Edges & Borders with Masks

If you want to create a border with a simple white background, all you need to do is create a new screened layer (over your photo ) using one of my edges. But if you want to use a colored background or a textured image, you will have to use a different technique

Step 1

In my example, I opened a Digital Art Paper and cropped it to 8′ x 10″.

STEP 2

Open a image that will utimately receive the new border. Copy and paste it, on it’s own layer, over the background.

STEP 3

Create a mask on layer one by clicking on the mask icon (the second icon from the lower left ).

STEP 4

Option click (PC – Alt click ) on the new mask thumnail to activate it. The window should now turn white.

STEP 5

Open a border, select all and copy it, Return to your tutorial window. Click (CS2 Option Click -PC Alt Click) on the newly created laser mask in the Layers window, and paste.

STEP 6

Select Image>Adjustments> Invert to reverse the border. Remember, black will knock out our image.

STEP 7

Click on the left thumnail within layer 1 to reveal the masked image.

STEP 8

You could stop here but if you want to, you can add layer effects to the mask. Here, I’ve added a drop shadow and a bevel & emboss for some additional effects.

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