This tutorial was inspired by the scalloped edges that frame Erin Laura’s photos in her style blog, Calivintage. After reading her FAQ page, I learned that the scalloped edges were added in Photoshop. I then went on a quest to replicate them. Let’s get started! (Please note that the tutorial that follows will be updated with a screencast in due time.)
Expand the canvas by a few inches in width and height:
Image >> Canvas Size
I increased my canvas size by about an inch all around. For the rest of this tutorial, I’m going to call this layer the “Photo Layer”.
Create a new Layer.
If your Layers palette isn’t visible:
Window >> Layers
Use the Paint Bucket from the tool menu to fill the entire layer with any color. I chose rose pink.
For the rest of this tutorial, I’m going to call this layer the “Color Layer”.
Go to the Layers palette and make the Color Layer active by selecting it.
Change the opacity to 50%. This percentage is arbitrary as long as you can see your image beneath the Color Layer.
Open the Brush Palette. If that isn’t open, do this:
Window >> Brushes
Brush Tip Shape.
Specify these settings:
1. brush hardness: 100%
2. brush diameter: brush size (I used 19)
3. spacing: influences distance between circles (I used 92%)
Now it’s time to draw the frame on the Color Layer.
Choose a color that will provide the best contrast against the color you’ve chosen for the Color Layer (which we’re going to draw on). I chose black.
With your Brush as the active tool, repeat the following steps until you’ve drawn over the perimeter of your image:
- Position the cross-hairs of your mouse over one of the corners.
- Click your mouse.
- Hold down the Shift Key
- Drag the mouse to the next corner.
- Position the cross-hairs of your mouse over the next corner.
Next, we're going to resize the Color Layer (which contains the frame!).
Edit >> Free Transform
Position your mouse cursor over one of the handles (which look like circles) and resize the layer so that the frame lies WITHIN the photo.
With the Color Layer still as the active layer, select the Magic Wand from the tool box.
Set the tolerance to 30.
Make sure these two are checked: "Anti-alias" and "Contiguous".
Now, click anywhere outside the scalloped frame.
We're gonna switch layers now. Select the Photo Layer.
DELETE. This will delete the selection we made in the previous step.
Go to the Layers Palette and hide the Color Layer (clicking on the EYE hides the layer).
We now have scalloped edges -- yay!
Crop it and we're done! :)