Three Layer Frame

Open a new transparent image 400 X 500.

Add 3 new Raster Layers and name them Outer Frame, Middle Frame, and Inner Frame. (Double click on the layer to open the Layers Property dialog box to name your layers after you have created them). Your Layer Palette should look like this:

Click on the Inner Frame layer to activate it. Using the eyedropper tool , choose a light color. I choose a light blue (#88bafe). Flood fill this layer with the color. If you would like to add a texture, do so now. I did not use a texture on the Inner Frame.

Click on the Middle Frame layer to activate it. Using the eyedropper tool , choose a darker color. I choose a medium blue (#0068c0). Flood fill this layer with the color. If you would like to add a texture, do so now. I did not use a texture on the Middle Frame.

Click on the Outer Frame layer to activate it. Using the eyedropper tool , choose a darker color. I choose a dark blue (#0000c0). Flood fill this layer with the color. If you would like to add a texture, do so now. I choose a weave pattern (Effects>Texture Effects>Weave) with the following settings:

While the Outer Frame is still active, go to Selections - Select All. Now go to Selections - Modify - Contract by 20. Go to Effects - 3D Effects - Drop Shadow and use these settings:

Go to Effects - 3D Effects - Cutout and use these settings:

Selections - Select None. Your image should look similar to the one below: (I have resized mine for the tutorial).

Click on the Inner Layer and go to Selections - Select All. Now go to Selections - Modify - Contract by 40. Go to Effects - 3D Effects - Drop Shadow and use the settings you used above. Go to Effects - 3D Effects - Cutout and use the same settings you did on the outer frame. Here is what I have up to this point:


Click on the Inner Layer and repeat the steps again but this time Contract by 60. Your image will now look like this:


Right click on one of the layers and select Merge>All Visible. Then select File>Export>Picture Frame. Give it a name and now this frame is included in your picture frame folder for use in the future.