Frame a Photo with a Path and a Custom Brush in Photoshop

In this week’s free Deke’s Techniques episode, Deke uses the custom dual brush he perfected in the last episode to trace a path in order to create a rough-edged photo frame.

In case you missed it, here’s a random close-up splotch drawn with the complex and ever-changing dual brush Deke perfected in episode 470:
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A close up splotch of a custom, textured dual brush in Photoshop

(Episode 470 is a member-exclusive movie. If you’re not a member of, you can get a free 10-day trial to check it out at Alternatively, you can use your own textured brush or one of the Photoshop presets for this technique.)

For this week’s technique, Deke starts with the new (in Photoshop CC 2015) New Guide Layout feature, to perfectly position a path created with the Rounded Rectangle tool. Then he loads the custom brush via the Brushes Preset panel and strokes the path with black. After filling in the entire rectangle, it looks like this mixture of precision and chaos:

A rounded rectangle path stroked with a textured brush in Photoshop

The photo is added in a clipped layer on top of the “frame.”

A photograph clipped into a rough frame.

And finally, Deke adds a dark Inner Glow layer effect to supply some definition around the edges:

A dark colored Inner Glow effect creates some definition to the frame.

And the result is an adjustable, yet random, frame around your photo, courtesy of Deke’s Techniques.


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