Steves Snaps Canvas Size & Frame action.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011 4:19:33 PM
I'm often guilty of shooting a picture with the framing too tight & no room to add a frame this action increases the Canvas size by 140 pixels selects the blank part of the canvas, inverts the selection & then fills it with Edit>Fill>content aware & copies the selection to a new layer & applies Blending options to create the frame.
Actions are a huge time-saver & very easy to make every one using Photoshop should learn how to make them.
Just follow the steps below to create the action or download the action & load it into your action palette.
Steves Snaps Canvas Size & Frame action
Create a new action & name it & begin recording
Select default Foreground & background colours
Increase Canvas size 140 pixels for both width & height with Relative ticked.
Use Magic wand to select blank Canvas & > Edit Fill (shift F5) Contents Use
right click inside selection & select Layer via copy then in the layer palette right click the layer & select blending options.
Stroke with the black colour size about 4 pixels
Bevel & Emboss > Pillow Emboss size 7px depth 100% select texture I used just the bubbles scaled to 536% with Depth 100% OK
Stop recording & if needed modify the blending options before merging the blending options layer with the layer below ( Ctrl E )
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Duplicate layer Ctrl J
Thousands of possible combinations this image I first selected Texturizer
then added a new effect layer (bottom right) craquelure
then another layer Paint Daubs & finished it off with a Mosaic tiles layer
Click on ok & apply a pixel mask select the brush at 20% or whatever & black hides the art filter layer White shows it.
Even easier use the Alien Skin snap Art 3 plugin
Its a judgement call whether or not to add the art effect to just the picture inside the frame or over the frame as well.
Some examples using the Alien Skin Snap Art plugin , the picture bottom left was taken with a film camera at ISO 1600 & was horribly grainy in this case I rescued it with lots of layers & mainly the blur filter Gausian blur & using different Layer blending modes & selective masking.