grain
(See below on how to miter your corners)
Miter your corners
Using Polygonal Lasso tool - make triangular selection of the horizontal strip - delete selection - repeat for each corner (Make sure you are on the correct layer before making your selection)
The selection of inside corner to outside corner needs to be precise, the rest of your triangle does not need to be precise
Realize each corners selection will have to be in a different direction - if you start on the inside corner and go to the outside corner the way you need to finish your selection will become apparent
Make sure to merge all four layers of your frame sides prior to adding the bevel layer style. Sometimes bevel is not enough - you will need to add a shadow, too
There is a simple way to make a frame, but you will not have mitered corners and it won't look quite as finished
Realize, you have to cut out the center of your 'frame' paper - otherwise, when you add the layer style "bevel", you won't get beveling inside the frame Plus you have to place the frame on top of the photo - again, otherwise you will not see the inside bevel
In this case, the 'frame look' depends entirely upon the layer style 'bevel'
Bottom right is how it would look "matted" - it would look better, if I had added a layer style to the photo to give the mat some depth Or I could've just repeated the frame making steps for the mat -