Create a Wood Frame for a Photo

Open the photo you want to frame with wood. I am using the flower photo below:

Flower

First we need to duplicate the background layer by holding down the Ctrl key and depressing the letter J. It should now appear as layer 1 in our layers palette:

Layers

Next we need to add extra canvas space around the photo to hold our frame. The amount of space you add depends on how large you want your frame to be. Go up to the Image menu at the top of the screen and choose Resize > Canvas Size.

Resize Canvas

When the Canvas Size dialog box appears, enter how much space you want to add around the image. I want a fairly thick frame for my photo, so I'm going to enter a value of 1.5 inches for both the Width and Height options. Make sure you have the Relative option checked as well:

Resize Canvas Size

Click OK to add space around your photo. Add a new blank layer above the two layers by clicking the new layer icon on the layer's palette:

Add New Layer

Nothing happens in the document window, but we can see in the Layers palette that Photoshop has added a new blank layer for us and gave it the descriptive name "Layer 2":

Layers Palette

Now we will fill this layer with a pattern. To make our frame look as if it's made out of wood, we could go through the hassle of creating our own wood texture, but we don't need to since Photoshop Elements comes with a wood pattern already built in! With "Layer 2" selected, go up to the Edit menu at the top of the screen and choose Fill Layer.

Fill Layer

For the Contents option at the top, choose Pattern from the drop-down menu to the right of the word "Use". Then, in the Blending section in the bottom half of the dialog box, set the Mode option to Normal and make sure the Opacity option is set to 100%:

Pattern Fill

Then click on the more arrow button, then select Pattern, then select the Wood texture from the selection box that appears highlighted below:

Wood Pattern

Click OK to exit out of the dialog box. Photoshop will fill the entire layer with the wood texture, temporarily blocking the photo from view:

Wood Fill

Select the photo on layer 1 by clicking on the thumbnail while holding down the Ctrl key. This loads a selection around the actual photo.

Thumbnail Selected Selection

Next click the delete key to get rid of the inner portion of the wood selection.

Delete Selection

Now we will invert the selection. Selection > Inverse Select Inverse to select just the wood frame:

Wood Frame Selection

Now we need to give it a 3D appearance by placing a bevel style on it. On the Special Effects palette, select layer styles, then Bevels.

Special Effects

Experiment with the different bevel styles. I choose the Simple Sharp Inner Bevel for my frame.

Bevel Styles

Ctrl + D to deselect the selection. Here is how my photo turned out.

Wooden Frame

Back to Paintshop Elements Tutorials