Department of Design and Technology
St. Pius X High School

Adobe Photoshop Elements
Picture Frames

Blur Frame

1. Open any landscape picture from the internet.

2. Select the Rectangular Marquee Tool and make a selection

  Blur Frame Photoshop Tutorial

3. Choose Select >> Inverse(or Ctrl+Shift+I) and then go to Filter>>Blur>>Gaussian Blur and use this settings(of course, you can change the radius if you want):

Blur Frame Photoshop Tutorial

4.Choose Select >> Inverse (Ctrl+Shift+I) to select the middle again. Then Layer >New > Layer via Copy (or Ctrl+J). Now, with the new created layer selected, go Layer Style and apply a Drop Shadow. You can also modify the Stroke under edit.

5. And you’re done. Here is what I got. Try some other effects

With stroke and drop shadow:
Blur Frame Photoshop Tutorial

Post your image and attach the psd

Splat Frame


By using a few gradients, and applying the Wave filter, it's possible to make this simple frame. Make this layout 720x720 pixels.


Creating a Wavy Gradient

Choose the Gradient Tool then Edit from the top menu. Add black and white tabs across the bar at the bottom of the screen, such that the gradient alternates between black and white.

Apply this gradient from the top of the screen to the bottom. Hold Shift while you drag to keep in exactly vertical.

To soften the gradient, click Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Brightness/Contrast. Reduce the contrast and increase the brightness slightly. You want the area to look like shiny metal.

Using Layer Styles add a simple out Bevel.

Adding the Splat

Create a new layer.

Choose the Selection Tool, and use it to select a large, rectangular area.

Fill the area with a medium green.

Press Ctrl+D to deselect the area.

Click Filter > Distort > Wave. Set the sliders, and click "Randomize" a few times, until the edges of your rectangle are rippled nicely.


Giving the splat some effects

Ctrl+Click this layer in the Layers list, to select its outline.

Choose the Selection Tool again. Hold Alt (this subtracts from your selection) and select all of your existing selection, except for the very top and bottom.

All that should be selected is the very top and bottom of the green area. Press Ctrl+U to bring up the Hue/Saturation box. Reduce the lightness slightly, and press Ok.

Add an Inner Shadow, an Outer Bevel and any other effects to give the look that you want.

Adding your picture 

Add a picture from the internet. Play with transparency (layers > multiply) and other effects to get the best look. Post your final picture and attach the psd


Frames Assignment

By combining and modifying the ideas in the tutorials , create 2 unique picture frames for the pictures that you created in - Removing Backgrounds. Post each picture with frame and attach the psd.