Photoshop Fundamentals: Create a Scrolled Photo Edge



Dateline: January 14, 2008
Version: Adobe Photoshop CS3

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There’s no need to settle for mundane photo edges when you can create eye-catching ones quite easily using Photoshop. Photo edges can help create the right mood and some images become more expressive and refined with an artistic edge design. For the scrolled photo edge effect, you’ll create a scroll brush using the Define Brush Preset feature. You will enter Quick Mask mode, which allows you to convert a selection into a mask to then be edited. Edges can be distorted and filters applied. You’ll use the scroll brush you created to paint the effect and change the brush’s pixel settings so the scrolls vary in size. Exiting Quick Mask mode then converts the mask back into a selection.



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Launch Photoshop and download scroll.psd. Press F7 to show the Layers palette. Option-click Layer 1 to select it. Choose Edit > Define Brush Preset. In the resulting Brush Name dialog box, enter “Scroll” and click OK.

Open a file of your own choosing or download violin.psd. Press D to set Default colors (black foreground, white background). Using the Rectangular Marquee tool (M), draw a selection that is about .25 inches inside the top and bottom of the photo.

Press Q to enter Quick Mask Mode. Choose Filter > Artistic > Underpainting. Use the options in the resulting Underpainting dialog box and click OK.

Choose Filter > Blur > Motion Blur. Use the options in the resulting Motion Blur dialog box and click OK.

Choose Filter > Blur > Box Blur. Use the options in the resulting Box Blur dialog box and click OK.

Select the Brush tool (B). Use the options in the resulting Options bar and click the Brush button to open the Brush Preset Picker. Select the Scroll brush and change its size to 655. Click the Brush button again to close the picker. Paint two large scrolls next to each other across the top and bottom of the border. Choose Filter > Box Blur (Command + F).

In the Options bar, change the Brush Size to 435 and the Opacity to 40% (below, left). Paint 3 scrolls next to each other across the top and bottom of the border. Choose Filter > Box Blur (Command + F).

In the Options bar, change the Brush Size to 328 and the Opacity to 100% (below, left). Paint 4 scrolls next to each other across the top and bottom of the border.

Press Q to exit Quick Mask Mode. In the Layers palette, select Layer 1 and click the Add Layer Mask button.

Our final effect is shown at left (click to enlarge).

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