A lot of my layouts are very linear and orderly. It's a style that appeals to me, but it can be a bit boring at times, so I have to come up with ways to add some subtle interest.
One way I like to do that is to take a frame, tilt it, and make it look like part of the frame is behind the photo. It is a very simple technique, but you get a lot of "bang for your buck" when you use it.
It's best to choose a very simple frame. In fact, quite often all I do is create a stroke outline and use it. But today I've chosen to use a frame I found in the "Menagerie" kit by One Little Bird (previously available to Premier Members September 2010).
So, here we go!
Step One: Prepare the Workspace
- Create a new document (File > New > Blank File) that is 12in x 12in at 300ppi with a white background.
(Photoshop: File > New)
- With the Move tool, drag a photo onto the page and re-size it to fit the way you want it.
- Choose a very simple frame, drag it onto the page and position it on top of the photo.
- Press Ctrl T (Mac: Cmd T) to get the Transform options.
- Click on the corner handles of the Bounding Box and drag to re-size the frame so that it fits the photo and frames it nicely. (See the image below on the left.)
(Photoshop: Hold down the Shift key while dragging to maintain the proportion of the frame.)
- Position your cursor outside a corner handle of the Bounding Box until you see the double-sided arrow. Click and drag in a counter-clockwise direction to tilt the frame slightly.
- Double click inside the Bounding Box to commit the changes.
Step Two: Erase Part of the Frame
- In the Layers panel, Ctrl click (Mac: Cmd click) on the thumbnail of the photo layer to get a selection outline.
- In the Layers panel, click on the frame layer to activate it.
- Get the Eraser tool.
- In the Options Bar, choose a hard round brush from the Brush Picker and set the Opacity to 100%.
- Erase the part of the frame where you want it to appear to be behind the photo. I chose only the upper right hand corner (indicated by the red rectangle). Keep in mind that you can erase any part of the frame that is inside the selection outline.
- Press Ctrl D (Mac: Cmd D) to Deselect.
And here's my finished layout!
Digi Scrap Tutorial: 'Savvy Selection - Hide Part of a Frame Behind a Photo' by Barb Brookbank
Frame: 'Menagerie' by One Little Bird, previously available to Premier Members September 2010
Kit: 'Happy Harvest' by Susan Bartolini, previously available to Premier Members October 2009
Font: University Roman LET
Layout: 'White Swan' by Barb Brookbank