You can add a cool edge effect to your pictures using masks. These are jpeg images that you can apply to any picture. You can make your own using brushes or you can search for “free grayscale masks for photo edge effects” on the Internet. I’ll explain how to use them:

  1. Open Photoshop.
  2. Click on File, Open to open the picture or photo where you want to apply the frame.
  3. On the Layers Palette, double-click on the Background layer to convert it to a editable layer. Click OK.
  4. Now, Open the mask file.
  5. Make sure the mask has the same orientation as the picture. If not, click on ImageRotate Canvas.
  6. We are going to resize the mask; click on Image, Image Size. Now, click on  Window and click on the file name of the picture. Tricky, isn’t it? Click OK.
  7. The next step is to select the mask; press Ctrl+A and then Ctrl+C to copy it.
  8. Press the letter Q on your keyboard; that is the shortcut for Quick Mask mode.
  9. Press Ctrl+V in order to paste the mask. You are going to see a red mask around the picture.
  10. Press the letter Q again to exit the Quick Mask  mode. The red is going to be replaced by a selection.
  11. Go to the Layers palette and click on the Add Layer Mask icon at the bottom of the palette in order to apply the mask.
  12. The areas that were red when you pasted the mask, are going to be transparent now.
  13. Time to play even more:
  • You can create another layer behind the picture and give it any color or effect.

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