• Creative Techniques with Filmstrip Frames in Photoshop - Part 5

    This week's tip is the fifth part in a series on using Katie Pertiet's Filmstrip Frames creatively. This series shows you how to think outside the box when using a filmstrip frame set or a template with filmstrip frames. Using these tips, you'll be able to use the same frame over and over again on different pages, changing the appearance of the frame on each page.

    Embossed Frame
    Katie's Filmstrip Frames, Tag Frames and Photobooth Frames are a great buy because they can be changed to create an infinite number of combinations. One way to change the frame is to make them appear to be embossed on the background paper. Bear with me, as there are a number of steps from matching the background to highlighting the embossing. Here's how:

    • Open the frame image in the full version of Photoshop. For the sample, I'm using Katie Pertiet's Stay Here Layered Template.
    • Open the paper you want to use as a background and use the Move tool to drag the frame onto the background paper document.
    • If you are using a template, drag the background paper onto the template and position it above the template background. Alt Click (Mac: Opt click) on the Layer visibility icon next to the new background. Scroll up to the frame layer and click the Layer visibility box. You'll want to end up looking at the frame on the background without any of the other layers visible to distract you.
    • Select the background paper and press Ctrl J (Mac: Cmd J) on the keyboard to duplicate it. Now you'll have a copy of the digital paper on top of the digital paper.
    • In the Layers Panel, drag the digital paper copy one spot above the frame layer. Press Alt Ctrl G (Mac: Opt Cmd G) on the keyboard to attach the paper to the frame. The paper will take on the shape of the frame, causing the frame to "melt" into the background.
    • Double click the frame layer somewhere other than the layer name to bring up the Layer Styles dialog box.
    • Tick "Bevel and Emboss" and then click the title bar to open the Bevel and Emboss options. For the sample, I used the following settings. Use this as a starting point, but tweak the settings to suit your own project size and style. Style: Inner Bevel, Technique: Smooth, Depth: 250, Direction: Up, Size: 7, Soften: 4, Shading Angle: 120, Shading Altitude: 30, Gloss Contour use the first icon with a diagonal line across the center, Highlight Mode: Screen, Opacity: 35, Shadow Mode: Multiply, Opacity: 55.
    • Don't close out of the Layer Styles. Tick and Select "Inner Shadow." In the Options, I used the following settings: Blend Mode: Multiply, Opacity: 40, Distance, Choke and Size: 5
    • Without closing out of the Layer Styles, Tick and Select "Gradient Overlay." In the Options, I used the following settings: Blend Mode: Normal, Opacity: 5, Gradient: Black, White (the third icon), Angle: 120, Scale: 100
    • Adjust the settings to your liking and then click OK to close out of the Layer Styles dialog.
    • Next, create a highlight on the embossing by selecting the frame layer and pressing Ctrl J (Mac: Cmd J) on the keyboard. This makes a copy of the frame. Drag it above the paper that you clipped. (Note: If the clipping mask is released doing this, select the paper and press Alt Ctrl G (Mac: Opt Cmd G) to recreate the clipping mask.)
    • Select the new frame copy and press Ctrl U (Mac: Cmd U) on the keyboard. Move the Lightness slider all the way to the right to turn the frame white. Drag the fx icon on the layer to trash bin to remove the layer styles.
    • Ctrl click (Mac: Cmd click) the thumbnail of the new white frame layer to make a selection around the frame pixels. Move the frame slightly to the right and down by pressing the down arrow 3 times and the right arrow 3 times.
    • From the Menu bar, choose Select > Modify > Feather > 3. Click OK. Then press Delete on the keyboard. This leaves a highlight on the frame. Reduce the Opacity of the white highlight to 50% by moving the Opacity slider at the top of the Layers panel.
    • Press Ctrl D (Mac: Cmd D) to remove the selection.
    • Finally, bring all of the layers back into view by clicking the Layer visibility icon on the top layer and dragging downward in the Layers panel. This restores the visibility of all of the layers.
    • (Note: Depending on the template, you may want to move the frame layers down until they are one position above the background layer.)


    Using this technique gives the frames a completely different look and feel, giving you the flexibility to use them on different projects.