• Creative Techniques with Filmstrip Frames in Photoshop and PSE - Part 2

    This week is the second part in a series of tips on how to use Katie Pertiet's Filmstrip Frames creatively. This series shows you how a few simple changes to the frames allow you to use them over and over again, getting a different look each time.
    Whether you are using a filmstrip frame set or a template with filmstrip frames, these ideas will give you creative choices for using the images.

    Technique 2: Outline Frames by Recoloring Non-textured Backgrounds
    The outline technique is inspired by Patriciaz's adorable Baby page. There are several ways to get the effect of the filmstrip frames on Patricia's page. In the last tip, we explored how to create a grey outline to get this look. Another way to get this look is to recolor the frame to match the background. Here's how:

    White Frames
    • Open the layered template or frame image in Photoshop or PSE. For the sample, Iím using Katie Pertiet's Filmed Layered Template.
    • Change the background to white by selecting the background layer and pressing Ctrl U (Mac: Cmd U) and moving the Lightness slider all the way to the right. Click OK.
    • Select the filmstrip frame layer and press Ctrl U (Mac: Cmd U) on the keyboard. Again, move the Lightness slider all the way to the right. Click OK.
    • Because the frame has a drop shadow applied, youíll get the outlined effect using this method.


    Other Colors - If you don't want to use a white background, you can match the frame color to the background color using this method.
    • Select the background layer and get the Paint Bucket tool.
    • Click the Foreground color chip at the bottom of the tools panel. This brings up the color picker.
    • Use the slider to choose a color family and then move the circle inside the color box to choose a new color. Or you can move the cursor over to the open document and click on a color there to choose a new color. You'll notice the cursor changes to an eyedropper when you move it outside the color picker. Clicking sucks up the color you are hovering over. Click OK.
    • Use the Paint Bucket and click on the background to fill the layer with color.
    • With the background layer selected, press Ctrl J on the keyboard. This makes a copy of the background.
    • Using the Move tool, drag the background layer copy up the layers panel until it rests one spot above the filmstrip layer.
    • Press Alt Ctrl G (Mac: Opt Cmd G) to clip the frame to the background copy. (In older versions of Elements, press Ctrl G/Cmd G.) This causes the filmstrip to be covered by the paper. Because the frame has a drop shadow, it creates a subtle outline.
    • Matching the color of the filmstrip frame to the background color changes the feel of the page. It's a great way to alter the look of the frame.