Custom Frames: Cut and Paste

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I have said it before, and I’ll say it again: I love frames.

Sometimes, when I want to add more emphasis to a layout, I crop my photo into a long skinny shape. Most designers don’t include frames to accommodate this, but I can customize my frame to my picture, allowing me to crop my photos as long and as skinny as I want.

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Step 1: Open Your Layout

This is a layout I created with the April Premier kit — Escape to Nature, by Eva Kipler. As you can guess, it needs a frame!

Step 2: Frame It

  • Find a frame with edges that are pretty much straight.
  • Drag it onto your layout.

Step 3: Cut your Frame

  • Get your Rectangular Marquee tool from the Tool Bar.
  • In the Layers panel, make sure that the frame layer is active (highlighted).
  • Make a selection outline around the part of the frame that goes beyond your picture.

  • Press Ctrl X (Mac: Cmd X) to cut that portion.
  • Press Ctrl V (Mac: Cmd V) to bring back that piece on its own layer.
  • You should now have two layers — the lower base frame, and the upper portion that you cut and pasted back on.

Step 4: Connect the Pieces

  • In the Layers panel, verify that you are on the cut layer piece.
  • Get the Move tool.
  • Drag the cut frame and match it up with your base frame.
  • If there is a wave to the frame edge, zoom in and match up the edges.

Step 5: Erase the Extra

  • In the Layers panel, activate the base frame layer.
  • In the Tool Bar, get the Erase tool.
  • In the Options Bar, open the Brush Picker and select a hard edged round brush.
  • I chose the 38 pixel hard brush.

  • Erase the overlapping edge.
  • Do this for the top of the frame and the bottom of the frame.

  • In the Layers panel, hold down shift and activate both frame layers.
  • Press Ctrl E (Mac: Cmd E) to merge both of the layers.

Step 6: Finish

  • Complete your layout by adding shadows.
  • Voila, custom frame!

Credits: layout, tutorial, pictures by Lisa Hanks. Kit used: Escape to Nature by Eva Kipler.

Download a PDF version of this “Custom Frames: Cut and Paste” tutorial.

Windows: Right click on the link and choose “Save Target As” or a similar command.

Mac: Click on the link to download the file.

Step 1: Open Your Layout

This is a layout I created with the April Premier kit — Escape to Nature, by Eva Kipler. As you can guess, it needs a frame!

Step 2: Frame It

  • Find a frame with edges that are pretty much straight.
  • Drag it onto your layout.

Step 3: Cut your Frame

  • Get your Rectangular Marquee tool from the Tool Bar.
  • In the Layers panel, make sure that the frame layer is active (highlighted).
  • Make a selection outline around the part of the frame that goes beyond your picture.

  • Press Ctrl X (Mac: Cmd X) to cut that portion.
  • Press Ctrl V (Mac: Cmd V) to bring back that piece on its own layer.
  • You should now have two layers — the lower base frame, and the upper portion that you cut and pasted back on.

Step 4: Connect the Pieces

  • In the Layers panel, verify that you are on the cut layer piece.
  • Get the Move tool.
  • Drag the cut frame and match it up with your base frame.
  • If there is a wave to the frame edge, zoom in and match up the edges.

Step 5: Erase the Extra

  • In the Layers panel, activate the base frame layer.
  • In the Tool Bar, get the Erase tool.
  • In the Options Bar, open the Brush Picker and select a hard edged round brush.
  • I chose the 38 pixel hard brush.

  • Erase the overlapping edge.
  • Do this for the top of the frame and the bottom of the frame.

  • In the Layers panel, hold down shift and activate both frame layers.
  • Press Ctrl E (Mac: Cmd E) to merge both of the layers.

Step 6: Finish

  • Complete your layout by adding shadows.
  • Voila, custom frame!

Credits: layout, tutorial, pictures by Lisa Hanks. Kit used: Escape to Nature by Eva Kipler.

Download a PDF version of this “Custom Frames: Cut and Paste” tutorial.

Windows: Right click on the link and choose “Save Target As” or a similar command.
Mac: Click on the link to download the file.