• How to Use Spill Frames in Photoshop and PSE

    At Designer Digitals, Katie Pertiet offers sets of beautiful, layered frames that give the effect of painted photos spilling out of frames. These Spill Frames make it easy to give your project an artistic flair in just a few quick steps. Using these products, your project becomes a work of art with the look of complex design techniques.
    Here's how to use Spill Frames on your own digital project:

    • Begin by opening a Spill Frame of your choice, a digital photo and a scrapbook page in Photoshop or Elements.
    • Set your workspace so that you can see all of the documents at the same time. In Photoshop, choose Window > Arrange > Float all in Windows. In Elements, choose Window > Images > Float all in Windows.
    • Select the Spill Frame document. The spill frames generally have two layers: the frame and the paint.
    Click the top layer in the Layers panel at the bottom right corner of the screen.
    Hold the Shift key and click the bottom layer. This will select all of the layers top-to-bottom. Alternatively, you can Ctrl Click (Mac: Cmd click) each of the layers to select them.
    Now get the Move tool and drag the layers from the Layers panel to the scrapbook document.
    • To attach your own photo to the Spill Frame, get the Move tool and select the paint layer. It is usually labeled "paint/ clip to photo."
    • Next, drag the photo onto the layered frame document. The photo should be large enough to cover the paint layer completely. If necessary, select the photo layer and press Ctrl T (Mac: Cmd T) on the keyboard. This reveals the bounding box around the photo layer. Drag the corner handles out to resize the photo. Hold the Shift key in Photoshop as you drag to maintain the aspect ratio and avoid the funhouse effect.
    • In the Layers panel, make sure that your photo is one spot above the layer that you are covering. You can drag the layer up or down the Layers panel to position it if necessary.

    In Photoshop: select the photo layer and press Alt Ctrl G (Mac: Opt Cmd G) .

    In Elements: select the photo layer and press Ctrl G (Mac: Cmd G).

    On your document, the photo takes on the shape of the paint layer.
    • You can blend the photo into the background by changing the blending mode of the paint layer (not the photo layer.) Select the paint layer and choose a blending mode above the Layers panel. The default is set to Normal. Try Multiply or Linear Burn. You can also reduce the opacity of the paint layer to let the background paper show through. You'll get the best results using a neutral background to blend.
    • To resize the spill frame, Ctrl click (Mac: Cmd click) the frame, photo and paint layer to select all three. With all three selected, click the link icon in the Layers Panel. This makes the three work together as a group so they can be resized, moved or tilted. Get the Move tool. In the Options bar, tick Auto Select and Show Transform Controls (PS) or Show Bounding Box (Elements.) You’ll see a box surround the embellishments. Move your cursor to a corner of the box and drag toward the center of the image to make it smaller, or away from the center to make it larger. In some versions of the software you need to hold the Shift key as you resize to maintain the aspect ratio. If you are getting the distorted, funhouse effect, hold the Shift key as you drag. As long as the layers are linked, the layers will resize, move and turn together.