I promised you a tutorial and I have one for you tonight on making a basic frame and decorating it a little. I will show you screen shots in Photoshop CS2 but I am sure that you will be able to apply the basic principles in the program you use.....at least I hope so!! I have also included a little download with some styles for you to use to play with this one. Just load them into your presets. I have also included instructions on how to load styles in PSE5 and PSE6 in the download.
The example frame is also included in the download.
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Now lets get started making this frame!! I tried to keep it simple, so here goes!
1. Open a file 6inch x 6inch (1800x1800), 300 pixel per inch, background transparent.
2. First we're going to make a circle to do this select the Ellipse Tool from the shapes palette.
3. Make sure that the shape layer is selected (see below).
4. To make a perfect circle easily click on the little down arrow next to the star shape icon in the tool bar and click Circle (see below). This means that you will get a perfect circle every time.
5. Put your cursor in the top left corner and draw out your circle...don't panic if it goes of the screen!!! Before you release the mouse button..press the space bar on your keyboard and move the circle where you want it!! Let go the mouse button and there you have a circle!
6. Now we want to it look like a frame, so click the subtract from shape icon in the tool bar.
Now drag out a circle to the size you want the "hole" to be..and before you release that mouse...hold down the space bar, this means you will be able to move the shape and position it where you want it to be. When you have it positioned then release the mouse button and you have...a hole!!
This is what mine looks like.
7. Now we have a shape but it still doesn't look quite like a frame. So we need to give it some style!! Now the magic starts!!
8. You can apply a style that is your favourite or you can use the layer style in the download.
To apply the style just click on one of the styles you have loaded in your palette.
9. You should have some thing that looks like this if you use one of the the download styles.
10. Now lets make it a little more interesting! You could at this point add elements you already have or we can add some using the shape tool. We'll give it try with the shape tool for now. So, select the Custom Shape Tool and pick out a shape you like I've picked a flower.
11. Now drag out the shape you chose. Notice that the shape has the same layer style as the frame. To change the layer style we need to change the layer style using the top tool bar by clicking the little arrow next to style and then choosing a new style for the shapes.
12.Now click on Add to shape area, so that we get all of the shapes we draw on the same layer.
Try drawing a few more of your shape around or on the frame, remember you can hold the mouse button down, draw the shape and then hold down the space bar to move the shape you have just drawn. The trick is don't release the mouse button until your happy with it!!
Here's mine. I've added some buttons quickly as the flower centres and that's it!!
Now save it as a png file and you have a frame!! Of course you have a limitless number of frames you can make by using different shapes and layer style..so have fun and experiment!!
I hope you have fun and give it a try..I'd love to see any you make!!
Well, that's all for today, have a safe day tomorrow and see you then!