Making an easy frame for web presentations

Started Mar 5, 2004 | Discussions thread
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Uncle Frank
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Making an easy frame for web presentations

I've received a few requests for info on the frame I've recently standardized on. My objective was to create a frame for my web presentations that would ehance a picture without distracting from it, and I think this one works reasonably well. Here's an example.

It's pretty simple to make.

Start off with a picture that's been sized to 680 pixels in its longest dimension. It can be slightly larger or smaller, but if it's too far from that size, you'll need to adjust the border sizes I'm going to create.

Create a duplicate layer.
Select the background layer, and change its color to black.
Create a duplicate background layer.
Select the background layer, and change its color to white.

You should now have 3 layers. The top layer is the picture, the middle layer is pure black, and the bottom (background layer) is pure white.

Set the background color to white.
Increase the canvas size by 70 pixels in height and width.
Select the middle layer and apply 15 pixels of Gaussian blur.

You should now have a picture casting a non-directional shadow over a white border. The rest of the process consists of applying layer effects (stroke and bevel) to the top (picture) layer. Here's a snapshot of the settings for each.

Stroke:

Bevel:

And here's a snapshot of the Photoshop page with the process completed. I made it pretty large so you could read all the sections.

It's easy to write an action for this frame that includes your signature.

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Warm regards, Uncle Frank,
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