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Sunday, March 6, 2011
Bracket Mat in Photoshop
Since I wrote the tutorial on the bracket frame, I thought I would take it one step further and show how to make a mat or journalling tag from the existing frame shape.
Complete steps 1-14 of the bracket frame in Photoshop tutorial. If people feel it is necessary, I can copy and paste those steps into this tutorial. Leave a comment if you want me to do this.
15. With the Magic Wand Tool, select the interior of the frame. Make sure that 'Contiguous' and 'Sample All Layers' are checked.
Tolerance = 32
Anti-alias = Checked
Contiguous = Checked
Sample All Layers = Checked
16. Increase the size of the selection by 5 (Select > Modify > Expand).
17. Create a new raster layer (Shift + Ctrl + N).
18. Use the paint bucket to fill the selection with your existing color.
19. Ctrl + Shift + E to Merge Visible.
20. Ctrl + D to Deselect.
21. The bracket mat shape is now complete. If you are happy with the color, then you are done. Otherwise, create a new layer and fill with a color, gradient or pattern of your choice. Or drag in a paper to form a new layer.
22. Right-click on the new layer and select 'Create Clipping Mask'.
23. The new color, gradient or pattern is now clipped to the bracket mat shape and the mat is complete. Or, add some lines and use it as a journalling tag.