Thursday, October 30, 2014

Tutorial: Those Black Frames - Ideas on how to change them.

by Nancy aka physioscrapper
Creative Team Member for LissyKay Designs

A number of LissyKay templates have a solid black frame as part of its design.  It is used as a frame for pictures and often to separate the different areas in a block design.  Black works for most pictures and is a wonderful contrast against colored papers; but what if you wish to change it to work with your photos or theme better?  I am going to show you several different techniques you can use.

This tutorial is written with examples for Photoshop (PS) and Photoshop Elements (PSE), but the techniques should be able to be transferred to other photo editing programs.

I am going to use a template in Wired Templates by LissyKay Designs  as my example.

1.  Clipping a paper to the frame.
Perhaps the easiest way to change the color and texture of the frame is to clip a paper to the frame layer.
Highlight the frame layer.
Drag a paper from the kit you are using to make a layer ABOVE the frame layer.
Clip the paper to the frame layer:  Highlight the paper layer.
In PSE:  Hold down Control/Command (on a Mac) + G
In PS:  Hold down Control/ Command (on a Mac) + Alt/Option + G
You can tell it is clipped by the paper suddenly being attached to the frame, AND by the little arrow that points from the paper layer to the frame layer.
You can also clip the paper to the frame by holding down ALT/Option and at the same time hovering your cursor on the line between the paper layer and frame layer.  When you see a little arrow appear, left click. 
2.  Recolor the frame.
There are several ways of recoloring objects in Photoshop and PSE, but the easiest way to get the exact Hue or color is by using a Hue/Saturation  adjustment layer.
There is a trick to doing this... because the frame is Black, we must desaturate the black color FIRST, before we can add a color to it.
To desaturate, we will go:
In PSE:  Enhance ---> Adjust color ---> Remove color.
In PS:  Image ----> Adjustments ----> Desaturate.  (Shortcut:  Shift +Ctrl/Com + U)
There will be no 'apparent' visual change to your black frame after doing this, but it allows color to now be applied.  With black you just have to trust that it occurred. :)
Next we must set the foreground color chip to the color we wish to change the frames too.
Click on the foreground color chip, a color panel appears. Choose a color you wish your frame to recolor to, OR move your cursor to the side, an eye dropper will appear, choose and click on a color from one of the papers or elements you have already placed on the page.

Next, in the layers panel highlight the frame layer.
Click on the adjustment layer icon in the layers panel. This may be at the top or bottom of your layers depending on the version.  In PS CC it is at the bottom.  From there choose Hue/Saturation. By highlighting the frame layer first, the adjustment layer will automatically be placed above the frame.

We are using this Hue/Saturation way of adjusting as it allows us to adjust the color in the future if we decide another color is better for our frames.  If you use the Hue/Saturation that is found under Enhance (in PSE) or Image (in PS) once you change the color, it is permanent. Using the adjustment layer Hue/Saturation you can tweak the shades at any time. 

Make sure your Hue/Saturation adjustment layer is above your frame layer and highlighted.
1.Clip the Hue/Saturation layer to your frame (so it effects ONLY the frame).
Highlight the hue/saturation layer.
In PSE:  Hold down Control/Command (on a Mac) + G
In PS:  Hold down Control/ Command (on a Mac) + Alt/Option + G
2. Click on the box icon in the brackets of the Hue/Saturation layer.
3. A Hue/Saturation properties box should appear.
4. Check COLORIZE.
5. Adjust the lightness slider first, then the saturation slider to get the exact shade you want on your frame.  By adjusting these 2 you should be able to get the exact shade you chose with the foreground color chip.  Do NOT touch the HUE slider unless you wish to change the color completely.
You can stop at this point with a colored frame that matches your papers and theme, or you can add some extras....
3.  Add Bevel and Pattern to the Frame
Double click on the fx icon (layer effects) and it brings up a huge panel with lots of options.
The one we use the most is drop shadow.  LissyKay templates already have a drop shadow applied to the frame, so you can choose to leave it or adjust it.

The one I like to play with is Bevels/ Emboss to give added depth to the frames.

Play around with the different settings until you find something that works for you.
You can give the frames different edges by adjusting the settings.

***One of the things to notice and adjust every time you use bevel, is the direction of shading. Just like your drop shadows, you want all the shadows to go in the same direction.  So if your drop shadows are at a 120º angle, so should the angle of reflection of the bevel be 120º. If you use 40º for drop shadows, then the bevel shadow should be 40º.

To further increase realism of the frames, click on PATTERNS under Emboss.
In the window that shows up, click on it, (or the little arrow right beside it) and choose a pattern or texture you'd like on your frame.  PSE and PS programs have some basic patterns preloaded for us to use.

I've left the scale larger than 'my normal' just so you can see how it is applied to the frame.
Lots of ideas for you to play with and further enjoy LissyKay's templates with black frames.
Have fun!
Here is one page that I made, recoloring the frame, adding a bevel and pattern texture to it.
Papers used in the template examples above come from the LissyKay Charity Collab -
Layout example uses: Wired Template by LissyKay Designs and Fall Doozy by Mandy King.


1 comment:

  1. Great tutorial! I am gaining new knowledge every day on how to do digital scrapbooking and this tutorial was very helpful! I pinned it here: THANK YOU!