I've been having fun with frames recently, and with my new SoulGlow Light Layers as well :) I thought it was time for a new freebie and a for new tutorial.
Let's start with the tutorials first, we'll see how to use the SoulGlow Light Layers in the first steps and then we'll use our newly edited photo and make it fit and clip it inside a frame.
What I did looks like this, but this tutorial for Light Layers applies to whatever photo you intend to work with and whatever Light Layer you select.
1. Open your photo and the Light Layer you want to use (I chose two). I chose "After the Storm" for it's colder tones, my photo having already a lot of blue in it. Then I thought I would balance the overall tones and skin tone by adding "Misty Dawn". You chose what you think fits the original photo you plan to work on :)
2. Drag your Light Layer on top of your photo, resize to fit with the marquee tool.
4. Drag your second Light Layer (if needed) on top of the previous one.
5. Blend using "Soft Light" mode again, but this time you may need to reduce the opacity around 75% to avoid areas that look burned.
6. Go to Layer > Merge Visible, we need to merge our layers because we are gonna add this photo into our frame next.
That's it! A couple of fast and easy steps with the SoulGlow Light Layers and your image gained light and more zip. It's like an instant makeover and I'm really addicted to those new Light Layers, I always start my editing with them now. Some of them have a subtle texture as well, so I can choose to have light and texture at the same time!
Now let's move on to the framing tutorial.
2. Go back to your image. Image needs to be 6 in X 4 in @ 300 dpi to fit nicely into those frames, so I now need to resize. I could go to Image > Image size and enter manually the dimensions or I can simply use the frame resizing action already created to give me a 6X4 or a 4X6 if I wanted a vertical layout. Oh! I didn't mention, the Frame resizing action is free and included in the following Free Frames Set. How cool is that?
3. Now that you have played the resizing action your image is smaller :)
4. Drag it on top of your frame, image has to be on the top layer, above the clipping mask.
Download your Free Frames set and Resizing action HERE