I am trying to create a photo in elements 7. It is one single photo merged into three frames and the frames are all crooked and look transparent i guess... please help got the pic from http://www.ashedesign.com/
Access the rectangular marquee tool and drag out a suitably sized rectangle
Go to Edit>stroke (outline) selection, position:inside, black color
Access the Effects palette, select drop shadow - low - apply
Duplicate the background layer, work on the background copy layer. Shut off visibility of the background layer by clicking on its eye icon
Access one of the selection tools. I used the magnetic lasso tool, and selected around the boxes and the boy's feet
Please report back with your progress.
I like to set this up in my work-flow so that painting ( if desired) pure white or black on a 50 percent gray overlay layer can produce high-contrast results. As this drill evolved, it is not necessary for a salutary result.
I took a slightly different approach (as well as a slightly more interesting subject ).
Here's the original:
The final image:
The layers look like this:
That gives the most flexibility for modifying the effects, etc.
what you have done is the effect i am going for but I cannot get past step 1.. I use my rectangle to draw out my square and then try and move it and i cannot.. please dumb it down a bit i guess i am totally missing something.. Thank you all for your replies and in trying to help me...
I assume you are referring to Ken's last method. I had to switch steps 2 and 3 to get it to work:
2. Use Edit...Stroke (Outline) Selection. I used 5px white.
3. Re-size and position the selection.
Also, if you intend to apply a layer style to the frame it doesn't matter what color you use when you do the stroke. Default black or white will work as well. The layer style overrides the color.
Another thing I found when playing around with the instructions... If you simply want a plain frame without a layer style, if you do a large stroke with the Outside or Center option the corners of the frame will be rounded or chopped off depending on the stroke size. If you want square corners do the stroke Inside. In this case you will want to make the initial selection larger to account for the inside frame.
In the top frame I did the stroke Outside; the corners are chopped off. In the bottom frame I did the stroke Inside.
I'm using PSE10, and after making a rectangular selection there is the option of using Select...Transform Selection to move and resize the selection. If that option isn't available in your version of PSE, then Mark's instruction is the way to do it -- outline the selection, which will create an object that the Move tool can manipulate.
You're exactly right about the stroke's corners being rounded if not placed "inside" the selection. Thanks for pointing that out. It's a bug I wish Adobe would fix.
I found that there were slight differences when using a H/S adjustment layer to colorize the frame, depending on whether the initial stroke wasn't coloured (black or white) vs. an initial colour (like blue).