QUESTION: Looking for action or free plugin for matting.

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by BD, Jun 8, 2007.

  1. BD

    BD Guest

    Hi, all.

    I'm making some content for a PhotoBook, to be bound at a local Wal-
    Mart or something.

    The stock layouts don't particularly turn me on, so I created an image
    manually. I want the illusion of multiple images placed in a matboard,
    including bevel cuts around the images.

    My process was:

    1) Take a photo of a real matboard
    2) Add that as Layer 1
    3) Open a photo, size it appropriately for placement
    4) Create a white rectangle, 10 pixels wider on each side than the
    photo (this will be the cut bevel)
    5) Place it on the matboard as a new layer
    6) Use the Inner Shadow function against the bevel layer, to slightly
    darken the top and right edges of the white rectangle
    7) Flatten the image.
    8) Select the bevel area, and clean up the lower-right and upper-left
    corners so that the bevel angle is present (The Inner Shadow effect
    doesn't create the desired effect in those corners, and I had to
    flatten because I could not modify the pixels created by the shadow
    effect otherwise)
    9) Place the photo over the white rectangle, and adjust it carefully
    for proper alignment.
    10) Flatten.

    The end result was decent - here's a closeup crop of some of the
    corners of the bevels.

    Only problem: it takes time.

    I'm looking for any canned actions or free/cheap plugins to accomplish
    the same effect.

    Or, suggestions to help streamline this process.



    BD, Jun 8, 2007
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  2. BD

    BD Guest


    Having better luck finding such stuff on the web than I did before
    posting. Oh well.

    I guess there's stuff out there. Any ringing endorsements would be
    appreciated. ;-)
    BD, Jun 8, 2007
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    KatWoman Guest

    open the layered psd you already created
    remove pictures, maybe make guides around them first
    save as> my template or other name
    drag new photos in to replace the original ones?

    or just use the layers effects to create the borders and copy/paste the
    styles onto all the layers you need to match
    you can adjust the inner shadow to be more square in the corners (forget how
    exactly but I have done it in effects options, range?

    I have a plug-in called Filters Unlimited-has quite few ready made frames,
    vignettes, weird effects etc

    layer styles may also work well here
    KatWoman, Jun 8, 2007
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